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NFL Bets Are Won And Lost At The O-line This NFL Season

Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been talking about the importance of examining the offensive line when handicapping the NFL here on OddsShark and in media appearances. 

It’s not a unique concept. But it's still one that gets overlooked far too often in a world where a player’s 31.25 fantasy points on Sunday is a more prominent discussion in mainstream media than wins and losses against the spread. 

Hopefully you’ve been taking notice of the O-lines because you’re up some money if you have been. 

The combined against the spread record for the top five offensive lines in the NFL – as rated by NFL.com through Week 12 – is 35-18-3. That’s an impressive cover rate of 66 percent against the spread for a profit of $1,381.85 if you’re betting $100 a game.  

On the other hand, the five worst offensive lines in the NFL are a combined 19-25-2 against the spread for a cover rate of just 43.2 percent. Betting on every one of their games would have added up to a loss of $772.71. 

This is just a reminder to keep an eye on offensive line injuries down the final stretch of the season and watch closely for a change in stats and performance in this area. Your bankroll will thank you for it.  

Here’s a look at how it breaks down by team: 

NFL's top five offensive lines: 

1. Raiders 7-4 ATS
2. Giants 5-4-2 
3. Steelers 6-5 
4. Redskins 8-3 
5. Cowboys 9-2-1

NFL's five worst offensive lines

32. Browns 2-10 ATS
31. Colts 5-5-1 
30. Cardinals 3-8 
29. Bengals 2-8-1 
28. Broncos 7-4

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