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NFL Week 14 Betting Recap: Backdoor Covers

The sportsbooks continue to win big this current season, and here’s a quick NFL Week 14 Betting Recap.

NFL Week 14 Betting Recap: Backdoor Covers

NFL Week 14 Betting Recap: Backdoor Covers

NFL Week 14 Betting Recap: Backdoor Covers

Backdoor covers take place all the time in sports betting. But what happened on Sunday with two particular games was particularly interesting.

What is a backdoor cover?

A backdoor cover takes place when an NFL underdog manages to score what can be counted as meaningless points heading to the end of the game.

And when we say meaningless, we refer to points that don’t have a direct impact on the final score of the game, but that does have a tremendous influence on the point spread betting outcome.

In two games that were betting heavy, the Chiefs at the Dolphins and the Packers at the Lions, on those two, late field goals were responsible for underdogs closing the point spread gap and covering.

In both of these games, the decisions made favored the bookmaking agents and worked against bettors.

Miami kicked a field goal with just sixteen seconds left in the clock in what ended up in a 33-27 loss to Kansas City as seven-point underdogs, allowing them to cover by a single point.

On a similar note, the Lions were a 7.5 to 9 point underdogs versus Green Bay.

Detroit was trailing by 10 points, 31 to 21 as they marched to Green Bay’s 14-yard line late during the fourth.

And just like following the same script as the Dolphins, Detroit sent Matt Prater to kick a 32-yard field goal with just one minute and 49 seconds remaining, allowing them to narrow the score 31 to 24.

As the Packers had between 79% to 89% of the NFL point spread handle in most sportsbooks, the big losers were the bettors.

NFL Week 14 Betting Recap: Texans vs Bears

Another big disappointment for the week was the game between Houston and Chicago with a total line of 46.5.

If you wanted to bet the over you probably began celebrating just a little sooner than you should have.

The Bears, a team that’s averaging just 21.7 points per game, managed to score 23 points just in the second quarter, taking a 30 to 7 lead into the break.

People betting the over needed just 10 total points during the second half.

The problem is that the final score was 36-7 and Houston has now hit the under in four of the past 5 while the Bears have hit the under in 7 of the previous ten.

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