As we get ready to waive goodbye to October, the final week of the month presented us with plenty of exciting storylines across sports. In the NFL, Cooper Kupp recorded a staggering 220 receiving yards as the Rams went on to defeat the winless Bengals. The Eagles pulled off an impressive win on the road against the Bills to even their record at 4-4. The Saints just keep winning games despite missing some of their key players and headed into their bye week with a 31-9 dismantling of the Cardinals. Gardner Minshew led the Jaguars past the Jets and the Chargers pulled off a surprising win on the road against the Bears.
The goal of this series is to rank the plays that made DraftKings Sportsbook users the most money during the week while analyzing the most compelling storylines. With the outcomes being recorded every week from Wednesday to Tuesday, this breakdown includes everything played from October 23-29.
1) Green Bay Packers (1-0 Straight Up)
2) New England Patriots (1-0 SU)
3) Los Angeles Rams (1-0 SU)
4) Philadelphia Eagles (1-0 SU)
5) Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0 SU)
6) Washington Nationals (2-3 SU)
7) New Orleans Saints (1-0 SU)
8) Los Angeles Chargers (1-0 SU)
9) Portland Trail Blazers (2-2 SU)
10) Miami (CFB) (1-0 SU)
Packers Defeat Depleted Chiefs on the RoadThe matchup between the Packers and Chiefs had the potential to be one of the marque games of the season, but it lost some of its luster with Patrick Mahomes (knee) unable to play. His absence was a big reason why the Packers entered as five-point favorites (-230 money line) despite playing on the road against one of the best teams in the AFC.
The Chiefs kept this game surprisingly close and even entered halftime with a 17-14 lead on the strength of two touchdown passes from Matt Moore. However, their offense went cold in the second half, scoring only seven more points. Meanwhile, the Packers offense exploded, including getting two touchdown receptions from running backs Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones in the fourth quarter. The touchdown by Jones gave the Packers a 31-24 lead that they would not relinquish.
Patriots Remain Perfect With Win Over BrownsWhile the Browns have been unable to live up to lofty expectations, the same can’t be said for the Patriots. They continue to dominate the league, entering this matchup with a perfect 7-0 mark. Add in the fact that they were playing at home and they were listed as hefty 10-point favorites (-455 ML).
For those who took the Patriots to win, this game was never really in doubt. They raced out to a 17-0 lead after the first quarter, which included yet another defensive touchdown. Those who took the Patriots to cover the lofty line did have a little bit of a sweat when the Browns cut the lead to 17-10 in the third quarter, but the Patriots quickly responded with a touchdown pass to Julian Edelman. Both teams would go on to trade field goals in the fourth quarter, leaving the Patriots with a 27-13 win and some extra money in the pockets of those who backed them.
Nationals Lose World Series Lead, Rebound to Force Game 7After making the playoffs as a Wild Card team, the Nationals played their way to the World Series by sweeping the Cardinals in the NLCS. Not only was that impressive, but they defeated the Dodgers in the previous round. Faced with an even tougher task versus the Astros, they quickly took a 1-0 lead in the series by knocking off Gerrit Cole in Game 1. They were still underdogs at +155 in Game 2, but Stephen Strasburg led them on the mound and they exploded for 12 runs against Justin Verlander and company, leading to some generous payouts.
Just when they looked to be in control, they found themselves on the brink of elimination with the Astros reeling off three straight wins. The Nationals were +165 to win Game 6 on Tuesday, and they did just that to force a deciding Game 7. Strasburg was once again excellent in that game and Anthony Rendon finished with five RBI.
Blazers Split First Four Games of Tough ScheduleThe NBA wasn’t doing the Blazers any favors out of the gate. They were at least able to play their first game of the season at home, but it came against one of the best teams in the league in the Nuggets. After that, they were forced to go on a four-game road trip that spans six days.
The Blazers were favored by 1.5 points (-126 ML) for Friday’s matchup with the Kings and left little doubt with a 10-point win. They were 2.5-point underdogs (+114 ML) for Sunday’s bout with the Mavericks, but used 35 points from C.J. McCollum to pull out the win. While they couldn’t win Monday’s road contest against the Spurs, they only fell by three points, covering the six-point spread.
Osborn’s Late TD Pass Propels Miami Over PittsburghAfter losing a tough game in overtime to Georgia Tech in Week 8, Miami found themselves staring at a road matchup with 5-2 Pittsburgh. With their own record sitting at 3-4, it was no surprise to see them enter as four-point underdogs (+165 ML).
This was a tough defensive game from the start with both teams being held to just a field goal in the first quarter. Cam’Ron Harris recorded a one-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter, which helped Miami build a 10-6 heading into the half. Pittsburgh then cranked up their defense, holding Miami scoreless for all of the third quarter and most of the fourth. They kicked two field goals of their own, which left Miami to be trailing by two points heading into the final minute. While the two-point deficit wasn’t a bad thing for those who took Miami and the points, those who took a chance on them at the money line were rewarded when K.J. Osborn caught a 32-yard touchdown pass for Jarren Williams with less than a minute to play, leaving Miami with a four-point victory.
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