New England is the team that America loves to hate but it also loves to bet on the Patriots, who easily covered the 18½-point spread in a 43-0 road rout of the Dolphins.
In general, it’s wise to back teams with quarterback competitions and coaches motivated to win, including those in their first year with a team.
The days of being labeled a degenerate for betting on NFL preseason games are long gone. Now your friends can only call you crazy if you parlay a preseason game with the WNBA and Canadian Football League.
Steelers quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger was picked off four times in the second half and two were returned for touchdowns as Jacksonville burned the betting public in the best decision of the day for Las Vegas sports books.
While we tore up our two-team teaser on Atlanta and New England over a plate of cold nachos, a CG Technology bettor cashed a $2,000 two-team money-line parlay on the Bills (plus-340) and Panthers (plus-400) that paid $42,000.
Atlanta escaped with a 30-26 win and cover when Matthew Stafford’s apparent winning touchdown pass to Golden Tate was overturned to end the game.
Despite five turnovers by Cleveland, a 7½-point underdog, it was driving for a possible back-door cover before turning it over on downs at the Baltimore 23 with 32 seconds left in a 24-10 loss.
Sharp bettors were all over the Titans, who closed as a 2½-point favorite over the Raiders after opening as a 1½-point underdog.