Monday Night Football matchup has oddsmakers sweating pointspread


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When the Miami Dolphins opened as 5.5-point favorites, Fish supporters who had cashed in on seven of their team’s 11 games this year got their bets in early. Now we could see Miami as a 7-point favorite before the Dolphins visit the New York Jets.

Miami is currently sitting as a 6.5-point favorite (-115).

“The Dolphins line crept up to 7s on Sunday, but has now been bet back to 6.5 at most shops, including ours,” a Sports Interaction oddsmaker said. “Barring a major injury, I doubt the market line will return back to 7, but you may see outliers depending on a specific shop’s position. At Sports Interaction, if the money continues to come in at the rate that it is on the Dolphins, you could see a 7 hung closer to kickoff.”

Still, no matter where the line ends up, this is not going to be a big Monday Night Football game for most books.

“You might be shocked to hear this, but the Monday Night Football matchup the NFL envisioned when they booked the Dolphins vs. Jets at Met Life Stadium isn’t the juggernaut we all thought it would be,” the oddsmaker said. “Even more shocking, this disinterest has transferred over to the betting world as we’re seeing the lowest turnover of the year on a MNF total. We’re talking low. Geno Smith’s career low. The only upside, much like Geno’s career as a starter, is that the play is over.”

The Dolphins have been great to bettors this year and it’s no real surprise to see 84 percent of the action coming in on Miami when you consider how bad the Jets are. New York is just 2-8-1 against the spread this year.
“The Jets may reverse the trend and cover for a third time this season, but even if they do, I’m reminded of an old proverb,” Sports Interaction’s oddsmaker said. “You can put a pig in lipstick and a dress for the night, but at the end of the day, it still sleeps in a pile of poo.”


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