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NFL Playoff Betting Tip: Spread Performance of West Coast Teams Traveling East


Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images. Pictured: Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks fist bumps running back Marshawn Lynch #24

  • The Seahawks are traveling cross-country on Sunday to play the Eagles (4:40 p.m. ET, CBS) in Philadelphia.
  • Using Bet Labs, we examine how West Coast teams perform against the spread when playing on the East Coast.

On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks will travel to Philadelphia as 1.5-point favorites to take on the Eagles (4:40 p.m. ET, CBS). There is a three-hour difference between Seattle and Philly.

A commonly held belief among NFL bettors is that West Coast teams struggle when traveling cross-country. The theory is that long flights, road games and time-zone changes, which can confuse players’ internal body clocks, impact performance on the field.

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Since 2003, West Coast teams have gone 95-138 (40.8%) straight up (SU) when playing on the East Coast per Bet Labs. This seems significant, but against-the-spread (ATS) performance is a better indicator of how well a team performed compared to pregame expectations.

NFL Playoff Betting Tip: West Coast Teams Traveling East

Over the same span, West Coast teams are 115-111-7 (50.9%) ATS when playing on the road against an East Coast team.

The ATS record suggests West Coast teams have not underperformed, but there is a stark split in the data that is crucial for bettors.

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