NFL Teasers Betting: Best Basic Strategy Options for Week 8
by George Monroy - 10/22/2014
Heading into Week 8 of NFL action there are three basic strategy teasers to choose from. The wager is a two-team, six-point teaser that moves spread of 7.5- to 8.5-point favorites down past the strongest NFL key number of three and 1.5- to 2.5-point underdogs up past the second-strongest NFL key number of seven. The wager is supposed to be a positive-expected value bet based on the math as blindly moving those spreads should produce a statistical win.
Basic strategy teasers have struggled during the 2014 season after coming out with a profit the last two years that Doc's Sports has followed them. This year the teasers are behind the break-even mark with a 15-9 record, but taking some time to handicap the matchups and only choosing the most solid wagers can increase your winning percentage and turn a profit during an underperforming basic strategy teaser year.
Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals
Six-point teaser : Eagles +8.5
Philadelphia traveling to Arizona will certainly be one of the biggest games of the week as two 5-1 teams square off in what could be a playoff preview for each team. Philadelphia is coming off of a bye week and an impressive 27-0 blowout of the New York Giants the week before. The Eagles played a series of close games before that huge New York win and struggled for long stretches in each of their first five games.
Arizona is surprisingly sitting at the top of the NFC West and has a couple of impressive wins over San Francisco and San Diego already under its belt. The only game the team lost was a 41-20 blowout at the hands of the Denver Broncos, which is as respectable of a loss any team can have on its record. Arizona has the No.1 rushing defense in the NFL but can struggle to score points at times. This will probably ended up a close game on either side, so teasing the Eagles up to 8.5 points is a solid bet.
Oakland Raiders at Cleveland Browns
Spread : Browns -7.5
Six-point teaser : Browns -1.5
The Oakland Raiders have been absolutely horrendous this season. The team is 0-6, has been outscored by an average of 11 points per game, and it has already allowed 158 points. Oakland has a brutal schedule to close out the year with matchups against Seattle, Denver (twice), San Diego, Kansas City (twice), San Francisco, Buffalo and an improved St. Louis squad. If the Raiders do not get a win this Sunday against Cleveland then they have a realistic shot at going 0-16.
However, with that being said, the smart bet is to still wager on Cleveland to win this game. The team struggled on the road last week against Jacksonville, and while it may not be as good as its early 3-3 record may imply, the Browns are still much better than then Oakland and should be able to grab a win here.
Minnesota Vikings at Tamp Bay Buccaneers
Spread : Vikings +2.5
Six-point teaser : Vikings +8.5
Tampa Bay and Minnesota have been equally as horrendous through the early part of the season, and any result in this game would not be shocking. Either team could win or either could get blown out-when you have a matchup between two bad teams almost anything is possible. Minnesota, however, is coming off a one-point, last-second loss to the 4-3 Buffalo Bills and seems to at least be competing during games, while Tampa Bay is coming off 41-17 destruction against Baltimore to go along with its Week 3 beating by the equally-bad Atlanta Falcons. Take the Vikings plus the points.
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