NFL Playoffs

Can Backup Quarterbacks Be Trusted in the NFL Playoffs?

by John Ewing • January 10, 2018

There are a lot of great backups – a backup plan (like a boy scout, be prepared), backup generator (keep the power running) and backup cowbell (more cowbell, baby!) – but a second-string signal caller in the playoffs isn’t one of them. Nick Foles will start for Philadelphia on Saturday, filling in for Carson Wentz […]

Should Bettors Be Nervous About Surprise Teams That Make the NFL Playoffs?

by John Ewing • January 3, 2018

The Los Angeles Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars are two of the biggest surprise teams of 2017. A year ago, the Rams ended their first season back in L.A. with a 4-12 record that included seven straight losses once they turned the ball over to top overall pick Jared Goff. In Jacksonville, the Jags finished 2016 […]

Take Advantage of Contrarian Underdogs in the NFL Playoffs

by John Ewing • January 3, 2018

If you’re a frequent Bet Labs reader you know that we take a contrarian approach to sports betting. Public perception artificially inflates lines and sharp bettors can capitalize on these market overreactions by zigging when the public zags. One of our favorite strategies is betting against the public. Of course, the postseason is a different […]

Should Bettors be Worried about the Jaguars’ Losing Streak?

by John Ewing • January 2, 2018

The Jacksonville Jaguars will host the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at Everbank Field. It is the Jags’ first playoff appearance since 2007. The oddsmakers opened Blake Bortles & Co. as 7.5-point favorites at home, yet a majority of early spread tickets are taking the Bills and the points. This is likely a reaction to the […]

Chargers Playoff Odds Offering Value for Bettors

by John Ewing • December 20, 2017

There’s only two weeks left in the regular season and the number of playoff spots available are dwindling. The Patriots, Steelers, Jaguars, Eagles and Vikings have clinched postseason berths, leaving seven spots up for grabs. BetOnline is offering prop bets for 10 teams to make or miss the playoffs. After 10,000 simulations of the 2017 […]

2017 NFL Playoff Value Bets

by John Ewing • July 17, 2017

According to the bookmakers, the most likely teams to reach the NFL postseason are the Patriots (-1700), Seahawks (-525), Packers (-390) and Steelers (-365). Do any of these squads offer value to make the playoffs? To determine if a team has value we look at what their current odds are to make the playoffs at […]

How to Bet NFL Playoff 2nd Half Lines

by John Ewing • January 26, 2017

As Lady Gaga ascends the stage for the Super Bowl 51 halftime show, bookmakers will be scrambling to post second half (2h) lines. These lines are for the outcome of the second half only, not the full game. How do you bet NFL Playoff 2nd half lines? If this were a regular season game the […]

NFL Refs Conference Championship games

by John Ewing • January 20, 2017

Bill Vinovich will be the head official for the NFC Championship game and Terry McAulay will be in charge of referees for the AFC Championship game. As we did last week, let’s look at the impact these zebras could have on the game? AFC Championship: Patriots -5.5 vs. Steelers Underdogs are 69-62 ATS Road teams […]

Yes/No Super Bowl Prop Bets

by John Ewing • January 18, 2017

Will the Packers win the Super Bowl? Is there value betting that the Patriots won’t win the title? Let’s answer these Yes/No Super Bowl prop bets. To determine if a prop bet has value, we compare the current odds at to our projected chance based on 10,000 simulations of the NFL Playoffs. Patriots win […]

2016 NFL Trends Conference Championship

by John Ewing • January 17, 2017

There is incredible power in understanding how teams, players, leagues and markets have reacted to various scenarios. Using Bet Labs massive database of proprietary sports betting information you can easily build and explore data-driven betting systems. Each week we will provide a betting trend for every NFL game. Some trends will be team specific and […]