Where the action is: ‘Sharps versus Squares’ in Thursday NFL betting


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The NFC East – or “NFC Least” depending on how you view the division – takes center stage Thursday night, with the Washington Redskins visiting the New York Giants. We talk to Jay Rood, vice president of race and sports for MGM in Las Vegas, about the current action coming in at his sportsbooks for Thursday Night Football:

Washington Redskins at New York Giants – Open: -4, 44 Move: -3, 44.5

The Giants opened as 4-point favorites across the industry and instantly were faded by the sharp money, dragging this spread as low as New York -3, with some spots online and in Las Vegas still dealing the half-point hook.

For Rood, MGM sportsbooks have taken wiseguy money on the Redskins at +4, +3.5 and now +3. He believes this is shaping up to be a battle between the sharps and the public.

“Ticket count is still 2-to-1 in favor of the Giants,” Rood tells Covers. “The plays we have taken on Washington are from sharp players and it seems the public is behind the Giants.”

New York, which enters Thursday 0-2 SU, could easily be 2-0. But poor clock management against Dallas in Week 1 and a blown 10-point lead against Atlanta last Sunday has not only put the G-Men, but also bettors, in a difficult spot.

“It’s like I tell my kids, accidents aren’t accidents if they happen all the time,” says Rood. “That’s what (the Giants) have gotten themselves into here. If there’s a bad decision to make, they’re making it.”

As for Thursday’s total, the popular play from both the public and smarts has been the Over, raising the number to 44.5 points. Rood actually took another sharp bet as we were speaking to him Thursday afternoon, and says the ticket count on the total is 2-to-1 in favor of the Over.

The Redskins have failed to cover in their last four games against the Giants, however, the underdog is a profitable 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings between these divisional foes. The Under is 6-1 in their previous seven head-to-head encounters.

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