The NFL wasn’t the only league to dominate the headlines last week. There was plenty of excitement in the world of college football, which included LSU emerging victorious over Alabama. In a much more one-sided contest, Notre Dame routed Duke. In the NBA, but the Celtics and Clippers continued their hot starts by going a combined 5-1. Among the NFL teams in the headlines, the injury-riddled Steelers found a way to get another win, this time against the Rams.
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 November 6 – November 12.
1) Seattle Seahawks (1-0 Straight Up)
2) Minnesota Vikings (1-0 SU)
3) LSU (CFB) (1-0 SU)
4) Miami Dolphins (3-0 SU)
5) Oakland Raiders (1-0 SU)
6) Atlanta Falcons (2-1 SU)
7) Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0 SU)
8) Notre Dame (CFB) (1-0 SU)
9) Boston Celtics (3-0 SU)
10) Los Angeles Clippers (2-1 SU)
Seahawks Take Down 49ers in OTThe marquee game of the week took place on Monday Night Football with the 8-0 49ers hosting the 7-2 Seahawks. While it was understandable that the only remaining undefeated team in the league would be favored at home, the Seahawks were considerable underdogs at +6.5 (+230 ML).
We didn’t see much scoring in the first half with the two teams combining for 17 points. In fact, the Seahawks’ only touchdown was a 10-yard fumble return by Jadeveon Clowney. However, they recorded two touchdowns in the third to grab a 21-10 lead. The 49ers used a defensive score of their own and a field goal to tie the game, but the Seahawks took a three-point lead with less than two minutes to play. The 49ers weren’t done, though, kicking a 47-yard field goal to force overtime. Those who took the Seahawks and the points were still sitting pretty, but those who took them on the money line were handsomely rewarded when Jason Myers kicked a 42-yard field goal to pull off the win and hand the 49ers their first loss of the season.
Dalvin Cook Propels Vikings Past CowboysAnother primetime game that featured a juicy matchup was the Cowboys hosting the Vikings on Sunday night. Even though they had the better record, the Vikings were three-point underdogs (+155 ML) and missing one of their best offensive weapons in Adam Thielen (hamstring).
If the Vikings were going to win this game, it would likely be on the shoulders of Dalvin Cook. He certainly didn’t disappoint, carrying the ball 26 times for 97 yards and a touchdown. Kyle Rudolph also caught a couple of touchdown passes in the first quarter, which helped eventually lead to the Vikings’ 28-24 win and some fatter wallets for those who backed them.
Colts Lose To Dolphins Without BrissettTo show just how bad the Dolphins have been this season, they entered their game against the Colts as 11-point underdogs (+450) despite Jacoby Brissett (knee) being out for the home team. In his absence, the Colts were forced to start the veteran Brian Hoyer, which would end up costing them dearly.
Hoyer had a terrible performance, completing 18 of 39 passes for 204 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Still, the Colts took a two-point lead on his one-yard touchdown pass to Jack Doyle at the start of the fourth quarter. While the Dolphins never scored another touchdown, they did receive two 48-yard field goals from Jason Sanders on their way to the 16-12 upset.
Raiders Get Late Touchdown From Jacobs To Defeat ChargersAlthough neither team had an overly impressive record, both the Chargers and the Raiders entered Week 10 within striking distance of the Chiefs in the AFC West. Despite just defeating the Lions and being at home, the Raiders entered as 1.5-point underdogs (+106 money line).
The Raiders raced out to a 10-0 lead after one quarter thanks to a 56-yard interception that was returned for a touchdown by Erik Harris. While the Chargers briefly took the lead in the second quarter, the Raiders used a touchdown pass from Derek Carr to Alec Ingold to regain the lead heading into the break. After both teams traded field goals in the third, the Chargers took the lead with just over four minutes to on an Austin Ekeler touchdown catch. The Raiders didn’t fold, though, taking the ensuing drive 75 yards and winning the game on an 18-yard touchdown run by Josh Jacobs with just over a minute to play.
Falcons Shock SaintsThis game between the Saints and Falcons had the potential to be one of the biggest mismatches of the week. The Falcons were 1-7 while the Saints were 7-1. In a bit of an interesting dynamic, both teams were coming out of their bye week. Still, with how well the Saints have been playing, the Falcons found themselves as 14-point underdogs (+600 ML).
Those who took the points were never really involved in any sort of a sweat here with the Saints’ offense floundering. They scored only nine points through three quarters and were down by four points entering the fourth. The Falcons then delivered a huge payout for those who took them on the money line on the strength of a 10-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan to Brian Hill and two field goals that propelled them to a 26-9 win.
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