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Eagles upset a big blow for east coast books

by Sam Panayotovich
Updated On: October 5, 2020, 12:54 pm ET

It’s hard to believe that we’ve already been through a month of the National Football League. The season opener between the Chiefs and Texans feels like it was just the other day.

As I usually do on Sunday nights, I exchanged texts with bookmakers across the country to see how the results were for their respective sportsbooks. Week 4 was interesting because lots of the Vegas books reported winning days, but the east coast books took a bath on the Eagles winning outright on Sunday Night Football.

“It was not a great week for the house,” PointsBet Sportsbook senior sports analyst Andrew Mannino told NBC Sports. “We got crushed on the Eagles, especially in New Jersey. Philadelphia pulling it off was a massive hit. We lost on the Vikings, Ravens and Saints too. The Cardinals was our biggest winner for the day and kept it from being much worse.”

Mannino and his co-workers in the PointsBet trading room watched another early NFL slate get dominated by offense. Overs went 6-1-and-1 in the morning with outburts of 58, 64, 65, 69 and 87 points. Offensive fireworks are becoming pretty common this season. 

“It just keeps going,” Mannino said after a sigh. “The teams are scoring like crazy and the bettors love it. We’re just trying to keep up and adjust as best we can.”

There have been a lot of moving parts with the Patriots-Chiefs game. It was postponed after the announcement that Pats quarterback Cam Newton will not play after testing positive for COVID-19. The NFL acted quickly and rescheduled the game for tonight.

“Our house rules say if a game is postponed more than 48 hours then all the bets are voided,” Mannino explained. “In this case since it was only pushed back one day, all bets stand on that. We were at Chiefs -7 before the Cam news, we opened back up at -11 and now we’re sitting at -10.5.”

So what does the house need tonight?

“We need the Patriots and the Falcons,” Mannino said. “We’re seeing all the action on the Chiefs with Cam out and bettors just don’t want to bet Atlanta. Nobody believes in the Falcons, so we’re very one-sided on the Packers. And we’ll need both Unders. All the action is on the Overs.”

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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