Alabama vs. the NFL: Hypothetical Spreads Against Every NFL Team


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Jan 07, 2019, 08:50 AM EST
  • It's a common question: Could Alabama really hang with an NFL team?
  • The answer, of course, is no. But here's a more interesting question: Could Alabama cover vs. an NFL team?
  • Here are hypothetical spreads for this 2018 Alabama team vs. every NFL squad, courtesy of the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

Editor’s note: This article was originally published back in November, before Alabama made the National Championship Game vs. Clemson.

Let’s make a few things clear at the top: 1) There’s no chance the University of Alabama will ever play a football game against an NFL team. And 2) There’s even less of a chance Alabama would ever beat an NFL team.

But it’s still damn fun to think about, which is why when Westgate bookmaker Jeff Sherman tweeted a hypothetical Alabama-Bills spread last week, the sports world lost its collective mind.

While Bama vs. the Bills is fun — yay, alliteration! — Bama vs. the NFL is even better.

Sherman was kind enough to indulge our request and provide hypothetical spreads for Alabama versus all 32 NFL teams.

One stipulation from Sherman: The spreads below “aren’t pure power-rating differences between NFL teams. We felt there would be some let-up at some point in the second half.”

These are also based on if they played on a neutral field and for games played with NFL rules.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s run through Sherman’s 32 extremely hypothetical and not-at-all-controversial spreads, along with a fake prop from yours truly.

Alabama vs. Buffalo Bills

  • Spread: Bills -28.5
  • Fake prop: Over/under 4.5 times Sean McDermott gets caught day dreaming about having Tua Tagovailoa as his QB.

Alabama vs. Arizona Cardinals

  • Spread: Cardinals -30.5
  • Fake prop: Over/under 7.5 times the announcer mentions how much Nick Saban admires Larry Fitzgerald.

Alabama vs. Oakland Raiders

  • Spread: Raiders -31.5
  • Fake prop: Over/under 1.5 times Jon Gruden tries to trade AJ McCarron back to Bama before realizing McCarron no longer has college eligibility.