A slaughterhouse - that's the way one sportsbook manager described Week 9 of the NFL betting season.
Favorites demolished underdogs to the tune of 10-4 ATS, making it one of the best weeks in more than a decade for sports bettors.
“The first six weeks of the NFL season, it was almost unfair to bettors with the book cleaning up week after week," said Kevin Bradley of Bovada.lv. "Week 9 is one of, if not the, worst NFL week for a book that I have witnessed in my 18 years as a bookmaker."
It wasn't just that the favorites won, bucking a season-long trend of underdogs covering spreads. But it was the fact all the key games - the ones where the betting public really gets behind a team - went against the sportsbooks.The fact teams like Chicago, Baltimore and Denver all won easily only added to the celebration for NFL bettors.
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"With eight favorites covering on Sunday, it really hit us up hard on parlays and teasers and losing our three biggest decisions on three road favorites in the Broncos, Bears and Lions, was debilitating."
Only four underdogs covered the spread, including the Buccaneers, who got four TDs and a historic day from Doug Martin to beat Oakland. Carolina uoset Washington and Indianapolis upset Miami.
The one important win for the sportsbook was the Steelers upsetting the Giants on the road. The rest all went to the public, who celebrated huge wins. And they cleaned up on the parlays and teasers as well.
The result of such a week is usually slightly inflated spreads the week afterwards. Bettors have money, they are on a high and looking to bet those favorites again - so buyer beware.
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Week 10 also sees the return of public team New England. They opened as double-digit chalk at home to Buffalo.
Check out the latest NFL odds for Week 10 here at Odds Shark.