Teams on “Hard Knocks” 56-56 SU and 53-56-3 ATS since show’s HBO-debut

Posted: July 18, 2013 in NFL
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HBO and NFL Films announced Thursday, what is an apparent “long-term renewal” to continue to produce the behind-the-scenes training camp documentary “Hard Knocks.”

The reality sports documentary television series produced by the two entities was first shown in 2001. There have been eight seasons (seven teams) – the show was idle between 2003 and 2006 – with the most recent airing last year, featuring the Miami Dolphins. In 2011, due to the work stoppage, there was no team featured. Each season, a team from the NFL is followed with cameras rolling virtually 24/7, through its training camp while providing an in-depth perspective of the team’s preparation for the upcoming football season.

This year’s victim: the Cincinnati Bengals.

It’ll mark only the second time a team has been twice-featured, as the Dallas Cowboys were on display in 2002 and 2008.

Of the seven teams featured, only three teams have made it to the playoffs: the Baltimore Ravens (2001), Bengals (2009) and New York Jets (2010). No team has ever won the Super Bowl after appearing on the show.

Ironically, since the show’s debut, teams featured on “Hard Knocks” are a combined 56-56 straight-up. The Jets (11-5) produced the best record in the 2010-11 season, while the Chiefs (4-11) have produced the worst, in 2007-08.

At the betting window, mediocrity is contagious, as the seven teams are a combined 53-56-3 against the spread, with the 2010-11 Jets producing the best betting mark, at 9-7.

The following are the year-by-year records of “Hard Knocks” teams:

  • 2001 – Baltimore Ravens 10-6 SU … 8-7-1 ATS
  • 2002 – Dallas Cowboys 5-11 SU … 7-8-1 ATS
  • 2007 – Kansas City Chiefs 4-12 SU … 7-8-1 ATS
  • 2008 – Dallas Cowboys 9-7 SU … 7-9 ATS
  • 2009 – Cincinnati Bengals 10-6 SU … 7-9 ATS
  • 2010 – New York Jets 11-5 SU … 9-7 ATS
  • 2012 – Miami Dolphins 7-9 SU … 8-8 ATS
  • 2013 – Cincinnati Bengals ?-? SU … ?-? ATS
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