LAS VEGAS–The biggest news in the NFL on Sunday was two-time MVP Aaron Rodgers breaking his collarbone, so much so that it overshadowed an epic weekend for underdog bettors as dogs went 10-2 against the spread and pulled eight outright upsets.
Including the Eagles’ 28-23 upset of the Panthers on Thursday night as 3-point road underdogs, dogs were 11-2 ATS in Week 6 heading into the Colts-Titans game on Monday Night Football with overs at 8-6. Tennessee closed as a 7-point home favorite and it looked like it was going to push with the Titans leading 29-22 when Derrick Henry picked up the clinching first down but then rambled for a 72-yard TD run to cover the spread with the 36-22 final. That dropped underdogs to 11-3 ATS on the week while overs finished 8-6.
Rodgers went down in the first quarter of the Packers’ 23-10 loss at Minnesota, a big win for the books as the popular Packers were 3-point road favorites. But while the Vikings’ win was significant as it moved them into a first-place tie with the Packers in the NFC North and awarded their backers at plus-140 on the money line, it was far from the biggest upset of the day.
That distinction went to the Dolphins, who knocked off the Falcons 20-17 as 14-point road underdogs and plus-650 on the money line. Sunday ended with the Giants nearly matching that feat as they beat the Broncos 23-10 in the Sunday night game as 13.5-point road underdogs and plus-600 on the money line. Double-digit underdogs went 3-0 ATS on the day (after being only 2-2 ATS so far this season) with those two outright upsets but also with the 49ers covering as 11-point dogs in their 26-24 loss at Washington.
The Bears’ beat the Ravens 27-24 in overtime as 6.5-point road underdogs in the other early Sunday upset while the Jets were the only other dog to cover in a loss as they fell 24-17 to the Patriots as 9-point home dogs.
The only favorites to cover in the early Sunday games were the Texans in their 33-17 won over the Browns after closing as 7.5-point home favorites and the Saints in their 52-38 shootout with the Lions as 5.5-point home favorites.
There were no such covering faves in the “afternoon” block of games (1:05 and 1:25 p.m. PT kickoffs here in Vegas) as underdogs pulled outright upsets in all four games: Cardinals 38-33 over the Buccaneers as 2.5-point home underdogs, Rams 27-17 over the Jaguars as 1-point road underdogs, Steelers 19-13 over the Chiefs as 3.5-point road dogs and the Chargers 17-16 over the Raiders as 3-point road dogs.
And then the Giants topped off the day as noted above.