‘Sunday Night Football’ had a William Hill bettor losing a straight bet of $505,000 where the player had backed the Browns (+3½) to win over the Rams. However, the day saw the biggest decision for Las Vegas sportsbooks when the majority of bettors cashed tickets on the Rams.
Rams pay bettors
Gamblers had a good day on Sunday after beating the books majorly due to the Rams win over Cleveland by 20-13.
Speaking before the game on Sunday night, Jeff Stoneback, Mirage sportsbook director, said that it was a losing day for them. ‘Even if we get the Browns, we’re not going to make it out of the hole today. If the Rams cover, it is an ugly day for us.’ He said.
In the final minute, Cleveland Browns had a chance of ending the game in a tie when they had a first-and-goal from the 4 but for Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns quarterback, he didn’t realize how close they were. The quarterback, on fourth down, threw an interception in the end zone after three successive incompletions.
The Rams vs Browns game was the biggest decision for CG Technology and MGM Resorts who needed a Browns win to earn big six figures. Despite William Hill taking $500,000 wager in the Garden State, they desperately needed a Cleveland win.
The Rams were 2½-point favorites at the opening and the line had moved on Friday to 3½ with Sunday having the team placed at 5 after news emerged of the team’s starting secondary unavailability.
Tony DiTommaso, CG Technology sportsbook director, said that on the day, the Rams were unstoppable with various attacks being driven by the casual guys.
The Browns were the favorites to win the NFL title during the preseason but this quickly changed after the opener with the Titans where they were thrashed by 30. Bettors bailed on them with Chris Andrews, South Point sportsbook director, stating that betting on the Browns was tough going by their form on the first two weeks. He said that betting was psychological where after failing to meet their expectations, bettors bailed on them quickly.
Underdogs turn up
The Sunday afternoon games also saw underdogs going 5-0 ATS and 8-6 ATS overall. The Lions, Texans, Giants, Panthers, and Saints all recorded outright wins. In the morning, bettors cashed many teasers as favorites got to 7-1 straight up.
Stoneback cited the Lions as the biggest loser who were the only underdog outright winners in the morning by beating Eagles 27-24.
Other losses were recorded when Chiefs beat the Ravens 33-28 after leading 30-13 in the 4th quarter. For Kansas City who opened at 6½ ended up as 4½-point favorites. Stoneback pointed out the ‘sharps didn’t outweigh the public’ choice of Kansas City.
Dallas & New England split
Sunday’s heavy favorites in Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots had the betting public split. Dallas closed as 22½-point favorites with the 31-6 win recorded over the Miami Dolphins. The Patriots who appeared to win 30-0 over the Jets would not close as 21-point favorites with Gunner Olszewski and Jamal Adams chipping to end the game at 30-14.