Sadly, there’s not much good news to recap for Week 7 since every freakin’ favorite came through over the weekend, ensuring that even the best USA online sportsbooks lost and retail bettors won. It’s just the way it goes sometimes but goodness gracious were there a lot of close calls – the 2019 NFL season has had lots of surprises but this week had none.
To start off with a “magical” matchup, anyone who picked the Buffalo Bills in their Survivor Pools were sweating bullets for most of the afternoon as Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Miami Dolphins went into halftime leading 17-6. However, the Bills defense got them back into the game and they ended up scoring 22 points in the fourth quarter to win 31-21, paying out anyone who put money on the Dolphins to cover the spread of 17.
Jacksonville also got off to a slow start in Cincinnati but ended up beating the Bengals 27-17 and easily covered the 4½ point spread. Thankfully, Cincy’s stadium was only 65% full so not too many fans were outraged with the final score. The Saints were another road team who notched a victory on Sunday, making professional cappers look silly with their number of Bears -4½. New Orleans not only easily won 36-25, they also almost singlehandedly put the total Over by scoring 36 or the 37 points themselves. Drew, who?
In fairness, the Ravens were Underdogs in a lot of people’s eyes as they travelled to Seattle to take on the Seahawks, but they slapped them down 30-16, shrugging of the 3 points the pros were giving them. In retrospect the Over/Under of 49 seems pretty high for two squads known for their D – make sure to keep an eye on those Pacific Northwest Totals for the rest of the season.
Speaking of “D”, Dallas were favored by 3 points at home against Philadelphia for Sunday Night Football and ended up smashing the Eagles 37-10, while paying off all of the Under 50 wagers. Another huge favorite who had no trouble covering were the consistent New England Patriots who strutted into the Big Apple and slapped the Jets 33-0. Sam Darnold told his coaches he was “seeing ghosts” as he stumbled off of the field and his performance certainly proved it. A few readers mentioned that they were seeing different gambling odds at sportsbooks and the Over/Under of 43 swelled to 44 at a few places, once again proving that it always pays to line shop before laying action.
Finally, the Tennessee Titans are featured in the article image this week since they drove gamblers on both sides crazy on Sunday, beating the San Diego Chargers of Los Angeles 23-20 after two touchdowns were called back in the final 30 seconds of the game. The line was Titans -3 which of course meant that everyone who bet on the spread pushed, which is the betting equivalent of kissing your cousin.
On to Week 8…