The word is that Week 7 of the NFL season was the worst one yet for sportsbooks. Eight favorites won games (so parlays and teasers were all cashing), and six of the eight covered against the spread on top of that. Of the underdogs that did cover, four won their games outright (Panthers, Texans, Saints, Redskins).
So what does all of this mean? Absolutely nothing, at least when it comes to looking ahead to Week 8. The books are going to win a good portion of the time, but they are going to have losing weeks too. Don't get caught up in false "the favorites are hot" or "parlay and tease all the games you like" narratives.
Let's dive into some of the other details that stuck out to me in Week 7 -- and we'll look at how we can apply them to our betting process for Week 8.
Can I just sell the Jaguars again? We sensed this coming last week when I broke down what I ultimately saw as the main reason for Jacksonville's struggles. Head coach Doug Marrone spoke openly after their home loss to the Texans about their issues with turnovers (he mentioned it 17 times, I counted) and explained why