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- We're rounding up all the bad beats from NFL Week 6.
- The Broncos' late fourth-quarter touchdown spoiled it for Rams spread bettors, who looked like they'd cash in most of the game.
- First-half unders in Steelers-Bengals and Cardinals-Vikings looked like they were going to cash, until late drives pushed both over.
It wouldn’t be an NFL Sunday without a few bad beats. We’re compiling some of the worst ones from the Week 6 slate here.
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Los Angeles Rams Spread
- The Line: -7
- The Score: 20-3 Rams
- Time Left: 2:57 in 3Q
The Rams took a 20-3 lead midway through the third quarter thanks to Todd Gurley’s second touchdown of the game. The Broncos tried to answer right back, driving all the way down to their own 34-yard line. But Case Keenum then threw an interception, and Broncos backers were feeling a Rams blowout.
Then the next four drives pretty much all went Denver’s way:
- Rams interception
- Broncos touchdown
- Rams missed field goal
- Broncos field goal
That left the Rams with a 20-13 lead, and they proceeded to embarked on a 13-play drive which included seven Gurley carries but stalled on the 3-yard line. The Rams settled for a field goal and a 10-point lead.
“Covering” Keenum then drove Denver down the field for a touchdown to put the Broncos inside the number for the first time in the second half. Final score: Rams 23, Broncos 20.
Reminder: The Rams were covering (or at least pushing) from the 11-minute mark in the second quarter until the 1:22 mark in the fourth quarter. Damn. — Evan Abrams
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Spread
- The Line: +3
- The Score: 31-29 Falcons
- Time Left: 1:30 in 4Q
Buccaneer backers were not feeling great about betting against the 1-4 Falcons, who led 21-6 in the second quarter. But fast forward two quarters and Atlanta led 31-29 following three consecutive touchdowns between the two teams.
Matt Ryan and the Falcons then went on an eight-play drive, which drained the Buccaneers of all their timeouts and led to a fourth-and-2 from the Bucs’ 39-yard line with 1:10 left. Among the Falcons’ options were go for it and try to win or punt in hopes of pinning the Bucs inside their 10-yard line.
Instead, Falcons coach Dan Quinn decided to go for a 57-yard field goal.
Matt Bryant not only hit the kick, but injured his hamstring while doing it, which forced him to leave the field afterward. Falcons -3 backers need to send a nice card to Quinn and Bryant for the decision and the kick that covered the spread, 34-29. — Abrams
Chicago Bears Spread
- The Line: -7
- The Score: 21-13 Bears
- Time Left: 12:26 in 4Q
Bears bettors’ eyes lit up this morning when the news regarding Ryan Tannehill’s injury broke.
Early bettors who took Chicago at -3 were counting their chickens when they saw that the Brocketship — also known as Brock Osweiler — would start for the Dolphins, and many folks were still willing to bet the Bears as the line gradually moved to -7.
Early in the fourth quarter, those Bears bets were in a U-Haul en route to Green Dot City, where they’d be renting a studio apartment for $1,400 a month. (Not a cheap place to live.)
Chicago was sitting pretty with a first-and-goal at Miami’s 3-yard line, but Tarik Cohen’s touchdown was overturned thanks to an offensive pass interference. On the next play, Mitchell Trubisky was picked off in the end zone.
Of course, the ever-so-clutch Osweiler would march down the field for a touchdown and two-point conversion to tie the game at 21. The Bears would counter right back with a score of their own, but it was very short lived, as the Brocketship lifted off with a 75-yard touchdown pass on the very next play.
A Cohen fumble at the two-minute warning ruined any hope for a final Bears’ touchdown in regulation, and the two teams would have to settle for overtime.
Certainly anyone with a Bears’ moneyline bet was jumping for joy following the Dolphins’ own fumble at the goal line on what would have been a game-ending touchdown to open overtime, their happiness wouldn’t last. Bears kicker Cody Parkey missed a 53-yarder that would have ended the game, allowing the Dolphins to would walk off on Jason Sanders’ 47-yard field goal as time expired.
The moral of the story? Don’t count your chickens before they hatch. — Mark Gallant
Steelers-Bengals 1H Under
- The Line: 25
- The Score: 7-7 Tie (14 total points)
- Time Left: 1:30 in 2Q
The first eight drives of the game resulted in six punts and two touchdowns. Then, with a little more than five minutes left in the half, Ben Roethlisberger led the Steelers on an eight-play drive that culminated in a touchdown with a little more than a minute left in the half to take a 14-7 lead.
Andy Dalton got the ball back and drove down the field in four plays in less than a minute to put the Bengals in the red zone. First-half under bettors were praying for Bengals kicker Randy Bullock, but instead got their hearts broken with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Dalton to Tyler Boyd with 19 seconds left in the half. — Abrams
Cardinals-Vikings 1H Under
- The Line: 21.5
- The Score: 10-3 Vikings (13 total points)
- Time Left: 4:30 in 2Q
First-half under bettors couldn’t have been feeling good after the Cardinals and Vikings scored 13 points in the first quarter, but after five drives that resulted in three punts, an interception and a turnover on downs, things were looking up.
But with the Vikings facing a third-and-9 on their own 36-yard line and a little less than 4 1/2 minutes left in the half, Kirk Cousins was stripped by Chandler Jones and the Cardinals’ Budda Baker returned the fumble for a touchdown.
Both the Vikings and Cardinals then punted on consecutive drives before Cousins drove Minnesota seven plays in 1:20 to set up Dan Bailey for a 48-yard field goal to bring the first half over. — Abrams