Rovell’s Week 3 Vegas Report: Smart Money on Big Underdogs?
Brad Penner, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Luke Falk
Good teams aren’t the story in the NFL right now.
The real story, especially in the gambling world, is the bad teams.
For the second straight week, the Patriots are massive favorites against a divisional opponent. Last week, New England easily covered as 18-point favorites against Miami, trouncing the Dolphins 43-0 in South Beach.
This Sunday figures to be another walkover for the Pats as Brady and Co. are 22.5-point favorites over the New York Jets, who will be trotting out third-string quarterback Luke Falk at Gillette Stadium.
As for those Dolphins, they are massive underdogs again this week. Miami is currently a 22.5-point underdog on the road in Dallas.
Calling Miami’s first two games ugly would be an understatement as the Fish have failed to cover the spread by a total of 69 points.
All odds above as of Friday at 12 p.m. ET and via PointsBet, where Action Network users get an exclusive 200% deposit match (deposit $50, bet with $150).
Do bettors have the guts to take the points with these two terrible teams? Well, you probably knew the answer to that question. According to our data, 76% of the bets are on the Cowboys and 73% of the bets are on the Patriots to beat the number.
But what about sharp bettors? Usually, professional money will come in on NFL spreads this big, but the gulf between good and bad in the NFL this season could be unprecedented.