The favorites gave bettors a victory in Week 2 of the NFL season as they helped parlay cards cash, some for big money. The favorites were just 6-7 against the spread in the second week of the season, but were 12-1 straight up.

San Francisco 49ers vs. NY Jets NFL Week 2
The 49ers scored early and often against the hapless New York Jets in Week 2, paying off well for gamblers. (Image: USA Today Sports)

The only favorite that didn’t win in Week 2 was Philadelphia, which got clobbered by the Los Angeles Rams at home, 37-19. They along with, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Buffalo, Chicago, Tennessee, and Kansas City were favorites that failed to cover the point spread.

Week 2 Results

Here are the results of all of the Week 2 NFL games through Sunday night.

Game Spread/Cover  Over/Under
Cleveland 35, Cincinnati 30 Browns -6/No 44.5/Over
LA Rams 37, Philadelphia 19 Eagles -1.5/No 46/Over
Tampa Bay 31, Carolina 17 Bucs -8.5/Yes 47/Over
Pittsburgh 26, Denver 21 Steelers -6.5/No 41/Over
Dallas 40, Atlanta 39 Cowboys -3/No 53.5/Over
San Francisco 31, NY Jets 13 49ers -7/Yes 41.5/Over
Buffalo 31, Miami 28 Bills -5.5/No 42.5/Over
Indianapolis 28, Minnesota 11 Colts -3.5/Yes 49/Under
Green Bay 42, Detroit 21 Packers -6.5/Yes 51/Over
Chicago 17, NY Giants 13 Bears -4.5/No 42.5/Under
Tennessee 33, Jacksonville 30 Titans -7/No 44.5/Over
Arizona 30, Washington 15 Cardinals -7/Yes 44.5/Over
Baltimore 33, Houston 16 Ravens -7.5 49.5/Under
Kansas City 23, LA Chargers 20 Chiefs -9/No 47.5/Under
Seattle 35, New England 30 Seahawks -4.5/Yes 45/Over

While wagering on the point spread was a losing proposition, moneyline parlays, teasers, and straight-up bets all hurt the house on Sunday.

Westgate sportsbook director John Murray told the Las Vegas Review-Journal it was a bad day for the books.

“We got crushed on moneyline parlays. That’s all it comes down to,” Murray said. “We needed one of those underdogs to win. We have these weeks during the NFL season where the favorites are going to get you.”

$44,000 Parlay (Thanks, Dallas!)

One bettor at a William Hill facility in New Jersey saw his eight-team NFL moneyline parlay reward him handsomely. The unidentified gambler took Dallas, Arizona, Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Kansas City, Green Bay, and Seattle, plunking down $4,000 on the combo bet.

He had to sweat a bit on the Dallas, which recovered an onside kick, then kicked a field goal to win. Seattle also gave him a scare when New England drove to the 2-yard-line with a chance to win, but came up short. After those two nail biters came through, he pulled in $44,000 for the winning ticket.

San Francisco Furthers Sportsbook’s Pain

The game that hurt sportsbooks the most was San Francisco’s thrashing of the New York Jets. The 49ers were a seven-point favorite, and both the sharps and the public loaded up.

San Francisco running back Raheem Mostert also paid off a 7/1 bet when he scored the first touchdown of the game.

Borgata Sportsbook in Atlantic City reported 95% of both the money and the tickets were on San Francisco. William Hill reported 91% of its tickets were on the 49ers along with 84% of the money.

A William Hill facility in Nevada made some money back when one bettor wagered $45,833 on the Jets. Another customer at DraftKings lost $110,000 when he backed the Jets.

Stat of the Week

The Falcons had 39 points with zero turnovers in their loss against the Cowboys. Entering Sunday, teams were 440-0 when scoring 39 points with 0 turnovers since 1933, when team turnovers were first tracked, according to Elias Sports Bureau. The Falcons lost, 40-39.

Bad Beat of the Week

For the second consecutive week, the Thursday night game gave gamblers a bad beat. Cleveland was a six-point favorite over Cincinnati and was leading 35-23 late in the fourth quarter.

Then the Browns decided to play soft, allowing Bengals’ rookie quarterback Joe Burrow to march 75 yards down the field and score with 43 seconds left, making the final 35-30 and killing Cleveland backers.

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