- NFL game officials missed a touchdown catch by Cincinnati wideout Ja’Marr Chase that would’ve given the Bengals a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers
- DraftKings Sportsbook paid out all same-game parlays that were wiped out by the Colts-Texans tie. Meanwhile, following the injury to Cowboys QB Dak Prescott, PointsBet announced it would be settling all Cowboys win total under plays as wins
- Read on for all of the biggest betting stories in the NFL Week 1 betting roundup
Cincinnati Bengals fans are probably still scratching their heads over what happened to the defending AFC champions on the first Sunday of the 2022 NFL regular season.
Bengals bettors have likely pulled out all of their hair by now. Sunday, they were the victims of a bad beat, and it had nothing to do with a blocked extra point or a missed 29-yard field goal.
The Dallas Cowboys lost quarterback Dak Prescott, but if you bet the Cowboys to go under their win total, today, you’re a winner. Same thing if you lost a same-game parlay because the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts played to a tie.
Those were just some of the biggest betting stories that came out of the first week of the NFL season. Let’s take a deep dive into each of these wild outcomes in our NFL Week 1 betting roundup.
Bengals Wideout Chase Broke the Plane
A lot of things went wrong for the Bengals on Sunday as they played host to AFC North rivals Pittsburgh. Cincinnati turned the ball over five times. Bengals QB Joe Burrow was intercepted four times, including a pick-six. Working with a backup long snapper, Cincinnati kicker Evan McPherson had a potential game-winning extra point blocked and sent what would’ve been a game-winning 29-yard goal sailing wide of the uprights.
And yet, none of this might have mattered had Bengals head coach Zac Taylor simply tossed his red flag on the field and made a coach’s challenge to get a play reviewed.
— Tony Clements (@TonyCMKE) September 11, 2022
Late in the fourth quarter, trailing 20-14 Burrow completed a pass to Ja’Marr Chase near the end zone. Steelers cornerback Levi Wallace quickly hustled Chase out of bounds and he was ruled out just shy of the goal line.
However, replays were clearly showing Chase’s foot landing on the goal line. That’s breaking the plane, and that’s a touchdown. But for some unknown reason, the Cincinnati offense rushed to the line of scrimmage to get the next play off.
Had the Bengals tossed the red flag on the field to signal they were challenging the call, the TD almost certainly would’ve been awarded upon further review. Thus, when Burrow hooked up with Chase for another TD later in the quarter, that would’ve been the winning score.
Instead, Steelers bettors cashed as 6.5-point underdogs when Chris Boswell booted a game-winning field goal in OT for a 23-20 victory.
DraftKings Pays Out SGPs in Colts-Texans Tie
If you played a Week 1 same-game parlay on the Texans and Colts with DraftKings Sportsbook, and the 20-20 tie cost you a winning ticket, there’s good news. DraftKings is honoring all of those same-game parlay plays as winners.
IND/HOU SGP UPDATE
If the Texans/Colts tie cost you a winning SGP, good news – we'll be paying you out IN FULL! pic.twitter.com/3KFoTMsE0s
— DraftKings Sportsbook (@DKSportsbook) September 11, 2022
The Texans, 7.5-point home underdogs, raced to a 20-3 lead. However, in his debut as Indianapolis QB, 15-year veteran and former NFL MVP Matt Ryan rallied the Colts for the tie.
It was the first tie game in the 21-year history of the Texans franchise. For the Colts, it was their first tie since December 19, 1982, their second-last season as the Baltimore Colts. They deadlocked with the Green Bay Packers that day. The final score? 20-20.
PointsBet Settles Cowboys Win Total Under Bets After Prescott Injury
The Dallas Cowboys lost 19-3 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And, for the second time in three years, they are losing QB Dak Prescott to a long-term injury. He’ll need thumb surgery.
EARLY PAYOUT 🚨
The Dallas Cowboys are still Not Dem Boyz, so we will be settling all Cowboys win total unders as WINS today 💰 pic.twitter.com/RsWt4YZzVs
— PointsBet Sportsbook (@PointsBetUSA) September 12, 2022
The NFL win totals entering the season were establishing the total for Dallas at 11.5. A play on the under was offering odds of -278.
After news broke of Prescott’s serious injury, PointsBet decided to step up for its players. As of Monday, the sportsbook was cashing all Cowboys win total unders as wins.
$20,000 Win for DraftKings Sportsbook Parlay Player
One DraftKings Sportsbook player cashed a major payout on an NFL Week 1 parlay entirely built around punters. It was a 10-leg parlay with a stake of $25 at odds of +80320.
The 10 legs included:
- Eagles vs. Lions – Over 5.5 punts
- Colts vs. Texans – Over 5.5 punts
- Ravens vs. Jets – Over 4.5 punts
- Steelers vs. Bengals – Over 4.5 punts
- 49ers vs. Bears – Over 3.5 punts
- Saints vs. Falcons – Over 5.5 punts
- Patriots vs. Dolphins – Over 4.5 punts
- Giants vs. Titans – Over 3.5 punts
- Browns vs. Panthers – Over 5.5 punts
- Buccaneers vs. Cowboys – Over 5.5 punts
The payout, at odds of +80320, was $20,105.02. Word is that when asked how he was feeling about the big win, the player answered, “I can’t kick.”
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