NFL Odds: Book rooting for Ravens
The giant spread in the Jacksonville Jaguars-Denver Broncos game appears to be scaring bettors away.
The Broncos are 27-point favorites over the Jaguars. Bovada book manager Kevin Bradley reported Friday that volume has been low on the game involving the biggest spread in NFL history. The same can’t be said for three other games that are receiving lopsided action.
Bradley said, heading into the weekend, Bovada is rooting heavily for three underdogs- the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, and Washington Redskins.
The Buccaneers are growing home underdogs against the Philadelphia Eagles, who may be playing with a backup quarterback. With Michael Vick injured, Nick Foles will likely start Sunday. It will be his first start of the season and his first chance to show what he can do in coach Chip Kelly’s up-tempo, no-huddle offense. Foles isn’t near the runner that Vick is, but Kelly has said the offense won’t change.
Bettors believe no matter who’s under center for Philly, the Eagles are the better team. The Bucs opened as 1-point favorites, but were 2-point underdogs at Bovada as of Friday morning. Home dogs are 17-11 against the spread this season.
The Baltimore Ravens, another home underdog, also aren’t receiving a lot of support from bettors in their game against the Green Bay Packers. The Packers are 3-point (-115) favorites. Green Bay has covered the spread in eight of their last 11 games in October. The Ravens are 1-3 against the spread in their last four games as home underdogs.
Bovada also needs the Redskins to beat or at least stay within a touchdown of the Dallas Cowboys. The Redskins began the week as 4-point underdogs, but were getting as many as six on Friday. The Redskins have covered the spread in their last six meetings with the Cowboys and eight of the last 10.
They won both meetings with their NFC East rivals last year and are coming off a bye, while Dallas is trying to rebound from an emotional loss to the Denver Broncos.