Bettors Win Week 15 Over Bookmakers as Handle Drops

There was both good and bad news for the bettor who wagered on games during Week 15 of the NFL at sports books at casinos and online.

The positive news is that the public collectively beat sports books while the bad news is the overall handle was lower.

Winning collectively is a good thing, but bettors could have taken in more winnings if they had been risked what they have been for the previous 14 weeks.

However, with the holiday season here, some of that handle is headed toward gifts.

The other reason is that this was the first Saturday that did not have major action in college football and that could have caused less bettors spilling over into Sunday NFL games and less teasers and parlays that are played between college and NFL games.

According to Bovada and topbet, Denver was a huge loss for many books, with many of the books being affected negatively for all the late afternoon games on Sunday.

The New York Jets 16-11 win as a favorite by 3 points at Tennessee helped many of the sharp bettors.

The Broncos 22-10 win as a favorite by 4 points hurt the books tremendously.

Ten of 14 games on Sunday remained UNDER.

The one matchup every book seemed to win according to betonline and was Green Bay losing to Buffalo outright 21-13. Green Bay had been a favorite by 3.5 points in the game.

Many of the sports books said that loses could have been far worse if Buffalo had not won the game over Green Bay. Since the game was  popular for the public and the vast majority of the public bets Green Bay, the take was huge for books.

Aaron Rodgers did not have a touchdown pass and recorded two interceptions during the second half. Buffalo ended the season 4-0 SU against teams from the NFC North.

Buffalo was one of the three underdogs this past week to win their game outright. The Cowboys and Bengals were the other two.

The books were so behind when the Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles came around on Sunday night that things did not matter that much since the bettors in that game were split down the middle.

Some bettors took Dallas on moneylines and against the spread, so that added late night hurt to the books.

This weekend starts bowl games with college football on Saturday followed by the NFL on Sunday so handles should increase again this week.