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Ricardo Allen Injury Driving Big Bengals-Falcons Over/Under Movement

Sep 24, 2018 3:12 PM EDT
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Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports Pictured: Atlanta Falcons cornerback Ricardo Allen

  • Breaking injury news has caused the over/under for Sunday's Cincinnati Bengals-Atlanta Falcons matchup (1 p.m. ET) to move significantly.
  • While the over/under is on the move, the injury has not yet had an effect on the point spread.

Monday morning, news broke that Falcons safety Ricardo Allen will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn Achilles in Atlanta’s Week 3 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

This is a huge hit for a defense that already lost starting free safety Keanu Neal in Week 1 and linebacker Deion Jones in Week 2. The Falcons have since given up 24 points to the Panthers and 43 points against the Saints.

As usual, the betting market wasted no time and jumped all over the Cincinnati Bengals-Atlanta Falcons Week 4 over/under.

According to The Action Network’s NFL Live Odds page, the total for this matchup opened at 48 and remained there until around 11 a.m. ET Monday. However, as soon as Allen’s injury hit Twitter, money flowed on the over, pushing this total up to 51 and even 51.5 in some spots.

Interestingly, the spread hasn’t moved on the news, indicating that bettors believe we’ll see more offensive fireworks, but that Allen’s injury hasn’t decreased Atlanta’s ability to cover the 6-point spread.

At the time of publication, a whopping 85% of tickets and 90% of dollars wagered on the total have played the over.

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