After a steady opening weekend, week 2 of the NFL season had plenty of interesting questions to answer and one of the best backed favorites in years. We caught up with the traders at the sportsbook SugarHouse to see who won the battle of betting markets. Was it the bettors or the bookies?
What was the worst result in the book from week 2?
Our players were happiest with the results in the Cowboys@Redskins and Chiefs@Raiders games, closely followed by the heavily backed Patriots win and covering the huge spread at Miami.
And on that note, which was your best result?
Both Eagles and Steelers were heavily backed, as well as the Panthers on Thursday night - so there was a bit of relief!
After the Patriots emphatic win, how has this affected their Super Bowl outright odds? What is your current liability looking like on them doing it again?
The Patriots were already Superbowl favorites before the game against the bottom ranked Dolphins. The odds moved slightly with the announcement of the Antonio Brown signing last weekend (from +500 to +400), and after Brady showing a good connection with Brown, especially during the first half of Sunday’s game the odds continued to get shorter (from +400 to +333). We currently have third most future bets on the Patriots to win the Superbowl.
When do you envisage the Pats losing for the first time this season?
If the Patriots continue playing like they have in the first two games of the season, we foresee them being heavy favorites in their 5 upcoming games (Jets, Bills, Redskins, Giants, Jets). After that they face, what currently seems to be, tougher competition on the road at Baltimore and Philadelphia. Having said that, this is the NFL, which means anything can happen. We just saw two future hall of fame quarterbacks go down with injuries this past weekend in Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger, with both their teams ultimately losing their games.
Will Miami go 0 – 16 this season?
Similar to the answer above, a lot of things can change during a season and even during a game, but it's certainly possible! The Dolphins are currently 21 point underdogs in next Sunday’s game at Dallas.
Where are you anticipating the money going for week 3? Who looks the early value in your eyes? And which team are you keen to take on?
It's a bit early in the week, with some uncertainties around injury reports from the weekend, but looking at the matchups we foresee our players backing the Eagles vs the Lions at home (-7). Patriots (vs Jets -18.5) and Dallas (vs Dolphins -21) are the weeks biggest favorites and we expect a lot of action on those games too.
How did the 'Big Ben' injury news affect the odds on the Steelers moving forward?
It's hugely dissapointing news for Steelers fans and our odds changed from +3300 to +6000 for them to win the Superbowl.