Well it’s been almost a month now without any major surprises in the NFL 2018 Season and Week 9 wasn’t much different for the most part. Big favorites all covered (and covered easily), meaning every reputable U.S. online sportsbook took a hit as recreational gamblers cashed in. It’s widely known in the industry that Joe Blow will almost always bet on favorites to cover spreads, so any week where that happens a lot is going to be an unprofitable one for books.
We thought Cleveland had a chance to surprise people this week after their coaching shakeup but Kansas City kept rolling to easily win 37-21, covering 9 points in the process. Another huge road favorite was Chicago and they also laid a beat down, crushing Buffalo 41-9 and covering the 10 Vegas had given them.
Many games bookmakers thought would be close ended up being blowouts, with spreads getting crushed throughout. The 4½ Detroit got going into Minnesota seemed reasonable before Sunday but Minnesota smashed them by 15 when it was all said and done. Everyone could agree that the number of 6½ was correct for Tampa Bay and Carolina but the Panthers disrespected FitzMagic and slapped the Bucs by 2 touchdowns.
Both faves won in the most-watched matchups of the day, with New Orleans winning at home 45-35 to hand the Rams their first loss of the season, and then New England easily handled Green Bay in Sunday Night Football, beating them by 14. It looks like there’s finally some separation in the standings as elite teams begin to rise.
There were a few mild upsets in Week 9 however, with Atlanta shrugging off 2 points and crushing Washington by 24, while the Chargers laughed at the same number and beat the Seahawks by 8 in Seattle. Monday Night Football saw Tennessee slapping Dallas by 2 touchdowns after being 6½ point Dogs going into the matchup and it looks like Amare Cooper and the boys have their work cut out for them if they want to save their season.
On to Week 10…