Dallas Cowboys This Season Are Not Going in the Direction Bettors Expected

November 18, 2020 Matt Speakman

By being the newest team to lose to the unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers, the Dallas Cowboys, the pre-season favorites to win the NFC East and qualify for a Super Bowl title, dropped to 2-6 on Sunday.

Dallas Cowboys Logo next to a Kneeling Football Player with a BallAs “America’s Squad,” the Cowboys, still, a favorite choice among bettors, entered the game 0-7 against the spread. With Dallas beginning its fourth quarterback of the season, Pittsburgh was a 14-point favorite and received 87% of PointsBet ‘s spread tickets. In the fourth quarter, the Steelers reversed a 19-9 loss to win 24-19 but struggled to cope.

During the ninth Sunday of the NFL season, the outcome helped power a powerful day in sportsbooks.

The first cover of the season by the Cowboys performed in favor of sportsbooks, no different from all other early-season defeats.

The New Orleans Saints was also a sportsbook winner. They surprisingly blew out the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38-3 on Sunday night in a major NFC South showdown in their fourth prime – time game of the season.

They lost to the Las Vegas Raiders as a 5.5-point favorite in Week 2. The Cowboys also lost as 3-point favorites to the Green Bay Packers at home in Week 3. They won by a field goal at home against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 5 but struggled to cover as favorites for one-touchdown. The Saints won Sunday at Tampa Bay as three-point underdogs in-game after going 0-3 against the spread.

PointsBet Sports Analyst Says Its Unusual to See People That Confident in Their Team’s Inability to Win

The coverage of the Houston Texans over the powerhouse Kansas City Chiefs with 71% of spread handle and the upset triumph of the Buffalo Bills against the Seattle Seahawks with 72% of spread handle, along with the performance of Dallas and New Orleans, made it a strong day for sportsbooks after taking a pounding over San Francisco on Thursday with Green Bay’s win.

“It’s not bad when a team flip-flops like that in our favor. They’re a popular team, that’s for sure. It’s unusual that people are so confident in a team’s inability to win this far into the season. But you look at the Jets’ schedule, and it’s hard to pick a place where they pull it out. Obviously, strange things happen in the NFL and good teams lose and bad teams win,” – said a senior sports content analyst at PointsBet, Andrew Mannino.

Over 80% of the Play at Pointsbet Went on the Jets

For Monday night’s game, the New England Patriots (2-5) are 10-point favorites over the New York Jets (0-8). That’s up from 7 at the beginning of the week.

This could be the best time for New York to win a game this season. Several sportsbooks on the Jets starting 0-16 have set up props. Eichner said that over 80% of the play at PointsBet went on the Jets at + 300 to lose every game.

At PointsBet on Monday, the Patriots have 68% of the money spread and 85% of the money line. The number dipped as low as 41, but is up to 42.5, with the public taking the bottom marginally.

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