Matt LaFleur as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers was perfect in December — until he wasn’t. The New York Giants took the Pack down to the wire in a Monday Night Football, Week 14 battle and came out as the team on top with a 24-22 victory.
From a Super Bowl odds perspective, the loss lengthened the Packers’ odds from +7500 to +14000 (Best Live Odds: ).
From a bettor’s perspective, however, what does this December defeat mean for LaFleur backers who were riding the wave of his spotless record in the last month of the year as a head coach?
Let’s dive into what Packers HC Matt LaFleur’s first December loss means for NFL bettors.
Matt LaFleur in December
Matt LaFleur was named Green Bay’s head coach in 2019. And since then, his straight-up (SU) record is 53-26. But it’s his record in the last month of the year that fans and bettors have been eyeing.
Since taking the reins from predecessor Mike McCarthy and before the team’s Week 14 matchup against the Giants, 44-year-old LaFleur had gone 16-0 in December.
Of those 16 games, the Pack was favored in 13 matchups. And Lafleur & Co. had covered the spread 62.5% of that time. As a matter of fact, in the team’s Week 13 contest against the Kansas City Chiefs last week, Green Bay won as a 6-point underdog. A $100 bet on GB’s moneyline against the reigning Super Bowl champions would have won you a total of $307, including your initial wager.
In the week before defeating KC the Packers impressed by defeating the Lions as 8.5-point underdogs. That matchup came at the end of November, but the victory could have given bettors incentive to ride the Cheese wave into the new month.
Because after all, for bettors backing Green Bay’s moneyline in December under Matt LaFleur, this had been a perfectly positive proposition…
Matt LaFleur’s First Loss in December
…until the squad ran into a feisty New York Giants team with undrafted rookie quarterback Tommy DeVito under center.
DeVito’s journey — the league’s latest Cinderella story — includes all the makings of a fairytale. Unknown and underestimated, the QB led a game-winning drive for the G-Men that put them in the win column, 24-22. The Giants not only upset the Packers by getting the win as 5.5-point underdogs, but they ruined Mr. December’s unblemished record in the month.
Let’s look at this game from a betting perspective, too. A $100 bet on Green Bay’s moneyline against the Giants would have helped you pocket a total of $139.68 if they’d won. With that in mind, to those bettors backing New York: congratulations. A $100 wager on NY’s Week 14 moneyline was worth a nice total payout of $304.
According to BetMGM’s John Ewing, the No. 1 most popular bet (ticket) for Monday Night Football was Packers -6 (before the line moved to 5.5). Eighth on that list? Packers at -275.
Looking Ahead at Packers for NFL Bettors
With three more games on their December calendar, the Packers have that many more chances to get that old thing back — or rather, get something close to that old thing because… 16-1.
In their Week 15 game against Tampa Bay, the Pack are currently favored by 3.5 points. Right now, they’re favored by 5.5 points over the Panthers in their Christmas Eve matchup. Based on those early lines, Green Bay outright could put green in your wallet.
So for bettors looking for more Matty Magic in December, the wizardry might not be over just yet. Backing LaFleur’s moneyline for the rest of this December might still be a winning bet.