The NFL season is looming and no game is more closely scrutinized than the Monday Night Football Game of the Week. Let’s peruse the schedule and list a few tips to help us cash in our NFL picks.
The 2016 MNF Schedule
Sept. 12: Pittsburgh Steelers at Washington Redskins
Sept. 12: Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers
Sept. 19: Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears
Sept. 26: Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints
Oct. 3: New York Giants at Minnesota Vikings
Oct. 10: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers
Oct. 17: New York Jets at Arizona Cardinals
Oct. 24: Houston Texans at Denver Broncos
Oct. 31: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
Nov. 7: Buffalo Bills at Seattle Seahawks
Nov. 14: Cincinnati Bengals at New York Giants
Nov. 21: Houston Texans at Oakland Raiders
Nov. 28: Green Bay Packers at Philadelphia Eagles
Dec. 5: Indianapolis Colts at New York Jets
Dec. 12: Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots
Dec. 19: Carolina Panthers at Washington Redskins
Dec. 26: Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys
Tips on Betting MNF
Your unit wager should not increase because this is the only game in town. There was a slate of Sunday games, replete with totals, sides, prop bets and even live wagering that offered you ample opportunity to get down on a sharp side in your NFL picks. A Monday night game should be viewed as simply another opportunity to do your homework, study the trends and shop for the best lines available. Do not bet the game because it's Monday night, bet it because there's a better than reasonable chance of making money.
Teams usually have an extra day to prepare for Monday night but depending upon the schedule some may even be coming off a bye week which gives them over two weeks to gear up and get ready. Factor that into your betting equation and don't forget to study your injury reports because even the absence of a spare part can put an overload of work on a starter.
There is a school of thought that subscribes to veteran coaches on teams with which they have been attached to for several years fare better on Monday night than new regime head coaches or unseasoned head coaches.
Statistics from 2010-2014 prove that there is no discernible edge in home versus away teams or over versus under in terms of totals. The NFL odds makers broke close to even over this period when you consider the following: Home Teams Straight Up (46-39, .541), Home Teams ATS (44-41, .518), Favorites ATS (46-39, .541) and Over/Under (44-40-1, .524).
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