Arizona came in on Sunday tied for the best NFL record and was the second seed in the standings to Detroit, which had the worst rating in the league.
But for a week marked by major line moves and three games postponed due to COVID-19, nothing went as planned.
The Lions, who finished 13 points behind at home and +550 on the silver line, led the Cardinals in a stunning 30-12 victory.
The upheaval was matched by a major win for sportsbook Las Vegas, which enjoyed a big day of victory as the Underdogs went 6-4 ATS with four straight wins.
“One of the key games was clearly the Lions’ victory over the Cardinals,” said Chuck Esposito, director of sports betting for Red Rock Resort. “This just destroyed most of the teasers, parlays, and silverline parlays.
“I didn’t think the Cardinals were as good as the Cowboys, Rams, Buccaneers or Packers. I always had them as the fifth best team in the NFC.
Arizona (10-4) lost for the fourth time in seven games after a 7-0 start.
Jared Goff beat Kyler Murray, throwing three touchdown passes and no interceptions, as Detroit improved to 2-12-1 overall and 9-5 ATS.
“Someone said the Lions could be the best two-game winning team ever,” said MGM Resorts director of trading Jeff Stoneback.
New Orleans, another double-digit underdog at + 11½ and +450 on the silver line, ended the day with a shocking 9-0 shutout from Tampa Bay – the highest-rated team in the NFL – on “Sunday Night Football”.
“There are so many question marks everywhere,” Esposito said. “But the Packers clearly lead the NFC and the Chiefs lead the AFC.”
The other big winners for the books were the Jets (+10), who covered a 31-24 loss to the Dolphins, and the Ravens (+9), who covered a 31-30 loss to the Packers.
The crows mobilize to cover themselves
The line on Green Bay soared when Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson was sent off. But substitute Tyler Huntley accomplished a feat Jackson failed to throw in for two touchdowns and rush for two touchdowns to rally the Ravens from a 31-17 deficit in the end.
Baltimore went for two and the win after Huntley’s 8-yard TD run with 42 seconds left. But his two-point pass was incomplete.
“We received some considerable money on Thursday 5½ and it hit 9½,” said Westgate SuperBook manager John Murray. “The audience was all stretched out in Green Bay. It would have been huge for us if Baltimore won. But the blanket was a good result.
“Huntley looked pretty good to me. It makes people miss it. He can throw. He can run. “
Bettors took charge of the Jaguars when coach Urban Meyer was fired and the line fell from -3½ on the Texans to -6. But Houston had no problem in a 30-16 win.
In the other surprise, the Bengals (+3) beat the Broncos 15-10.
Close the covers
The betting public made the winners sweat on a pair of popular favorites in the Bills and Cowboys. Buffalo (-14½) led 10 over Carolina to a fourth and 2-14 from the Panthers with 2:07 left when Josh Allen threw a 14-yard pass to Gabriel Davis for a 31-14 lead.
Cam Newton then led Carolina into Bills territory before making a perfect pass to the opponent to seal the victory and cover Buffalo.
The Cowboys (-11½) led the Giants 21-6 in the dying minutes when New York Third Channel QB Jake Fromm threatened to deliver backdoor cover, leading to the Dallas 9-yard line. But after four consecutive failures, Cowboys punters were able to cash their tickets.
A BetMGM punter lost a straight bet of $ 330,000 on the Giants (+ 11½) and a straight bet of $ 550,000 on the Falcons (+9), who lost 31-13 to the 49ers.
Atlanta returned the ball on the downs three times inside the San Francisco 10-yard line, twice in the 1.
$ 6 million survivor
Only 16 entries are still alive in their quest for the $ 6 million Circa Survivor Contest prize. Of the 23 who started the week, five were eliminated by the Cardinals, one by the Jaguars and one by the Buccaneers. One entry selected the Vikings over the Bears in “Monday Night Football”.
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