Sigh, Monday Night Football is here and gone again and another week of the NFL is in the books. Another week of upsets, close finishes, injuries, and controversy was had for our viewing pleasure. Bettors continue to struggle to find consistency in how some teams will perform on a week to week basis. Underdogs went 10-2 versus the close on Sunday on a day that was forgettable for many public chalk bettors. Here's a quick review of the week that was in the NFL.
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Thursday Night Football: Maybe Best Game of the Week
Carolina closed as a 3-point favorite and appeared to attract a slight majority of spread wagers garnering 55% of the action. The total went over the close of 44 as the game finished 28-23. The total dropped two points despite over 60% of bets being placed on the over in the game. Good game and maybe best Thursday matchup in a while as Philadelphia showed they are for real this year.
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Taking Care of Business: The Chalky Version
New Orleans opened as a -3 point favorite and despite approximately 60% of spread action being laid on Detroit, the Saints line steamed up to -5.5 to -6. Some sharp money must have been pushing this line and they were correct as New Orleans scored early and often in their 52-38 win over the Lions. The Saints eclipsed the games closing total of 50 by themselves as the game soared over with 90 combined points.
The Cleveland Browns were a popular dog pick to cover this week being bet down to a closing line as +7.5 point underdogs after being as high as +10.5 early in the week. The Texans let bettors know early that was a mistake as Deshaun Watson threw for 3 scores again as the Texans walloped the Browns 33-17. Over bettors got plenty of sweat equity as it took a pair of Cleveland touchdowns in the fourth quarter including one with a minute to play to finally push the game over the number.
Double Digit Dogs: Barking Loud
Double-digit dogs were 3-0 versus the spread (4-0 if you count Jets who opened as a +11 point dog) as Miami and the Giants won as +13.5 to +14 point underdogs while the 49ers gave the Redskins all they could handle as an 11-point dog.
The Miami Dolphins opened as a +11.5 point dog and were pushed higher all week as people pounded the Falcons at 57% of spread wagers. Miami's anemic offense, along with people still seeing the Falcons historic offense of last year, led to many thinking this was an easy one. A good Dolphins defense along with a huge 2nd half rally left many with a loss here and a few survivor pools with a fewer, if any, participants left.
In an equally shocking upset, the injury-riddled and winless Giants shocked the Denver Broncos 23-10 on Sunday Night Football. Equally surprising was the Giants basically led the whole way with Denver being completely dominated by the Giants defense only mustering a late semi-meaningless touchdown. The Giants opened as a +11 point underdog as people wondered who Eli could possibly throw the ball to with his entire receiving core being out due to injury. Rookie tight end Evan Engram gave everyone that answer hauling in 5 catches for 82 yards and a touchdown. Consensus reports show approximately 60% of bets playing the favorite Denver Broncos.
Plenty of other underdogs winners to look at as well as the Steelers (+4), Chargers (+3), Cardinals (+2.5), Rams (+1), Bears (+5.5) and Vikings (+3) all won straight up as underdogs.
So another exciting Sunday is in the books that continue to show anything can happen on any given Sunday. Show of hands…who had the $100 money line parlay ticket with the Dolphins and Giants that paid around $4500? Onto week 7 we go and let’s find some winners for next week.