With the NBA season now underway, there is no shortage of exciting storylines in sports. In the NFL, the Patriots continued their dominance with a 33-0 blowout against the Jets. The Rams also won going away, pounding the Falcons by a score of 37-10. One of the more surprising performances came from the Ravens, who improved to 5-2 with a big win on the road against the Seahawks. Minshew Mania was also alive and well for the Jaguars, who received 255 passing yards and a touchdown from rookie Gardner Minshew in a 10-point win over the Bengals.
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 16-22.
1) Kansas City Chiefs (1-0 Straight Up)
2) Dallas Cowboys (1-0 SU)
3) New England Patriots (1-0 SU)
4) Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0 SU)
5) New Orleans Saints (1-0 SU)
6) Los Angeles Rams (1-0 SU)
7) Ohio State (CFB) (1-0 SU)
8) Florida (CFB) (1-0 SU)
9) Baltimore Ravens (1-0 SU)
10) LeBron James
Chiefs Win Despite Losing MahomesAfter starting out the season 4-0, the Chiefs entered their matchup against the Broncos having lost back-to-back contests. They were both at home, making the defeats even more surprising. While they had to face the Broncos on the road, they were still a 3-point favorite (-165 money line).
The final score of this one was never really in doubt with the Chiefs winning by 24 points. However, the big news was the knee injury suffered by Patrick Mahomes in the first half. He didn’t return to the contest, paving the way for Matt Moore to take over at quarterback. The veteran did a fine job guiding the ship, throwing for 117 yards and a touchdown. With the news that Mahomes could miss multiple weeks due to a dislocated kneecap, Russell Wilson (+220) is now the favorite to win the NFL MVP award.
Cowboys Rebound to Throttle EaglesSpeaking of teams who started off strong, the Cowboys won each of their first three games before losing the next three. Their last loss was especially painful since it came at the hands of the previously winless Jets. Still, being at home made them a 3-point favorite (-165 ML) for their matchup against the division rival Eagles.
Those who backed the Cowboys didn’t have to sweat this game much. Dallas was leading by 20 points at the half and eventually won by 27 points. Ezekiel Elliott ate up the Eagles on the ground, turning 22 carries into 111 yards and a touchdown. Amari Cooper was their leader in the passing attack, catching all five of his targets for 106 yards.
Saints Overcome Injuries to Defeat BearsThe Saints just keep winning games despite losing players because of injuries. While Drew Brees (thumb) has already missed multiple games, their depth chart was further decimated for Week 7 with Alvin Kamara (ankle/knee) and Jared Cook (ankle) sidelined. Add in the fact that they had to face the Bears on the road and they entered as 4.5-point underdogs (+185 ML).
There wasn’t much offense to speak off in the first half with the Saints carrying a 12-10 lead into the break. However, they took command of the game with two touchdowns in the third quarter, one of which came from Latavius Murray. Murray added another score in the fourth, racking up 119 rushing yards and two touchdowns while filling in for Kamara. The Bears tried to mount a late comeback, but everyone who took a chance on the underdogs was rewarded when the Saints emerged with an 11-point win.
Ohio State and Florida Both Emerge VictoriousOhio State and Northwestern had the potential to be an epic mismatch. As a result, Ohio State was a whopping 26.5-point favorite. While that might be a high number, Ohio State hit it with ease in route to a 52-3 win. Quarterback Justin Fields had himself a day, completing 18 of 23 passes for 194 yards and four touchdowns.
Florida was expected to be in a much closer contest versus South Carolina since they were only listed as 4-point favorites (-200 ML). With South Carolina taking a 3-point lead into the fourth quarter, Florida quarterback Kyle Trask took over the game. He started off the fourth with three unanswered touchdown passes, leading the Gators to an 11-point win.
LeBron’s First Points Lead to Big PayoutsThe NBA regular season tipped off with two games Tuesday, the second of which was a showdown in Los Angeles between the Clippers and Lakers. Both teams made some big additions during the summer, but the Clippers were missing one of theirs with Paul George (shoulder) out. Even though they still have considerable depth, they entered as 3.5-point underdogs (+135 ML) against the Lakers.
One of the intriguing wagers within this game was which player would score the first field goal. One of the options was LeBron James, who had the potential to deliver a juicy payout at +550. He quickly cashed in with a layup on a pass from Anthony Davis. While that left those who bet on him with an exciting evening, the Lakers didn’t exactly have a great night since they eventually lost by 10 points. That didn’t sit as well with the public considering 74% of the handle was on the Lakers to cover the spread.
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