The gambling gods were extremely kind to sports bettors during week 1 of the NFL season.
Favorites covered in 9 of 13 games Sunday, compared to last year's NFL opening Sunday where players got creamed by online sportsbooks as the underdogs cashed in 10 of 13 games.
The General Manager of A+ rated sportsbook Heritage Sports revealed that players won the most betting the Sunday night game featuring the NY Giants and Dallas Cowboys.
Although the Giants covered the point spread, the final touchdown recorded by the Cowboys pushed the full game total over the line of 52 – by a mere point, as the game fell on 53 points. Teaser bettors also made out like bandits as the one point victory ensured that teasers on both sides cashed.
Players who wagered the second half cashed their wagers on the 2nd half point spread and total when the Cowboys scored with less than 90 seconds left on the clock.
ESPN.com quoted Westgate SuperBook chief Jay Kornegay as saying "I don't remember a worse opening Sunday,". The biggest favorite cover against the spread was the Green Bay Packers beating the spread of -6.5 against the Chicago Bears. A reported 80% of spread bets were placed on the Packers -6.5 at sportsbook WilliamHill.
Monday Night Football's games saw two small underdogs cash in the Falcons and 49ers, but round one in this 17 week chess match between online sportsbooks and players clearly goes to the players. Sportsbooks are hoping the ball bounces their way during NFL week two.
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