Monday Night Football preview and odds

Week 2 wraps up tonight and there’s plenty of exciting Week 3 games on tap to look forward to as well. Here are the latest odds and trends at William Hill.

The Raiders make their Las Vegas debut, as they host the Saints in the final Week 2 game. The Raiders are currently 4.5-point home underdogs (+175 moneyline) at William Hill after reaching as high as +6 earlier in the day. The total for this Monday Night Football showdown now sits at 48.5.

“There’s a ton of parlays, teasers and moneyline action on the Saints,” said Nick Bogdanovich, Director of Trading for William Hill US. “We’ll need a victory outright from the Raiders.”

For all moneyline bets on MNF at William Hill, the Saints have brought in 58% of the total number of tickets and 57% of the total dollars wagered.

Regarding the spread, however, William Hill bettors are more split. New Orleans has the advantage in total number of tickets on all spread wagers for tonight at 66%, however Las Vegas has the slight edge in total dollars wagered at 52%.

That includes the three biggest bets taken at William Hill thus far for MNF, which have all come in on Raiders against the spread. The largest is a $30,000 wager placed by a Nevada bettor on Raiders +7 (-135) for a total potential payout of $52,222.20. Raiders +6 (-110) also drew $22,000 and $20,000 wagers by Nevada bettors.

The total has gone as high as 51.5 before dropping to its current 48.5 number. Nonetheless, the majority William Hill bettors are expecting points in bunches tonight, as the over has received 80% of the total number of tickets and 61% of the total dollars wagered.

Check out William Hill’s latest odds and trends for Saints vs. Raiders below. You can watch the game tonight on ESPN at 8:20 p.m. ET/5:20 p.m. PT.

Week 2 of the NFL season featured just three William Hill spreads that closed at four points or lower and seven others ending up at a full touchdown or higher. For the Week 3 odds recently released at William Hill, eight games currently have a line of four points or lower and just three are at seven or higher.

“Lots of 3s and 4s this week, so I like that,” said Nick Bogdanovich, Director of Trading for William Hill US. “People will actually have to pick winners this week.

“Anything in the 9 range is the ultimate sweet spot for the teaser players. It looks like Indianapolis is at 10 against the Jets and Cleveland at 7 against Washington are the two biggest numbers out there.”

One of those Week 3 contests that has a tight spread is a battle between two of the best teams in the league on Monday night. The Chiefs are a 3.5-point road underdog against the Ravens after opening at +3.

“Chiefs-Chargers was the biggest handle we’ve ever had for a regular season game,” Bogdanovich said. “Chiefs-Ravens will be a monster game, I just don’t know if it will eclipse that one.

“When a point spread is right around 9 like Chiefs-Chargers, you get every single teaser and moneyline parlay. When it’s around 3, teasers are reduced immensely and moneyline parlays aren’t nearly as significant. Point spread has a lot to do with the handle on a game compared to just the team itself.”

The Colts are the biggest chalk this week at -10 hosting the Jets. For shortest numbers, the Bills are 2.5-point favorites at home vs. the Rams in a face-off between 2-0 teams and the undefeated Titans are 2.5-point road favorites against the winless Vikings.

Another matchup between a 0-2 team vs. 2-0 team has drawn a couple early notable wagers. Despite dropping their first two games, including yesterday’s heartbreaker against the Cowboys, the Falcons have moved to -3.5 from -3 against the Bears in Atlanta.

Yet, two William Hill Nevada bettors are bullish on Atlanta, with one putting down $5,500 on Falcons -3 (-110) for a total potential payout of $10,500 and the other placing $3,300 on Falcons -3 (-110) for a total potential payout of $6,600. Those are the two largest Week 3 wagers as of now at William Hill.