Nearly 80% of the Bookies Battle 2022 field got off to a fine start in NFL Week 7, laying Cardinals -1.5 in Arizona’s 42-34 win over the Saints on Thursday night. The Cardinals are the week’s top consensus play in our NFL picks contest among bookmakers throughout the sports betting community.
New York’s two early-season surprises tie as the second-most popular Week 7 picks, each spotted a field goal on the road.
While the Giants +3 (at Jaguars) contest line shows no change compared to Friday’s market number, 71% of contestants are on pace for solid closing-line value with Jets +3 (at Broncos). While Denver -1 prevails on multiple NFL oddsboards Friday, BetMGM is dealing the Jets as 1-point chalk — we’ll split the difference and call it a pick ‘em.
From Chris Andrews at the South Point Sportsbook: Everybody on the Jets
Chiefs -3 (at 49ers) and Seahawks +7 (at Chargers) each garner 69% of this week’s pool sentiment.
While the KC number has shrunk to -2 at most sportsbooks, the move was partially influenced by San Francisco’s trade for Christian McCaffrey, news that broke after Thursday’s picks deadline.
More on CMC to San Fran: 49ers’ Super Bowl odds tighten
The Seattle pick, on the other hand, appears to be on the right side of the move, with the point spread sitting LAC -5 at the end of the week.
Here is the full list of Week 7 consensus picks.
|Pick||Contest Line||Fri. Market||Opponent||% of Pool|
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Battle at the Top
Some prominent bookmakers are making noise in Bookies Battle 2022.
Jason Scott, VP of Trading at BetMGM, is alone in first place heading into Sunday’s action, tallying 56 winners through six weeks (and that’s before his Cardinals pick Thursday night).
Jay Rood, a Sports Hall of Famer now with Bally Bet, went 11-3 in Week 6 for a share of the early lead in the second quarter mini-contest. Rood entered Week 7 tied for second in the season-long standings, but dropped another game off the pace with Saints +1.5.
Consensus picks are 46-46-3 after the Cardinals cover on Thursday.
Gaming Today’s Kris Johnson caught up recently with Bookies Battle contestant Tony Miller. The long-time sportsbook director at Golden Nugget discusses the challenge and rewards of running a stand-alone bet shop, why sharp players gravitate to his book, and when he may ride off into the sunset.
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