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POINT SPREADS

Money
Line
Team
Over/Under
Spread
Score
+130 Philadelphia Eagles 34½  24
-150 Jacksonville Jaguars -2½  10
+110 New York Jets 42½  22
-130 Atlanta Falcons -2½  10
+120 Cincinnati Bengals 41  23
-140 Washington Redskins -2½  13
+170 Green Bay Packers 37½  13
-195 Baltimore Ravens -3½  26
+105 Oakland Raiders 39½  33
-125 Arizona Cardinals -1½  26
-110 Buffalo Bills 39  27
-110 Carolina Panthers pk  14
+120 Chicago Bears 41  13
-140 New York Giants -3  32
+130 Miami Dolphins 41½  14
-150 Tampa Bay Buccaneers -3  16
+170 Cleveland Browns 41½  21
-200 Indianapolis Colts -4  18
+115 New England Patriots 42½  22
-135 Tennessee Titans -2  17
-220 Dallas Cowboys -4½  14
+180 Los Angeles Rams 37½  10
-165 Kansas City Chiefs -3  7
+145 Pittsburgh Steelers 46½  17
+130 Detroit Lions 40½  23
-150 Houston Texans -3  30
-120 New Orleans Saints -1  
+100 Los Angeles Chargers 42  
+140 Seattle Seahawks 41  
-160 Minnesota Vikings -3  
+120 San Francisco 49ers 41  
-140 Denver Broncos -2½  

Last Updated: 8/17/2019 6:44:59 PM

PRESEASON FEATURE

     
 
Cause and Effect
by Dennis Ranahan

The 2018 National Football League regular season was the highest scoring in history. Coming into the year, only 19 teams had ever scored as many as 500 points in a season, only the Denver Broncos five years ago had tallied as many as 600. Then, in 2018, three teams cracked the 500 point total. The Kansas City Chiefs the most, 565, and the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints followed with 527 and 504 respectively.

On the heels of the highest scoring season the NFL staged their lowest scoring Super Bowl when the New England Patriots and Rams combined for 16 points.

What this clearly illustrates is that NFL results are not necessarily a repeat of what has come before, but more tied to what the previous results logically lead to based on the one factor that influences every NFL score, motivation.

When the Patriots and Rams came into the Super Bowl with defenses that ranked 7th and 20th in points allowed, and offenses that ranked second and fourth in the 32 team league in terms of points scored, one could logically expect a high scoring game. But that logic is only based on what has happened, while the art of handicapping is more attuned to how past results feed what is more likely going to happen while employing cause and effect principles.

When defenses are overmatched, they are more motivated to overcome the challenge. The more motivated teams are the ones that appear to be playing on their toes, while an overconfident squad can look more as if they are struggling in sand.

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