Heaven help those who bet the Browns and/or had Nick Chubb on their fantasy football team this weekend.
Chubb busted off a 59-yard run at the end of Cleveland’s 10-7 win over Houston, but voluntarily stepped out at the 1-yard line in a move that killed those who had the Browns laying 4.5 points.
The Browns took a couple of knees to bleed out the clock, and a lot of the bookies celebrated.
“[It was a] smart play, but painful for a lot of [bettors] and very fortunate for others,” said Nick Bogdanovich, director of trading for William Hill-US.
PointsBet had 72% of the handle on that game on the Browns. At WHUS, it was 89% of money on Cleveland.
It’s always a welcomed site when players put the team first. Just don’t bring it up to any of those folks who bet on Cleveland.
Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray hit DeAndre Hopkins with a 43-yard Hail Murray that helped the Cardinals beat Buffalo, 32-30. But here’s where the nausea kicks in.
Rather than risk catastrophe on the point-after with two seconds left, the Cardinals simply took a knee. They won the game, but did not cover the 2.5-point spread. There were some 1.5-point lines out there, so it wasn’t as egregious as the Cleveland-Houston result.
Heading into Monday night’s Vikings-Bears game.
2-Saints vs. 7-Seahawks
3-Cardinals vs. 6-Rams
4-Eagles vs. 5-Buccaneers
2-Chiefs vs. 7-Ravens
3-Bills vs. 6-Dolphins
4-Colts vs. 5-Raiders
Chase Young is going to be a problem for NFL offenses for the next decade, but he killed his own team with a mental lapse that led to another Washington loss.
Game was tied with 12 seconds left and the Lions were on their own 35 when Young committed a silly roughing-the-passer penalty with a shove in the back of Matthew Stafford. It wasn’t violent, but it was unquestionably late.
“Rookie mistake,” a glum Young said afterward.
The Lions used the 15-yard penalty and a subsequent 9-yard completion to set up Prater’s 59-yard field goal at the buzzer.
Yeah, 59 yards.
The loss also robbed Alex Smith of a heroic return. Smith, Washington’s quarterback, made his first start in almost two years and rallied the Dan Snyders from a 24-3 deficit with 390 passing yards and to a field goal with 16 seconds remaining that looked as it was going to force overtime.
“Great penalty,” a Washington fan under the moniker @BruciferAllen tweeted. “Ensures a competitive loss and a higher draft pick. Win/win when it comes to this team.”
“Josh Allen would be a good tight end. If we got him in the weight room a little bit more in the offseason. If we bulked him up another 25 pounds, he’d be a really good tight end. He’s got some toughness at the quarterback position.”
— CBS analyst Rich Gannon reacting to the highlight of the Buffalo quarterback’s nifty touchdown catch
“There are not a lot of fantasy football owners who have DK Metcalf that are happy with Jalen Ramsey here today.”
— Fox announcer Joe Buck referring to the Seahawks star wide receiver being held in check (2 catches, 28 yards) by L.A.'s Ramsey
“I told him after the game that I look forward to these matchups for years and years to come. It’s big on big, good on good.”
— Jalen Ramsey after the Rams' win
“I knew when it left my hand it had a chance. You play quarterback, you can tell the trajectory, the touch of the ball.”
— Kyler Murray on his miraculous, game-winning touchdown pass
“You’re not gonna win every game, but to lose this one the way we did — it hurts.”
— Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen, whose team was beaten by Murray’s last-second heave