Bucs, Browns help books enjoy field day
September 19, 2018 3:07 AM
by Micah Roberts
The big NFL win for the house came Sunday in Week 2 action where the Buccaneers won again, the Chiefs kept rolling and the Browns covered again; all 2-0 ATS.
“We had a good day today,“ said MGM Resorts sportsbook hub manager Jeff Stoneback on Sunday night. “The best decision turned out to be the 49ers not covering against the Lions and then we also needed the Browns-Saints game to stay Under (51); we had a casino player pop us twice on the Over.”
“Our worst game ended up being the Bucs winning on the money line (+140),” Stoneback said of Tampa Bay’s 27-21 win over the Super Bowl champions, Philadelphia.
Fitzpatrick now has eight TD passes in two Tampa wins to start the season while Jameis Winston serves his suspension for groping an Uber driver. Does Winston get his starting job back in Week 4 when he’s eligible to return?
“Winston may never see the field again as a Buccaneer,” projected Station Casinos sportsbook director Jason McCormick noting the Bucs’ unbelievable success to start the season after winning at New Orleans last week as a 9.5-point dog and beating the Super Bowl champs Sunday as 3-point home dogs. Station books, which traditionally fare well against local bettors when underdogs cover, had an “exceptional Sunday and weekend for the house,” said McCormick.
Because of the Bucs and others like the Lions covering and all the other underdogs, Stratosphere sportsbook director Ed Malinowski said, “It was a good day” and they “held 30 percent” heading into the late game where they needed Dallas (-3) and Over (42) to eliminate lingering parlay risk.
“It was a good solid win for us today, but not a monster win,” said Westgate SuperBook VP Jay Kornegay. “The Chargers covering wasn’t good at all for us; it was our biggest loser of the day; the Cards losing again wasn’t good either,”
Two teams have emerged as the best public teams to bet against. The Bills and Cardinals look awful. Do they get their act together soon, or does the dirty get dirtier?
“I don’t like to make too many knee-jerk reactions in the NFL, but we’ll wait and see how the Cards and Bills turn out,” said Kornegay. “I mean, we have the Bills +16.5 next week and the Cards getting +4.5 at home against the Bears; and the Bears are coming off a short week, so we’ll just continue to make weekly adjustments. But those were both extremely high numbers against them. I will say sharp money did take the Cards with the big number in Week 2.”
The team looking like a real Super Bowl contender out of the gate is the Chiefs who lit up Heinz Field with a 42-37 win Sunday.
“The Chiefs offense looks strong, but the defense is still suspect,” said Kornegay. “The Vikings, Jaguars, and Rams still have the best defenses and that seems to be the recipe to winning the Super Bowl. Right now I’m just not sold on the Chiefs defense that allowed 28 points in Week 1 and 37 points last week,”
So, after two weeks who is the best team in the NFL right now?
“Right now I’m leaning on the Rams as being the best team in the league,” Kornegay said. “The thing I like most about them, besides all the improvements to the defense, is they got a little bit of a taste for success last season and should be carrying that momentum and hunger into this season. So far they are.”
Monday night in the Bears’ 24-17 home win against the fading Seahawks, the books lost a little. A start to turning the page and regrouping for Week 3.