Big Parlays Cash as Steelers Hold on vs. Cowboys
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A massive parlay at William Hill came through thanks to the Steelers’ narrow win over the Cowboys on Sunday.
The parlay featured a handful of big favorites, plus two big college football underdogs — Liberty +500 over Virginia Tech and Maryland +1200 vs. Penn State. The bettor just needed Pittsburgh to cap it off, and the Steelers hung on in the final moments.
Another two-teamer came through at DraftKings, with the Dolphins winning in Arizona and the Steelers hanging on late against the Cowboys.
When the Dallas Cowboys are doing well, their fans show up in droves everywhere in life, wearing their hats, jerseys and T-shirts.
It’s easy to see then how they are still “America’s Team,” even though it has been almost 25 years since the Cowboys’ last Super Bowl win. They are still the most valuable team in the NFL.
But when the Dallas Cowboys don’t play well, good luck finding that silver star on the bodies of those fans and in Las Vegas sportsbooks.
“They’ve completely disappeared,” said Eric Osterman of the Superbook in Vegas. “Like, nowhere.”
The Week 8 matchup between the Cowboys and undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers is going to go down as one of the most lopsided money games of the year — and that’s with the Steelers as a two-touchdown favorite.
Leading up to Sunday, 94 percent of the money was on the road team, the Steelers.
“We have a lot of liability on the Steelers — spread, parlays and teasers,” Osterman said.
The other two road favorites getting big money in Week 9 are the Seattle Seahawks and the Baltimore Ravens.
One might wonder why, if the Ravens are getting the money, they’ve gone from a 3-point favorite over the Colts to 1.5. Osterman puts it down to the respect that Superbook has for Indianapolis.
The Seahawks have gone the other way — from 1.5-point favorites to 3-point favorites. And they are getting pounded on their moneyline and thrown into a ton of parlays.
Another intriguing story this week is the Saints getting some pretty serious money as 4.5-point underdogs on Monday Night Football.
“I think the public looks at how bad the Bucs looked against the Giants and they are dismissing them pretty quickly,” Osterman said.