Packers RB Chooses Not to Score, Swinging Over/Under & Spread
Oct 14, 2019; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Jamaal Williams (30) runs with the ball defended by Detroit Lions safety Tracy Walker (21) in the first quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
- Jamaal Williams decided not to score in the final seconds of the Monday Night Football game between the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions, swinging the over/under (46) and spread (Packers -3.5) in the process.
Jamaal Williams, welcome to the Todd Gurley Club.
The Green Bay Packers running back took a page out of Gurley’s book on Monday Night Football, choosing NOT to score a touchdown in the final seconds, instead opting to effectively end the game.
The score was DET 22 – GB 20. There was 1:36 remaining in the game. 1st & 10 GB from DET 11.
Green Bay closed at -3.5.
The over/under closed at 47.
Then this happened. 🤢
I give you an early nomination for the Todd Gurley play of the year. 🤮pic.twitter.com/DycO5kAohH
— The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) October 15, 2019
Mason Crosby kicked a game-winning chip-shot field goal three plays later: Packers 23, Lions 22.
The sequence swung the over/under, which closed at 46, and maybe the spread (Packers -3.5). If Williams had waltzed in for the TD, the score would have likely been 27-22 Packers (assuming Crosby makes the extra point).
Williams’ decision hurt the majority of over/under bettors: 61% of the betting tickets landed on the Over pregame, per our data.
And perhaps most notably, Williams not scoring might’ve swung one bettor’s parlay to win $48,000. This bettor needed the Packers to cover -4 to close out a 5-teamer.
If Williams scores, there’s no guarantee the Packers cover — the Lions would’ve had 90 seconds to score a game-winning touchdown — but Packers -4 would certainly been projected to win after a Williams TD.
The SuperBook’s John Murray told The Action Network’s Darren Rovell that the result was good for their book. “Most of the money was on Green Bay, minus the points.”
Meanwhile, Tony DiTomasso said CG Technology needed the Packers to lose outright, given all the parlays that had the Packers moneyline.