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.

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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 (10/20) @ 8:15pm ET NO Saints +105 +2200 +1600 +1400 +10000 +12500
ARI Cardinals -125 -10000 -5000 -5000 0 0
Sun (10/23) @ 1:00pm ET IND Colts +120 +410 +120 +6000 +120 0 +10000
TEN Titans -145 -556 -145 0 -139 0 0
Sun (10/23) @ 1:00pm ET DET Lions +240 +1000 +900 +10000 +1050
DAL Cowboys -286 -2000 -1667 0 -1667
Sun (10/23) @ 1:02pm ET CLE Browns +215 +2500 +340 +6500 +110
BAL Ravens -256 0 -455 0 -130
Sun (10/23) @ 1:02pm ET ATL Falcons +245 +1100 +3000 +10000 +8000
CIN Bengals -294 -2500 0 0 0
Sun (10/23) @ 1:02pm ET GB Packers -238 +1800 +1100 +1000 0
WAS Commanders +200 -10000 -2500 -3333 0
Sun (10/23) @ 1:02pm ET TB Buccaneers -455 +2500 +1200 +10000 +1700
CAR Panthers +360 0 -3333 0 -5000
Sun (10/23) @ 1:03pm ET NY Giants +130 0 -3333 -526 -5000
JAX Jaguars -149 +2500 +1200 +350 +1500
Sun (10/23) @ 4:04pm ET HOU Texans +240 +1600 +1600 +260 +10000 +1400
LV Raiders -303 -10000 -5000 -303 0 -3333
Sun (10/23) @ 4:05pm ET NY Jets +135 -2500 -120 -5000 -125 0 -345
DEN Broncos -164 +1100 +100 +1400 +108 +2200 +280
Sun (10/23) @ 4:25pm ET SEA Seahawks +270 -1429 -1429 +190 0 0
LA Chargers -357 +800 +800 -222 +4000 +6000
Sun (10/23) @ 4:26pm ET KC Chiefs -123 -2000 -1250 -118 0 -2000
SF 49ers +102 +1000 +750 +104 +10000 +1100
Sun (10/23) @ 8:23pm ET PIT Steelers +240 +115 +310 +225 +270 +104 +180
MIA Dolphins -303 -145 -455 -278 -313 -132 -250
Mon (10/24) @ 8:16pm ET CHI Bears +280 -10000 -10000 -345 0 -5000
NE Patriots -345 +1700 +3300 +270 +10000 +1700
Thu (10/20) @ 8:15pm ET NO Saints +1.5 -110 +7.6 +200 +15.5 -115 +8.0 +450 -89.5 +7500 +11.5 -125
ARI Cardinals -1.5 -110 -7.6 -250 -15.5 -110 -8.0 -667 +89.5 +1600 -11.5 +110
Sun (10/23) @ 1:00pm ET IND Colts +2.0 -110 +8.5 +285 +2.5 -110 +6.5 -189 +2.5 -110 +9.5 -130 +9.0 -345
TEN Titans -2.0 -110 -8.5 -370 -2.5 -110 -6.5 +155 -2.5 -110 -9.5 +100 -9.0 +280
Sun (10/23) @ 1:00pm ET DET Lions +7.0 -110 +17.5 +540 +17.5 +575 +17.5 +980 +17.5 +125
DAL Cowboys -7.0 -110 -17.5 -833 -17.5 -909 -17.5 -3333 -17.5 -145
Sun (10/23) @ 1:02pm ET CLE Browns +6.0 -110 +2.5 +280 +4.5 -115 +3.5 0 +2.5 +200
BAL Ravens -6.0 -110 -2.5 -357 -4.5 -115 -3.5 +2800 -2.5 -250
Sun (10/23) @ 1:02pm ET ATL Falcons +7.0 -110 +24.5 -120 +18.0 +1100 +18.5 -222 +20.5 +105
CIN Bengals -7.0 -110 -24.5 -110 -18.0 -2500 -18.5 +165 -20.5 -120
Sun (10/23) @ 1:02pm ET GB Packers -6.0 -110 +3.5 -120 +5.5 +105 +1.5 +1400 +1.5 +260
WAS Commanders +6.0 -110 -3.5 -110 -5.5 -135 -1.5 -10000 -1.5 -323
Sun (10/23) @ 1:02pm ET TB Buccaneers -9.5 -110 +18.5 -357 +18.0 +155 +17.5 +880 +18.0 +100
CAR Panthers +9.5 -110 -18.5 +280 -18.0 -189 -17.5 -2500 -18.0 -115
Sun (10/23) @ 1:03pm ET NY Giants +3.0 -110 -2.5 -189 -2.5 -161 -5.5 -500 -2.5 -149
JAX Jaguars -3.0 -110 +2.5 +155 +2.5 +130 +5.5 +325 +2.5 +130
Sun (10/23) @ 4:04pm ET HOU Texans +7.0 -112 +17.5 +155 +18.0 +120 +7.0 -110 +17.5 +1400 +17.5 +220
LV Raiders -7.0 -109 -17.5 -189 -18.0 -149 -7.0 -110 -17.5 -10000 -17.5 -250
Sun (10/23) @ 4:05pm ET NY Jets +3.0 -110 -6.5 -185 -1.5 -110 -6.5 -222 -2.0 -112 -6.5 -10000 -6.5 -120
DEN Broncos -3.0 -110 +6.5 +150 +1.5 -110 +6.5 +180 +2.0 -109 +6.5 +1400 +6.5 +105
Sun (10/23) @ 4:25pm ET SEA Seahawks +7.5 -110 -13.5 -417 -14.0 -120 +5.0 -110 -15.5 +2500 -14.0 +135
LA Chargers -7.5 -110 +13.5 +320 +14.0 -110 -5.0 -110 +15.5 0 +14.0 -161
Sun (10/23) @ 4:26pm ET KC Chiefs -1.5 -112 -20.5 -179 -14.5 -105 -1.0 -110 -14.5 -130 -20.5 -250
SF 49ers +1.5 -109 +20.5 +145 +14.5 -125 +1.0 -110 +14.5 +100 +20.5 +210
Sun (10/23) @ 8:23pm ET PIT Steelers +6.5 -110 +5.5 +140 +5.5 +400 +5.5 +140 +7.5 -115 +3.5 -114 +6.0 -278
MIA Dolphins -6.5 -110 -5.5 -175 -5.5 -667 -5.5 -169 -7.5 -105 -3.5 -114 -6.0 +220
Mon (10/24) @ 8:16pm ET CHI Bears +7.5 -115 -22.5 -110 -18.5 -303 -19.5 +185 -22.5 +415 -22.5 +145
NE Patriots -7.5 -105 +22.5 -120 +18.5 +210 +19.5 -233 +22.5 -667 +22.5 -175
Thu (10/20) @ 8:15pm ET NO Saints u45.5 -115 u69.5 -161 u73.5 -200 u76.5 0 u73.5 -108
ARI Cardinals o45.5 -105 o69.5 +130 o73.5 +150 o76.5 +7500 o73.5 -108
Sun (10/23) @ 1:00pm ET CLE Browns u47.5 -115 u45.5 -110 u46.5 -110 u46.0 -109
BAL Ravens o47.5 -105 o45.5 -110 o46.5 -110 o46.0 -112
Sun (10/23) @ 1:00pm ET TB Buccaneers u41.5 -115 u39.5 -110 u38.5 -110 u39.0 -108
CAR Panthers o41.5 -105 o39.5 -110 o38.5 -110 o39.0 -114
Sun (10/23) @ 1:00pm ET ATL Falcons o45.5 -105 o47.5 -110 o47.5 -110 o47.5 -112
CIN Bengals u45.5 -115 u47.5 -110 u47.5 -110 u47.5 -109
Sun (10/23) @ 1:00pm ET DET Lions u48 -110 u49 -110 u49 -110 u48.5 -110
DAL Cowboys o48 -110 o49 -110 o49 -110 o48.5 -110
Sun (10/23) @ 1:00pm ET NY Giants u42.5 -110 u43 -110 u43 -110 u43.5 -109
JAX Jaguars o42.5 -110 o43 -110 o43 -110 o43.5 -112
Sun (10/23) @ 1:00pm ET IND Colts o42.5 -110 o32.5 -120 o42 -110 o43 -110 o43.0 -112 o31.5 -135 o31.5 0
TEN Titans u42.5 -110 u32.5 -110 u42 -110 u43 -110 u43.0 -109 u31.5 +104 u31.5 0
Sun (10/23) @ 1:00pm ET GB Packers o41.5 -105 o41.5 -110 o41.5 -110 o41.5 -110
WAS Commanders u41.5 -115 u41.5 -110 u41.5 -110 u41.5 -110
Sun (10/23) @ 4:04pm ET HOU Texans o43.5 -110 o57.5 -105 o46.0 -108 o58.5 +980 o58.5 +200
LV Raiders u43.5 -110 u57.5 -125 u46.0 -114 u58.5 -3333 u58.5 -250
Sun (10/23) @ 4:05pm ET NY Jets u42.5 -110 u27.5 -105 u37 -110 u37 -110 u37.0 -114 u25.5 -3333 u28 -108
DEN Broncos o42.5 -110 o27.5 -125 o37 -110 o37 -110 o37.0 -108 o25.5 +980 o28 -108
Sun (10/23) @ 4:25pm ET SEA Seahawks u53.5 -109 u53.5 -125 u51.0 -109 u60.5 0 u60.5 -417
LA Chargers o53.5 -112 o53.5 -105 o51.0 -112 o60.5 +2200 o60.5 +330
Sun (10/23) @ 4:26pm ET KC Chiefs o47.5 -112 o73.5 -125 o49.0 -110 o73.5 -141 o67.5 +200
SF 49ers u47.5 -109 u73.5 -105 u49.0 -110 u73.5 +108 u67.5 -250
Sun (10/23) @ 8:23pm ET PIT Steelers u44.5 -110 u29.5 -120 u28.5 -227 u44.5 -110 u32.5 -106 u27.5 -323
MIA Dolphins o44.5 -110 o29.5 -110 o28.5 +185 o44.5 -110 o32.5 -122 o27.5 +240
Mon (10/24) @ 8:16pm ET CHI Bears o39.5 -110 o49.5 +110 o54.5 +3300 o47.5 +470 o50.5 +115
NE Patriots u39.5 -110 u49.5 -141 u54.5 -10000 u47.5 -833 u50.5 -135
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Dave Bontempo

Dave Bontempo is a multiple award-winning writer and broadcaster, who has covered the sports industry since the 1970’s. 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. He 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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