For Seahawks backers, is this finally a September to remember? Or are the Steelers done as an investment opportunity, especially with wounded quarterback Ben Roethlisberger?
Seattle’s big win at Heinz Field on Sunday was notable on a number of levels, but from a handicapping standpoint, Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson crushed a couple of damning trends.
Over the past five years, the Seahawks were a miserable 1-8 straight up and 0-8-1 vs. the spread in September road games and in each of the five seasons lost in their first away contest.
Despite losing 33-3 to New England in Week 1, the Steelers were made four-point favourites for this one as oddsmakers expected Pittsburgh to bounce back from that debacle in the opener and take advantage of the Seattle trend. No such luck as the ‘Hawks dominated for much of the afternoon with a 28-26 straight up win.
— Yes, I fully expected the Patriots to blow out the Dolphins and no I didn’t pick them or even ponder wagering on them. Why? Giving up 18 points will make a bettor go broke more often than not. Of course, by winning 43-0, Patriots bettors could have doubled the point spread and still cashed with points left over.
And with the cover, it is believed that the Patriots are the first team to do so as road favourites of 16 points or more.
And speaking of that one, how about the ticket from a Vegas casino making waves on social media in which some unknown punter laid down $100 on the Patriots money line in hopes of profiting $3.33.
— MetLife is money for the Bills, who were in the rare situation (for them) of being slight road favourites and then rolling to a 28-14 win over the Giants.
— Road warriors continue to be the way to go for bettors, early on in the season anyway. Heading into the prime time contests, visitors were a healthy 10-4 vs. the spread in Week 2.
— When the Raiders jumped out to the two-score lead as seven-point underdogs, it didn’t look like a Chiefs ticket was going to be worth much. Instead, they rolled to 28 first-half points and didn’t need to score again for an easy cover.
— The late afternoon games didn’t offer much in the way of entertainment with the Chiefs-Raiders, Broncos-Bears and Saints-Rams (affected in part by Drew Brees’ injured thumb), all were easy “unders.” In fact, the unders were a massive 11-3 on the Week 2 card heading into the Sunday night contest.
— Yes it’s early, but here’s betting not many had the Bills and 49ers to be 2-0 vs. the spread two weeks into the season. For the Bills, that means they’ll be favoured for a second consecutive week, opening as the six-point pick over Cincinnati for Buffalo’s home opener.
— To cash on the Patriots for a third consecutive week, you’ll need to lay a bucket full of points – 17.5 is the opener vs. the Jets.