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GAMBLING

There was no safety in this final number

Five home underdogs, one giant spread, and seemingly inflated lines for New England and Dallas. As you shook off the aftereffects of Saturday’s World Series parade, a typical slate of NFL lines awaited on Sunday morning.

Week 9 began in wild fashion from a gambling standpoint because of Thursday night’s Dolphins-Bengals tilt. Tied at 20 in overtime, Miami ended the game by sacking Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton in the end zone. The Dolphins won, 22-20, but the 42 total points was not enough to reach the over/under number of 43. Gamblers who took the over at 43 undoubtedly breathed a sigh of relief when the game reached overtime, because in their mind the worst that could happen would be the game ending on a field goal, thus resulting in a push.

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