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NFL Divisional Weekend Betting Recap

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After underdogs cashed all four games of the Wild Card Round to move to 10-0 ATS in the last 10 NFL playoffs games, it came as no surprise that teams getting points were once again popular sides in Divisional Round early betting. Unfortunately for offshore sportsbooks, the rest of the week played out and the favorites proved to be the soup du jour. The end results were much different after the Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots all held serve at home. The only home team not to get the job done proved to be the New Orleans Saints who had a shot to do so late in the game, but the money kick was pulled to the right. Surprisingly, it was the only of the four games that had the most bets on the home team. Let’s dig into the weekend’s betting results and see how it all played out.

Colts vs. Chiefs

BookMaker.eu took it on the chin in this game. While a pretty penny and a majority of the bets by far ended up backing the Colts, it amounted to a huge loss with the Chiefs the most heavily bet team of the Division Round. Sportsbooks across the world knew it was going to be a long day after Kansas City took its opening drive right down the field and punched the pigskin into the end zone. The lead grew to 14-0 less than four minutes later when Tyreek Hill scored the second rushing touchdown of the game against an Indianapolis defense that hadn’t allowed a rushing touchdown in its previous two games. Andrew Luck was awful as he was constantly harassed by KC’s excelled pass rush all game long ultimately getting sacked four times.

With 31 points on the board at halftime, it looked like it was going to be a catastrophic start for the books all around with a bulk of the coin riding the over. Luckily, the game went scoreless in the third quarter and only 13 points were scored the rest of the way to allow for the under to come in much to the dismay of the many that hit the over leading up to kickoff with it dropping three points due to weather concerns. While it was a victory for the books, it by no means put a dent in the deficit Andy Reid’s squad racked up.

Cowboys vs. Rams

Dallas closed as 7 point underdogs on Saturday night and got its backers all worked up early after getting out to a 7-3 lead more than halfway through the first quarter when Dak Prescott hooked up with Amari Cooper from 29 yards out. In the end, it didn’t prove to be nearly enough after LA’s ground attack started cooking with both Todd Gurley and C.J. Anderson exposing what was thought to be a rock solid Dallas rush defense. The Rams went on to rush for 273 yards on 48 carries to flat out dominate the time of possession battle by better than 13 minutes en route to logging the 30-22 win and cover at online sportsbooks.

The eight point win was another death blow for BookMaker.eu with both their public and sharp money players all over the home team on the spread, in moneyline parlays and in teasers. A bulk of the money expected the game to play out to a low scorer, but it was nowhere near enough to eat into the overall deficit for the full game. It was a Taco Bell kind of night for the books heading into Sunday.

Chargers vs. Patriots

After taking it on the chin on Saturday, sportsbooks went into Sunday’s two-game slate pessimistically confident. The Los Angeles Chargers looked like world beaters against the Ravens last week, but that was against a run oriented team with a rookie quarterback at the helm it just saw two weeks prior. This time around, they were dealing with arguably the greatest quarterback in NFL history in Tom Brady with Bill Belichick having weeks to game plan. Even so, the betting public couldn’t get enough of the Bolts. There was scary liability with the AFC West reps on the pointspread, moneyline and teasers. Absolutely none of it ended up coming into play after the Patriots cleaned their clocks 41-28. The final score doesn’t reflect how dominant the defending AFC champs were.

It was quite the change for sportsbooks needing Brady and the Pats to come in. Thankfully for them they did. A little bit was given back with the total that combined for a high scorer with a majority of the action riding the over.

Eagles vs. Saints

Through one quarter of play, it looked like the Nick Foles Miracle Tour was going to continue. Philadelphia picked off Drew Brees’ first pass of the game and proceeded to turn that turnover into a quick seven points right out of the chute. Six-plus minutes later, the lead was increased to 14-0 when Foles punched it in from a yard out. It wasn’t until halfway through the second quarter that New Orleans finally got on the scoreboard in the form of a touchdown to cut the lead to seven. They tacked on a field goal to pull to within four points heading into the break. Whatever was said in the locker room seemed to hit a nerve of the Saints defense which came out in the second half and posted a goose egg. The unit then came up with the game-saving turnover with the Eagles looking to steal the game in the closing minutes.

That was only a possibility due to Will Lutz shanking what would’ve been the margin covering field goal. It would’ve been a crushing blow for offshore sportsbooks had that kick hit pay dirt! Three times as much money backed the Saints on the pointspread. It not coming through helped alleviate some of the pain all those moneyline parlays and teasers with the Chiefs, Rams, Patriots and Saints administered. It was a sobering week for BookMaker.eu. However, a bulk of its clientele is now fat and happy and maybe even a little cocky. Those types of accounts get bookmakers giddy - Especially with Championship Sunday upon us!

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