The NFL season doesn’t officially start until the first bad beat happens.
Two occurred in the early slate of games in Week 1. The Detroit Lions scored 16 unanswered points which included an onside kick recovery to get the backdoor cover as 8.5-point underdogs against the San Francisco 49ers, and a scoreless fourth quarter killed the over between the Arizona Cardinals and Tennessee Titans.
The total for the Cardinals and Titans game opened at 52, and closed Sunday afternoon at 53.5.
The bet looked like a good one for the majority of the game, as the Cardinals were seemingly scoring at will. Heading into the fourth quarter, the Cardinals had a 38-13 lead over the Titans which meant at 51 total points, any field goal or touchdown would have cashed the over.
The two teams suddenly stopped being able to move the ball, which resulted in zero points being scored in the fourth quarter.
That’s a MASSIVE stinger for over bettors.
Typically in an NFL game, if all you need is a field goal in the fourth quarter to cash an over bet, you’re already counting your winnings. That’s especially true in a game that already has 51 points scored.
Sports betting once again shows that Murphy’s Law is true. Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.
According to WynnBET, 74.68% of the money bet on the total was on the OVER. What was a bad beat for the majority of bettors, was a great beat for the books.
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This article was originally published on fansided.com/betsided as Cardinals vs Titans Ends With Bad Beat for Over Bettors.