NFL Week 6 Betting Results: Big Moneyline Underdogs Cash for Gamblers

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This was Moneyline Mardi Gras.

Four significant underdogs not only covered the point spread but delivered tremendous returns with outright victories to spark a dog-friendly NFL Week 6.

Regardless of favorites holding a 7-6 point spread edge before the Monday Night Football matchup between the Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Chargers, four Wonderdogs took bettors to the house on Sunday.

The Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets, New York Giants, and Atlanta Falcons yielded sizable payoffs with their upset wins. They also helped sportsbooks torch an avalanche of moneyline parlays tied to favored teams.

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Here’s a recap, with DraftKings betting odds.

  • The Steelers (+10) had the best moneyline payout, toppling the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20-18 at a whopping +350 to their moneyline backers.
  • The Jets (+7.5) put a 27-10 whipping on the host Green Bay Packers and paid out +265 on the moneyline.
  • Their MetLife Stadium counterparts, the Giants, would not be outdone. At +5.5, they stunned the Baltimore Ravens 24-20 with a furious fourth-quarter rally and paid +200 on the win line. The G-Men tallied 14 fourth-quarter points. In winning, they also forged their best start, 5-1, since being 5-0 in 2009.
  • The Atlanta Falcons continue to be a bettor’s dream.

Not only did the Falcons topple the San Francisco 49ers 28-14 at +4 .5 and return +190 to the moneyline bettors, they remain undefeated against the spread this season. The Falcons are the only 6-0 team vs the number.

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Marcus Mariota and the Falcons continue to deliver for underdog bettors (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

This victory was particularly sweet to the small number of bettors who played them on the moneyline. Atlanta obtained only 13% of the moneyline handle.

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Dogs That Covered Spreads in Week 6

Dog bettors also roared as a vocal minority in the spread-wagering pools at DraftKings.

The best bet for favorites players, 71% of the handle, went on Baltimore. But the contrarians who made up 29% of the handle on the Giants cashed out.

With Tampa Bay -10 receiving 69% of the betting handle against Pittsburgh, only 31% of the handle was on the Steelers to cover.

The top instance in which the majority of the handle was on the winner was 60% for the Cincinnati Bengals -3 against the New Orleans Saints. Cincinnati’s 30-26 victory came in the final two minutes.

The largest percentage of money on an underdog was the 59% handle placed on the Dallas Cowboys (+ 6.5) against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday night. It nearly came in but missed by a matter of inches, as Brett Maher’s 59-yard late field goal was slightly wide right near the end of the game.

That made the spread difference, as Philadelphia covered, 26-17. The Eagles remain the NFL’s only unbeaten team.

The largest cover by a favorite was the Los Angeles Rams (-10), beating the Carolina Panthers, 24-10.

Also read: What are the odds the Eagles go undefeated?

Brady Loses to a Rookie

The GOAT, Tom Brady, had never lost to a rookie quarterback. Well, he has now if one considers the Pittsburgh combination of rookie Kenny Pickett and veteran Mitchell Trubisky.

The Steelers never trailed. Pickett got them out in front, and after he was injured, Trubisky took them home.
Pittsburgh kept Brady from completing a two-point conversion that would have tied the game, and Trubisky then helped the Steelers run out the clock. They were playing with desperation after being humbled by the Buffalo Bills 38-3 one week earlier.

Flashback to First Win

New England’s Bill Belichick notched career win 324 (including playoffs), tying George Halas for second on the all-time victory list. The 38-15 victory came at the scene of his first triumph, Cleveland.

Belichick was the Browns’ coach when he notched career win No. 1, 20-0 over the New England Patriots in 1991.

Belichick is now 9-2 straight up and 8-3 against the Browns, including five straight.

Only Don Shula remains in front of Belichick with 347 wins, per NFL.com.

A Dubious First for LaFleur

The Packers have suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time in the Matt LaFleur era, covering 55 games. They were toppled by the Giants in England last week and then by the Jets on their own turf in Week 6.

Aaron Rodgers misses Davante Adams, who now plays for the Las Vegas Raiders, and this 3-3 team looks long in the tooth.

The Packers are being booed at Lambeau Field.

Times are changing.

How that affects bettors …

Those who felt the Packers were slipping were still getting odds that reflected past reputation. The Packers gave eight points to the Giants and 7.5 to the Jets. That presented gamblers an excellent opportunity to go against them.

But that’s going to be adjusted. The Packers, in the near term, will be treated as a good team, but not an exceptional one.

Green Bay is priced between -5 and -5.5 at Washington next Sunday.

Openers: Early NFL Week 7 odds 

Other Firsts That Unfolded Sunday

First Touchdown Catch: The Steelers obtained their first touchdown reception by a wide receiver this season. Chase Claypool, criticized for not running full routes, hauled in the game-winning score and made some clutch late catches in Pittsburgh’s upset over the Tampa Bay Bucs.

First Touchdown Pass: Kenny Pickett hit Najee Harris out of the backfield for his first career touchdown pass. Pickett played reasonably well before leaving on account of a head injury.

First Interception: The Giants had been the only team without a pick this season. They obtained one at a big time, setting up what became the winning touchdown against the Ravens

First First-Quarter Points: The Arizona Cardinals had been outscored 38-0 in the first quarter this season. They notched a field goal in the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks.

Unfortunately for them, it was all the points scored by their offense in a 19-9 setback to the Seattle Seahawks. They got their touchdown from special teams.

First Time JuJu Looks Like a Fit in Kansas City: Sunday marked the first touchdown of the year for Kansas City Chiefs receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who spent his earlier career with the Steelers.

For the first time this year, Smith-Schuster looked like a player who can replace Tyreek Hill, who went to the Miami Dolphins in the off-season. He caught five passes on five targets, notched 113 yards, and a score. Better than the catches, he sped to significant yardage after he caught the ball.

Although nobody goes deep for Kansas City like Hill did, Schuster advertised himself as a force.

Prop players will keep their eye on him. He’s ready to bust out.

Sunday Night Football Results

Sanders, Lamb Ring Financial Bell for Bettors

Gamblers have a difficult task selecting the first-touchdown scorer, especially with the Philadelphia Eagles, because quarterback Jalen Hurts has six rushing touchdowns.

Hurts is tied for second in the NFL with six rushing touchdowns with Jamaal Williams of the Detroit Lions (Nick Chubb of the Cleveland Browns has seven). That’s bad news for a bettor who wants to take a running back or wide receiver with the first TD prop.

But on Sunday night, FanDuel bettors who selected running back Miles Sanders got the first score payout at +700.

The book also paid out a +250 Super Boost with Hurts reaching 25 rushing yards, Zeke Elliott surpassing 40 yards on the ground, and Eagles receiver A.J. Brown getting more than 50 yards.

Gamblers who took CeeDee Lamb at +340 to haul in the most receiving yards will testify there is no such thing as garbage time. Lamb collected 31 yards in Dallas’ final drive, including a 24-yard catch that gave him a game-high 68, one more than Brown.

Rush Errorless Streak Snapped

The law of averages indicated the Eagles would break Cooper Rush’s streak of four games without a turnover.
What seemed like a good angle was anticipated, however, as books had bettors laying juice from -135 on up on Rush tossing at least one pick.

Rush threw three interceptions, in fact. Those willing to lay the juice picked up some money.

Eagles Own Second Quarter

The Eagles outscored the Cowboys 20-3 in the second quarter on Sunday night. They are an awesome second-period team, outscoring opponents this season,112-27.

They have also been coasting as a result of that. Bettors will notice that the Eagles have been outscored in the second half two straight weeks and may want to fade them in second-half bets.

Taking an angle into Week 7: The Cowboys showed mettle after falling behind 20-0 and outplayed the Eagles considerably in the second half. The Cowboys expect to have Dak Prescott back against the Detroit Lions this week, but Rush has also developed enormous confidence should the team need him for another fill-in role.

This is a good team.

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PointsBet Avoids Prop-Bet Slam

PointsBet did not have to pay out on its most wagered touchdown prop of Browns running back Nick Chubb at -135.

They also dodged the bullet on Mike Evans of Tampa Bay and Aaron Jones of the Packers as touchdown scorers.
They paid out +105 for Leonard Fournette’s late tally for Tampa Bay and Dalvin Cook’s touchdown at -125 for the Minnesota Vikings.

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Dice Rolls

Winner Sevens: Pittsburgh had to try this on its first series: On 4th and 1 from the Tampa Bay 11, the Steelers handed off to Jaylen Warren and he squirmed through to move the chains. Two plays later, Pickett followed with his first-ever TD pass.

Brady would later add two successful fourth-down conversions. Combined, the teams went 3-for-3 on 4th down, with two TD’s following the conversions.

The Browns, incidentally, are the best fourth-down team in the league. They went 3-for-5 in this category on Sunday.

Craps:  The Cardinals were not only 1-for-5 on 4th down and passed up three field goal attempts to go for unsuccessful conversions. Their 19-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks included on offensive touchdowns and a missed extra point.

The counter-argument to passing up the field goals is the trouble they are having in the kicking game. Either way, they left 10 potential points on the field in a game they lost by 10.

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NFL Week 7 Odds

Here are live odds for NFL Week 7 from around the various sports betting apps.

Bet TypeSpreads
Open
Thu (10/19) @ 8:16pm ET JAX Jaguars -110 -417 -833 0 +120 -357 -417
NO Saints -110 +290 +500 +1000 -147 +260 +280
Sun (10/22) @ 1:01pm ET WAS Commanders -125 +3000 +3300 +195 -159 +172 0
NY Giants +105 0 -10000 -250 +132 -227 0
Sun (10/22) @ 1:02pm ET LV Raiders -161 +1800 +3300 +850 +1200 +6000
CHI Bears +135 -5000 -10000 -1667 -5000 0
Sun (10/22) @ 1:03pm ET DET Lions +115 +3000 +3300 +1200 +1500 +6000
BAL Ravens -141 0 -10000 -5000 -10000 0
Sun (10/22) @ 1:03pm ET ATL Falcons +115 -625 -588 -833 +125 -909 -909
TB Buccaneers -141 +400 +400 +500 -152 +520 +425
Sun (10/22) @ 1:05pm ET CLE Browns -135 0 -10000 -105 -185 -3333 -149
IND Colts +110 +3500 +3300 -125 +150 +1060 +115
Sun (10/22) @ 1:05pm ET BUF Bills -400 +3000 +3000 +5000 -400 +4000 +2000
NE Patriots +325 0 -5000 0 +310 0 0
Sun (10/22) @ 4:06pm ET PIT Steelers +145 0 -10000 -5000 +140 -526 -10000
LA Rams -175 +4000 +1600 +1400 -175 +360 +3000
Sun (10/22) @ 4:06pm ET ARI Cardinals +290 +950 +950 +5000 +350 +1060 +5000
SEA Seahawks -370 -2000 -2500 0 -455 -3333 0
Sun (10/22) @ 4:26pm ET GB Packers -120 +4000 +1000 +6000 +100 +1400 0
DEN Broncos +100 0 -3333 0 -120 -5000 0
Sun (10/22) @ 4:26pm ET LA Chargers +200 +1400 +3300 +700 +195 +1200 +1500
KC Chiefs -250 -3333 -10000 -1250 -244 -5000 -5000
Sun (10/22) @ 8:23pm ET MIA Dolphins +115 +2500 +3300 +1400 +1400 +1800
PHI Eagles -141 -10000 -10000 -5000 -5000 -10000
Mon (10/23) @ 8:16pm ET SF 49ers -303 +175 +333 +850 -313 +255 +130
MIN Vikings +240 -233 -455 -1667 +250 -345 -175
Thu (10/19) @ 8:16pm ET JAX Jaguars -1.5 -105 +1.5 -125 -1.5 -105 -2.5 -135 +2.5 -110 -2.5 -114 -6.5 -278
NO Saints +1.5 -115 -1.5 -105 +1.5 -125 +2.5 +105 -2.5 -110 +2.5 -114 +6.5 +210
Sun (10/22) @ 1:01pm ET WAS Commanders -1.5 -115 +3.5 +105 +4.5 -120 +6.5 +100 -3.0 -112 +4.5 -130 +3.5 -112
NY Giants +1.5 -105 -3.5 -135 -4.5 -110 -6.5 -130 +3.0 -109 -4.5 +100 -3.5 -112
Sun (10/22) @ 1:02pm ET LV Raiders -3.0 -110 +23.5 +360 +23.5 +350 +23.5 +230 +24.5 -278 +24.0 -278
CHI Bears +3.0 -110 -23.5 -526 -23.5 -556 -23.5 -303 -24.5 +205 -24.0 +210
Sun (10/22) @ 1:03pm ET DET Lions +2.5 -110 +31.5 +470 +31.5 +750 +31.5 +165 +31.5 +182 +31.5 +220
BAL Ravens -2.5 -110 -31.5 -769 -31.5 -1667 -31.5 -208 -31.5 -244 -31.5 -294
Sun (10/22) @ 1:03pm ET ATL Falcons +2.5 -110 -2.5 -500 -2.5 -400 -2.5 -345 +2.5 -104 -2.5 -500 -2.5 -323
TB Buccaneers -2.5 -110 +2.5 +340 +2.5 +280 +2.5 +260 -2.5 -118 +2.5 +325 +2.5 +240
Sun (10/22) @ 1:05pm ET CLE Browns -1.5 -115 +4.5 +250 +4.5 +270 -2.5 +110 -3.5 -104 +4.5 +225 +5.0 -263
IND Colts +1.5 -105 -4.5 -345 -4.5 -370 +2.5 -141 +3.5 -118 -4.5 -313 -5.0 +200
Sun (10/22) @ 1:05pm ET BUF Bills -8.5 -105 -1.5 +140 +5.5 -154 +5.5 -110 -7.5 -110 +5.5 -222 +5.5 -112
NE Patriots +8.5 -115 +1.5 -179 -5.5 +120 -5.5 -120 +7.5 -110 -5.5 +165 -5.5 -112
Sun (10/22) @ 4:06pm ET PIT Steelers +3.5 -115 -7.5 +470 -4.5 -125 -6.5 -110 +3.5 -114 -5.5 -125 -7.5 +310
LA Rams -3.5 -105 +7.5 -769 +4.5 -105 +6.5 -120 -3.5 -106 +5.5 -104 +7.5 -417
Sun (10/22) @ 4:06pm ET ARI Cardinals +8.0 -110 +9.5 -115 +9.5 +3300 +11.0 -5000 +9.0 -110 +8.5 +192 +7.0 +105
SEA Seahawks -8.0 -110 -9.5 -115 -9.5 -10000 -11.0 +1800 -9.0 -110 -8.5 -263 -7.0 -130
Sun (10/22) @ 4:26pm ET GB Packers -1.5 -105 +1.5 -179 +1.5 -110 +5.5 -110 +1.5 -110 +1.5 -161 -1.0 +115
DEN Broncos +1.5 -115 -1.5 +140 -1.5 -115 -5.5 -120 -1.5 -110 -1.5 +122 +1.0 -145
Sun (10/22) @ 4:26pm ET LA Chargers +5.5 -110 +13.5 +170 +8.5 -115 +13.5 +260 +5.5 -108 +13.5 +265 +13.5 +230
KC Chiefs -5.5 -110 -13.5 -222 -8.5 -110 -13.5 -345 -5.5 -114 -13.5 -385 -13.5 -303
Sun (10/22) @ 8:23pm ET MIA Dolphins +2.5 -110 +16.5 -115 +14.5 +100 +14.0 +450 +14.5 -164 +14.5 0
PHI Eagles -2.5 -110 -16.5 -115 -14.5 -125 -14.0 -714 -14.5 +126 -14.5 0
Mon (10/23) @ 8:16pm ET SF 49ers -7.0 -110 +4.5 +280 +4.5 +3300 +4.5 +290 -6.5 -114 +3.5 -120 +5.0 -370
MIN Vikings +7.0 -110 -4.5 -400 -4.5 -10000 -4.5 -400 +6.5 -108 -3.5 -108 -5.0 +280
Thu (10/19) @ 8:16pm ET JAX Jaguars o42.5 -110 o58.5 -105 o53.5 -115 o41.5 -110 o41.5 -110 o54.5 -122 o55.5 +120
NO Saints u42.5 -110 u58.5 -125 u53.5 -110 u41.5 -110 u41.5 -110 u54.5 -106 u55.5 -149
Sun (10/22) @ 1:01pm ET WAS Commanders u41.5 -115 u27.5 -125 u28.5 -149 u37 -110 u37.0 -106 u27.5 -114 u27.5 -120
NY Giants o41.5 -105 o27.5 -105 o28.5 +115 o37 -110 o37.0 -115 o27.5 -114 o27.5 -105
Sun (10/22) @ 1:02pm ET LV Raiders u40.5 -110 u33.5 -130 u36.5 -208 u33.5 -125 u37.5 -500
CHI Bears o40.5 -110 o33.5 +100 o36.5 +155 o33.5 -104 o37.5 +350
Sun (10/22) @ 1:03pm ET DET Lions u44.5 -110 u50.5 +130 u50.5 +250 u51.5 -118 u44.5 -263
BAL Ravens o44.5 -110 o50.5 -167 o50.5 -345 o51.5 -110 o44.5 +200
Sun (10/22) @ 1:03pm ET ATL Falcons o39.5 -110 o23.5 +154 o32.5 -125 o37.5 -108 o32.5 -161 o23.5 +125
TB Buccaneers u39.5 -110 u23.5 -200 u32.5 -105 u37.5 -114 u32.5 +122 u23.5 -154
Sun (10/22) @ 1:05pm ET CLE Browns o39.5 -110 o71.5 +165 o68.5 -110 o40 -110 o40.0 -109 o68.5 -104 o71.5 +165
IND Colts u39.5 -110 u71.5 -213 u68.5 -120 u40 -110 u40.0 -112 u68.5 -125 u71.5 -208
Sun (10/22) @ 1:05pm ET BUF Bills o42.5 -110 o46.5 -115 o39.5 +105 o41 -110 o41.0 -110 o39.5 +148 o39 -130
NE Patriots u42.5 -110 u46.5 -115 u39.5 -141 u41 -110 u41.0 -110 u39.5 -196 u39 +105
Sun (10/22) @ 4:06pm ET PIT Steelers u42.5 -110 u48.5 -125 u48.5 -125 u44 -110 u43.5 -110 u48.5 -118 u41.5 -323
LA Rams o42.5 -110 o48.5 -105 o48.5 -105 o44 -110 o43.5 -110 o48.5 -110 o41.5 +240
Sun (10/22) @ 4:06pm ET ARI Cardinals o46.5 -105 o27.5 +120 o37.5 -110 o43.5 -110 o44.0 -108 o27.5 +125 o27.5 +100
SEA Seahawks u46.5 -115 u27.5 -149 u37.5 -115 u43.5 -110 u44.0 -114 u27.5 -164 u27.5 -125
Sun (10/22) @ 4:26pm ET GB Packers u44.5 -110 u38.5 +100 u38.5 +105 u44 -110 u44.0 -108 u38.5 +106 u37.5 -112
DEN Broncos o44.5 -110 o38.5 -130 o38.5 -141 o44 -110 o44.0 -114 o38.5 -139 o37.5 -112
Sun (10/22) @ 4:26pm ET LA Chargers u50.5 -110 u50.5 -115 u54.5 +100 u48.5 -110 u48.5 -110 u47.5 -105 u47.5 0
KC Chiefs o50.5 -110 o50.5 -115 o54.5 -130 o48.5 -110 o48.5 -110 o47.5 -115 o47.5 0
Sun (10/22) @ 8:23pm ET MIA Dolphins o52.5 -110 o50.5 -141 o50.5 -120 o51.5 -110 o51 0
PHI Eagles u52.5 -110 u50.5 +110 u50.5 -110 u51.5 -118 u51 0
Mon (10/23) @ 8:16pm ET SF 49ers u44.5 -110 u39.5 -196 u39.5 -10000 u44 -110 u44.0 -108 u47.5 +100 u39.5 -294
MIN Vikings o44.5 -110 o39.5 +150 o39.5 +3300 o44 -110 o44.0 -114 o47.5 -130 o39.5 +220
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Dave Bontempo is an award-winning writer and broadcaster, who has covered the sports industry since the 1970s. He won the Sam Taub Award for Excellence in Boxing Broadcasting by the Boxing Writers Association of America in 1997, and is in the New Jersey and Atlantic City Boxing Halls of Fame. Bontempo has broadcast major fights all over the world. The advent of legalized sports wagering shifted his focus to this exciting new industry in 2018.

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