New York Jets pull off historic upset as 17-point underdogs

By Ben Fawkes  ( 


The New York Jets pulled off a historic win on Sunday, beating the Los Angeles Rams 23-20 as 17-point underdogs. The Jets cashed in first-quarter and first-half spread and moneyline bets, and actually were covering the spread for all 60 minutes on Sunday.

At William Hill US sportsbooks, 74% of the bets and 85% of the money was on the Rams to cover the big spread. It was, however, the least-best game in terms of total tickets at William Hill. At PointsBet sportsbooks, 63% of the bets and 69% of the handle was on the Rams. The Jets + 17 was the second-biggest need for PointsBet in the afternoon games.

“New York winning was big for us,” South Point sportsbook director Chris Andrews told VSiN. “There were lots of moneyline parlays tied to the Rams. People just figured it was a free winner.”

Two William Hill bettors cashed in big with the Jets winning, as one New Jersey bettor wagered $250 on the Jets to win at + 1100 odds (11-1), winning $3,000 when New York was victorious. Another bettor in Nevada wagered $200 on the Jets to win at the same odds, taking home $2,400.

“The Jets winning outright was the biggest game of the day in our favor,” Thomas Gable, sportsbook director at the Borgata in New Jersey, told VSiN. “I think we took our first Jets wager on the spread about 20 minutes before kickoff. There were definitely a few brave people who took the Jets on the money line though, which closed at + 950 here.”

According to ESPN, NFL teams favored by 17 or more points were 101-10 straight-up, before Sunday’s Jets' win over the Rams. The win was the biggest spread upset since Week 17 of last season when the Miami Dolphins beat the New England Patriots 27-24 as 17-point underdogs. It was the biggest pointspread upset win for the Jets since 1992, when they beat the Buffalo Bills 24-17 as 17-point 'dogs.

One bettor at FanDuel in New Jersey wagered $100 in September that the Jets' first win would be Week 15 against the Rams at 120-1 odds. The bettor won $12,000 after the Jets' win.

New York improved to 5-9 against the spread on their season, despite being only 1-13 SU. The Jets have covered four of their past six games.

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