Action Report: Bettors jumping on Bills, Saints-Ravens Over



The Jets and Bills have been getting ready for this one in Detroit for the past few days after heavy snowfall made playing this game in Buffalo impossible. Before the venue change was announced, the Bills were set as high as 4.5-point favorites with a 39-point total.

Now, hours before kickoff, Buffalo is a 2.5-point favorite while the total is up to 42.

“Buffalo’s main advantage being at home was having their fans and now that is lost,” Sports Interaction oddsmaker Greg Sindall said. “Being from a similar area, both fan bases would have a similar distance to travel to get to Detroit so neither team really has an edge of being close to home and possibly have more fans travel to the game.  So in tonight’s case we’re looking at how bettors might bet based strictly on performance with no real extra advantage for either team.”

As far as bettors are concerned, the change of venue certainly hasn’t trigged more Jets bets. New York snapped an eight-game losing skid with a victory over Pittsburgh before its bye, but oddsmakers will be hoping for Jets action again tonight.

“It’s always difficult to get people to bet on bad teams.” Sindall said. “Tonight’s game is no different with 77 percent of the action on Buffalo.”
As far as the total goes, Sindall also said 67% of Sports Interaction’s money is on the over.

Baltimore Ravens at New Orleans Saints (-2.5, 50.5)

It’s beginning to seem as though these aren’t the dominant New Orleans Saints that bettors have come to know and love. While they’re still in first place in the lackluster NFC South, they’ve dropped two straight and aren’t fooling anybody at 4-6 both straight up and against the spread.

So are Saints supporters panicking?

“Maybe a little bit,” Sindall said. “There was some early Baltimore action on +4 but since then the Saints are still taking a bit more action. About 60 percent of the handle is on New Orleans. Even though the Saints have a losing record, bettors still seem to have some faith in them. If they drop another game tonight, we might see some pretty heavy action on the Steelers next week.”

One thing the general betting public usually has faith in is the over on Monday night games. Sports Interaction has the over/under at 50.5, but keep a close eye on that number.

“We’re seeing 77 percent of the money is on over right now, but I think that total will rise before kickoff,” Sindall said. “People love betting the over with indoor games. Both the Saints and Ravens have good offenses so bettors seem to be expecting a shootout tonight.”


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