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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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A safety being the difference in overtime is the last thing on anyone’s mind as the extra frame begins, and losing that way can prompt any gambler to consider retirement. This outcome certainly qualifies as our Bad Beat of the Week.

Elsewhere on the board:

Who had the guts to take the Jets, at home getting 6½ points, against New Orleans, especially after New York was routed by 40 points in Cincinnati last week? New York’s surprising cover — and outright win — further established it as a difficult team to trust with a wager.

The aforementioned giant spread was the 17 points Seattle was laying against winless Tampa Bay. The Bucs hadn’t been this large of an underdog since 1996, and not only covered but forced overtime before losing.

Cleveland’s meaningless field goal with 16 seconds remaining allowed it to win, 24-18, and pushed the total over the 41½ number. For anyone with the under, that was a brutal loss.

Inside the numbers:

Favorites: 6-5

Home underdogs: 2-3

8 overs, 2 unders, 1 push

Ed Ryan can be reached at ed_ryan@globe.com.
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