Sunday not as black

Nov 30, 2004 7:34 AM

Black Sunday for the books had a carryover to Thanksgiving in the NFL when Peyton Manning’s six touchdown passes led Indianapolis to a 41-9 romp over Detroit as a 9½ to 10-point road favorite.

So, is this a trend or an aberration?

"An aberration," said Eric St. Clair, race and sports director at Rampart. "When favorites cover in isolated games, you are going to get hurt. Thank goodness the game didn’t go "over" the total."

The books had more than two-thirds of the road teams favored last week, setting themselves up for major problems if the betting public didn’t buy into the normal thought of taking the home dogs. And, that’s exactly what transpired.

"We’re getting a more sophisticated breed of gamblers," St. Clair said. "Black Sunday came down to a few games that kept everything going. "We lost big on teasers. If the Vikings don’t cover to beat the Lions, all the teasers go down. Then we’re really in bad shape."

The books were also hurt on parlays when Pittsburgh posted a late safety to beat Cincinnati by 5, the number posted on most Ties Win cards around town.

"Most customers will still bet the minus," St. Clair said. "People like laying the points. "If there was a saving grace last week it was Green Bay not winning by more than three on Monday night. Had that happened, the books would have taken a catastrophic loss."

Now on to the NFL this week.

Bills (-3) at Dolphins: Nice homecoming for MaGahee, who was a Miami standout. BILLS.

Panthers (+2½) at Saints: Another happy homecoming with Jake Delhomme returning to New Orleans. PANTHERS.

Chiefs (NL) at Raiders: Love the way Oakland responded in the snow, down 11 at Denvers. It should carry over against hated and depressed Chiefs. RAIDERS.

Cowboys (+7) at Seahawks (42): Safe route is the total, with both offenses pressing. UNDER.

Cards (+3½) at Lions (38½): Lions can’t run the ball, Cards can’t score. Arizona play tough defense, which keep this close. UNDER.

Last week: 2-1

Season: 29-18