NFL Week 11 Betting Recap at Bovada & Thursday Preview
It was a stellar week for NFL bettors at Bovada as of the five most-wagered games of the week, four were winners on the spread for players. The top win was Green Bay's 24-20 escape at Detroit. The Packers closed as 3.5-point favorites and covered only when the Pack kicked a mostly unnecessary 39-yard field goal with just 19 seconds remaining. It was Green Bay's fifth straight win and allowed them to tie the Chicago Bears atop the NFC North. The Packers took nearly 78 percent of the lean on the spread against Detroit and more than 87 percent at -175 on the moneyline. The total actually was the book's top result on the total for Week 11 with just 16 percent taking the under 54 points.
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The other big win for bettors was the surging New Orleans Saints' 38-17 win at Oakland. After starting 0-4, the Saints are now 5-5 and just a game out of the final wild-card spot in the NFC (currently shared by Seattle, Tampa Bay and Minnesota). The Raiders, meanwhile, have allowed 135 points in their last three games. That's the fourth-most allowed by any NFL team since the 1970 merger. New Orleans closed as a 6.5-point favorite and took nearly 84 percent of the action. At -270 on the moneyline, the Saints grabbed more than 81 percent of the action. Once again, however, the book did well on the total with just 27 percent taking under 56 points.
Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller was excellent for bettors on the NFL player props as the two biggest wins were on the former Clemson star on Thursday night against Miami: over 82.5 rushing yards (91) and over 37.5 receiving yards (39). The other top result was Raiders QB Carson Palmer over 295.5 passing yards versus New Orleans. He had his third straight 300-yard game but Oakland still lost its third straight.
The only spread win for the book among the top games in Week 11 was Baltimore's 13-10 win at Pittsburgh on Sunday night. The Steelers played without injured QB Ben Roethlisberger and thus were rare 3.5-point home underdogs. Pittsburgh is now 0-5 against the Ravens since 2005 when Roethlisberger doesn't play, and he's unlikely to back when the teams play again in Week 13. The Ravens took more than 70 percent of the spread action in Sunday's game. Bettors did come out ahead on the moneyline with Baltimore taking nearly 75 percent at -170.
The top player prop results for the book were: Dolphins running back Reggie Bush under 70.5 yards rushing against Buffalo; Ravens running back Ray Rice under 69.5 rushing yards versus Pittsburgh; and Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick under 240.5 yards against Miami.
Thanksgiving Live Betting Trio
It's a full day of football on Thanksgiving this week and Bovada will offer live betting on each game. As usual, the opening game is in Detroit and this year the Lions host the Texans. Houston escaped the potential upset of the season in Week 11, beating Jacksonville 43-37 in overtime. The Texans became the first team in NFL history to score twice in an overtime. Texans QB Matt Schaub threw a career high five touchdowns and for 527 yards, tied for the second-most in a game in NFL history. Norm Van Brocklin holds the record with 554 for the Rams in 1951.
Despite the close call against the terrible Jaguars, Houston remains the Super Bowl favorite at 5/1 at the book. It is an opening 3.5-point favorite against the Lions. At 4-6, Detroit's playoff chances in the deep NFL are on life support. The Lions will for sure be without WR Titus Young on Thursday as he has been benched by coach Jim Schwartz for "unacceptable behavior." Young, a second-year receiver out of Boise State, has 33 catches for 383 yards and four touchdowns this season. The Lions also are likely to be without offensive lineman Jeff Backus. He injured his hamstring against Green Bay and is doubtful. Backus has started 186 straight games.
Dallas hosts the second game of the day as usual and welcomes Washington, which is a 3-point dog. The Cowboys have won two straight and are now just a game behind the Giants in the NFC East. They were lucky to escape Cleveland on Sunday, winning 23-20 in overtime. Dallas won for the first time in six games when QB Tony Romo is sacked at least five times. The Cowboys again played without injured starting RB DeMarco Murray and he is doubtful for Thursday.
This will be the first look for the Cowboys at Redskins rookie QB Robert Griffin III in person. He was terrific in Sunday's 31-6 blowout of the Eagles, completing 14 of 15 passes for 200 yards and four touchdowns and running for another 84 yards. The Cowboys are 1-1 against rookie quarterbacks who began the season as starters, losing to Seattle's Russell Wilson but beating the Browns and Brandon Weeden. Washington has covered the past four meetings with Dallas.
The nightcap has the Patriots as a 7-point favorite at the Jets. The Pats suffered a huge loss in Sunday's 59-24 win over Indianapolis. All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski broke his forearm and had surgery Monday. He's likely to miss the rest of the regular season. "Gronk" has 53 catches for 748 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. He has 37 TD catches in his first three seasons, the third-most all-time.
The Jets ended a three-game skid with a 27-13 win at St. Louis. Embattled QB Mark Sanchez had his best game in a while, going 15 of 20 passing for 178 yards and a touchdown. New England beat the Jets 29-26 in overtime in Week 7, which started the Pats' current four-game winning streak. Sanchez threw for 328 yards but fumbled in OT, which gave New England the win after it had opened the extra session with a field goal. Gronkowski had two touchdown catches in the game. It was New England's fourth straight win versus the Jets.
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