With the NFL season getting underway, we have plenty of wagering action to discuss. The Rams and Chiefs were two of the best teams in the league last season and came away with wins right out of the gate. The Cowboys went on to demolish the Giants while the Raiders picked themselves up from the Antonio Brown debacle to win at home versus the Broncos. The Colts couldn’t find a way into the win column in the first game of the post-Andrew Luck era, but they pushed the six-point spread in their 30-24 overtime loss to the Chargers.
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 September 4-September 10.
1) Green Bay Packers (1-0 Straight Up)
2) New England Patriots (1-0 SU)
3) Kansas City Chiefs (1-0 SU)
4) Baltimore Ravens (1-0 SU)
5) Los Angeles Rams (1-0 SU)
6) Oakland Raiders (1-0 SU)
7) Dallas Cowboys (1-0 SU
8) Eagles, Chiefs, Ravens & Rams all to Win (9/8)
9) Bianca Vanessa Andreescu
10) Indianapolis Colts (0-1 SU)
Packers Win Defensive Slugfest Against BearsThe NFC North should be a fun division this year with the Packers, Bears and Vikings all likely to battle for a playoff spot. The Packers and Bears faced off in the season opener Thursday with the Packers being listed at +3 on the road. With the DK Sportsbook special that all games would have a no-vig spread, taking the road team to cover could be even more profitable at +100.
It wasn’t a pretty game, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Still, Aaron Rodgers found a way to get the Packers into the end zone, throwing what would be the only touchdown of the game to Jimmy Graham. Not only did the Packers cover, but with them winning the contest 10-3, those who took them on the money line at +148 turned an even healthier profit.
Patriots Demolish SteelersAfter winning yet another Super Bowl, the Patriots started off their title defense at home against the Steelers. Despite the Steelers being a tough opponent, the Patriots were 5.5 point favorites and the money line was -240 for them to win. Could they continue to dominate the league now that star tight end Rob Gronkowski had retired?
The answer to that question, at least for one game, was a resounding yes. The Patriots raced out to a 20-0 lead at the half and cruised to a 33-3 victory. Their rushing attack wasn’t all that effective, but Tom Brady led the charge with 341 passing yards and three touchdowns. Up next is a mismatch of epic proportions against the lowly Dolphins.
Jackson Throws Ravens Past DolphinsThe Dolphins entered this season with the expectation that they will be one of the worst teams in football. They are clearly in the early stages of a rebuild despite naming veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starting quarterback. The Ravens, on the other hand, have playoff aspirations with emerging Lamar Jackson leading their offense. That left this line at Ravens -7 and a lopsided money line of -305 for the Ravens to win.
Neither the Ravens winning or covering the spread was ever in doubt for this one. Jackson picked apart the Dolphins through the air, completing 17-of-20 passes for 324 yards and five touchdowns. Mark Ingram II tacked on 107 yards and two touchdowns on the ground in what turned out to be a 59-10 route. Both Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen saw time at quarterback for the Dolphins, and to no surprise, both threw an interception.
Four-Team Parlay Pays Hefty ReturnThere’s nothing like a four-team parlay right out of the gate to get the juices flowing. Picking the Eagles, Chiefs, Ravens and Rams all to win started out at +346 odds, but was boosted to +380 before kickoffs, leaving the potential for a significant payout if they could all come through.
There was certainly plenty of sweat involved with this wager. While the Chiefs and Ravens won handily, the same can’t be said for the Rams and Eagles. At least the Rams led throughout their matchup against the Panthers, although they only ended up winning by three points. The Eagles, meanwhile, found themselves in an early 17-0 hole at home against the Redskins. While that had the potential to be the shocker of the day, this parlay did eventually payout when Carson Wentz went on a second-half surge that helped the Eagles to a five-point victory.
Andreescu Defeats Serena Williams to Win US OpenThe US Open was littered with upsets for both the men and the women. One of the more surprising runs was by 19-year-old Bianca Andreescu, who was making her first appearance at the tournament. She had never won a Grand Slam heading into the event, but put herself in position to with a matchup against Serena Williams in the final. With Williams’ illustrious career, Andreescu entered their match as a +245 underdog.
Andreescu started off strong by taking the first set, 6-3. After jumping out to a 5-1 lead in the second set, she looked to be cruising to the big victory. However, Williams stormed back to tie the second set at five. While some players might have crumbled under the pressure, Andreescu rebounded to win the next two games and the match, securing the big payout for those who backed her.
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