Week 15 of the NFL season has already brought us a few interesting storylines. Probably the most surprising was the Las Vegas Raiders putting up 63 points on Thursday Night Football after being shut out by the Vikings just 4 days prior. That offensive outburst resulted in the firing of Chargers head coach Brandon Staley.
Meanwhile back at the ranch, we're back after a week off for a Vegas vacation! We don't want to break our Monday tradition, so let's dive into the Crazy Bets and Bad Beats from NFL Week 15. Regardless of which side of these you were on, good luck with all of your Monday Night Football wagers.
🚨 BIG SNF BET ALERT 🚨
— DraftKings Sportsbook (@DKSportsbook) December 18, 2023
While the majority of recreational sports bettors love to play Overs, it's a well-known fact that most sharps lean toward making bets on the Under. Folks who play the Under in primetime NFL games have done remarkably well of late. According to OddsShark, primetime Unders are now 148-94 (61.2%) over the last 5 years.
A certain sharp sports bettor at DraftKings followed this trend on Sunday Night Football and they were rewarded handsomely for it. The best part was that this was a no-sweat, rocking chair winner! There were only 3 points scored in the first quarter and only 10 in the first half. (Baltimore led 10-0 at the break)
Trevor Lawrence hooked up with Jamal Agnew for a 65-yard TD pass to put the Jags on the board about halfway through the third quarter. The crazy thing was that was the only time Jacksonville would crack the scoreboard the entire evening.
To say Baltimore's defense came to play would be a gross understatement. The Ravens held the Jags to just 7 points, 5.5 yards per play, and just 3 third-down conversions the entire game. In the end, Balitmore won 23-7, which clinched them a playoff spot. It also made a sports bettor at DraftKings nearly $82,000 richer!
A bettor in Nevada placed $150K on the Cowboys +2.5 today 🤠
Potential win: $136,363.64 pic.twitter.com/7JsbkUwHgN
— Caesars Sportsbook & Casino (@CaesarsSports) December 17, 2023
Unfortunately, things didn't go as well for another large bettor at Caesars. Someone believed in Dak Prescott and the Cowboys so much that they placed a $150,000 wager on them at the point spread of +2.5. The Bills jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the 2nd quarter and never looked back.
Dallas finally got on the board with a 32-yard field goal from Brandon Aubrey about halfway through the 2nd quarter. However, Buffalo's revamped offensive line led the team on a 11 play, 76-yard drive that culminated in a 1-yard Tush Push score by QB Josh Allen. That gave the Bills a 21-3 lead at the break.
The second half was more of the same type of Bills domination. James Cook continued his stellar day on the ground by dashing for a 24-yard TD run early in the 4th quarter. The Cowboys finally found pay dirt in garbage time with a 3-yard TD run by CeeDee Lamb, but the hay was already in the barn for Buffalo.
We're betting (pun-intended) that a lot of folks will look to fade Dallas on the road going forward following this subpar performance. The 'Boys are now just 3-4 on the highway this season.
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