My first bookie once told me “Don’t bet teasers, kid. They call them teasers for a reason.” I usually try to follow his sage advice, but this weekend I think the best play is to tease both the underdogs.
For those non-degenerate sports gamblers, the way a two team teaser works is that you get to move each line 6 points in either direction, but you need to get both games right in order for your single bet to come in. Denver is favored by 5.5 points, so with the 6 points added I have New England plus 11.5. In the NFC game Seattle is giving 3.5 points and I took San Francisco, teased up to 9.5.
Both championship games match similarly constructed teams that know their opponents well. I don’t have a great feel for who is going to win either game, so I basically bet on the premise that both games are going to be close. This is perhaps not the most sharp gambling logic, but it beats not having any action on the conference title games.
In the AFC game you have the two future Hall of F...