Guest Article by Researchers at BettingCharts.com
Recap of Last Week & Looking Ahead to the Superbowl
New England couldn’t quite cover during Championship Week, bringing the Power Rankings down to a mediocre 4-4 during this year’s playoffs. The Power Ratings, however, are based on historical data that have proven to add value over a larger sample size than this year’s eight games. We’ll stick with the Power Ratings and observe that New England is the stronger team based on their performance, strength of schedule and overall quality measures. With “everything on the line” in the Superbowl, we think that the cream will rise to the top. In addition, we are happy to note that with almost 70% of the bets coming in on the NY Giants, the line has moved down from the key number of NE -14 (where the line opened at Pinnacle) to NE -12. Some books have been flip-flopping to 11.5 — and with the majority of the bets coming in on the Giants, the line can creep down even lower.
The upstart New York Giants have captured the Public’s attention with a string of strong performances. Many people like taking the underdog and are ALSO rooting for the Giants versus the “Evil Empire” Patriots, who destroyed opponents with no mercy earlier in the season. The Public loves the Giants for these reasons — the same reasons that we see “value” on the Patriots minus the points.
Note that the Power Rankings won’t change much during the playoffs. We shortened the list but kept the breakdown of the elite and pretender(s).
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At BettingCharts, we use a variety of tools to seek out value in the sports marketplace. Over the past few years, we have studied various indicators and stats specifically for the NFL Playoffs. Together, with our sister company, SportsInsights.com, we have devised our own proprietary power rankings for the upcoming playoffs. Please note that although results have been good over the past few years, the sample size is not very meaningful. Still, the power ratings and rankings are backed by good, fundamental, reasoning — and historical results have been eye-catching.
We have studied a wealth of statistics and have keyed in on several indicators that really seem to focus in on the “strength” of each of the twelve playoff teams. By using the indicators that show the most correlation with game results, we believe that the power rankings can help you to obtain value versus the point spread during the NFL Playoffs.
We believe this multi-factor approach can help to uncover value as we combine factors that give us an edge. What are some of the factors that we study? Firstly, we look at the “micro-happenings” behind the wins and losses. What kind of offense and defense are we talking about? What are the “Points For” and “Points Against” for this team? What kind of schedule did the team play? How was the team’s performance in “quality matchups?” We used the results of our research to create a composite rating which can be used to obtain value during the NFL Playoffs.
NFL 2008 Playoff Team Power Rankings
Below are our Power Rankings for the 2008 NFL Playoffs. How can you use these rankings? One easy-to-use method is to pick the higher-ranked team versus the spread. Some sports investors might want to make the selection ONLY if the ranking differential is above a certain amount. In either case, please use these rankings in combination with other sports investing tools that you use — or that we mention below. Note that we have highlighted and grouped the teams to separate this year’s powerhouses — from the contenders — and pretenders.
Betting Against the Public & Smart Money Techniques
As the playoffs begin and the sport’s top teams vie for the championship, there is increased public interest. This means increased betting activity by “Joe Public.” We believe that this presents an opportunity for astute sports investors. Our members have said that “Betting Against the Public” and “Smart Money” techniques have worked even better in these “big televised games.” Using these methods, in combination with other good handicapping strategies, can add good investment value — to an already great entertainment value (the Playoffs!).
Summary and Other Research
Together, BettingCharts and SportsInsights have presented Power Rankings for the 2006-2008 NFL Playoffs.
Good luck — and enjoy the games!
BettingCharts (BCs) is a sports research firm that focuses on statistical methods and indicators to obtain value in the sports investment marketplace.
We do not guarantee that the trends and biases we’ve found will continue to exist. It is impossible to predict the future. Any serious academic research in the field of “market efficiencies” recognizes that inefficiencies may disappear over time. Once inefficiencies are discovered, it is only a matter of time before the market corrects itself. We do not guarantee our data is error-free. However, we’ve tried our best to make sure every score and percentage is correct.