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
That’s right, the Browns are one-point favorites in Indianapolis this weekend. The two winless teams face off with an over/under of 40 points. After a brutal opening loss against the Rams, the Colts actually held their own last week in an overtime loss to the Cardinals.
Browns running back Isaiah Crowell has stated he wants the ball more. That would likely help Cleveland’s woeful passing game that is now without wide receiver Corey Coleman (broken hand).
Jacoby Brissett vastly improved Indy’s offense last week after the shambolic Week 1 display by Scott Tolzien. The odds seem to be against the Browns beating Colts.
In the opening loss to the Chiefs, the Patriots were out of sync against a much better defense. They were trying to figure out the right pecking order in a remixed running game and rediscover a passing identity.
Some of that happened. Mike Gillislee emerged as the power back of choice, and Amendola was the natural fill-in for Edelman. But Brady was still getting the feel for new deep threat Brandin Cooks and how to better use Hogan in an expanded role.
With extra time to prepare for picking apart the Saints, Brady wasted no time in using Burkhead’s and Gronkowski’s versatility. He didn’t force it to Cooks downfield in Cooks’ revenge game, and he picked his spot to deploy Hogan.
In the backfield, there was no more mystery. Gillislee was the main early-down rusher, and James White was the clear third-down receiver. By being so multiple and unpredictable with the rest of the backs, wideouts and tight ends, it’s OK for the Patriots to have some predictability.
Leading up to Monday’s game, there was much internal debate among the Cowboys and Cardinals, and even between the two teams.
Peterson told ESPN’s Lisa Salters that when he woke up on Saturday morning and heard about Trump’s comments, he and another teammate went to Arians and asked if players could do something in response before Monday night’s game.
That started a series of conversations with the Cowboys — including Fitzgerald reaching out to Dallas tight end Jason Witten — to discuss a possible joint show of unity.
Those conversations continued throughout the day Monday, but ultimately the decision was made that there would be no joint team response.
Before a giant American flag was unfurled that covered almost the entire field, the Cowboys — including Jerry Jones — took a knee briefly as a group. This led to a smattering of boos from the crowd that included a large number of Dallas fans.
During the national anthem, the Cowboys stood locked arm in arm but nobody took a knee or appeared to show any sign of silent protest.
A day after saying ‘I’m a dog, so I acted like a dog’ to explain his touchdown celebration where he simulated urinating on the field, Odell Beckham Jr. changed his tune on social media, now suggesting it was related to President Trump’s comments.
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I’ve been 0-2. I know the urgency associated with that in this business, Tomlin said. And I’m sure that they feel it. And I’m sure we’re going to get their best effort because of it.
We’re getting prepared with an edge. We’re too fragile �� we’re too new in this team development process, in terms of searching for consistency and acceptable level of play, to take any other approach.
In fact, Tomlin even seemed intent on pointing out the dubious nature of that 5-12 statistic in pointing out that 0-2 doesn’t define you at this juncture of the season. Because included in those 12 losses were defeats against a 1-5 Chiefs team that has a 24-4 record in regular-season games since and a 1-4 Dolphins team that won nine of its final 11 games in 2016.
At least Cincinnati’s offense finally got into the end zone.
Green’s score snapped a season-opening streak of 25 possessions without a touchdown. Until Sunday, they were only able to muster three field goals over the first two weeks, both losses.
Rodgers’ only other interception returned for a score came on Nov. 8, 2009, by Tanard Jackson in a 38-28 loss at Tampa. … It was the warmest kickoff for a Packers home game at 89 degrees.
There will always be issues with our country. There will always be things that we’re battling and we should always be striving to make those things better, but if the protest becomes that we’re going to sit down or kneel and not show respect to the flag of the United States of America and everything that it symbolizes and everything that it stands for and everything our country has been through to get to this point I do not agree with that.
Patriots receiver Brandin Cooks, who caught the game-winning touchdown in New England’s 36-33 win over the Texans, said he knelt before the game to stand with his brothers.
After a stunning defeat in their opener, the New England Patriots were back to the norm Week 2.
Tom Brady looked like his old self as the Patriots dropped the Saints to 0-2, and there were plenty of other familiar sights in the second week of regular-season action.
The referees came under fire, Denver’s defense delivered a punishing display, the Seahawks’ offensive line struggled and the poor old Chargers proved fortune cares not for the location of your team.
Once he’s done feasting, Wilfork will probably be watching the Patriots put Deshaun Watson’s feet to the fire. New England is 16-5 overall and 8-0 at home since 2001 when facing rookie quarterbacks such as Watson, the ex-Clemson standout who will be making his second NFL start.
Wilfork spoke in Belichickian fashion when providing scant detail about what makes New England so effective against newbie passers. It’s a certain mindset we had is all Wilfork would allow.
Wilfork, though, was more forthcoming in his praise of Watson and how the Texans made the right decision benching Tom Savage midway through the season opener.
[Watson] has won big games in college so he knows what it’s going to take to win in the NFL, said Wilfork, who played with the Texans in 2015 and 2016. All rookies are going to have their flaws. At the end of the day he’s going to be my franchise quarterback. That means there’s going to be a learning curve.
Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders: On a frustrating night for the Oakland offense, Crabtree was sidelined with a chest injury, and he went to the locker room for X-rays. He did not return.