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The Las Vegas Raiders’ upset with the Baltimore Ravens in overtime Monday night football limited a historic week for the NFL underdogs.
Twelve underdogs covered the spread, most in Week 1 of the Super Bowl era. Nine underdogs drew direct interference in Week 1, the most in any week in the last four seasons and were the most in any opening week of the Super Bowl era, according to ESPN Stats and Information.
The Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans, Los Angeles Chargers, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers each won as point spread underdogs Sunday, and the Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions covered the finish line in losses. With 9-7 straight-ups, this is the first time underdogs have finished a winning record in Week 1 since 1983.
None of the underdogs who won directly this week faced big headlines. The Steelers, who closed out as 6.5-point underdogs, pulled up the week’s biggest turmoil, beating the Buffalo Bills 23-16 on the road.
Underdogs’ success was lucrative for bookmakers from across the United States By getting into Sunday’s early kickoffs, more money had been bet on the favorite than the underdogs in every game on the slate at Caesars Sportsbook. The Books also did well in Thursday’s game with the Cowboys, covering the spread in a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Monday night, however, yielded mixed results, with sports books operating in Nevada not doing so well and the hometown Raiders getting a comeback victory over the favorite Ravens. Caesars Sportsbook reported having wagered $ 200,000 on the Raiders +4.5 to -120 odds, and BetMGM’s sports books in Las Vegas, like Mirage and Mandalay Bay, also made some big bets on the Raiders, director of said race and sports Jeff Stoneback.
A spokesman for MGM told ESPN on Tuesday morning that the Raiders’ direct victory was not a good result for the book.
Sportsbooks ‘PointsBet, on the other hand, said the Raiders’ victory was a “good end to an incredibly incredible Week 1 for the book.”