A botched extra-point attempt helped a record 713 contestants earn a win on the Carolina Panthers, who edged the New Orleans Saints 27-22 as 4.5-point favorites in Week 3 of the SuperContest at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.
The Panthers were picked by 41 percent of the field of 1,727 overall to set a new mark for the most selected team in contest history, and they likely would have failed to cover the spread if New Orleans quarterback Luke McCown had not have trouble holding the ball for a PAT after the game’s final touchdown.
McCown started for an injured Drew Brees, with many jumping on Carolina when news broke last Friday that he would miss the game.
TEAM ODDSSHARK LEADERS NOW AT 12-3
Team OddsShark co-leaders David Fucillo from SB Nation and Ryan Fowler from FOX Sports both had the Panthers among their Week 3 SuperContest picks as they each improved to 12-3 overall. The overall leader of the contest – The Right Reasons – also had Carolina and moved to 14-1 after going 5-0 each of the first two weeks.
Eric Sollenberger from SB Nation had joined Fucillo and Fowler as one of three co-leaders through Week 2 at 8-2, but he went 1-4 to fall into a tie for seventh with nine points.
Two members of Team OddsShark went a perfect 5-0 in Week 3 and are now tied for third place in the group standings, as Matt Ufford from SB Nation and Clay Travis from FOX Sports took advantage of the Green Bay Packers defeating the Kansas City Chiefs 38-28 as 6.5-point favorites in the Monday Night Football game with their last pick.
Ufford and Travis are one game off the lead and one ahead of Ben Watanabe from NESN in Boston and David Kaplan from Comcast Sports in Chicago, who are tied for fifth at 10-5.
SUPER COMPUTER TURNS IN A 4-1 WEEK
The Odds – VSB Super Computer also had its best performance of the season by going 4-1 in Week 3.
The Super Computer picked winners with Carolina along with the Arizona Cardinals (-6.5), Pittsburgh Steelers (-1.5) and Buffalo Bills (+3), moving into a tie for seventh place in the Team OddsShark SuperContest Standings with Sollenberger and four others, including Jason McIntyre, Rob Pizzola, Joe Ostrowski and Aaron Nagler.