Remember me Reset Password


NFL Betting - Who to choose, who to avoid when going against the spread

Posted by D.J. Tomkins on 4/18/2012 9:16:21 AM
NFL betting linesTennessee and Arizona were the NFL betting surprises of last year, and it paid off in the ATS standings as they were both in the top five when it came to beating the spread. Here’s a look at the top three teams you should definitely consider when betting on the spread, and who you shouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole.

NFL Betting: ATS tips and picks

  • Look closely at last year’s standings
  • Pay attention to strength of schedule
  • Stay away from the NFC East

Place Your Bets On:

Pittsburgh – The defending Super Bowl champions have the fourth-easiest schedule in the league, which means they should have a pretty decent road back to the playoffs. Having the NFL’s best defense helps when it comes to covering the online betting spread.

Seattle – The Seahawks were missing Matt Hasselbeck last year, among others, which aided with their terrible season. However, Hasselbeck is back and healthy, which means the Seattle offense should be much improved, and they’re in the weak NFC West, which contributes to them having the ninth-easiest schedule in the league.

Green Bay – The offense looked spectacular in the preseason, but it’s the improved defense that will lead the Packers to a great ATS season. They switched to a 3-4 scheme with more blitzing, and their corners are good enough to play man-to-man.

Avoid At All Costs:

Tampa Bay – The Bucs are beginning to rebuild, but having the fifth-toughest slate in the league doesn’t help them in the sports betting department at all.

Chicago – Yes, yes, the Bears got Jay Cutler from Denver, and he’ll improve the offense, but how much? The Bears don’t really have any receivers outside of Devin Hester, and you can only go to tight end Greg Olsen so many times. Cutler will help, but I see a lot of close games that will ruin their chances against the spread, even with the league’s easiest schedule.

NFC East teams – You can take them against other teams, but when they’re facing each other, forget about it. This is the toughest division in the league, and handicapping these games are nearly impossible as all four teams are so close to each other. The Giants and Eagles were in the top five last year, but they’ll drop to a lackluster offense (Giants), and a team in transition (Eagles). The Redskins and Cowboys finished in the bottom third of the league, and they have the same problems as the above teams.

For more NFL odds, props and totals, visit the offshore sportsbook at

Devon Jordan “D.J.” Tomkins doesn’t own turntables, but the sound of screaming fans at a football game is music to his ears. He had quite the following as a speedy wide receiver during his high school days and went on to successful coaching career. Now, he moonlights as an expert handicapper, combining his practical knowledge of the game with a penchant for memorizing numbers and stats. If you want informed football picks, DJ is your man. Thoughts or questions?



↑ Back to page content
Media Logos

At BetOnline, our company’s guiding principle is to establish long-lasting, positive relationships with our customers. BetOnline is perfect for those who like to stay on top of all the latest sports & horse racing odds or play a few games in the online casino. We have built our reputation on giving our clients nothing but high-quality service and once you have worked with us, you will realize why we are regarded as a leader.

From our customer service to our cutting-edge technology, enticing contests and dedication to putting the best product out on the marketplace, BetOnline is always striving to improve and we take the wants and needs of our customers very seriously. We are always looking for suggestions to make our product better, and client input allows us to build a relationship that will last for a lifetime.

Trust is tough to create and it is even tougher to maintain, which is why we always keep the lines of communication open with our clients at BetOnline, and the best part is that it will not cost you a dime.

Head over to our world-famous sportsbook, where you will find live lines for all major sporting events, but that is not all because at BetOnline, you will also find the Betting Edge, which is a constant stream of advice from people that spend countless hours looking over trends and statistics, so you don’t have to. You get an honest and educated opinion for people that truly love sports, and we are always updating the section to keep you up on what’s happening in current in the world of sports.

The racebook is another fantastic section at BetOnline, as you can get a headstart on the Triple Crown season by reading over our articles to give you an idea of the winning horses. We don’t just focus on the Triple Crown at BetOnline; you can find information on races all year around and that will help you out when it comes time to watch the major thoroughbred horse races.

You can also check out our casino, where you can play the latest games powered by the latest technology. From poker to card games, slots and everything in between, we have you covered at BetOnline.

We have contests and promotions galore as BetOnline is all about what our clients want, so check it out and if you have any inquiries, never hesitate to get in touch with us. Betonline because your can!

↑ Back to top