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Westgate Super Contest Week 1 Results

The Vegas SuperContest (now the Westgate SuperContest) enjoyed another significant spike in entries this year, pushing past 1,400 and pushing the prize pool over $2 million.

Unfortunately, the Odds Shark computer won’t be sharing in any of the cash unless it does much better than it did in Week 1.

In a week that saw 10 of 13 underdogs cover on Sunday, picking four small favorites turned out to be a bad strategy. Only one hit for the Odds Shark computer entry, $1,500 for a chance to compete against the best NFL betting minds in the world, and that was San Francisco -5 at Dallas.

The Patriots (-5 at Miami), Chiefs (-3.5 home to the Titans) and Saints (-3 at Atlanta) all lost outright. The top pick of the week for the computer was the Bills to upset the Bears at Chicago and that hit, for a 2-3 ATS week.

In a contest where you need to average 4-1 ATS for nine weeks and 3-2 ATS for the other eight weeks to contend for top spot, starting 2-3 isn’t the end of the world. But it's not a world-beating start either. Hopefully the rest of the capping world was stung by the run of underdogs Sunday.

Unlike our colleague Todd Fuhrman who raced to a 5-0 ATS start with four small dogs (Bills, Chargers, Titans and Dolphins) and the small chalk Texans. He was one of 21 contestants to hit all five picks in a crazy opening week.

Our long-time pal Benjamin Eckstein was 4-1 with the Browns, Eagles, Bills and Titans but missing the Cowboys. Check out the rest of the Week 1 results from the Odds Shark handicapping brigade.

Tampa Bay was picked by more contestants than any other team (518). No other team was picked as many as 400 times, so it was a big Week 1 loser. Carolina with 94 and Oakland with 98 were the least-picked teams.