Sportsbooks Suffer in Week 3: Bad Beats & Games That Stung Bettors

David Lawrence

Monday, September 28, 2015 7:58 PM GMT

Monday, Sep. 28, 2015 7:58 PM GMT

Week 3 of the NFL season is in the books. Although it wasn’t pretty, it looks like some order has been restored as the Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks each registered their first win of the season. Even so, there were plenty of betting shenanigans. Here are the bad beats and the games where the books lost in Week 3:

Bad Beats

Saints Show Up? Go figure.
Last week, the Carolina Panthers beat the Houston Texans by seven at home. One would figure that if they can do that, they’d easily take care of business against an 0-2 New Orleans Saints team that doesn’t normally travel well and is without Drew Brees, right? Wrong. Luke McCown stepped up for the Saints and somehow went 31-of-38 for 310 yards and an interception. That interception happened to be an incredible game-saving interception in the end zone by Josh Norman. Without that, the Panthers could have potentially lost. Not only did they fail to cover the 8’s, 9’s and 10’s on the board, they barely covered the 3.5 they were favored by when Brees was expected to play.

 

Cowboys No-Show In Second Half
The Dallas Cowboys came out guns blazing in the first half against the Atlanta Falcons, blowing open running lanes for Joseph Randle and easily scoring 28 points. In the second half? Crickets. The Cowboys didn’t score a single point after halftime. Instead, they allowed the Falcons to come back from three 14-point deficits and take the win.

 

Awful Beat On The Bengals-Ravens Under
If you had the Bengals-Ravens under on Sunday, which closed at 45.5 at The Greek, you were probably pretty happy with how the game was going. It was 7-0 Cincinnati after one quarter, 14-0 at halftime and 14-7 entering the third quarter. And then the defenses completely collapsed. The Bengals failed to tackle Steve Smith Sr. on a fourth-and-five that went for a 50-yard touchdown, then Andy Dalton was sack-stripped for a fumble that was returned for a touchdown, and then we’d see three more touchdowns in the final seven minutes of the game. In total, 31 points were scored in the fourth quarter, blowing what appeared to be a comfortable under winner.

 

Books Lost On

Chicago Bears @ Seattle Seahawks
It was clear as day that the public was all over the Seahawks on Sunday. They ended up closing as high as 17-points on the NFL odds at 5Dimes with the public jumping in on the spread, moneyline and teasers. It’s pretty clear that would be the case as the Seahawks, who entered the day 0-2, were in must-win territory playing in their home opener. Russell Wilson had been 25-2 before Sunday. Beyond that, the Bears had not only been hapless through the first two weeks of the season – had lost their first two games by a combined score of 79-46 – but they were also without Jay Cutler. Everyone knew they had no shot and that’s how it played out.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars @ New England Patriots
The other big favorite of the day was the Patriots, who didn’t fool around with the Jaguars. They literally beat them into a pulp. Take a look at this:

The New England Patriots' drive summary yesterday vs Jacksonville:

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End of game

Joe Q. Public was all over the Pats with their NFL picks on the spreads, parlays and so on, and all of those bets cashed easily.  

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