How To Adjust To Popular Football Teams With Slow Starts

Invariably it happens every year. Some of the most popular teams in college football and NFL football lose or play poorly in September. This sets off widespread panic on sports talk radio, on national and team websites and the most common question asked is "What's wrong with Team X?"

Because football is a week to week sport versus others that at daily, there is a lot of bad things that creep into people's minds trying to figure out why their favorite teams are not meeting expectations. The same is true for the football bettor who absolutely counted on a couple of teams as - near mortal locks - and combined them with a few iffier choices and got burner like putting a hand on a hot stove.

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Even the most astute who excel at handicapping is taking a second look at their preseason notes and are scouring the box scores to under what is going on.

Maybe, just maybe, a few of these teams in either sport might be overrated. Maybe preseason injuries exposed a lack of depth that many thought was in place. Or last year's cohesive crew is not settled, or the coaching changes have players thinking and not reacting.

If you are a diligent gambler who likes to work more than one online sportsbook and you exhausted every scenario you can think of and not found any real answers, here are some betting advice, show patience.

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Any football coach will tell the last thing he would want is for his team to peak the first month of the season. Of course, fans have no such patience and expect a top performance every week, unlike what they demand from themselves on a daily basis.

Scheduling could be a factor, be it easy or difficult. In college, other than the SEC, nearly every other conference does not play league conflicts. Some years teams the public loves might have one semi-challenging contest and others they are 20+ point favorites and are lacking in motivation. This leads to sloppy play and not covering numbers.

In the NFL, because of the lack of tackling and hitting in the preseason, it's become common to see a couple of weeks of less than stellar football. If a particular club is also faced with a rugged schedule, mostly on the road, that could spell problems early.

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Other aspects to consider are they have been unlucky or are just not playing well. If it is deflating penalties,  fluky turnovers or touchdowns against on batted balls, penalties are correctable and chances are luck will even out.

Otherwise, you just have to wait. Once a team settles into a routine and everyone gets comfortable with each other and understand their individual and team assignments, they start to flourish. Once they play well a time or two, the confidence grows and the professional arrogance of knowing they are a top-shelf unit kicks in and they start to roll.

At that juncture the world starts to recognize what they anticipated and lo and behold the victories start coming, spread covers begin occurring and money flows like lava your way.

The sharp sports handicapper is always on the lookout for trouble because sometimes those events don't happen and a squad ends up not on the same page. Possibly NFL coaches and players start having their own agendas and maybe a college team develops a case of "senioritis". This is where the seniors are setting a poor example for the rest of the squad and these players think they are better or smarter than their coaches and they take the team down with them.

If all your research says not to panic early, don't. Just be on high alert for the positive or negative signs going forward into October and beyond.

About the Author

Doug Upstone has been involved in sports handicapping in some form or another his entire adult life. NOBODY watches and studies games more than he does. Whether it is live or going back and watching later, Doug has game notes and observations dating back two decades. (Yes, somehow he’s still married to his original wife.)

Doug is process person, meaning he’s developed his own power ratings in different sports to determine if the lines are accurate from his perspective, yet always follows the fundamentals when handicapping games.

Doug has been heard on various sports radio talk shows (Tony George Radio Show on Sirius radio the latest) around the country for years and never has a shortage of opinions. Plus, his Line Moves article is one of the most consistently viewed pieces among sports bettors on Facebook and Google Plus.

Doug has been writing articles for over a decade and doing videos nearly as long at several websites, which are among the most viewed in any particular week.

His articles have been in the New York,,,,, Daily Racing Form, and on a daily basis, along with being seen at many different websites on the internet and is pleased to become part of the team also in various capacities.

He also does work on some of the most popular football newsletters in the country, something he has done since 2006.

Doug has had 21 No. 1 rankings at documented sports monitors in a multitude of sports and over 80 Top 10 finishes and consistently delivers HUGE profits.


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