We are coming down the home stretch in the NFL, which dominated the headlines again last week. The Saints emerged victorious on the road against the Falcons despite Drew Brees throwing for just 184 yards and the team rushing for a total of 95 yards. The Dolphins pulled off another upset, this time knocking off the Eagles at home. In the NBA, the Mavericks rode Luka Doncic to a perfect 3-0 week, improving their overall record to 14-6 in the process.
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 27 – December 3.1) Buffalo Bills (1-0 Straight Up)
2) Houston Texans (1-0 SU)
3) Seattle Seahawks (1-0 SU)
4) New Orleans Saints (1-0 SU)
5) Ohio State (CFB) (1-0 SU)
6) Dallas Mavericks (3-0 SU)
7) LSU (CFB) (1-0 SU)
8) Auburn (CFB) (1-0 SU)
9) Miami Dolphins (1-0 SU)
10) Oklahoma (CFB) (1-0 SU)
Bills Defeat Cowboys on ThanksgivingThe Bills haven’t had the most difficult of schedules, but they haven’t disappointed by going 8-3 heading into their Thanksgiving showdown with the Cowboys. The Bills been successful on the strength of their defense and dual-threat quarterback Josh Allen. Having to play this game in Dallas, the Bills found themselves as 6.5-point underdogs (+230 money line).
Despite the large spread, this game was never seriously in doubt for those who not only took the Bills to cover, but for those who took a chance on them to win. They entered the half with a 13-7 lead, thanks to a touchdown reception from former Cowboy Cole Beasley and a touchdown pass from fellow wide receiver John Brown to Devin Singletary. The Bills then rattled off 13 straight points. The Cowboys did finally score another touchdown late in the fourth quarter, but they still fell by 11 points.
Patriots’ Defense No Match for Watson, TexansOne of the marquee matchups of the week pitted the Texans against the Patriots, two teams fighting for playoff positioning in the AFC. Despite the Patriots having the better record, the Texans were just 3.5-point underdogs (+135 ML) thanks to the game being played in Houston. With the Titans charging right behind them in the division, the Texans needed to find a way not just to cover, but to earn the win.
The Texans’ defense held the Patriots in check early, helping the team enter the half with a 14-3 lead. Deshaun Watson threw a touchdown to Duke Johnson in the first quarter and followed it up with a touchdown pass to Darren Fells in the second. Watson threw a third touchdown pass later in the game and even hauled in a touchdown reception, leaving him with a monster stat line. The Patriots tried to make a late run, but they ultimately didn’t have enough time left to complete the comeback, falling by a final score of 28-22.
Running Game Propels Seahawks Past VikingsMonday Night Football figured to be a run-heavy game with the Seahawks taking on the Vikings. The Vikings have one of the best running backs in the league in Dalvin Cook and the Seahawks are never shy about running the ball with Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny. Having won each of their last four games and getting to play this contest at home, the Seahawks found themselves as three-point favorites (-148 ML).
Both teams scored rushing touchdowns in the first quarter and the Vikings took a 17-10 lead into the half on the strength of a 20-yard interception return for a touchdown by Anthony Harris. However, the Vikings then suffered a tough blow when they lost Cook to an injury in the third quarter. The Seahawks went on to rattle off 24 unanswered points, which included a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown from Penny. The Vikings did close the gap to four points midway through the fourth quarter, but the Seahawks held them scoreless after that on their way to a seven-point win.
Ohio State and LSU Cruise to VictoryThere were also plenty of intriguing storylines in the world of college football. One of them was Ohio State taking on Michigan. Thanks to their 11-0 record, Ohio State was listed as eight-point favorites (-350 ML). They never left any doubt in this one on the way to a 56-27 win. Justin Fields and J.K Dobbins posted four touchdowns each. On top of that, Fields threw for 302 yards while Dobbins rushed for 211.
LSU was a whopping 18-point favorite (-1000 ML) for their matchup with Texas A&M and they certainly came through for those who backed them. Joe Burrow threw for 352 yards and three touchdowns while Ja’Marr Chase registered seven catches for 197 yards and two touchdowns. Their defense picked off Kellen Mond three teams on route to a 50-7 win.
Auburn Beats Alabama, Oklahoma Knocks Off Oklahoma StateOne of the biggest games of the week pitted Auburn against Alabama. Having the game being played at home was big for Auburn, but they still entered as 3.5-point underdogs (+150 ML). After a quiet first quarter, the two teams exploded for 48 points in the second. While the scoring quieted down after that, Alabama took a five-point lead on a touchdown pass to Jaylen Waddle in the opening minutes of the fourth. Auburn later answered with an 11-yard touchdown run from Shaun Shivers to grab a three-point lead. With their defense then holding Alabama scoreless for the remainder of the game, Auburn was about to pull off the upset.
Another big rivalry game that we had to enjoy was Oklahoma State against Oklahoma. With only one loss to their name, Oklahoma entered as 13.5-point favorites (-560 ML). If you took them to cover, they made you sweat it out. They only had a 20-13 lead at the half and were up 27-16 after the third quarter. They took an 18-point lead on a Brayden Willis touchdown reception early in the fourth quarter and their defense then held strong, shutting out Oklahoma State for the rest of the game and covering along the way.
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