As you probably know already, playing a teaser bet involves shifting the NFL pointspread a certain number of extra points in your favor, and putting together a number of teams in a “package” of sorts. The number of points and the number of teams are, to an extent, our choice.
Let’s get grandiose. We’re going to go after a five team, seven-point teaser, which will offer us a +325 payoff at Bovada if we win, and we think we have some great components for it. For the most part, we are backing quality.
First of all, we’ll use the New England Patriots. They may see the return of Rob Gronkowski, although we get teased with that every week, don’t we? Tom Brady is now finding some rapport with his younger receivers, namely Kenbrell Thompkins, who caught six passes for 127 yards against Atlanta on Sunday night. Julian Edelman is doing a very good Wes Welker imitation. And we have to believe that the Patriot defense can handle Andy Dalton’s collection of receivers, at least to a certain extent. Aqib Talib shuts down AJ Green a little. Those Bengals got a gift against the Packers a couple of weeks ago, before going meekly against Cleveland. Cincy is a one-point favorite at BetOnline, so we’ll tease the Pats up to +8.
The Green Bay Packers are a seven-point favorite over the Detroit Lions on Sunday. After literally handing a win to Cincinnati a couple of weeks ago, the Pack had a bye week to mull things over and get a little angrier. The Lions will be on the other end of that anger. And let’s keep something in mind that is not inconsequential, which is that the Lions have not won at Lambeau Field since back in 1991. So we will no problem teasing this game down to a pick’em.
One has to believe that the Baltimore Ravens are hopping mad after blowing an opportunity to win in Buffalo. You better believe that Joe Flacco, after five interceptions, is hearing it a lot about how he is underachieving with his monstrous contract. He has a lower quarterback rating than rookie EJ Manuel. Let’s look for a rebound of sorts here against a Miami team that may not be capable of creating a lot of distance between itself and quality opponents. Ryan Tannehill is still experiencing a lot of “rookie” stuff, like six fumbles and 18 sacks. With the Dolphins listed as a three-point favorite in the NFL betting odds at BetOnline, we can tease this game up to Baltimore +10 and be pretty confident.
Are the San Francisco 49ers back on track after two straight rough losses? Well, if their dominant performance against the Rams – a team they did not beat last year – is any indication, then yes, they are. Maybe things are getting back to normal. And the Houston Texans just looked like a team that was trying to find a way to lose against Seattle last week. There are still a lot of questions about the heart of this team, as well as the decision-making abilities of Matt Schaub. The Niners are rated as 5.5-point favorites at BetOnline. So we can tease this one to the Niners getting a point and a half, which is sort of breaking an unwritten rule (crossing the “0” line) and take our chances with the defending NFC champs against a squad that still may deserve the label of “underachiever.”
The tricky one might be the fifth component of our NFL teaser, which is the game between the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants. There are probably still a lot of people who are in denial about how bad the Giants might actually be. But they have been no-shows in their last two games; they know that making the playoffs after an 0-4 start is a remote possibility, unless the whole division collapses, and Eli Manning has turned the ball over ELEVEN times already. There are injury problems on the offensive line and on defense. So when it comes down to it, we are just guessing as to when they are going to put forth an NFL-level effort. Philadelphia remembers the last time it came to MetLife Stadium, as the Giants hung an ugly 42-7 loss on them. At least the Eagles have some functioning parts on offense. And when you have a team like the Giants, who appear to be operating in chaos as it is, do you think having to scramble around to keep pace with the Eagles’ no-huddle offense is going to help matters? The Giants are 1.5-point favorites in the pro football odds at Bovada.lv, so we can tease the dog and get 8.5 points with Philly.
So to summarize, this is the way our five-teamer is going to look:
New England +8
Green Bay pick’em
San Francisco +1.5
To generate your own NFL teaser action, take a trip over to Bovada.lv. And the best of luck (and skill) to you!