Dallas Cowboys bettors were celebrating Saturday as « Team America » paid for line-ups and scorers in a 40-34 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday.
The Cowboys rallied from a 20-17 halftime deficit to cover all four runs (closing line), as well as cash in on the moneyline bettors (-213 at FOX Bet).
Welcome to the world of wacky winnings and bad beats in sports betting.
Each week, we’ll recap the betting games that got some people cashing in and others tearing up their tickets in frustration. To paraphrase famed broadcaster Al Michaels, “these pieces are important to some”.
Let’s dive into this week’s madness!
What about the Cowboys?
Dallas (11-4) remains in contention for the NFC East Division title, thanks to a win from behind against the Eagles (13-2).
Things looked bleak for Boys fans, as Philadelphia, playing without injured starting quarterback Jalen Hurts, led at halftime.
The Eagles took a 34-27 lead five minutes into the fourth quarter (Philadelphia bettors who took the four points had an 11-point lead) before the Cowboys came back strong.
Dallas tied the game thanks to a costly breakdown from the Philadelphia defense. At third-and-30 from the Dallas 29-yard line, Dak Prescott completed a 52-yard pass to TY Hilton at the Eagles 19 – third and 30!
CeeDee Lamb’s 7-yard touchdown then tied the game.
The Eagles’ last three possessions have resulted in an interception, a fumble and a turnover on the downs.
The fumble — from running back Miles Sanders on the first play from scrimmage after Dallas took a 37-34 lead — gave the Cowboys the ball to the Philadelphia 21 with just over two minutes left.
Brett Maher threw a 26-yard insurance field with 1:41 left to make it 40-34. “Insurance” often means bad news for bettors – in this case, Eagles bettors (+160, bet $10 to win $26 in total) and those who took all four points, while the Cowboys won by six .
Don’t bet against the Vikings in a close game
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins likes to say, « You like that! »
You know who loves Cousins and the Vikings? NFL bettors.
The Vikings have their share of skeptics (and some stats confirm that skepticism), but Cousins and teammates improved to 12-3 (SU) with a 27-24 last-second win over the New York Giants. Saturday, despite giving up the tying touchdown two minutes from time.
Minnesota improved to 11-0 in one-point games this season, an NFL record. It’s no fluke, as Minnesota tied an NFL record by going 14 games with a score last season.
A group of bettors not so enamored with Minnesota are those who play the points. The Vikings are 6-8-1 ATS (ATS) this season.
Is it skill or luck? Let the debate continue…
Vikings bettors think Cousins has a lot to do with their betting bargain.
The Giants scored a touchdown and two-point conversion to tie the game at 24 with two minutes left.
The cousins took it from there, although it seemed risky at one point.
On Minnesota’s second-and-fourth 48, Cousins was sacked for a 7-yard loss and had to take his final timeout with 19 seconds left.
Cousins completed a 17-yard pass to Justin Jefferson on New York’s 42, then sent the ball in with four seconds left.
Greg Joseph’s career field goal was 56 yards.
Now it’s 61 yards, tied for 15th in NFL history. Joseph drilled the kick with room to set a Vikings record.
That gave the Vikings’ Moneyline bettors another winning ticket (-227, bet $10 to win $14.41 in total), despite Minnesota leading their opponents by just a combined five points this season. All other division leaders with a winning record outperform their opponents by at least 85 points combined.
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Every point counts
Talk to any sports bettor and they can tell you about losing a bet because of the hook (the half point attached to most point spreads).
New England Patriots bettors who took the 3.5 points against the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday know the feeling.
Those bettors suffered in the first half, as Cincinnati led 22-0 at halftime. But New England rallied, scoring touchdowns on consecutive possessions to make it 22-18 as the Patriots lined up for the extra run that was, as they like to say, important to some.
Patriots kicker Nick Folk missed the extra point, as bettors took the lost 3.5 points by the narrowest of margins.
No betting story would be complete if it ended there, but more agony awaited Patriots fans.
After a fumble from the Bengals, the Patriots took over at the Cincinnati 43 with just over three minutes left. New England moved the ball and scored the first goal from the 5-yard line with a minute to go. But New England running back Rhamondre Stevenson lost a fumble, which was picked up by Cincinnati defensive tackle BJ Hill.
Steelers punter sweats big payday
A punter was in agony for 59 minutes of the Las Vegas Raiders-Pittsburgh Steelers game on Saturday night.
Las Vegas never trailed for 59 minutes as this bettor was on the Steelers -2.5 points. The Raiders led 10-6 at the end of the fourth quarter, which meant the bettor was down 12.5-6.
Pittsburgh took over at its own 24 with 2:55 to go. The Steelers marched down the field, converting a Las Vegas 15 fourth-and-1 with 55 seconds left.
Quarterback Kenny Pickett then took advantage of Las Vegas by leaving midfield open, completing a 14-yard TD pass to George Pickens with 46 seconds left.
Chris Boswell scored the extra point in freezing weather (it was 14 degrees at the time), making it 13-10.
The bettor has covered (better late than never, right?). The bettor bet $550,000 to profit $500,000.
There is a Twitter account that tracks the final score of NFL games and reports if this has ever happened.
Since professional football has been around since 1920, most final scores have been recorded.
But we had a Scorigami on Saturday in the Bengals-Patriots game (remember, a missed extra point affected things).
No word yet if anyone has bet on this game finishing 22-18.
A bettor has cashed
But there was one punter who was willing to drop a decent amount of dough on the final score of the Giants-Vikings game. The bettor bet $200.64 on the Vikings to beat the Giants 27-24.
Who was happier than Victory Cousins? This punter, who raised $10,032.
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Moneyline, distribute disappointed bettors
While the Under bettors (combined 58 points) had their feet up, the Moneyline and Spread bettors were sweating as the Independence Bowl arrived between the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns and the Houston Cougars on Friday until the defense of the Louisiana forgets to play, uh, defense.
The game was tied at 16 in the fourth quarter, giving Ragin’ Cajuns (+7 and +205 moneyline) bettors some hope.
That hope shone brighter as Louisiana raced down the field and scored the first goal for the Houston 9. But the Ragin’ Cajuns lost a fumble at the 5-yard line with 8:32 left.
The teams traded punts and Houston took over at their 8-yard line with 2:50 left. Then a few defensive errors ruined the day for Ragin’ Cajun Moneyline bettors.
First, Louisiana allowed Houston QB Clayton Tune to run for 33 yards. After an incompleteness, the Cougars were called for holding back-to-back no plays, giving Houston first-and-30 from their 21-yard line.
Then the Louisiana secondary inexplicably allowed receiver KeSean Carter to get behind the defense for a catch for 41 yards and run to Louisiana 38.
To add to the agony of Louisiana bettors, Houston fumbled two games later…but the Cougars recovered.
Louisiana failed to contain Tune again, as he ran for 15 yards. Tune then completed a 12-yard TD pass to Nathaniel Dell for the TD go-ahead.
The Ragin’ Cajun bettors who took the points still had hope, but that was dashed when Houston kicked the extra point. So bettors on both sides who gambled the points received the dreaded push – no one wins, so no one is happy.
To add to the misery of the Ragin’ Cajun bettors, Louisiana took over with great field position at their 41 but were sacked and recovered the fumble then threw an interception to end the game at 23 -16.
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