By Steve Rieder
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"The difference between sharps and squares is that sharps bet numbers and squares bet teams."
Most successful sports handicappers use a quantitative standard for assessing the game. In order to do that, it 's imperative to use power ratings, also known as 'power rankings,' to identify the point differential between opposing teams. By comparing two teams’ power ratings and accounting for home field advantage, bettors can objectively determine what the point spread should be and take advantage of any difference in the actual line. Regardless of the difficulty to create, having power ratings is a must to properly handicap the NFL. We'll dive a little deeper into this below as we break down Week 2 in the NFL.
NFL WEEK 3 POWER RATINGS
There have been some major adjustments made this week due to injury, discrepancy between expectation and reality, and a litany of other variables. The Chiefs saw themselves fall from the mantle as the NFL premier team just as they did on Sunday Night to Baltimore. Speaking of the Ravens, Baltimore's ability to show gumption and the ability to play from behind, was the catalyst in their ascension in our rankings. New Orleans and their schizophrenic play caused them to vacillate each week like a richter scale reading. Conversely, the Raiders and Panthers have been consistent risers who continue to prove my beginning of the year grade on them was too low. Our Power Rated Lines also show 2-point discrepancies from the market on 3 different games, one of which prompted our best bet. Let's dive into the Power Ratings and the Power Rated Lines to see where the value lies for Week 3.
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