2013-10-27 23:10:23 - Based on a trend that dates back to the 1993 season, the Seattle Seahawks are in good shape for the Monday night matchup against the St. Louis Rams
The relative rarity of a team being favored by double digits in consecutive weeks was the basis of research by the sports handicapping website Vegas Experts, which specifically looked at the team’s first game in this scenario when it was against a divisional opponent.
The reason the website made the effort to research such circumstances is because of the Seattle Seahawks’ situation. The team is an 11.5-point road favorite over its NFC West rival, the St. Louis Rams, on Monday night, and will be a double-digit home favorite when it hosts the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers next Sunday.
For the last two decades, dating back to the start of the 1993 season, this NFL trend has compiled a record of 12-3-1 for
the favored team. How rare this circumstance is can be seen by the fact that this is the first time such a game has surfaced since Week 11 of the 2007 season.
In that contest, the New England Patriots were favored by 15.5 points on the road against its AFC East foe, the Buffalo Bills. The following week, the Patriots were a massive 23.5 home favorite. Against the Bills, the Patriots win easily in a 56-10 decision, but failed to cover the Las Vegas betting line against the Eagles in a 31-28 victory.
New England also had another situation earlier that year when the team was a 16-point favorite against its divisional rival, the Miami Dolphins, and won 49-28. The following week, the Patriots were again a 16-point favorite, this time against the Washington Redskins, and won easily by a 52-7 score.