The NFL games from Thursday could hurt the sports book industry heading into the weekend due to leftovers. No, not the ones you ate on Friday from Thanksgiving, but the owns left over from the very heavy action that took place on both Thursday and Friday.
The entire season has seen college football very consistent with the sports books grinding out a win. For the most part the NFL has been good for books as well, but sports books like Bovada, sportsbook.com, topbet or betonline have not had to deal with that many (3) NFL games as they head to Sunday. Those three games attract a handle close to the amount of a Monday Night game.
The majority of books were fortunate on Thursday getting a push, Both Pittsburgh and Oakland scored late in their games to keep the games from going 6-0 for favorites and OVER.
In addition, the books escaped that day, but could end up paying out big time on Sunday. Not all the tickets for the bettors from Thursday are finalized. Therefore, when the final leg of the parlays hit on Sunday, sports books could be looking at having to pay out 10 to 1 or as much as 20 to 1 odds to start the day in just the early 1:00 pm games.
One game that has been popular heading into Sunday is the Panthers vs. the Buccaneers. The public loves Carolina since they have been victorious in seven straight games. The larger money however has sided with Tampa Bay taking the opening line of +9.5 all the way to +7.5.
New England is also a popular public choice since everyone watched them come from behind to beat Denver in overtime. Add to that the losing streak of Houston of nine consecutive games and that goes a long way in helping bettors shape their bets for the week.
Through late Friday, New England laying 7 playing at Houston was the most popular play by the public for the week.
What is good for the books this week however is most of the teams they will be cheering on this Sunday will be playing at home. That in itself is enough to knock down a great deal of the parlays.
The books will need a few dogs to win outright if they hope to be ahead by Sunday night.
Thus far the betting action for the Iron Bowl this week has been for the most part Alabama. However, no big bets mostly smaller ones, parlays and ticket counts.