In this space a week ago, we honed in on a specific circumstance that makes the look-ahead bet preferable to waiting until closer to game time: an attractive underdog receiving 3.5 points. It did not take long for the wagering gods to present some evidence.
Carolina was laying Philadelphia three and a hook in the look-ahead lines. Same with Kansas City against Buffalo. Come the kickoff for Panthers-Eagles, the spread had dwindled to 2.5. The Bills-Chiefs spread also shrunk a full point for awhile before settling at three.
Before the first tackle was recorded in each game, the bettor was a winner. The value at +3.5 is considerably greater than the smaller numbers. For double good measure, the Eagles and the Bills won straight-up.
This week, let's skip another Chiefs -3.5 line (versus Tennessee) for three other options.
Week 7 lookahead lines
Broncos at Browns (-6), O/U 44.5
Bengals at Ravens (-6.5), O/U 48
Panthers (-3) at Giants, O/U 44.5
Washington at Packers (-7.5), O/U 50
Chiefs (-3) at Titans, O/U 56.5
Falcons at Dolphins (-2.5), O/U 48
Jets at Patriots (-7), O/U 43.5
Lions at Rams (-13.5), O/U 49.5
Eagles at Raiders (-2.5), O/U 48
Bears at Buccaneers (-10), O/U 49
Texans at Cardinals (-14.5), O/U 49.5
Colts at 49ers (-5.5), O/U 44.5
Saints (-3) at Seahawks, O/U 43.5
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