The NFL was once again front and center last week. Although the Jets and Bills have two very different records, the division foes both emerged victorious in their respective matchups. Meanwhile, over in the NBA, the Heat used a 3-1 stretch to improve their overall record to 12-4. Maybe even more surprising is that the Nets went 4-0 despite not having Kyrie Irving (shoulder) at their disposal.
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 20 – November 26.
1) Baltimore Ravens (1-0 Straight Up)
2) Seattle Seahawks (1-0 SU)
3) San Francisco 49ers (1-0 SU)
4) New York Jets (1-0 SU)
5) Los Angeles Clippers (4-0 SU)
6) Buffalo Bills (1-0 SU)
7) Los Angeles Lakers (3-0 SU)
8) Miami Heat (3-1 SU)
9) Brooklyn Nets (4-0 SU)
10) Michigan (CFB) (1-0 SU)
Jackson, Ravens Steamroll RamsCan anyone slow down the Ravens? After getting off to a mediocre 2-2 start, they entered last week having won six straight games. Although the Ravens played the putrid Bengals twice during that stretch, they also knocked off the Seahawks, Patriots and Texans. With that in mind, they were 3.5-point favorites (-177 moneyline) heading into their road matchup with the Rams.
This game was never really in doubt. The Ravens raced out to a 14-0 lead after the first quarter and were up 28-6 at the half. Lamar Jackson recorded a touchdown each in the third and fourth quarters, giving him a whopping five for the game. Meanwhile, the Rams never scored again on their way to an embarrassing 45-6 loss at home. Jared Goff had yet another disappointing stat line in the process, throwing for 212 yards and two interceptions.
Seahawks Ride Penny’s Career Day to VictoryAfter pulling off an impressive win against the 49ers, the Seahawks were on the road yet again in Week 12, this time heading East to face the Eagles. Despite outplaying the Eagles for the majority of the season, the Seahawks still entered as just two-point favorites (-125 ML), setting up what looked like a juicy line to pursue.
If you like offense, this wasn’t the game for you. Only one touchdown was scored in the first half and the Seahawks carried a 10-3 lead into the break. They extended their lead to 14 points in the fourth quarter on a 58-yard touchdown run from Rashaad Penny. He made up the bulk of the Seahawks’ offense, finishing the day with 129 yards on 14 carries. The Eagles did get a two-yard touchdown pass from Carson Wentz to Zach Ertz in the closing minute, but the Seahawks still pulled off the win by the score of 17-9.
49ers Hold Rodgers In Check During Lopsided WinThe loss that the 49ers suffered at the hands of the Seahawks has actually been their only defeat of the season. They rebounded to beat the Cardinals by 10 points in Week 11, setting them up with a 9-1 record heading into the matchup last week against the 8-2 Packers. Both teams have played well, but having this game at home helped make the 49ers three-point favorites (-167 ML).
There was never any sweat involved here if you backed the 49ers. They were up 23-0 at the half on a pair of touchdowns and three field goals from Chase McLaughlin. The Packers did record the first score of the second half, but they never put any more points on the board, falling 37-8. Aaron Rodgers was completely held in check, completing 20-of-33 passes for just 104 yards and a touchdown.
Lakers, Clippers Continue To Dominate In the WestThe Clippers are going to be a force to be reckoned with this season. They had a tough four-game stretch last week with two of their contests coming against the Celtics and Rockets. On the bright side, both of those games were played in Los Angeles. They ended up winning both, then moving on to cover and demolish the Pelicans and Mavericks in their next two games. Their 15-point drubbing of the Mavericks was really impressive considering they were only 1.5-point favorites.
Not to be outdone, the new-look Lakers have also started off strong. They significantly improved the players around LeBron James and entered the week on a five-game winning streak. As a result, they were favored in all three of their games against the Thunder, Grizzlies and Spurs despite having to play each contest on the road. They emerged victorious all three times, although they only defeated the Thunder and the Grizzlies by a combined four points. Still, if you took them on the moneyline each time, it was a profitable week.
Patterson’s Five Touchdowns Lead Michigan Past IndianaMichigan was on a roll heading into their matchup with Indiana having won three straight games. One of which was an impressive blowout of Notre Dame at home. Indiana wasn’t exactly struggling with their 7-3 record, but Michigan was still a 9.5-point favorite (-375 ML) despite being on the road.
This game was all about Shea Patterson, who threw five touchdown passes. Three of them went to Nico Collins, who finished with 165 receiving yards. On top of that, Michigan’s defense shut out Indiana in the second half, leaving the Wolverines with a decisive 25-point win and some extra money in the pockets of those who backed the road favorites.
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