In case you don’t have the same betting sickness that I do then chances are you haven’t noticed the trend. That trend would be the Raiders being underdogs for the fourth week running. We know how the last three games went. So what makes you feel any different about the Chiefs giving 2 to Oakland tomorrow?
Well…let’s be honest about this.
Rule number one of degenerate gambling is to only bet on underdogs. You’re never going to get back to even or dare to dream of turning a profit by taking favorites. That type of betting is for girlfriends you bring to Vegas who you want to get off your back for an hour while you stew on your three team parlay being blown by an idiot kicker. “Here’s $100, bet on the team with the better logo”, you tell her in anger while nervously counting off your final $100.
But we’re getting off track here. Why should you bet on the Raiders this week when the last three have gone according to Vegas’ plans?
For starters the Raiders have owned Arrowhead in recent years. Safe to say if Al Davis were still around he’d be banging on Clark Hunt to pay him rent for the Chiefs’ use of Al’s stadium. That is how dominant Oakland has been in Kansas City.
There is one good reason to load up on the Raiders on the eve of Christmas.
Another reason this is a good betting idea is that the Chiefs are due for a letdown. All year long this season has been a rollercoaster for KC. Last week’s stunner has got to be followed by a bummer…right?
Finally there is that intangible which is Hue Jackson’s pride. Coach Jackson has done a lot of talking this year and for the most part he’s done the walking as well. However these last three weeks have done considerable damage to his fast growing legend. Hue needs a win this week. He can’t afford to fall into Tom Cable country, the land of .500 football. Nobody is saying Hue is in danger of losing hid job but he’ll be better served to stay on course for the goal of reaching the postseason.
So there you have. Sound reasoning for an unsafe bet. Now if none of that is enough then just convince yourself that you’re trying to do good for your family by betting the mortgage on your favorite team. Just an honest family man trying to provide for his…gulp!