It was another wild NFL betting weekend, and there are still three games to be played, including a Tuesday night showdown between Baltimore and Dallas.
Here is a recap of how the sportsbooks did this week, as well as a betting recap of every game, in case you missed any of them:
Week 13 in the NFL provided another wild week of betting, and another in which underdogs were barking. ‘Dogs were 7-5 on Sunday, with four outright wins. Unders also cashed at a high clip, going 8-4.
The biggest game for most sportsbooks was the New York Giants ( 11) beating the Seattle Seahawks outright 17-12. Not only did the Giants cash as 475 underdogs for the select few that bet them to win, the outright win killed many moneyline parlays and teasers that were alive heading into Sunday night. Over 80% of the spread money was on the Seahawks -11 at William Hill US sportsbooks. William Hill head of trading Nick Bogdanovich told VSiN that the Giants winning outright was the biggest win of the day for the book.
“The Giants winning outright was pretty big for us due to the amount of money that was wagered on the Seattle money line,” Thomas Gable, sportsbook director at The Borgata in New Jersey, said, “It was the biggest decision of the late games.”
“It was a big teaser weekend with the Dolphins, Saints, Raiders, Packers and Seahawks” Station Casinos sportsbook director Chuck Esposito told VSiN. “The Giants outright win knocked down a lot of teaser liability.”
In the early games, bettors were burned by the Tennessee Titans (-4), who lost 41-35 to the Cleveland Browns, and the Las Vegas Raiders (-7.5), despite the Raiders’ miraculous last-minute 31-28 win. The Browns-Titans game was the biggest win of the early games at The Borgata, in part because of one wager: A $150,000 moneyline bet on the Titans at -205 odds. The Browns-Titans game was also the most-bet early game at BetMGM sportsbooks, including a losing $125,000 wager on the Titans -4.
There was also one losing seven-point teaser involving the Titans, as one BetMGM bettor wagered $175,000 on the Titans 3 and Miami Dolphins -3. The Dolphins won (and covered) 19-7 against the Cincinnati Bengals, but the Titans did not.
In the Jets-Raiders game, the vast majority of money on the spread and moneyline was on the Raiders at -7.5 or higher. At PointsBet sportsbooks, 84% of the bets and a staggering 89% of the money was on Las Vegas -7.5. It was the most-bet game of the early window at BetRivers sportsbooks, and included one lucky bettor who won a $240,000 ager on the Jets 7.5 (-120) at BetMGM.
One bettor who wasn’t so lucky placed a $25 bet at FanDuel Sportsbook on Sept. 8 on the Jets' first win of the season coming against the Raiders in Week 13 at 250-1 odds. The bet would've won $6,250 if the Jets were victorious on Sunday.
The majority of bettors did well on the Green Bay Packers (-8.5) winning 30-16 over the Philadelphia Eagles, the Indianapolis Colts (-3) beating the Houston Texans 26-20, the New Orleans Saints (-3) defeating the Atlanta Falcons 21-16 and the Los Angeles Rams (-3) winning 38-28 over the Arizona Cardinals.
Sportsbooks VSiN spoke with all reported a winning NFL Sunday, which was helped further by the Denver Broncos ( 13) covering against the Kansas City Chiefs in a 22-16 loss. The majority of bets and money at most books was on the Chiefs covering the big number. At PointsBet, 95% of the money was also on the OVER 51.5, which did not come through for bettors.
-- Ben Fawkes
Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears (-3, 44)
The Bears lost their sixth straight game as the Lions rallied from a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit to win their first game under interim coach Darrell Bevell after the firing of Matt Patricia. The game went Over the betting total when the Bears went ahead 30-20 on Mitchell Trubisky’s 11-yard TD pass to Cole Kmet with 11:23 to play. Matthew Stafford threw an INT on the Lions’ next possession and then they had a three-and-out before being pinned back on their 4-yard line with 4:33 left. Stafford then led them on a seven-play, 96-yard drive to put just about all ATS bettors on a push with the Bears still leading 30-27 with just 2:18 remaining, but then Trubisky fumbled on the Bears’ next series to set up a 5-yard TD run by Adrian Peterson to give the Lions a 34-30 lead at the 1:37 mark. The Bears still had time to pull out the game and drove to the Detroit 20-yard line, but David Montgomery was stuffed on a fourth-and-1 play and the Lions escaped with the upset at + 135 on the money line.
Final score: Lions 34, Bears 30
ATS winner: Lions
Total: Over 44
Cincinnati Bengals at Miami Dolphins (-10, 43)
The Bengals took a 7-0 lead with 3:20 left in the first quarter as Tyler Boyd took a short pass from Brandon Allen and took it up the sideline 72 yards to paydirt -- but that was Cincinnati’s only score and accounted for more than a third of their 196 total yards of offense a the Miami defense took over. The Bengals still led 7-6 at halftime as the Dolphins settled for two FGs (one after a TD run on a fake FG was called back for illegal formation), but Tua Tagovailoa put the Dolphins ahead for good with a 5-yard TD pass to Mike Gesicki on Miami’s first drive of the second half. Sanders kicked two more FGs, with the 19-yarder with 13:21 to play putting the Dolphins over the spread for the first time for the cover. The Under was never in doubt.
Final score: Dolphins 19, Bengals 7
ATS winner: Dolphins
Total: Under 43
Indianapolis Colts (-3, 50.5) at Houston Texans
Phillip Rivers and Deshaun Watson looked like they were getting into a shootout as the Colts led 24-20 at halftime, but the defenses took over in the second half and the Colts’ top-ranked D scored the only second-half points via a safety with just 6:02 to play. However, the SU & ATS results all came down to the Texans’ final drive as they reached the Colts’ 2-yard line and snapped the ball on second-and-goal with 1:28 left (plus the game would’ve gone Over if the Texans scored the winning TD and kicked the PAT). But Watson fumbled the ball and it was recovered by Colts LB Anthony Walker to preserve the win and cover (and the Under).
Final score: Colts 26, Texans 20
ATS winner: Colts
Total: Under 50.5
Jacksonville Jaguars at Minnesota Vikings (-10, 51.5)
The Jaguars jumped all over the heavily favored Vikings with a 28-yard TD pass that Laviska Shenault Jr. caught off a ricochet and were still leading 9-6 at halftime. Joe Schobert intercepted Kirk Cousins on the first play of the third quarter and ran it back for a TD to extend the Jaguars’ lead to 16-6, but then the Vikings scored 18 unanswered points to take a 24-16 lead with 3:50 left in regulation. However, Mike Glennon led the Jaguars on a 10-play, 75-yard drive that tied the game 24-24 on James Robinson’s 1-yard TD run and Glennon’s 2-point conversion pass to Collin Johnson). In overtime, Glennon was intercepted on opening and the Vikings marched down to set up Dan Bailey’s game-winning 23-yard FG. The Vikings didn’t cover, but their SU win was a huge relief to survivor/eliminator contest players from coast to coast, including 52 of the 103 Circa Survivor contestants that were alive heading into this week and had to sweat out the whole game (note: a tie counts as a loss in most of those pools).
Final score: Vikings 27, Jaguars 24 (OT)
ATS winner: Jaguars
Total: Under 51.5
Las Vegas Raiders (-7.5, 48.5) at New York Jets
Here’s another narrow escape for survivor players. It didn’t look so ominous as the Raiders took a 24-13 lead on Derek Carr’s 2-yard TD run with 7:52 left in the third quarter and it was still the same score until Sam Darnold’s 4-yard TD run with 10:22 to play cut it to 24-21. The Jets then took a 28-24 lead on Ty Johnson’s 1-yard TD run with 5:34 left. The Raiders drove the ball to the Jets’ 9-yard line but -- after having a TD called back for offensive holding -- turned the ball over on downs. The Jets were unable to run out the clock and punted back to the Raiders with just 35 seconds to play. Carr completed a 15-yard pass to TE Darren Waller and then spiked the ball with :19 left at the Jets’ 46-yard line. Carr missed Nelson Agholor on a bomb in the end zone as Agholor had gotten behind the Jets’ man-to-man defense (instead of having several defenders back at the goal line). Carr didn’t miss on the next play against the same defense as he hit Henry Ruggs III with the game-winning 46-yard TD pass with just :05 on the clock to keep the Jets winless and the Raiders still in the playoff hunt.
Final score: Raiders 31, Jets 28
ATS winner: Jets
Total: Over 48.5
New Orleans Saints (-3, 45.5) at Atlanta Falcons
Taysom finally threw a TD pass -- and then another -- but the Saints relied on his running game (83 rushing yards) along with Alvin Kamara (88 rushing yards and a TD) and another great defensive effort to get the win and cover. The Falcons were held to just three first-half FGs as the Saints led 14-9 on Hill’s two TD passes. They extended it to 21-9 with 9:01 left in the third quarter on Kamara’s 11-yard TD run, but the Falcons made it interesting when Matt Ryan hit Russell Gage for a 10-yard TD with 7:43 remaining to cut the lead to 21-16. The Falcons had a shot to pull off the upset as they drove to the Saints’ 20-yard line with 1:36 to play but turned the ball over on downs. A three-and-out gave the ball back to the Falcons for one final try, but Ryan’s Hail Mary from the Saints’ 39-yard line went unanswered.
Final score: Saints 21, Falcons 16
ATS winner: Saints
Total: Under 45.5
Cleveland Browns at Tennessee Titans (-4, 54)
Everything went wrong for the Titans in the first half as they were stopped on an early fourth-down play at the Cleveland 42-yard line and then Derrick Henry fumbled on their next possession. And everything went right for the Browns in the first half as Baker Mayfield threw four TDs passes and Nick Chubb added another as they took a 38-7 lead into the locker room. The Titans chipped away at the huge deficit as the Browns only added a FG in the second half, but they were only able to get within six points on Ryan Tannehill’s 8-yard TD pass to Cameron Batson with :28 left in the game, but the ensuing onside kick failed and the Browns took a knee to wrap up the upset at + 175 on the money line.
Final score: Browns 41, Titans 35
ATS winner: Browns
Total: Over 54
New York Giants at Seattle Seahawks (-11, 48)
The Seahawks led just 3-0 late in the first half when they blocked a punt and apparently recovered for a 9-0 lead that would have covered the 6.5-point, first-half spread, but it was ruled their player was touching the endline at the back of the end zone and it ended up being ruled a safety and a non-covering 5-0 halftime lead. Alfred Morris rushed for two New York TDs in the third quarter and Graham Gano added a 48-yard FG with 9:50 left in the fourth quarter to give the Giants a 17-5 lead. Russell Wilson was finally able to get the Seahawks into the end zone with a 28-yard TD pass to Chris Carson with 6:09 to play, but their last drive only reached the Giants’ 46-yard line before turning the ball over on downs. The Giants improve to 5-7 and remain in first place in the NFC Least as they pulled the biggest upset of Week 13 at + 450 on the money line (and knocked out survivor/eliminator contestants using the Seahawks, including 12 in Circa Survivor).
Final score: Giants 17, Seahawks 12
ATS winner: Giants
Total: Under 48
Los Angeles Rams (-3, 48.5) at Arizona Cardinals
The Rams caught the Seahawks at the top of the NFC West at 8-4 with this 38-28 win over the Cardinals. The Rams led 17-14 after three quarters before a final quarter that featured five TDs. The teams traded TDs with the Cardinals getting back within 24-21 on Kenyan Drake’s 4-yard TD run with 13:21 left, as it looked like most bettors might push, but then a 38-yard TD run by Rams RB Darrell Henderson was followed by a 35-yard interception return for a TD by Troy Hill to put the Rams ahead 38-21 before the Cards added a garbage-time TD.
Final score: Rams 38, Cardinals 28
ATS winner: Rams
Total: Over 48.5
Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers (-8.5, 50)
Aaron Rodgers threw 3 TD passes, two to WR Davante Adams and another to TE Robert Tonyan, as the Packers looked in control with a 20-3 lead through three quarters and 23-3 after a Mason Crosby FG with 11:19 to play. But the Eagles, with rookie QB Jalen Hurts replacing Carson Wentz, Philly rallied with a 32-yard TD pass from Hurts to Greg Ward and then a 73-yard punt return TD by Jalen Reagor to get within the spread at 23-16 with 6:30 to play. After the teams exchanged punts, Green Bay was trying to run out the clock when RB Aaron Jones broke free for a 77-yard TD run (with Philly backers cheering for him to go out of bounds or fall down intentionally and go into victory formation) but his score gave Packer backers the cover the desired. Hurts moved the Eagles in position to get in the back door again, but he was intercepted by Green Bay’s Darnell Savage to end the threat (and keep the game Under the total).
Final score: Packers 30, Eagles 16
ATS winner: Packers
Total: Under 50
New England Patriots at Los Angeles Chargers (-2, 46.5)
You wouldn’t expect this kind of score with the winning teams’ QB (Cam Newton) only throwing for 69 yards and one TD, but Newton also ran for two TDs, Gunner Olszewski had a 70-yard punt return for a TD, & Devin McCourty returned an INT 44-yards for another TD. The Patriots led 28-0 at halftime and coasted from there, though backup QB Jarrett Stidham got in on the fun with a 38-yard TD pass to Olszewski in garbage time. The Patriots’ defense frustrated Rookie-of-the-Year candidate Justin Herbert all game long as he was only 26-for-53 for just 209 yards with two INTs. With no help from the Chargers, the game stayed Under 46.5 points even though the Patriots only reached the number themselves.
Final score: Patriots 45, Chargers 0
ATS winner: Patriots
Total: Under 46.5
Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs (-13, 51.5)
The Chiefs were the biggest favorites in Week 13, but struggled and had to rally to just get the SU win on Sunday Night Football (though it didn’t help that Tyreek Hill caught a TD pass that was ruled incomplete and Chiefs coach Andy Reid failed to challenge the call). The Broncos led 10-9 as their defense held the Chiefs to just three first-half FGs and then took the lead again at 16-12 on Drew Lock’s 10-yard TD pass to Tim Patrick (the second time they connected on the night) with 3:50 left in the third quarter. Patrick Mahomes hit Travis Kelce for a 20-yard TD with 1:06 left in the third, but that was the Chiefs’ only TD and they were only able to add a late 48-yard FG by Harrison Butker as the final score was their biggest lead and a TD short of the point spread.
Final score: Chiefs 22, Broncos 16
ATS winner: Broncos
Total: Under 51.5
-- Dave Tuley