What an exciting time to be alive if you’ve been following this blog all year. First off, thank you. I have been aiming to give you at least a professional bettors covering percentage, which hovers around 56%-57%. Not only has this been a fun experience but also some sort of social experiment in a way.
I’ve always talked about getting betting stats down and seeing the outcomes and trends for myself. Keeping record of how well I’d do if I were to look at every line, every week and bet on all of them. Would I make out, break even or lose my ass off? After the first half of the season, I’m seeing trends in my own picks. How I favor different matchups and spreads, how I look at teams differently after a bye, on a short or long week and now dealing with London games. It’s all very fascinating to see it laying out in front of your face.
Last week I went for 69% winners! I totally flubbed on the Buccs, Bengals, Dolphins and Raiders however, not even close oon those guys but nailed the other 9 games. 8 games had a spread of a touchdown or more and I hit on 7 of them. Those games haven’t been a strong point for me this year, until last week that is. It seems that as this season rolls on, you can figure out who’s legit and whose not. I feel like I’m at that point but I don’t want to get cocky about it, we’ll just be like Bill Belichick and say I’m on to next week.
Now I’m only sitting at 54% for the year but I’m also trending up with 3 straight winning weeks. Those wins almost cover the Bovada juice that they charge you per deposit, not that you would make 13 separate deposits just to bet all of the NFL games each week, but you get the point. At 54%, using Bovada, you could be in the plus.
I’ll give more breakdowns over the next week of my picks and where my picks are trending so that you have an updated idea where I’ve been strong lately. Anyways, on to tonight’s game:
|Buffalo Bills at New York Jets, 8:25p (Jets +3, O/U: 42.5)
Well Thursday night games have mostly been about the bottom of the barrel teams squaring off but here we have some middle of the road teams who are having better than expected seasons. The Jets basically look at every win a bonus given almost every “analyst” in the country had them losing every game to winning a max of 2-3! They’d have to be pretty piss poor and lose their remaining games to stay within those predictions but had a great start against some tough teams.
The Jets traded for Rashard Robinson (cornerback) from the 49ers at the trade deadline. Robinson was a 4th round pick in 2016 from LSU but has been hit with 10 penalties already this year, leading the league. The Bills went out and got Kelvin Benjamin from the Panthers, in which I say is a huge win for Buffalo. I mean the Panthers don’t even have Olsen back for a few more weeks. You need all of the big/physical bodies you can get when you’re not an accurate middle to deep ball hurler like Newton.
The Bills are flying high this year with a defense that is playing much better and an offense with some new key parts like Jordan Matthews and Kelvin Benjamin. Tyrod Taylor has been fairly accurate this year and has an 8/2 TD/INT ratio, which is great but McCown for the Jets has over 1800 yards, completed over 70% of his throws but has turned the rock over 7 times to his 12 TD’s. Matt Forte called out his coordinator after the focused on the passing game in the rain last week more than him in the run game. It was a close game that they ultimately lost to a Falcons team who seems to be lost after last years Super Bowl run.
The Jets added some offensive talent this past offseason but I’m still going to pick the Bills to cover in this one because the Jets are basically the same team as they were when they lost to the Bills earlier in the season and the Bills have upgraded in a key area of their offense, adding a big target. After all, the Bills are 5-1-1 ATS. The Jets are 5-2-1 (4-0 at home) but like I said, Bills improved and covered the spread in the week one matchup against these two and will do it again on the road this week. Take the Bills to cover in the under, Bills 24-16.