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What are Letdown Spots?

One of the things that NFL bettors might hear heading into a game is that a game is a letdown spot for one team or the other. But just what does a letdown spot consist of, and how can bettors profit off of them throughout the season? In this look at NFL letdown spots, we answer those questions and give bettors plenty to think about before they place their bets on pro football.

What is a Letdown Spot?

A letdown spot is a spot on a football team’s schedule that follows an emotional victory for a team. There is no such thing as an easy game in the NFL, as any team can win on any week thanks to how balanced the talent is across the league. If a team is not up for a game emotionally, they could get off to a slow start which could create an insurmountable deficit for them.

Letdown spots can come following a game against a team that is a division rival or a fellow playoff contender. Or they can just come after a close game against a team that isn’t a rival or a blowout victory. All of this is to say that letdown spots can come in many forms, and bettors have to have an open mind when they attempt to scope out those spots throughout the season.

Are Letdown Spots Worth Betting?

There are definitely some letdown spots that are worth betting on in the NFL each season. But, just like any other betting angle, a bettor has to put plenty of thought into when these spots are worth pulling the trigger on. Otherwise, bettors leave themselves open to exposure in a game where there isn’t as good a letdown spot as they might think is going to happen.

And there are plenty of perceived letdown spots that are not worth betting on at all, which bettors need to be wary of. Just because a team plays against a rival or plays in a close game does not guarantee that those teams will struggle in their next contest. The previous game needs to be taxing on the teams involved in some way. Otherwise, it is entirely possible that there will be no letdown whatsoever.

What to Think About Before Betting

As is the case before betting any football game, bettors have to think about the matchups heading into a potential letdown spot bet. A team can be in for a letdown, but if they are vastly superior to their opponent as far as the matchups are concerned, they could still win the next game. If a team can’t put pressure on a team susceptible to a letdown spot, they are not worth betting on.

Also worth considering is the role of rest in letdown spots. Some letdown spots are exacerbated by a team playing on short rest as a result of playing on Monday night the week before or playing on Thursday night in the letdown game. The lack of rest is a huge factor in pushing a letdown spot over the top in many instances.