Minty Bets breaks down the surprising success of NFL teams playing without their head coach at the helm.
MINTY BETS: Welcome to "The Mint," a sports betting show where we're not trying to make you money. We're just trying to make sure you don't lose it all. I'm Minty Bets, and today we need to talk about head coaches. Are head coaches really that necessary? Hear me out. The Browns were without Kevin Stefanski and multiple assistants last year in the playoffs against the Steelers and won as 5 and 1/2 point underdogs on the road.
MINTY BETS: Kliff Kingsbury and several assistants missed Sunday's game in Cleveland but won effortlessly as 3-point dogs.
MINTY BETS: The Raiders went through a whole whirlwind of emotions this week after the whole Jon Gruden thing, but they showed up in the Mile High City as 5-point underdogs, showing no mercy.
MINTY BETS: Maybe, just maybe the Cowboys might want to consider having Mike McCarthy take off on game day so they don't have to rely on late-game decisions. But I guess they must be doing something right since they are still the only undefeated team against the spread this season.
JIMMY JOHNSON: How about them Cowboys?
MINTY BETS: Other teams that could give this method a try, Miami, Houston, both New York teams, and, oh, Detroit for sure. But maybe there's something to be said on NFL teams stepping it up when their head coaches are out. Let's not forget that absences are built into the betting line, meaning the books already adjust the spread according to how they believe missing players and staff will impact the game. And typically they're right. So let's not overreact to game day absences and test this theory out next time. I'm Minty Bets, and this has been "The Mint."