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Sep 14, 2021, 12:06 PM EDT
The Las Vegas Raiders overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football put an exclamation point on the worst Week 1 public bettors have ever seen.
Due in large part, underdogs won against the spread and sides with more public backing finished 4-12. According to BetLabs data, that’s the worst against the spread results for the public in database history.
The BetLabs database also shows that the underdogs had a 12-4 record against the spread. In 2014, the previous best week 1 result for dogs was 11-5.
It all started on Thursday when Dallas covered in the season-opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — and were a late Tom Brady drive away from winning outright.
The underdogs were 7-2 against the spread in the Sunday slate with six wins. They didn’t slow down in the afternoon, with only the Broncos covering as a favorite and the Saints and Dolphins pulling outright upsets.
Nine underdogs took home the win. Favorites won just seven games. Buffalo was beaten by Pittsburgh, who were 6.5-point favorites. The upset that won the most games of the week was the largest. It also benefited from +232 odds on this moneyline.
Betting $100 on every underdog with the spread would’ve profited $711, the largest amount in BetLabs history. A $100 bet on every underdog would’ve netted $683, which is over $300 more than any other Week 1 in BetLabs data.
Six road teams opened Week 2 as favorites. These included Kansas City over Baltimore, Baltimore over the Colts and Bills over Dolphins.
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