On Sunday of Week 14 of the NFL, nine games had a point spread of near 3 points. However, the big story of Sunday was Mother Nature. Driving snow made an appearance in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
In Philly, things got so bad that neither team, the Eagles nor the Lions even attempted an extra point or field goal the entire game. However, that did not stop the two from scoring 54 points between them as the Eagles won 34-20, as one of the teams that had been favored by 3 points.
The scored ended OVER as the total was 51 and the teams scored 54. Strangely enough on some sports books the game started at 55 but was bet down to the 51.
Most would think bad weather was the equivalent to low scoring, as the offense has a hard time marching or tiptoeing down the field.
Nevertheless, the results on Sunday showed something much different. Not only did that game in Philly go OVER, but so did the Vikings vs. Ravens, Chiefs vs. Redskins and Dolphins vs. Steelers. You can toss that theory out the window.
For the day, 9 of 14 games cashed on the OVER, with the favorites covering 9 of the 14 games as well, which helped some public bettors have a strong day. Reports from some books such as sportsbook.com and topbet were that they broke even, while others such as Bovada and betonline earned a small win or took a bit of a loss.
In nearly every case for sports books, the 31-13 win by the Saints at home over the Carolina Panthers, as a favorite by 3 points was a loser. New Orleans is now 19-5 ATS in its past 24 games played at home.
Most bettors know that stat, so they bet religiously on New Orleans at home. The game however did have its positive result for books as it cashed on the UNDER, when an OVER would have made for some huge payouts on parlays at 13 to 5 odds.
Other books such as Bovada were helped with the Dolphins covering at Pittsburgh, as it helped knock some parlays from the early games on Sunday.
A small win for some books was enjoyed even though the very popular public Denver Broncos covered and the OVER cashed with a total of 79 points scored on a 49 line.
Denver has now scored 50 points or more in three games. It is also the sixth time in their 11 wins that Denver was able to cover and the points went OVER.
In the NFC West battle between Seattle and San Francisco, the line at the start of the game for most was 2.5 in favor of San Francisco. The 49ers were able to win the all-important contest SU, but lost ATS with their 19-17 home victory.
Thus far, after week 14 the books are 10-1-3 versus the public, which is an outstanding record, which if you bet the odds, means the public’s day is just around the bend.