NFL Marketwatch Week 2 2011-12

9/16/2011 11:01 AM EST
By Daniel Fabrizio
The NFL Marketwatch column is written by Daniel Fabrizio, founder and president of, with the goal of  providing sports betting enthusiasts unprecedented insight into the NFL point spread market. If you ever wanted to know what was really happening on the sportsbook side, you now have an all-access pass with the NFL Marketwatch. The column is normally published every Saturday morning. Readers can sign-up to receive an advance copy of the NFL Marketwatch, which is distributed via email on Saturday mornings.

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Every week, Daniel Fabrizio speaks directly with the line managers at some of the sports betting industry’s largest online sportsbooks — about which games the public is chasing and the “sharps” are pounding. He also utilizes the award-winning betting tools and NFL Betting Systems found on to uncover hidden value in the coming weekend’s games.

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Sports Insights takes an academic and contrarian view of the sports marketplace, as detailed in this article recently published in the Wall Street Journal, entitled, “A Contrarian’s Guide to Football Betting.  Sports Insights is a leader in the sports information industry and has published a popular and best-selling Sports Investing series of books as well as recent articles on:  comparing the Sports Marketplace to the Financial Markets and Contrarian Sports Investing: Why It Works.

NFL Marketwatch Historical Performance

The 2011 NFL Season marks the seventh year for our popular NFL Marketwatch column.  Over our six-year history, we have produced a winning percentage of 56.5% based on Sports Insights’ philosophy of applying contrarian sports investing methods and seeking value in the sports marketplace.


Year Record Win Percentage
NFL 2010-11 14-12 53.8%
NFL 2009-10 25-23 52.1%
NFL 2008-09 26-22 54.2%
NFL 2007-08 26-19 57.8%
NFL 2006-07 31-18 63.3%
NFL 2005-06 31-24 56.4%
TOTAL 153-118 56.5%


Recap of Last Week and the 2010-11 NFL Regular Season

The Miami Dolphins stayed with the Patriots for most of the game on Monday Night Football, but Tom Brady’s career-best 517 yards passing helped the Patriots beat the spread and give our NFL Marketwatch a loss in the opening weekend.  Our record in Games to Watch for the 2011 season stands at 0-1.  Last season, the NFL Marketwatch finished with a 53.8% winning percentage (14-12).

Sports Insights’ contrarian method of Betting Against the Public methods in the NFL, including Square Plays, Best Bets, and MarketWatch had a solid season, with Square Plays and NFL MarketWatch producing a combined winning percentage of just under 55%.  NFL Squares ended the regular season at 57%.  Check out the Blog for timely betting trends reports, plus original analysis on featured games and strategies.

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Tracking Public Performance

Over the years, Sports Insights has tracked the Public’s performance in lopsided-bet NFL games.  Overall, in “lopsided-bet” games,  which are defined as games having 65% or more bets on one team, the public has been correct only about 47% of the time, against the spread.  During the 2010 NFL Regular Season, the public was a respectable, but still sub-.500 63-64 = 49.6% in lopsided-bet games.  This, combined with the “vig” that the sportsbooks collect — made 2010 a losing year for the NFL betting public — and a profitable season for the sportsbooks.  

In Week 1 of the 2011 season, the public went 4-4 (50.0%) in lopsided-bet games (65% or more on one team).  We note that two games were impacted by line movement associated with the extreme betting percentages.  That is, the Tennessee and Arizona games could have gone either way based on the point spread.  Remember to shop for the best point spread: it can add valuable percentage points to your winning percentage.  

We don’t handicap games – we handicap the sports betting marketplace. collects betting trends from major online sportsbooks and tracks real-time odds to pinpoint profitable betting opportunities. By closely monitoring line movement and Sports Insights’ unique Public betting trends statistics, we uncover the most profitable plays.  Let’s see what the NFL sports marketplace has in store for this week.

Carolina Panthers vs. Green Bay Packers

It is early in the season and teams have not had much of a chance to prove themselves. As a result, it is a bit surprising to see double-digit point spreads so early in the season — and this week’s NFL board features three such games.  Of these double-digit point spread games, the match-up that caught our analysts’ eyes was the Carolina-Green Bay game.  Carolina is a 10-point underdog at home.  However, the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers rang up 42 points in defeating the Saints in Week 1.  Meanwhile, the “lowly” Panthers lost to Arizona.  As a result, an overwhelming percentage of bettors are taking the Packers, even with the relatively large point spread.  Including teaser and parlays, about 85% of bets are taking the Packers.

The line history graph below, which is available to all Premium and Premium Pro members, shows how the NFL Betting Trends have affected line movement for this game at Pinnacle.

Interestingly, very early line movement had the associated odds for the 10-point spread ticking slightly in the direction of Carolina.  This is an indication that larger bets, and potentially “smart money” was getting down on Carolina.  We were in touch with one of our industry contacts, an offshore risk manager who verified that some of his “sharper bettors” were getting down on the Panthers, saying, “Yes, the sharps are getting on Carolina — and that pushed the line down to Carolina +9.5 at Pin and CRIS.” 

The Panthers are definitely a “live home dog” with good “young blood” and are energized with Cam Newton’s big game in Week 1.  The Panthers were a poor 2-14 last season, but our readers know that we regularly make very “ugly selections.”  We don’t need our “ugly selections” to win outright, but we do need underperformers to “not get blown out.”  This is definitely a play that “separates the men from the boys” in terms of ugly contrarian value.  Our readers will have to “man-up” and make sure they have their Pepto Bismol nearby.

We also like this play because our team of researchers notes that Super Bowl champions are often overvalued the first few weeks of a new NFL season.  We’ll take Carolina and the big points, “bet against the Public,” and follow the lead of the “smart money.”

Carolina Panthers +11 (SIA)

It should be another exciting NFL weekend. Keep NFL Marketwatch picks handy and your browser pointed to for the latest Real Time OddsNFL Betting Trends and NFL Betting System Picks. I’ll be back next Saturday with the new edition of NFL Marketwatch. Enjoy the games!

Daniel Fabrizio