The sports betting public, or at least those who love their NFL betting, had a good day overall on Sunday. The NFL picks fell the public’s way, as the favorites went 10-5 against the spread on Sunday, which usually means a winning day for bettors.
Looking back at the NFL action, two of the unbeatens came out of the day with a loss attached to their record. Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons lost to New England, while San Francisco lost an absolute heartbreaker in the final seconds to the Vikings. The 49ers did cover the pointspread, which was 6 ½ (that looked like one of the Best Bets of the week) but to let Favre throw a 32-yard TD on the last play of the game is unforgivable. You have got to be able to defend against a pass that far out with no other options but to go to the end zone. The 49ers held Adrian Peterson in check keeping him under 100 yards and were playing a solid road game up until the last minute. But that Niner team is looking good, despite the defensive lapse.
The Patriots covered the spread (4 ½ points) beating the Falcons 26-10 to drop them to 2-1 on the season. The linesmakers set this Over/Under lines at 46, and by game time, online sportsbook was reporting that 57% of all the wagering volume on the Total was bet on the “Over”. But it was the “Under” bettors who cashed tickets when the final gun went off, as the two teams only combined for 36 points, as the Patriots contained Matt Ryan and Michael Turner, holding Turner to just 56 yards on 15 carries, and limiting TE Tony Gonzalez to one catch for 16 yards. Brady was efficient but it was the Patriot defense and the running game that was the difference.
Seven teams remain undefeated, led by the surprising NY Jets who beat the equally surprising Tennessee Titans, 24-17. The Jets covered the pointspread (2.5 points) Mark Sanchez became the first rookie quarterback since the AFL-NFL merger to win his first three games. It was a sloppy win but the Jets made the plays, on both offense and defense, when it mattered.
The Jets will get a test this week when they travel to face New Orleans. Looking at the early NFL lines, New York has been installed as a 6.5-point underdog and the early betting action is leaning to the home side. The Titans now find themselves three games behind the Colts who continue to throw at will on teams.
The Colts played in Miami for last week’s Monday Night Football matchup, and were lucky to come away with the win after only having the ball for 15 minutes, yet scoring 27 points. To go across the country on a short week and another marquee timeslot against the NFC champs and beat the Cards 31-10 is a sure sign that the Colts are on track with new head coach Jim Caldwell.
Arizona was a 2.5-point home favorite on Monday night vs. the Colts, with the online betting action being pretty even at sportsbook by the time the game kicked off. Peyton Manning is on fire throwing for three straight 300 plus yard games and he had four TDs. In his last 12 regular season games the Colts are 12-0 with Manning throwing 24 TDs against five picks. Early indications are that he is on his way to another MVP.
There will only be at best six unbeaten teams next week as the 3-0 Saints hosts the 3-0 Jets dropping one team to 3-1. There are a few marquee games next week featuring the struggling Steelers going on the road as early 6.5 point favorites against San Diego in a must win for the Steelers. In one of the most anticipated games of the season the Vikings are 3.5 point favorites as they host the Packers.
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