Week 13 in the NFL provided another wild week of betting, and another in which underdogs were barking. ’Dogs were 7-5 on Sunday, with four outright wins. Unders also cashed at a high clip, going 8-4.
The biggest game for most sportsbooks was the Giants (+11) beating the Seattle Seahawks outright 17-12. Not only did the Giants cash as +475 underdogs for the select few that bet them to win, the outright win killed many moneyline parlays and teasers that were alive heading into Sunday night. Over 80 percent of the spread money was on the Seahawks -11 at William Hill US sportsbooks. William Hill head of trading Nick Bogdanovich told VSiN that the Giants winning outright was the biggest win of the day for the book.
“The Giants winning outright was pretty big for us due to the amount of money that was wagered on the Seattle moneyline,” Thomas Gable, sportsbook director at The Borgata in New Jersey, said. “It was the biggest decision of the late games.”
“It was a big teaser weekend with the Dolphins, Saints, Raiders, Packers and Seahawks” Station Casinos sportsbook director Chuck Esposito told VSiN. “The Giants’ outright win knocked down a lot of teaser liability.”
In the early games, bettors were burned by the Tennessee Titans (-4), who lost 41-35 to the Cleveland Browns, and the Las Vegas Raiders (-7.5), despite the Raiders’ miraculous last-minute 31-28 win. The Browns-Titans game was the biggest win of the early games at The Borgata, in part because of one wager: A $150,000 moneyline bet on the Titans at -205 odds. The Browns-Titans game was also the most-bet early game at BetMGM sportsbooks, including a losing $125,000 wager on the Titans -4.
There was also one losing seven-point teaser involving the Titans, as one BetMGM bettor wagered $175,000 on the Titans +3 and Miami Dolphins -3. The Dolphins won (and covered) 19-7 against the Cincinnati Bengals, but the Titans did not.
In the Jets-Raiders game, the vast majority of money on the spread and moneyline was on the Raiders at -7.5 or higher. At PointsBet sportsbooks, 84 percent of the bets and a staggering 89 percent of the money was on Las Vegas -7.5. It was the most-bet game of the early window at BetRivers sportsbooks, and included one lucky bettor who won a $240,000 wager on the Jets +7.5 (-120) at BetMGM.
One bettor who wasn’t so lucky placed a $25 bet at FanDuel Sportsbook on Sept. 8 on the Jets’ first win of the season coming against the Raiders in Week 13 at 250-1 odds. The bet would’ve won $6,250 if the Jets were victorious on Sunday.
The majority of bettors did well on the Green Bay Packers (-8.5) winning 30-16 over the Philadelphia Eagles, the Indianapolis Colts (-3) beating the Houston Texans 26-20, the New Orleans Saints (-3) defeating the Atlanta Falcons 21-16 and the Los Angeles Rams (-3) winning 38-28 over the Arizona Cardinals.
Sportsbooks VSiN spoke with all reported a winning NFL Sunday, which was helped further by the Denver Broncos (+13) covering against the Kansas City Chiefs in a 22-16 loss. The majority of bets and money at most books was on the Chiefs covering the big number. At PointsBet, 95 percent of the money was also on the Over 51.5, which did not come through for bettors.