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- The public is loading up on the Redskins the weekend, as they are the most popular NFL bet of the week.
- Other popular NFL plays on Sunday include the Bears at home against the Jets, and the Colts visiting the Raiders.
The 2018 NFL season has been a rough ride for public bettors, but Week 7 was an exception to that trend.
Teams seeing more than 60% of bets went 5-1 on Sunday, and public bettors are hoping to pile up some more green dots with three plays this weekend.
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Washington Redskins (-1.5) @ New York Giants
1 p.m. ET
The Redskins are by far the most popular bet in the NFL this weekend with 76% of bets. Despite their popularity, the Skins have moved from just a one point favorite at most books and -1.5 at a few others.
Why the public loves Washington: On the surface this spread just makes no sense. A 4-2 Redskins team favored by a point against the 1-6 Giants? Of course the public is going with the Skins.
Washington is also in the midst of a two-game win streak, whereas the G-men haven’t found the win column in more than a month.
Chicago Bears (-9) vs. New York Jets
1 p.m. ET
The Bears are next on the public card, attracting 74% of bettors at home against the Jets. Those bettors have accounted for 60% of dollars wagered, and Chicago has moved from -7 to -9 — -10.5 at one book.
Why the public loves Chicago: The public often bets on what it most recently saw, and although both teams are coming off losses last week, the Bears’ defeat instilled much more confidence in bettors.
Chicago led much of last week’s game against the Patriots, and ultimately came within a yard of sending the game to overtime.
Meanwhile, the Jets are coming off a 20-point loss in which they generated only 263 yards and turned the ball over four times.
Indianapolis Colts (-3) @ Oakland Raiders
4:05 p.m. ET
Getting 71% of bets to this point, the Colts round out the public’s favorite bets on Sunday.
Those bets have accounted for only 66% of dollars wagered, but Indy has still moved from a pick’em to -3 — although much of that line move is due to the Raiders’ trade of Amari Cooper.
Why the public loves Indy: When a 2-5 team is one of the most popular picks of the week, you can bet that more often than not, the love is based on the opponent more than anything else.
Oakland, of course, is basically a dumpster fire right now. Jon Gruden’s decision to trade Cooper essentially served as a towel toss, accepting that this team isn’t going anywhere this season.
Assuming the Raiders will come out lifelessly, the public’s decision to fade them at a low number is a pretty easy one.