Bettors Took a Beating by Backing Certain NFL Teams in 2017

David Schwab

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 9:55 PM UTC

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 9:55 PM UTC

The Eagles had a great season in more ways than one, being very kind to bettors. Other teams weren't so accommodating in terms of taking care of business based on the point spreads. 

NFL: Top 5 Teams That Screwed Bettors

The 2017 NFL season ended in dramatic fashion with arguably the best Super Bowl in the event's 52 years. Super Bowl LII between the underdog Philadelphia Eagles and the defending champion New England Patriots had sports bettors and fans on the edge of their seats until the final play of the game.

The Eagles prevailed in a 41-33 track meet that racked up the most combine yards (1,151) in NFL history. Closing as 4.5-point underdogs at BetOnline, Philadelphia provided a huge return to anyone that was on this incredible bandwagon through three postseason games, getting points on the closing betting line. The Eagles closed out their first Super Bowl run in franchise history with a straight-up record of 16-3, while covering against the spread in 13 of the 19 games. New England finished 15-4 SU and 12-7 ATS.

Not every NFL team, however, was as kind to bettors when making their NFL picks. These five teams were about as costly as it gets when it came to betting on the games with BetOnline's closing lines on the NFL odds board:

Atlanta Falcons (8-10 ATS)

The defending NFC champions went 10-6 SU this season and beat the Los Angeles Rams in the wild-card round as six-point road favorites. However, they made this list for their 6-8 record ATS as favorites. Atlanta appeared to be living on last year’s reputation all season long as a favorite in far too many games. It also joins this list for screwing bettors at 2-6 ATS on the road.

Miami Dolphins (5-9-2 ATS)

The Dolphins qualify as one of the most disappointing teams this season given all the preseason hype. New England haters have been looking for another AFC East team to rise up and challenge the Patriots, and after posting a SU 10-6 record in 2016 the Dolphins appeared ready to take that next step. Instead, Miami faded to a 2-8 SU record in its last 10 games while going 2-7-1 ATS.

Oakland Raiders (5-9-2 ATS)

Oakland would probably edge out Miami as the NFL's most disappointing team this season, coming off its first trip to the postseason since 2005 with an 11-5 SU record in 2016. A promising 2-0 start both SU and ATS immediately stalled in a Week 3 loss to Washington, and the result was a SU 6-10 record. The Raiders really screwed bettors on the road at 2-5-1 ATS.

Denver Broncos (4-11-1 ATS)

Denver has become the NFL poster child for the importance of properly addressing the quarterback position. In a free-fall since winning Super Bowl 50, the Broncos hit rock bottom this season and took quite a few bettors with them with at 5-11 SU. They were favored in half of their games and the result was a costly 2-5-1 record ATS. This was another road team that absolutely drained bettor’s wallets with just one cover in eight road games.

Cleveland Browns (4-12 ATS)

Cleveland probably does not deserve to be on this list as the top NFL team to fade, but when you lose all your games SU and fail to cover in 12 of 16 games, that cannot be ignored. Once it became apparent that the Browns were the worst team in the NFL for yet another season, I am sure that quite a few bettors made a bundle going against them on a weekly basis. Give the Browns credit for consistency at 2-6 ATS both at home and on the road.

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