We’re running a new weekly TV feature on The Score to cater to all you gambling folk. Score producer Thomas Dobby takes a look back at the weekend’s action from a betting perspective. Here are a few of Dobby’s additional notes following Week 2, with a focus on the Raiders-Chiefs battle.
The Raiders and Chiefs both hung tough as big underdogs in Week 1, but eventually fell short. At arrowhead on Sunday, the Chiefs kicked off as a 3-point favourite against their division rivals. Matt Cassel was in line to win his KC debut after engineering a nine-play, 72-yard drive to put the Chiefs up 10-6 with less than three minutes left.
Chiefs backers felt pretty safe that they’d escaped with a cover, especially since Oakland’s anaemic offence had put together only 100 total yards in the first 57 and a half minutes of the game. The Chiefs, by comparison, had 404 yards at that point. But JaMarcus Russell managed to rally the troops and led the Raiders on a 69-yard touchdown drive that gave the Raiders the cover, and the win. Russell passed for more yards on that one touchdown drive than he had in the entire game to that point.
Just how dominant was KC? Take a look at the numbers: they ran 79 total plays to Oakland’s 51. They had 25 first downs to Oakland’s 11. Total yards? 409 to 166, and the Chiefs had more than 38 minutes of possession. But, for the first time in their 50-year history, the Raiders won a game when giving up over 400 yards of offence, and gaining less than 200 themselves. The only number that matters to bettors? Oakland somehow covered the 3-point spread and won at +120 on the money line.
And some quick hits from Dobby as well:
Even with the absence of Donovan McNabb, the Eagles opened as a favourite against the Saints, but money poured in on New Orleans all week, and they justified their backing as they demolished the 2.5-point spread in Philly.
The Chargers opened as high as 5-point favourites in some sports books, but a combination of injuries and belief in the Ravens saw the number drop all the way to 1 by kickoff. Baltimore’s newfound offensive prowess paid off for those who showed their faith as the Ravens won it outright in San Diego.
Again, the Sunday night game took heavy action. No surprise with such a marquee matchup. The over/under total shot up as game-time approached, as there was heavy action on the over. Rightly so, it turned out, as the Giants and Cowboys sailed over the 45. The betting public looked pretty smart in Week 2.
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