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 is 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, the bettor can objectively determine what the point spread should be and take advantage of any difference in the actual line.
NFL WEEK 4 POWER RATINGS
Through the first two weeks of the NFL season, we had two teams (TB and KC) at the head of the class. These two Super Bowl contenders would have been favorites on the road against every team in the NFL. After an extremely lackluster performance by both, the pack has caught up. On the other end of the spectrum, four teams with new quarterbacks and coaches have held the basement captive. Both the Giants and Bears are closing in on the dwellers as both fanbases eagerly await to see whose coach gets fired first. Four teams saw their Power Rating drop by at least 1.5 points as injuries and inexcusable play take hold. No one can predict the future, but we certainly try in our Power Ratings Week 4 preview where we find 2 best bets we absolutely love.
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