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NFL Odds Happy Punt Returns

NFL odds handicapping is far more than just figuring the offense vs. defense NFL betting matchups or the quarterbacks, coaches, and home field advantages.

NFL odds can be completely flipped upside down by special teams plays such as break away returns.  NFL betting teams that make such plays often turn “bad beats” into lucky wins!  Reggie Bush of the New Orleans Saints is best known as a running back.  But his real value against the NFL odds has been as a punt returner.

The 4-year pro from USC ran back 3 punts for touchdowns last year and was a major reason why the Saints were one of the top values in all of NFL betting last year as they lost just 5 out of 16 games against the NFL odds.

Bush’s average of 13.5 yards per return also demonstrates his ability to put New Orleans in excellent field position and make them a consistent threat to score against the NFL odds.  Oakland’s Johnnie Lee Higgins was another break away man against the NFL odds last year.

Higgins also returned 3 punts for touchdowns last year against the NFL odds and had a 13.0 yards per return average to keep the Raiders in scoring range all year.  Higgins was also one of the top kickoff return men against the NFL odds last year with an average of 23.4 yards per return.

While Oakland finished only 7-9 against the NFL odds they would have been far worse without Higgins help!  The Houston Texans avoided a losing season against the board thanks in large part to the efforts Jacoby Jones, who returned 2 punts for touchdowns last year.

The 3-year pro out of Lane had an average of 12.1 yards per return for 2008.  The Buffalo Bills went only 7-9 against the spread last year but those 7 unexpected covers were due in large part to the punt returns of Roscoe Parrish, who averaged 15.3 yards per return and scored a touchdown.

Parrish helped the inept Buffalo offense gain valuable field position all year.  Knowing who can break a game wide open is a way of knowing how to get happy returns for your money this season.

NFL action begins August 9.

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