The Jets pulled off a stunning win on Sunday, beating the Rams 23-20 as 17-point underdogs. The Jets cashed in first-quarter and first-half spread and moneyline bets and were covering the spread for all 60 minutes.
At William Hill US sportsbooks, 74 percent of the bets and 85 percent of the money was on the Rams to cover the big spread. It was, however, the least-best game in terms of total tickets at William Hill. At PointsBet sportsbooks, 63 percent of the bets and 69 percent of the handle was on the Rams. The Jets +17 was the second-biggest need for PointsBet in the late-afternoon games.
“New York winning was big for us,” South Point sportsbook director Chris Andrews told VSiN. “There were lots of moneyline parlays tied to the Rams. People just figured it was a free winner.”
Two William Hill bettors cashed in big with the Jets winning, as one New Jersey bettor wagered $250 on the Jets to win at +1100 odds (11/1), winning $3,000 when New York was victorious. Another bettor in Nevada wagered $200 on the Jets to win at the same odds, taking home $2,400.
“The Jets winning outright was the biggest game of the day in our favor,” Thomas Gable, sportsbook director at the Borgata in New Jersey, told VSiN. “I think we took our first Jets wager on the spread about 20 minutes before kickoff. There were definitely a few brave people who took the Jets on the money line though, which closed at +950 here.”
According to ESPN, NFL teams favored by 17 or more points were 101-10 straight-up, before Sunday’s Jets’ win. The win was the biggest spread upset since Week 17 of last season when the Dolphins beat the Patriots, 27-24, as 17-point underdogs. It is believed to be the Jets’ biggest point-spread upset since Dec. 6, 1992, when they defeated the Bills, 24-17, in Orchard Park as 17-point underdogs.
The Jets improved to 5-9 against the spread on their season and have covered four of their past six games.