NFL Week 7 Betting Recap
After underdogs had been killing it in the first month and a half, favorites had a big comeback on Sunday in the NFL.
Favorites Dominate Betting Window in Week 7
Underdogs had been covering the point spread at nearly a 60% clip entering Sunday's action in the NFL. But of the 13 games played on Sunday, eight favorites covered the point spread. There were also two pushes, as the Dolphins and Bills both won by field goals over the Jets and Bucs, respectively, but were 3-point favorites acccording to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv.
Tough Day for Underdogs
Not only did the underdogs not cover the spread, only two of the 13 dogs that played on Sunday won outright. (The Raiders beat the Chiefs as a 3-point underdog but that game was played on Thursday night.) Those two underdogs were the Bears, who were a 3-point home dog versus the Panthers, and the Chargers, who were 1-point underdogs versus the Broncos in Los Angeles. Carolina was a massive public team on Sunday, so the Panthers no doubt cost bettors on single, parlay and teaser tickets. Only the Browns covered the spread as an underdog but lost the game outright. Cleveland was a 6-point home dog in its 12-9 loss to the Titans on Sunday.
Unders have Solid Sunday
After the over cashed in Thursday night's wild game between the Raiders and Chiefs, unders ruled the day on Sunday. Eight unders hit for bettors, including on Sunday night when the Patriots and Falcons combined for just 30 points despite the total sitting at 56.5. Atlanta was nearly shut out but managed to score a garbage touchdown in the fourth quarter, while Denver was held off the scoreboard in its 21-0 loss to the Chargers. It was an ugly day for offenses around the league.
Public Teams Somewhat Struggle
It wasn't an awful day for public bettors, although the Panthers torched a lot of backers with their dud performance in Chicago. At kickoff, 77% of tickets were on the Panthers to cover as a 3-point road favorite in Chicago but they lost outright. The Bills were also a big public team at 68% and they pushed against the Bucs, while the Titans failed to cover as a 6-point favorite at Cleveland. The Jaguars (64%) and Saints (62%) were two public teams that did cover, however.