Most bettors love a good teaser. Moving spreads around can be an enticing and fun way to wager late in the NFL season after you've spent 13 straight weeks making the same types of bets. Teasers, however, can be trouble and lead many bettors into make "bad" wagers. The easiest and most profitable way to tease a game is to simply follow the basic strategy teaser rules. The wager is a two-team, six-point teaser that uses favorites of 7.5 to 8.5 points and underdogs of 1.5 to 2.5 points and moves each spread past the NFL key numbers of three and seven.
Over the last few weeks, basic strategy teasers have been on a tear. Last week the wager went 2-1, and prior to that it produced consecutive 4-0 marks. Remember, not every game qualifies as a basic strategy teaser, and for Week 15 of the season there are only three matchups that qualify. Let's take a closer look at the action and figure out the best way to wager on the games.
Thursday Night Game: Tampa Bay at St. Louis Rams
Spread: Buccaneers +1.5
Six-point teaser: Buccaneers +7.5
Tampa Bay is technically still in the playoff hunt with a 6-7 record, and a loss this week would probably end the team's already-slim chances at securing a wild-card spot. This matchup, in general, will feature a showdown between superstar rookies Jameis Winston and Todd Gurley. Both players have been fantastic throughout the year and each continues to be a bright spot and potential building block for their respective franchises. Tampa Bay is in the middle of a respectable season, and the squad could even end the year with an 8-8 mark, which back in August would have been surprising.
St. Louis, on the other hand, has dropped five of its last six matchups, and with a 5-8 record the season is essentially over for the Rams. Coach Jeff Fisher and company have struggled through the second half the year after starting the first seven weeks with a respectable 4-3 mark. The quarterback situation is a mess, the defense is struggling, and St. Louis isn't the potential playoff team many experts thought it could be. Prognosis : The Buccaneers plus the points is a juicy spot to add into a two-team teaser.
Miami Dolphins at San Diego Chargers
Spread: Dolphins +1.5
Six-point teaser: Dolphins +7.5
Miami, in all reality, probably got eliminated from the playoffs with Monday night's loss to the New York Giants, and heading into Week 14 with a 5-8 record may be too much to overcome. The Dolphins also rank in the Bottom 10 in nearly every major offensive and defensive category in the NFL. The only bright spot for Miami is the fact that it will be playing an even worse San Diego Chargers group that has one win since Week 5.
San Diego is bad, there is no doubt about that. However, the Chargers do excel at passing the ball where they currently ranked fourth in the entire league. The weird thing is the Chargers do not end up capitalizing, because they are ranked 28th in scoring, but they do get up and down the field. Prognosis: San Diego hasn't beaten anyone by more than three points all season, so don't' expect them to do so this week against Miami.
Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens
Spread: Chiefs -7.5
Six-point teaser: Chiefs -1.5
Kansas City has been on quite a tear since Week 7. The team has rattled off seven straight wins and positioned itself for a wild-card spot with an 8-5 record. All the Chiefs need to do is the run the table over the next three weeks and beat Baltimore, Cleveland and Oakland (all winnable games). At this point in the season and with so much at stake, Kansas City isn't likely to overlook a sub-par team, so expect a motivated AFC West squad to enter this matchup on Sunday.
Baltimore, on the other hand,is sitting on the outside when it comes to the playoff picture with a 4-9 record. The Ravens are rank in the Bottom 10 in both points scored and points allowed, and they have covered only three spreads all year. To be honest, there are not too many bright spots or reasons to think Baltimore can win this game or even keep it close. Prognosis: This is a solid situation to lower a favorite and give up less points.
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