There was another seven-figure wager at DraftKings in Week 6, this one a $2 million moneyline parlay with the Detroit Lions (-159, at Jacksonville) and Miami Dolphins (-385, vs. New York Jets). Both legs came through easily and the bettor made a profit of more than $2.1 million on the parlay that paid a little better than even money.
In addition to that large wager, the Lions-Jaguars game was a bad result for sportsbooks. It’s not often that the public is on the Lions as a road favorite, but they were on Sunday to the tune of 89 percent of the spread bets at PointsBet. Detroit, won 34-16. The Lions had lost 12 of 13 games coming into Sunday’s matchup.
The biggest decision of the early games at multiple sportsbooks was the Pittsburgh Steelers (-3) beating the Cleveland Browns, 38-7. Multiple sportsbooks had over 70 percent of bets and spread handle on the Steelers, including 72 percent of spread bets on Pittsburgh -3 at the BetRivers and SugarHouse books. There was also a $100,000 moneyline wager on the Steelers that cashed at the Borgata Sportsbook in Atlantic City.
“The biggest decision of the early games for us was the Pittsburgh-Cleveland game, as we were very heavy on Steelers money,” said Thomas Gable, sportsbook director at the Borgata. “The Lions-Jags was also a big decision that didn’t go our way. The Patriots getting upset was the biggest decision in our favor.”
It seems we say it every week, but one of the worst results for sportsbooks was the Miami Dolphins (-9.5) beating the Jets, 24-0. An incredible 91 percent of the total game handle (moneyline and spread) at BetRivers and SugarHouse books was on Miami. The Jets are the only 0-6 ATS team in the NFL this season, and the first team to start a season 0-6 ATS since the 2013 Houston Texans. The Jets have failed to cover by an astonishing 11.3 points per game.
The best result of the day for sportsbooks was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+2.5) throttling the Green Bay Packers, 38-10. The betting public and late respected money was on Green Bay, as the line moved from PK to Green Bay -2.5 on Sunday. Multiple sportsbooks told VSiN the Packers-Bucs game was the most-bet game of the day. The game had 15 percent of day’s total handle at BetRivers books.
“The biggest game of the day and one of the bigger games of the year was needing the Bucs and Under,” Station Casinos sportsbook director Chuck Esposito said. The game stayed under the total of 55, despite Tampa Bay leading 28-10 at halftime.
“The Tampa-Green Bay game was the most heavily bet game of the day for us,” Gable said. “The Packers had 66 percent of the money and 69 percent of the tickets.”
The Denver Broncos upsetting the New England Patriots, 18-12, in Foxboro as seven-point underdogs was a massive result for sportsbooks, including breaking up moneyline parlays as teasers. Station Casinos reported several large five-figure teasers that were ruined as a result of Denver’s win.
Another good game for books was the Baltimore Ravens (-10) winning but not covering, 30-28, over the Philadelphia Eagles. More than 70 percent of bets at William Hill, FanDuel and BetRivers were on the Ravens. With the line moving from Baltimore -7.5 early in the week to Baltimore -9.5 or -10, the late Eagles touchdown and subsequent missed two-point conversion killed all of those Ravens teasers. It was the first time since 1999 the Eagles were double-digit home underdogs. A BetMGM bettor cashed a $115,000 wager on the Ravens -6.5 first-half bet.