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Bookmakers rooting for Jets to cover tonight

by Sam Panayotovich
Updated On: November 9, 2020, 3:42 pm ET

Tonight's matchup between the reeling New England Patriots and winless New York Jets will be another perfect case study for the sports betting industry. 

If you don't have skin in the game with a bet or a parlay or prop wagers, why would you watch?

PointsBet Sportsbook is dealing the Patriots -10 with a total of 42.5. 

"It's probably not the matchup the NFL was hoping for when they set the schedule," PointsBet senior sports analyst Andrew Mannino told NBC Sports. "The Jets aren't a good football team. The bets we've seen are pretty heavily in favor of the Patriots. People see this as an opportunity for them to bounce back against a soft divisional opponent."

Sportsbooks usually need the Under when a total is lined so low, but that's not the case in this situation. Recency bias has bettors wanting to short the Patriots and Jets offenses. 

"Everything we're seeing is on the Under," Mannino reported. "People don't believe in the Jets or in Cam Newton. We'll be rooting for Joe Flacco and the boys to score some points."

Rooting for Joe Flacco in 2020 is probably not where you want to be. 

As for the weekend, the PointsBet trading room really enjoyed the outcome on Sunday Night Football. The Saints steamrolled the Buccaneers 38-3. It was the biggest decision for the house. 

"Tampa Bay looked terrible," Mannino opined. "They didn't even come close, which was great for us. It always helps when the dog comes through on primetime."

Non-covers by the Buccaneers, Chiefs, Steelers and Texans were all great results for the book. The Bills beating the Seahawks outright was a massive decision too. 

Lastly, I asked Mannino what he thought about Minnesota (-2.5) being a short road favorite at Chicago next Monday night. The Bears were actually a short home favorite on the lookahead line. 

"A lot of this comes down to Dalvin Cook and what he's been able to do these last few weeks. He's had some individual performances that are absolutely mind-boggling. People see those highlights and remember those games and expect him to do it against Chicago." 

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Sam Panayotovich

Sam Panayotovich is a sports betting analyst from the South Side of Chicago. He'll probably pick against your favorite team a lot. Follow him @spshoot