This pertains to NFL teams, coming off of their bye week, playing on the road as a favorite. I am using closing lines to determine if they are a favorite or not. Line must be -1 or greater, no pk'ems. Exclude ANY games in which BOTH teams playing had their bye the week before.
As with any "system", I would suggest only using this a tool to either help reinfornce a game you like, or get you off a game you are unsure on.
Last year I was doing some research on teams coming off their byes when I stumbled on these numbers. I delved a little deeper this year, using some archived spreads and went back all the way to 1996. (I used covers.com and goldsheet.com to get all archived numbers)
1996-2001 8W - 7L - 0P
2002-2006 12W - 7L - 0P
2007-2010 16W - 1L - 1P
As you can see, these teams have been hitting much more in recent years. In week 7, we had two games that were tinkering around fitting the system. San Diego opened as a 2pt favorite at NY Jets, however, this closed as a Pkem, or even Jets -1 in some places. It's possible that some books still had SD as a favorite. With the large amount of online casinos, it's hard to pinpoint an exact closing line. According to covers lines, SD went off at -1, so I suppose we can count this as a loss.
Denver opened up at Miami as a dog, but closed at -1, and did cover. So for arguments sake, we'll call it 1-1 in 2011 thus far.
Week 8 has two games that qualify (as of Friday afternoon)
New England -3 @ Pittsburgh
Cincinnati -3 @ Seattle
Those lines could move, and I will update this blog if they do move by Sunday. But a 3pt move in two days would be VERY odd, and probably something up that would be justify a no play anyway.
Just something to think about. It's just a system, so for all I know, it may lose the next 20 times. But, not a bad run that it's been on.