Inside look at NFL teams who cover the spread heading into the 2021-2022 NFL season

Walter Sharp
22 Jun 2021
03:34
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Inside look at NFL teams who cover the spread heading into the 2021-2022 NFL season

As the 2021-2022 NFL season approaches, many NFL fans are looking at the point spreads for the Week 1 games. Sports betting comes with planning and the NFL is one sport that betters should consider planning before betting. The 2021-2022 season will see fans return to the stadiums and many great matchups.

When it comes to sports betting a team’s overall win/loss record has little impact on whether an NFL team can cover the point spread for their game. There are teams at the top of the ATS that missed the playoffs. With that being said, let us take a look at how all 32 NFL teams fared against the spread last season.

How did 2020-2021 NFL teams fare against the spread?

#1 Miami Dolphins

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Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins missed the playoffs by one game in 2020. Miami finished the 2020-2021 season with the best record against the spread out of all 32 teams. The Dolphins registered an overall record of 11-5-0 against the spread in 2020. Miami finished the 2020-2021 season with a 68.8% against the spread and were the safest bet for NFL fans. 

#2 Buffalo Bills

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Buffalo Bills

Buffalo Bills are coming off the best season in roughly 20 years. The Bills finished the 2020 season with a 13-3 record and fell one game short of making the Super Bowl. Their record against the spread was 12-7-0 which ranks them second out of all 32 teams. Buffalo finished the 2020 season with a ATS percentage of 63.2%. 

#3 Baltimore Ravens

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Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore is another team that saw success during the 2020 season with Lamar Jackson finally getting over the hump and winning his first playoff game of his career. The Ravens leaned heavily on Jackson to lead their team in 2020. Baltimore finished the 2020-2021 NFL season with an overall record of 11-7 against the spread. Lamar and Co. covered the spread 61.1% of the time in 2020. 

#4 Green Bay Packers

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Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers are checking in at number four on our list for their record against the spread in 2020. Green Bay is heading into a lot of uncertainties in 2021. The Packers are unsure about the future of their franchise quarterback Aaron Rodgers. If the Packers lose Rodgers, they could see their record against the spread fall tremendously. Green Bay finished the 2020 season with a 11-7-0 overall record against the spread. The Packers covered the spread 61.1% of the time in 2020.

#5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers are entering the 2021-2022 season with all 22 starters from their Super Bowl Championship team. The Buccaneers are coming off a 2020 season where they covered the spread 60% of the time. Tampa Bay finished the 2020-2021 season with an overall record of 12-8-0 against the spread. 

#6 Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh finished the 2020-2021 season with an overall record of 10-7-0 against the spread. The Steelers covered the spread 58.8% of the time. Heading into the 2021-2022 season the Pittsburgh Steelers are bringing back their franchise quarter Ben Roethlisberger and top wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. 

#7 Washington Football Team

The Washington Football Team is entering the 2021-2022 season with one of the NFL’s best defenses. Their offense will be the biggest question mark, but they added another speed threat wide receiver in Curtis Samuel. Washington finished the 2020-2021 season with an overall record of 10-7-0 against the spread and covered the spread 58.8% of the time in 2020. 

#8 Carolina Panthers

Carolina Panthers are entering a new era heading into the 2021-2022 season. The Panthers traded their quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to the Denver Broncos after acquiring former Jets QB Sam Darnold. Carolina finished the 2020-2021 season with an overall record of 9-7-0 against the spread and covered the spread 56.2% of the time in 2020. 

#9 Los Angeles Chargers

Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers are coming off a successful season in 2020. Herbert brought home the Offensive Rookie of the Year award in 2020 and will look to make a run at the NFL MVP award in 2021. The Chargers covered the spread 56.2% of the time with an overall record of 9-7-0 against the spread in 2020.

#10 Denver Broncos

Denver has a decision to make with their quarterback position before the start of the 2021-2022 season. The Broncos covered the spread 56.2% of the time and posted an overall record of 9-7-0 against the spread in 2020. If the Broncos want to improve their record against the spread, they will need to find a solution at quarterback.

#11 New York Giants

The New York Giants have made significant upgrades to both their offense and defense. New York has signed the top WR in free agency and made an upgrade and corner. The Giants are coming off a 2020-2021 season where they covered the spread 56.2% of the time and posted an overall record of 9-7-0 against the spread in 2020. This year is all about Daniel Jones and the New York Giants offense. If they want to improve their record against the spread, they will need Daniel Jones to shine. 

#12 Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals may be the most impressive teams on the list of teams who covered the spread in 2020. Cincinnati covered the spread 56.2% of the time and posted an overall record of 9-7-0 against the spread. The Bengals did this without their franchise quarterback Joe Burrow. With the upgrades made during the draft, the Bengals should see their record against the spread improve in 2021. 

#13 New Orleans Saints

New Orleans is entering their 2021-2022 season with a new quarterback under center for the first time in 20 years. Drew Brees announced his retirement during the 2021 off-season and the Saints will now turn to Jameis Winston to run their offense. The Saints covered the spread 55.6% of the time in 2020 and posted an overall record of 10-8-0 against the spread in 2020. Jameis Winston will control the success of the Saints in 2021. 

#14 Los Angeles Rams

Los Angeles Rams are another team that made a phenomenal upgrade to their roster in 2021. The Rams added former Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and traded Jared Goff. Acquiring Stafford should improve their win/loss against the spread in 2021. Los Angeles finished the 2020-2021 season with an overall record of 10-8-0 against the spread in 2020 and covered 55.6% of the spreads placed in front of them in 2020. 

#15 Indianapolis Colts

Indianapolis will begin the Carson Wentz era begin in 2021. Wentz came over in a trade between the Colts and Eagles. Indianapolis posted an overall record of 9-8-0 against the spread in 2020 and covered the spread 52.9% of the time in 2020. 

  • #16 Las Vegas Raiders: ATS 8-8-0 (50%)
  • #17 Seattle Seahawks: ATS 8-9-0 (47.1%)
  • #18 Chicago Bears: ATS 8-9-0 (47.1%)
  • #19 Cleveland Browns: ATS 8-10-0 (44.4%)
  • #20 Jacksonville Jaguars: ATS 7-9-0 (43.8%)
  • #21 Arizona Cardinals: ATS 7-9-0 (43.8%)
  • #22 Atlanta Falcons: ATS 7-9-0 (43.8%)
  • #23 San Francisco 49ers: ATS 7-9-0 (43.8%)
  • #24 New England Patriots: ATS 7-9-0 (43.8%)
  • #25 Detroit Lions: 7-9-0 (43.8%)
  • #26 Kansas City Chiefs: 8-11-0 (42.1%)
  • #27 Tennessee Titans: 7-10-0 (41.2%)
  • #28 Philadelphia Eagles: ATS 6-10-0 (37.5%)
  • #29 New York Jets: ATS 6-10-0 (37.5%)
  • #30 Minnesota Vikings: ATS 6-10-0 (37.5%)
  • #31 Houston Texans: ATS 6-10-0 (37.5%)
  • #32 Dallas Cowboys: ATS 5-11-0 (31.2%)
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