NFL Betting: Examining A Team’s Schedule

When betting on NFL games, solely analyzing team statistics is often not enough. One aspect of NFL betting that does not receive as much attention as it should revolves around a team’s schedule. Although the outcome of a game depends on the performance of players and the strategies that the coaching staff has implemented, these factors may be influenced by a team’s schedule. Let’s take a look at how to examine a team’s schedule when it relates to NFL betting.

Home And Away Games

It is important to take note of a team’s home and away games. When a team plays in front of its home crowd, the cheers and support from the crowd is known to produce an extra rush of adrenaline and a boost of energy for some players. As a result, this extra push may mean the difference between winning and losing, covering on the spread, or covering on the over/under game totals. Additionally, if a team has historically struggled against a rival team when playing on their home field, it would be wise to look at the team’s schedule to determine where that particular game will be played. Some teams just have the tendency to play much better at home compared to one the road, which should be taken into account when betting on NFL games.

Bye Weeks

A bye week in football means that a team does not have any games scheduled for that particular week – each team in the NFL has one bye week for the season. A bye week is especially useful when a team is finding itself in the midst of a bad funk, having dealt with multiple player injuries along with a gruellingly long and tiring road trip. By having a bye week in the nick of time, a team is able to take on some much needed rest and recovery while being in the comforts of its own city. In addition to providing some rest for nagging injuries, a bye week can also ease some tensions from the mind, providing both physical and psychological benefits. As a result, a bye week, especially when it comes at a crucial point during the course of the season, will provide a team’s players with much needed recharging.

Long Road Trips

NFL players are not exactly the type of people who can truly enjoy the comforts of flying. When you are stand 6’5 and weigh 280 pounds, it would be difficult to find a plane with seats for your dimensions. As a result, travelling for road games usually have negative effects on the minds and bodies of players. In addition to not being able to rest as much as home games, players are often cramped into a tight space, sometimes being there for hours at a time. Long road trips are especially draining when a team is required to fly from the edge of the east coast to the edge of the west coast or when a team has consecutive weeks of road games, which would require the team to consistently be in another city. Long trips can further aggravate an existing injury or add to the wear-and-tear on the bodies of players.
Look Ahead Games

One last thing to take note of when examining a team’s schedule is its look ahead games. These games mainly pertain to matchups against divisional rivals. Having a stellar record against divisional rivals will more likely than not result in a team winning the division, guaranteeing them a playoff spot. As a result, a team often places a greater emphasis on divisional rival matchups, as these games carry more significance and weight. There may be a spillover effect from this in that a team’s players who are looking forward to a divisional matchup in two weeks may take their eyes off what is currently in front of them – the team that they are set to face this week. This may lead players to not “try” as hard or become distracted due to the fact that their game in two weeks is constantly on their minds.