NFL Week 6 Betting Trends: Bengals, Bucs, Panthers, Jets Draw Early Money

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The lightly-favored Cincinnati Bengals are projected to right themselves against the host New Orleans Saints.

The heavy-chalk Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to bludgeon the host Pittsburgh Steelers.

The week’s biggest underdog, the Carolina Panthers, are anticipated to perform well for a new field boss against the host Los Angeles Rams.

And the visiting New York Jets are backed to cover the number against the host Green Bay Packers as a one-touchdown underdog.

These are some of the early conclusions reached by nationwide DraftKings bettors for NFL Week 6, according to betting trends spotted at the sportsbook.

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Early NFL Week 6 Betting Action

The Bengals, who lost a 19-17 heartbreaker to the Baltimore Ravens Sunday night, received a book-high 94% of the handle at -2 for their game in New Orleans.

The Jets, who thumped the Miami Dolphins 40-17 last week, nailed 69% of the early handle for their trip to Lambeau.

nfl week 6 betting trends, jets packers
Early NFL Week 6 bettors are backing the New York Jets as underdogs at the Packers (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Tampa Bay, despite its offensive struggles, obtained 79% of the initial handle at a substantial -8.5. Bettors also backed the Over 43.5 at 64%, partly based on gamblers’ expectation for the Tampa Bay offense to break out. The Steelers, behind rookie QB Kenny Pickett, were humbled 38-3 by the Buffalo Bills last week.

The Panthers, who fired Matt Rhule on Monday and replaced him with interim coach Steve Wilks, have 70% of the handle at +10.5 at the Rams.

 

Public Bettors Split on Bills-Chiefs, Cowboys-Eagles

Two consecutive Sunday games in isolated spots will likely produce the largest Week 5 handle.

In the late-afternoon Sunday window, the Buffalo Bills hover between -3 and -2.5 against the host Kansas City Chiefs, with public sentiment split.

The line opened at Buffalo -3 at DraftKings, before Buffalo support pushed the number down. Buffalo held 59% handle and the Over 54 seized 78% of the handle. Bettors may be divided on the outcome, but they are united in the expectation of high scoring.

The Philadelphia Eagles opened at -5.5 against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, but that line had been curbed to -4.5 early Wednesday. The Eagles have 61% of the handle.

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NFL Week 6 Totals

Biggest Week 6 Over: Gamblers put 90% handle on Giants vs. Ravens to exceed 45 points.

Biggest Under: The Los Angeles Chargers and offensively-challenged Denver Broncos show 94% handle on Under 45.5 ahead of their Monday night clash.

Underdogs Helping the Sportsbooks

Two factors working together create a nice formula for sportsbooks early in the season.

One, the underdogs are 46-31-3 against the spread. That has worked out for them because the public likes to bet favorites.

Second, dog bettors take a stab at significant moneyline prices.

Some do win, like the New York Giants at +300 at DraftKings for Sunday’s 27-22 upset against the Green Bay Packers.

But the book was happy to pay the smaller percentage of players who took that and pocket the substantial Green Bay moneyline bets, which anchored numerous multi-legged parlays.

In Week 5, DraftKings got a good sample of its ideal double-dip: six dogs who covered the spread without winning outright.

  • The Raiders (-6.5) lost to the Chiefs 30-29.
  • The Cleveland Browns (+2.5) were dropped by the Chargers 30-28.
  • The Bengals (+3) covered against the Ravens, but fell 19-17.
  • The Arizona Cardinals (+5.5) paid off against the Eagles in a 20-17 defeat.
  • The Chicago Bears (+7.5) squeezed home against the Minnesota Vikings, losing 29-22.
  • The Atlanta Falcons (+10.5) paid their spread bettors, but lost to the Buccaneers, 21-15.

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Division Betting Breakdown

Gamblers have a fertile target in division races. Teams obtain attractive value after a loss, and bettors who pull the trigger in those situations may be handsomely rewarded.

Week 5 action brought updates to the futures odds at DraftKings within several divisions.

The Justin Tucker game-winning field goal for the Ravens made them a solid AFC North favorite and opened a buy-on-the-dip opportunity for Bengals backers.

The Ravens are the -125 chalk with 55% of the betting handle. The Bengals are second at +250 with 31% of the handle. Had Tucker’s field goal missed, the teams would likely have flip-flopped positions with the bettors.

Cleveland is +400 for third with only 3% of the handle.

In the AFC East, the Buffalo Bills are a prohibitive -650 chalk.

The AFC South looks like a betting dogfight. The Colts at +160 have 45% of the handle. The Jaguars are +250 with 36% of the handle and the Titans are the slight chalk at +150 with 14% handle.

The Chiefs are the -225 chalk in the AFC West and commandeer of 54% of the handle. Second is the Chargers at +250 and 26%.

The NFC East has an intriguing before-after proposition regarding the Eagles and Cowboys.

Philadelphia holds down the -330 chalk position with 75% of the handle before hosting Dallas in Week 6. Cowboys bettors observe an excellent buying opportunity if they think this is the team to win Sunday night.

The Cowboys are +310 with 12% of the handle.

Odds will plummet dramatically if the Cowboys upset the Eagles on Sunday night.

Should the Cowboys prevail, any bettors who took them at +1000 division odds after Dak Prescott’s Week 1 injury will be sitting on an excellent price.

The Giants remain a good value at +1200 with 10% of the handle.

In the NFC North, the Packers, in a site rarely seen, are no longer the chalk.

The Vikings at -135 command 48% of the handle while The Pack stands at +130 with 33% of the handle. Green Bay’s upset loss to the Giants make the team appear far less formidable than in recent years.

Tampa Bay rules the NFC South roost with 54% of the handle at a price of -650.

New Orleans has 34% of the money at +900.

The NFC West figures to have price fluctuations all year.

San Francisco now stands at -180 with 20% of the handle, as its league-leading defense and methodical offense remind people of their late regular-season and playoff run last year.

The Rams, beaten by the Cowboys, are +200 and have 69% of the handle. For backers of the Rams, this team is on sale for division honors. And based on this handle, the public is buying into them.

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Other Numbers for Bettors to Look at

The Steelers notched seven sacks in their season-opening 23-20 triumph over the Bengals. They only have three since.

What happened?

Attribute that to the loss of T.J. Watt, who left the Week 1 game late with a pectoral injury and hasn’t played since.

This is why one would suspect that the Steelers games would be going Over. But the Steelers offense has been poor, and no Steelers game has finished above 46 points this year.

Irony: the Steelers don’t have a touchdown reception from a wide receiver. But the New York Jets have one from their quarterback.

Zach Wilson hauled in a pass via the Philly Special route when the Jets played the Steelers in Week 4.

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Bettors Hitting the Winner’s Circle at DraftKings

Here’s a look at a couple of nice scores on two different betting levels.

$100 Bet, Big Win on Same Game Parlay

A bettor placed a $100 SGP that paid out $35,100. Below are the winning legs from the Bills-Steelers game.

• Gabriel Davis – Anytime Touchdown Scorer
• Stefon Diggs Receiving Yards – Over 84.5
• Stefon Diggs – Anytime Touchdown Scorer
• Josh Allen Passing Yards – Over 279.5
• Gabriel Davis Receiving Yards – Over 69.5
• Total Points – Under 46.5
• BUF Bills Total Points – Over 34.5

Talk about walking a tightrope.

The bettor needed to get all of this offense and stuff it inside of 46.5 points, but that’s what happened.

Davis had his yardage and a score on the game’s third play from scrimmage, a 98-yard hookup with Bills quarterback Josh Allen.

The bettor received a break in that Allen had more than 300 yards and Buffalo held a 31-3 lead by halftime, because the Bills took their foot off the pedal in the second half.

The Steelers contributed with an end zone pick that would have made this bet a loser.

The Economy Package

This parlay turned a $5 bet into a $7,219.70 payout by combining team totals with spreads/moneylines across 9 different games:

• NY Giants +8.5
• GB Packers Over 20.5 Total Points
• NY Jets +3.5
• NY Jets Over 17.5 Total Points
• NE Patriots -3.5
• NE Patriots Over 20.5 Total Points
• TB Buccaneers Moneyline
• ATL Falcons Over 14.5 Total Points
• TEN Titans Moneyline
• TEN Titans Over 17.5 Total Points
• CLE Browns +2.5
• CLE Browns Over 17.5 Total Points
• NO Saints Moneyline
• NO Saints Over 20.5 Total Points
• MIN Vikings Moneyline
• CHI Bears Over 16.5 Total Points
• Stefon Diggs Anytime TD Scorer
• PIT Steelers @ BUF Bills Over 39.5

No sweat … except for Tennessee having to stop Washington from the 2-yard line on the next-to-final play to preserve a 21-17 victory.
One snap of the ball, seven grand on the line. That’s pressure.

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Bet TypeSpreads
Open
Thu (10/12) @ 8:18pm ET DEN Broncos +400 +3000 +3300 +4500 +3000 +15000
KC Chiefs -556 0 -10000 0 0 -10000
Sun (10/15) @ 9:33am ET BAL Ravens -200 -3333 -10000 0 -263 0 0
TEN Titans +165 +1400 +3300 +4000 +200 +2500 +4500
Sun (10/15) @ 1:03pm ET WAS Commanders +110 -2000 -2000 -1250 +105 -5000 -2000
ATL Falcons -130 +1000 +900 +700 -130 +1100 +900
Sun (10/15) @ 1:03pm ET MIN Vikings -185 -588 -10000 0 -164 -5000 -10000
CHI Bears +150 +390 +3300 +4000 +135 +1200 +2000
Sun (10/15) @ 1:03pm ET SEA Seahawks +120 +290 +300 +850 +125 +285 +300
CIN Bengals -145 -417 -500 -1667 -152 -400 -417
Sun (10/15) @ 1:03pm ET SF 49ers -208 -833 -588 -909 -526 -185 -588
CLE Browns +170 +520 +400 +550 +390 +142 +375
Sun (10/15) @ 1:03pm ET NO Saints -130 +800 +800 +320 -141 +750 +6000
HOU Texans +110 -1667 -1667 -455 +118 -1667 0
Sun (10/15) @ 1:03pm ET IND Colts +180 +3000 +3300 +3000 +165 +2500 +2800
JAX Jaguars -227 0 -10000 0 -200 0 -10000
Sun (10/15) @ 1:03pm ET CAR Panthers +600 +2500 +3300 +850 +650 +3000 0
MIA Dolphins -909 -10000 -10000 -1667 -1111 0 0
Sun (10/15) @ 4:06pm ET NE Patriots +130 +420 +800 +4000 +125 +430 0
LV Raiders -154 -667 -2000 0 -149 -667 0
Sun (10/15) @ 4:25pm ET PHI Eagles -278 +380 +1400 +260 -303 +450 +250
NY Jets +225 -588 -10000 -345 +235 -769 -556
Sun (10/15) @ 4:25pm ET ARI Cardinals +225 +1200 +950 +900 +245 +1200 +4000
LA Rams -278 -2500 -2500 -2000 -313 -5000 0
Sun (10/15) @ 4:26pm ET DET Lions -175 -10000 -10000 -5000 -164 -10000 -10000
TB Buccaneers +145 +2000 +3300 +1400 +135 +1700 +3000
Sun (10/15) @ 8:23pm ET NY Giants +600 -115 -130 -105 +800 +108 +800
BUF Bills -909 -115 +100 -125 -1429 -139 -1429
Mon (10/16) @ 8:16pm ET DAL Cowboys -130 -357 -455 -149 -172 -189
LA Chargers +110 +260 +300 +120 +134 +125
Thu (10/12) @ 8:18pm ET DEN Broncos +10.5 -110 +10.5 +420 +10.5 +400 +11.0 +400 +10.5 +330 +11.0 -417
KC Chiefs -10.5 -110 -10.5 -667 -10.5 -667 -11.0 -588 -10.5 -500 -11.0 +310
Sun (10/15) @ 9:33am ET BAL Ravens -3.5 -115 -7.5 0 -10.5 -278 -8.0 -1000 -5.5 -108 -10.5 -227 -10.5 -208
TEN Titans +3.5 -105 +7.5 +3500 +10.5 +200 +8.0 +600 +5.5 -114 +10.5 +168 +10.5 +165
Sun (10/15) @ 1:03pm ET WAS Commanders +2.5 -115 -7.5 -278 -8.5 -164 -7.5 -278 +1.5 -110 -8.5 +198 -8.0 +175
ATL Falcons -2.5 -105 +7.5 +210 +8.5 +125 +7.5 +215 -1.5 -110 +8.5 -270 +8.0 -227
Sun (10/15) @ 1:03pm ET MIN Vikings -3.5 -110 -6.5 +1300 -6.5 +240 -5.5 -189 -3.0 -110 -5.5 -270 -6.0 +160
CHI Bears +3.5 -110 +6.5 -3333 +6.5 -345 +5.5 +150 +3.0 -110 +5.5 +198 +6.0 -200
Sun (10/15) @ 1:03pm ET SEA Seahawks +2.5 -105 +3.5 +140 +3.5 +140 +4.5 -179 +2.5 -104 +3.5 +165 +3.5 +120
CIN Bengals -2.5 -115 -3.5 -179 -3.5 -185 -4.5 +145 -2.5 -118 -3.5 -222 -3.5 -149
Sun (10/15) @ 1:03pm ET SF 49ers -4.5 -110 +2.5 -149 +2.5 -10000 -1.5 -110 -14.5 +160 -1.5 +100 -3.0 -112
CLE Browns +4.5 -110 -2.5 +120 -2.5 +3300 +1.5 -120 +14.5 -204 +1.5 -130 +3.0 -112
Sun (10/15) @ 1:03pm ET NO Saints -2.5 -110 +6.5 +230 +6.5 +250 +7.0 -238 -2.0 -114 +6.5 +265 +4.0 -105
HOU Texans +2.5 -110 -6.5 -313 -6.5 -345 -7.0 +185 +2.0 -108 -6.5 -385 -4.0 -120
Sun (10/15) @ 1:03pm ET IND Colts +4.5 -110 +16.5 +450 +15.5 +950 +17.0 +145 +3.5 -104 +16.5 +285 +17.0 +450
JAX Jaguars -4.5 -110 -16.5 -714 -15.5 -3333 -17.0 -179 -3.5 -118 -16.5 -417 -17.0 -714
Sun (10/15) @ 1:03pm ET CAR Panthers +14.0 -110 +20.5 +470 +20.5 +2200 +23.5 +100 +14.0 -112 +20.5 +375 +21.0 0
MIA Dolphins -14.0 -110 -20.5 -769 -20.5 -10000 -23.5 -130 -14.0 -118 -20.5 -588 -21.0 0
Sun (10/15) @ 4:06pm ET NE Patriots +2.5 -110 +4.5 -110 +3.5 -120 +2.5 -115 +3.0 -114 +2.5 -135 +2.5 -112
LV Raiders -2.5 -110 -4.5 -120 -3.5 -110 -2.5 -115 -3.0 -108 -2.5 +104 -2.5 -112
Sun (10/15) @ 4:25pm ET PHI Eagles -6.0 -110 -1.5 -179 -2.5 +140 -1.5 -189 -6.5 -110 -1.5 -222 -3.0 -112
NY Jets +6.0 -110 +1.5 +140 +2.5 -185 +1.5 +150 +6.5 -110 +1.5 +165 +3.0 -112
Sun (10/15) @ 4:25pm ET ARI Cardinals +6.0 -110 +16.5 +350 +16.5 +550 +17.0 -1250 +7.0 -110 +16.5 +940 +17.0 0
LA Rams -6.0 -110 -16.5 -526 -16.5 -1000 -17.0 +670 -7.0 -110 -16.5 -3333 -17.0 0
Sun (10/15) @ 4:26pm ET DET Lions -3.0 -120 -13.5 -278 -13.5 -161 -14.0 -278 -3.0 -109 -13.5 -213 -14.0 -227
TB Buccaneers +3.0 +100 +13.5 +210 +13.5 +125 +14.0 +215 +3.0 -112 +13.5 +162 +14.0 +175
Sun (10/15) @ 8:23pm ET NY Giants +14.5 -110 +5.5 -345 +5.5 -200 +5.5 -400 +15.5 -109 +3.5 -118 +5.0 +190
BUF Bills -14.5 -110 -5.5 +250 -5.5 +150 -5.5 +290 -15.5 -112 -3.5 -110 -5.0 -250
Mon (10/16) @ 8:16pm ET DAL Cowboys -2.0 -110 -3.5 +210 -3.5 +145 -2.5 -135 -3.5 +225 -3.5 +150
LA Chargers +2.0 -110 +3.5 -278 +3.5 -189 +2.5 +105 +3.5 -313 +3.5 -189
Thu (10/12) @ 8:18pm ET DEN Broncos o51.5 -110 o23.5 -130 o23.5 -125 o23.5 -120 o27 -149
KC Chiefs u51.5 -110 u23.5 +100 u23.5 -105 u23.5 -108 u27 +120
Sun (10/15) @ 9:33am ET BAL Ravens o40.5 -110 o37.5 +190 o37.5 +170 o42 -110 o42.0 -110 o39.5 -135 o37.5 +145
TEN Titans u40.5 -110 u37.5 -250 u37.5 -227 u42 -110 u42.0 -110 u39.5 +104 u37.5 -179
Sun (10/15) @ 1:03pm ET WAS Commanders u42.5 -115 u48.5 -115 u44.5 -120 u42 -110 u42.0 -112 u47.5 -120 u40.5 -161
ATL Falcons o42.5 -105 o48.5 -115 o44.5 -110 o42 -110 o42.0 -109 o47.5 -108 o40.5 +130
Sun (10/15) @ 1:03pm ET MIN Vikings u49.5 -115 u34.5 +114 u32.5 -149 u45 -110 u44.5 -112 u35.5 -139 u35 +100
CHI Bears o49.5 -105 o34.5 -145 o32.5 +115 o45 -110 o44.5 -109 o35.5 +106 o35 -125
Sun (10/15) @ 1:03pm ET SEA Seahawks u46.5 -115 u36.5 +114 u36.5 +115 u45.5 -110 u45.5 -112 u36.5 +128 u36.5 +110
CIN Bengals o46.5 -105 o36.5 -145 o36.5 -149 o45.5 -110 o45.5 -109 o36.5 -167 o36.5 -141
Sun (10/15) @ 1:03pm ET SF 49ers u42 -110 u36.5 -120 u38.5 -10000 u36 -110 u31.5 +155 u36.5 +100 u37 +110
CLE Browns o42 -110 o36.5 -110 o38.5 +3300 o36 -110 o31.5 -204 o36.5 -130 o37 -141
Sun (10/15) @ 1:03pm ET NO Saints u40.5 -105 u33.5 -208 u33.5 -145 u42 -110 u47.0 -227 u33.5 -222 u42.5 +105
HOU Texans o40.5 -115 o33.5 +160 o33.5 +110 o42 -110 o47.0 +165 o33.5 +165 o42.5 -130
Sun (10/15) @ 1:03pm ET IND Colts o45.5 -110 o57.5 +420 o58.5 +675 o44 -110 o44.5 -103 o57.5 +102 o54.5 +105
JAX Jaguars u45.5 -110 u57.5 -667 u58.5 -1429 u44 -110 u44.5 -120 u57.5 -132 u54.5 -130
Sun (10/15) @ 1:03pm ET CAR Panthers o47.5 -115 o54.5 -115 o56.5 +135 o47.5 -110 o47.0 -118 o51.5 -120 o63.5 0
MIA Dolphins u47.5 -105 u54.5 -115 u56.5 -175 u47.5 -110 u47.0 -112 u51.5 -108 u63.5 0
Sun (10/15) @ 4:06pm ET NE Patriots u42.5 -110 u36.5 -167 u35.5 +135 u41.5 -110 u41.5 -112 u36.5 -222 u36 -149
LV Raiders o42.5 -110 o36.5 +130 o35.5 -175 o41.5 -110 o41.5 -109 o36.5 +165 o36 +120
Sun (10/15) @ 4:25pm ET PHI Eagles u42.5 -110 u31.5 +105 u31.5 -105 u43.5 -110 u31.5 +104 u32.5 -125
NY Jets o42.5 -110 o31.5 -135 o31.5 -125 o43.5 -110 o31.5 -135 o32.5 +100
Sun (10/15) @ 4:25pm ET ARI Cardinals o46.5 -110 o38.5 -141 o37.5 -110 o47.5 -109 o35.5 +100 o35.5 0
LA Rams u46.5 -110 u38.5 +110 u37.5 -115 u47.5 -112 u35.5 -130 u35.5 0
Sun (10/15) @ 4:26pm ET DET Lions o45.5 -110 o36.5 -105 o28.5 -141 o43.0 -110 o36.5 -108 o32.5 -125
TB Buccaneers u45.5 -110 u36.5 -125 u28.5 +105 u43.0 -110 u36.5 -120 u32.5 +100
Sun (10/15) @ 8:23pm ET NY Giants u46.5 -110 u23.5 -105 u23.5 -105 u43.5 -112 u23.5 -106 u24.5 -370
BUF Bills o46.5 -110 o23.5 -125 o23.5 -125 o43.5 -109 o23.5 -122 o24.5 +280
Mon (10/16) @ 8:16pm ET DAL Cowboys o47.5 -110 o40.5 -130 o40.5 -145 o40.5 -147 o40.5 -120
LA Chargers u47.5 -110 u40.5 +100 u40.5 +110 u40.5 +112 u40.5 -105
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