NFL underdogs went on a run Sunday that produced a significant transfer of wealth in Las Vegas.
Ten of Sunday’s 13 underdogs covered the spread, with six teams pulling outright upsets. For some bookmakers, it was their most lucrative NFL Sunday ever. For the betting public, it was a multimillion-dollar defeat.
On an average NFL Sunday, sportsbook operator CG Technology will win 4-6 percent of the amount wagered. This Sunday, CG Technology kept more than 16 percent of the money bet on the NFL at their sportsbooks, according to vice president of risk Jason Simbal.
It was certainly one of the best days we’ve had, Simbal told ESPN on Sunday night.
When you have one position that gets hit by it, maybe it has something to do with playing Chicago on Thursday night, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. Last year it was the running backs. This year it’s the tackles. So, you just work through it. Frankly, we’re still working through it. … There’s still some testing that’s being done. But yeah, it’s a work in progress.
John started three games for the Cardinals last season at right tackle. He appeared in two games in 2015 for Miami but has no ties to the Packers or their offensive system.
For a second straight week the Chargers probably will be without cornerback in Jason Verrett. Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said that an MRI last week revealed no new damage to Verrett’s surgically repaired left knee. However, Verrett remains week to week and Lynn does not want the TCU product back on the field until he’s fully healthy. Second-year pro Trevor Williams played solid in place of Verrett against the Miami Dolphins last week, finishing with five tackles and two pass breakups. — Eric D. Williams