The New England Patriots finished the regular season atop the NFL ATS standings with the best record at 13-3 ATS.
The Patriots beat the Miami Dolphins 35-14 on Sunday as 7.5-point road favorites for their fifth straight point-spread cover heading into the playoffs.
The second-best bet this NFL season might come as a surprise to some: the 7-9 New Orleans Saints covered their last three games to finish 11-5 ATS. They had to score three fourth-quarter touchdowns to rally from a 38-13 deficit against the Atlanta Falcons in the season finale before losing 38-32 as 7.5-point road underdogs. It was the fourth time this season that the Saints lost a game but covered as 'dogs. The Dallas Cowboys finished with the third-best spread record at 10-5-1 ATS, despite failing to cover five of their last six games. The Oakland Raiders, Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins were next at 10-6 ATS, while the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers were the only other teams to cover at a 60 percent clip at 9-6-1 ATS.
The Cleveland Browns were the worst bet all season and ended the season at 3-12-1 ATS. They pushed in their 27-24 overtime loss at Pittsburgh in Week 17 after closing as 3-point road underdogs after being bigger 'dogs all week. However, even if the Browns had covered, they still would have finished behind the San Francisco 49ers at 4-11-1 ATS; the 49ers covered their last two games to avoid the basement. The worst bet down the stretch was the Los Angeles Rams, as they failed to cover their last seven games to finish 4-10-2 ATS.
On an interesting side note, nine of the 12 playoff teams had winning ATS records. The three exceptions were the Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions -- who face each other in the wild-card round on Saturday night -- at 7-8-1 ATS, and the Houston Texans at 6-9-1 ATS.
In totals wagering, the Falcons went over in their last four games to finish 13-2-1 with the over. The Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins were 12-4 with the over, while the Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders were 11-5.
The New York Giants, led by their defense down the stretch, finished with the best under record at 12-4. The Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions and Cincinnati Bengals were two games back at 10-6 with the under.