As we head into November, the NFL is still front and center. A couple of NFC East teams pulled off important wins when the Cowboys defeated the Giants and the Eagles emerging victorious over the Bears. Despite the absence of Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs also put one in the win column in a close contest against the Vikings. Meanwhile, the injury-riddled Steelers defeated the Colts, who suffered a big injury of their own when quarterback Jacoby Brissett went down with a knee injury. In the NBA, the Heat used their 2-1 week to improve their overall record to 5-2 on the season.
The goal of this series is to rank the plays that made DKSB 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 30 – November 5.1) Baltimore Ravens (1-0 Straight Up)
2) Washington Nationals (1-0 SU)
3) Houston Texans (1-0 SU)
4) Los Angeles Lakers (3-0 SU)
5) Oregon (1-0 SU)
6) Miami Heat (2-1 SU)
7) Dallas Cowboys (1-0 SU)
8) Philadelphia Eagles (1-0 SU)
9) Kansas City Chiefs (1-0 SU)
10) Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0 SU)
Ravens Deal Patriots Their First LossIn what was set to be the marquee matchup of Week 9 in the NFL, the Ravens hosted the undefeated Patriots. While the Patriots have had an extremely favorable schedule on their way to an 8-0 start, they also took care of business in dominating fashion more often than not. Even with the Ravens being at home, it was understandable that they entered as three-point underdogs (+145 ML).
Those who took a chance on the home team looked to be sitting pretty when the Ravens took a 17-0 lead in the opening minutes of the second quarter. However, the Patriots weren’t going to go away that easily. They cut the lead to 17-13 at the half and entered the fourth quarter trailing only 24-20. That’s normally a time when Tom Brady thrives, but the Patriots’ offense failed to score again. Meanwhile, Lamar Jackson threw for a touchdown and ran in another with just over three minutes to play, ultimately leaving the Ravens with an extremely impressive 37-20 win.
Nationals Use Late Rally to Win World SeriesThe Nationals looked to be in command of the World Series after winning the first two games on the road. However, the Astros would go on to reel off three straight wins in Washington, putting the Nationals on the brink of elimination. With their backs up against the wall, the Nationals won Game 6 to force a decisive Game 7. In a matchup that pitted Max Scherzer against Zack Greinke, the Nationals entered as the underdogs (+128 ML) on the road.
Scherzer was supposed to start Game 5, but he was scratched due to a back injury. He gutted his way through five innings in Game 7, although he left with the Nationals trailing 2-0. That lead would hold until the seventh inning when Anthony Rendon and Howie Kendrick homered to give them a 3-2 lead. They would then tack on three more insurance runs against the Astros’ bullpen en route to a 6-2 win and the franchise’s first World Series title.
Texans Dominate Jaguars in Key Divisional MatchupDespite losing Nick Foles to injury early in the season, the Jaguars entered their matchup with the Texans just one game behind them in the AFC South standings. With the game being played in London, the Texans were one-point underdogs (+100 ML), creating a unique opportunity to win some money by picking the team with a better record on a neutral field.
This game was never really in doubt for those who placed a wager on the Texans. They had just a 9-3 lead at the half, but a Duke Johnson touchdown run in the closing minute of the third quarter left them with a 19-3 lead. DeAndre Hopkins went on to catch a touchdown pass in the fourth while the Texans’ defense held the Jaguars scoreless, leaving them with a decisive 26-3 lead and a two-game lead over the Jaguars in the standings.
LeBron, Davis Lead Lakers to Undefeated WeekAfter a disappointing season in which the Lakers failed to make the playoffs, it was clear that changes needed to be made. They at least had LeBron James to build around, so a return to the playoffs was certainly in sight. They went out and traded for Anthony Davis, creating one of the scariest duos in the league. They entered the week 3-1 and set to embark on a three-game road trip.
Despite being on the road, the Lakers were favored in two of their three matchups. They entered as one-point underdogs against the Mavericks on Friday but earned a nine-point win in a game that went into overtime. As two-point favorites (-109 ML), they then defeated the Spurs by seven points in San Antonio, which is one of the more difficult places to play in the league. After falling down big against the Bulls on Tuesday, they stormed back to outscore them 38-19 in the fourth quarter, earning the win and living up to their lofty -305 ML odds.
Oregon Dismantles USCOff to a 7-1 start, it was no surprise to the Ducks entered their matchup with USC as 3.5-point favorites (-175 ML). Still, things looked bleak early on with USC leading 10-0 after the first quarter. However, it was all Oregon from that point on after the Ducks outscored them 28-7 in the second. Justin Herbert went on to throw three touchdown passes in the second half, leading Oregon to a lofty 56-24 victory and an easy cover for the backers.
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