Who is the best NFL team against the spread? Which NFL teams went over or under the betting totals the most times this season?
These questions can be answered for any NFL bettor by viewing the NFL ATS records, stats, rankings and standings below for NFL gambling stat categories.
It’s easy enough to look at the regular NFL standings and see who is good and who isn’t. And yes, it’s also easy to see based upon that which teams should be favored on the NFL betting lines or who should be favored to win the Super Bowl. That said, we’re about finding winners in the NFL starting in Week 1 of the campaign and running all the way through Week 17 in the regular season and then through the playoffs. Just because a team is 12-4 and leading its division though, doesn’t mean that the team is a great one to bet on when you consider the NFL betting lines. For help with that, you’re going to want to take a look at the NFL ATS standings.
We see this every single year in both directions. Teams that are really good and are capable of winning the Super Bowl are lousy ATS teams, while teams that go 4-12 and are tremendous to try to bet on because they might be relatively unlucky and are losing close games, or the oddsmakers just aren’t giving them the respect that perhaps they deserve.
Just take the 2013 season, for example. The Minnesota Vikings went 5-10-1 SU, but they went 9-7 ATS and won money for bettors. The New England Patriots went 12-4 and walked away from the rest of the field in the AFC East. However, they went just 8-8 ATS.
Sometimes though, you’ll see exactly what you expect out of the NFL ATS standings. In the 2011 season in the NFC West, the San Francisco 49ers went 12-3-1 ATS, while the St. Louis Rams went 3-12-1 ATS. That year, the Niners went 13-3, won the NFC West, and ultimately went on to the NFC Championship Game. The Rams went 2-14 and had the No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft.
That’s not all that you’re going to find when you look at the NFL ATS standings, though. You’re also going to get a really good idea as to whether teams have been underachieving or overachieving when it comes to ‘totals’ as well. You’ll generally get a decent outlook as to whether a team is a high scoring team or a low scoring team just based upon this stat, but even that isn’t necessarily as simple as it seems.
In the 2013 season, the St. Louis Rams featured just 44.5 points per game, and they were known as a defensive team. You’d figure that they would have been a fantastic ‘under’ team. However, they went 9-7 towards the ‘over’. Meanwhile over in the NFC South, the New Orleans Saints, who are always an easy team to pick an ‘over’ with because QB Drew Brees and the gang are always capable of putting up points in bunches. However, the boys from the Bayou went just 6-10 for ‘over’ bettors thanks to a defense which allowed just 19.0 points per game in somewhat shocking fashion.
The NFL ATS standings don’t always tell you what you would think they would, but they do tell the truth about what you need to know from a betting standpoint. You should always make them a part of your handicapping repertoire.