NFL Week 9: Wacky wins and bad beats

It was another wild NFL Sunday! Players interested in the Los Angeles Chargers-Atlanta Falcons game witnessed an unusual play that affected the outcome as the Chargers won 20-17 on Sunday.

Both teams punted on the same drive late in the fourth quarter, which benefited the Chargers, who then kicked the game-winning field goal on the final play to cap the stretch by the thinnest of margins — a half point

Welcome to the world of absurd wins and bad beats in sports betting.

Each week, we’ll recap the betting plays where some people cashed in and others tore up their tickets in frustration. To paraphrase the famous broadcaster Al Michaels, “these works are important to some.”

Let’s dive into this week’s madness!

Another Brady comeback

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady rallied for another come-from-behind victory, this time to the chagrin of the Los Angeles Rams and their bettors.

Those players (moneyline and spread) were less than a minute away from cashing in, but Brady and the Bucs rallied from a 13-6 deficit in the fourth quarter for a 16-13 victory Sunday.

Trailing 13-9, the Bucs (+2.5 and out of timeout) took over at their own 40-yard line with 44 seconds left.

But, this wasn’t Brady’s first rodeo‚Ķ

Brady completed a 28-yard pass to tight end Cade Otton at the Rams’ 32 on the first play, then punted the ball to stop the clock with 28 seconds left.

Brady went on to complete passes of 4, 14 and 7 yards and receivers went out of bounds as Tampa Bay drove to the LA 7 with 16 seconds left. The Rams were called for pass interference, giving the Bucs the ball at the 1 with 13 seconds left.

And then Brady did it again, as he connected with Otton in the right flat for the game-winning touchdown.

It was the 69th time Brady engineered a game-winning TD in the fourth quarter or overtime.

Sorry, Rams punters.

Chargers, Falcons fumble twice on same play

Chargers, Falcons fumble twice on same play

The Los Angeles Chargers and Atlanta Falcons twisted in a matter of seconds.

The double fumble dooms some punters

The Chargers (-2.5 points) and Falcons were tied 17-17 when Los Angeles marched down the field late in the game.

On third down and 4 at the Atlanta 22 with less than a minute remaining, Chargers running back Austin Ekeler fumbled after a short gain.

Falcons defensive tackle Ta’Quon Graham picked up the fumble and ran about 20 yards, but dropped the football. Chargers guard Matt Feiler recovered Graham’s fumble at the Atlanta 43 with 34 seconds left.

After that crazy sequence, the Chargers completed a 21-yard pass, ran for 2 yards and then called a timeout with 2 seconds left.

Cameron Dicker, the Chargers’ third-leading kicker this season, kicked the game-winning 37-yard field goal as time expired.

Adding to the agony of Falcons punters was a missed opportunity early in the fourth quarter. Kicker Younghoe Koo missed a 50-yard field goal attempt that would have extended Atlanta’s lead to 20-14.

The penalty destroys the parlay

Not only did the New York Jets shut out the Buffalo Bills 20-17, but Gang Green held Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs to less than 100 receiving yards, costing a bettor a parlay.

The punter hit the first two parts of his three-legged parlay, all involving a receiver with more than 100 yards receiving on Sunday.

Diggs finished with five catches for 93 yards.

Of course, there is more about this story and why it is in this section. Diggs had a 26-yard catch erased by a holding penalty on the first play of Buffalo’s final drive, then a deep pass to Diggs fell incomplete with 30 seconds left.

If Diggs had gone over 100 yards receiving, the $5 (+2007) parlay bet would have paid $105.35.

On the bright side for Jets bettors, not only did they cover +10.5 points, they won outright as +375 underdogs.

Packers do not pay for punter

A bettor had an NFL five-way parlay and hit four of the legs.

The fifth was Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones scoring a touchdown against the Detroit Lions.

Jones never hit on Sunday as he was injured during the game. Not helping matters either, Aaron Rodgers threw three interceptions, matching the worst of his career. All three passes were picked off inside the red zone. Jones has scored four touchdowns this season, three receiving and one rushing.

If the bet had been successful, the $10 bet would have paid $382.54.

Big bet for the Patriots

With all the focus on bad beats, it’s good to highlight when a punter’s bold bet pays off. And one punter’s faith in the New England Patriots paid off after a 26-3 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

VSiN’s Ben Fawkes tweeted after a $500,000 bet was placed on the Patriots (-5.5) to beat the Colts. Fawkes tweeted that it was the biggest single-game bet in the NFL this season (so far).

Of course, another big punter took the other side:

The Patriots cruised to a 26-3 victory.

Taking a knee costs the punter

A punter who made a five-play play in the Philadelphia Eagles’ 29-17 win over the Houston Texans on Thursday night went from elated to devastated, thanks to a pair of knees from QB Jalen Hurts as the clock wound down ended

Hurts scrambled 14 yards on third-and-15 with less than two minutes left. The Eagles did, and Hurts gained a yard for a first down, giving him 25 yards rushing with 90 seconds left.

Instead of running a QB to pick up a yard or two, Hurts took a knee twice, losing a yard each time to finish with 23 rushing yards.

The five-way parlay on the bet was +401, which meant that a $10 bet would have paid a total of $50.10.

Several others have lost in this endgame sequence. It’s not fun.


The 6-3 Jets are the first team to exceed their projected win total for the season (5.5).

Hmmm, maybe those bettors who backed the Jets to win the Super Bowl earlier in the season were on to something…

Great for LSU, not great for the gamble

LSU fans are singing the praises of coach Brian Kelly’s bold decision to go for an overtime win against No. 6 Alabama on Saturday.

The Crimson Tide scored a TD and kicked the extra point on the first possession of OT to take a 31-24 lead over the No. 10 Tigers.

On LSU’s first drive, QB Jayden Daniels ran for a 25-yard touchdown to make it 31-30. Most coaches would have kicked the extra point to force a second OT.

Kelly is different from most coaches.

Kelly told his team to go for a two-point conversion and the win. Daniels completed a pass to Mason Taylor for the win, sparking an upset in the Bayou.

One punter, however, was not celebrating.

The bettor got the first part of his two-legged parlay (bet $10 at +800 to win $90 total) as Michigan (-32.5) beat Rutgers 52-17.

The comeback was Alabama and LSU combining to score over 63.5 points.

Final: LSU 32, Alabama 31.

Had the Tigers kicked the extra point, that would have guaranteed the punter would have cashed out on his parlay.

More Alabama-LSU

Underdogs who bet at 56.5 points were in great shape as LSU led 14-9 heading into the fourth quarter.

The teams then combined to score 25 points in the fourth quarter and 15 more on just eight combined plays from the OT blowout.

Cumulative final points: 63.

Every (extra) point counts

The second half spread had Hawaii +41.5 points against Fresno State in a Mountain West Conference game on Saturday.

The Rainbow Warriors scored a touchdown with 42 seconds left, cutting the Bulldogs’ lead to 55-13.

The extra point has been blocked.

Final margin: 42 points.

Wait, there’s more…

The plus/minus was 62.5. Fresno State led 55-7 with two minutes left, so the Under was in the game.

Hawaii faced fourth-and-7 from the Fresno State 41 with about a minute left. The Rainbow Warriors threw an incomplete pass, but the Bulldogs were called for a personal foul, giving Hawaii a first down.

The Rainbow Warriors scored two plays later, ruining the night for Under bettors.

The taper? The personal foul was the only penalty for the Bulldogs during the game.

Stay tuned for more madness!

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