NFL football gambling last year saw the top teams in defending the run be some of the top teams for betting on NFL action with. The eventual 2008 world champion Pittsburgh Steelers led NFL football gambling with a suffocating defense that allowed just 3.3 yards per carry on the ground.
It is no coincidence that Pittsburgh showed a profit for those betting on NFL games with them and covered 5 out of their final 6 games of the regular season before covering 2 out of their 3 NFL football gambling post season appearances.
The Baltimore Ravens were right behind Pittsburgh on run defense as they allowed just 3.6 yards per carry for the 2008 NFL football gambling regular season and were the most profitable team on the board with a record of 12-4 against the spread.
It is also interesting to note that Baltimore and Pittsburgh met in the AFC Championship game with two of the top rush defenses in all of NFL football gambling, which is further proof of the importance of a team’s ability to stop the run.
The Philadelphia Eagles were 10-6 against the NFL football gambling line last year and a large part of that success was based on their ability to stop the run. Philadelphia allowed just 3.5 yards per carry last year and that defense is what got them into the NFL football gambling playoffs and all the way to the NFC championship game.
The Tennessee Titans were another strong team against the rush allowing just 3.7 yards per carry to rank 6th best in all of NFL football gambling. Tennessee translated that domination up front on defense into a league best 12-4 mark against the spread.
When a team is able to control the line of scrimmage and stop the run they are able to control the game and win the cash. Last year was yet another handicapping lesson on the relation between rush defense success and profits.
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