Sportsbook handicappers must strike the perfect balance of being not too obvious while also being no too cute and over thinking the board at online sportsbooks. When it comes to the NFC playoffs many sportsbook handicappers will look back rather than forward and that is often a fatal mistake.
Just look at last season when the New York Giants emerged as the surprise team in NFC playoff sportsbook betting as they upset the favored Green Bay Packers and went on to shock the sportsbook world by upsetting the undefeated New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.
Now the Giants are the favorite and “last year’s” team. The question for 2008-09 is who will be the NEW Giants? Sure, the Giants can repeat as NFC champions but most sportsbook experts realize that it is just as likely that a new team will emerge at online sportsbooks to take away NFC supremacy from the Giants.
The Carolina Panthers would have to be considered a NFC sportsbook threat to the Giants.
Sure Carolina lost a tough overtime road game at the Giants earlier in December to forfeit home field advantage but the fact that the Panthers led late in the game and lost on a series of close calls means that with just a tweak here or there, they can get the sportsbook cash as a possible bargain value.
Another possible bargain sportsbook team would be the Arizona Cardinals. Arizona lost a lot of their sportsbook betting value and appeal down the stretch which is what could make them quite dangerous in the playoffs.
The Cardinals will get a home game in the first round of the NFC playoffs and might end up being one of the better plays on the board at online sportsbooks because most of the public will be leery of them.
Always remember that a key to success at NFC playoff sportsbook betting is that you don’t want to lay points with teams that lack defense, and that further into the playoffs, especially the title game, the dog often bites hard as the Giants did last year!
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