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Betting football: In typical fashion, Jets blew the cover

When Geno Smith (7) threw a late pick-6 against the Broncos, it ruined a sure cover by the Jets.Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

No team can ruin a Sunday afternoon like the Jets. Matched against Denver at MetLife Stadium, New York broke the spirit of anyone who found it to be an attractive home underdog, handing away what appeared to be a sure cover as time ran out. The Jets were losing, 24-17, but were getting as many as 10½ points at kickoff (Denver opened as a 7½-point favorite, and action on the Broncos throughout the week methodically drove the line up). With less than 30 seconds to play, Geno Smith launched a pass from his end zone that was picked off by Denver's Aqib Talib and returned 22 yards for a touchdown.

Denver won, 31-17, and its backers received a gift-wrapped miracle cover. Anyone who had the Jets probably could be found muttering something to the effect of, "I'm never gambling again."


Smith's pick-6 made me wonder how that meaningless touchdown impacted the posted total. Sure enough, the Jets-Broncos number closed at 47, and the final total was 48.

The Green Bay-Miami game went over the total of 46½ when the Packers tossed a touchdown pass on the final play of the game to win, 27-24.

The Jacksonville-Tennessee finish left those with money on the Titans reeling. Tennessee, a 6½-point favorite, was holding on, 16-7, but Jacksonville earned its first cover of the season wih a touchdown pass with 37 seconds to play.

Five home underdogs were on Sunday's board at 1 p.m., and depending what you had for a line in the Miami-Green Bay game (I saw Miami plus-3 at kickoff), home 'dogs in those games were either 0-5 or 0-4-1.

Minnesota managed just 3 points at home and its next two games are on the road, at Buffalo and at Tampa Bay. Is scoring 13 points in two weeks a sign Minnesota can't compete, or won't compete? Its upcoming spreads bear monitoring.


Inside the numbers:

Favorites: 9-5

Home underdogs: 0-5-1 (includes Thurs.)

Over 9, under 5

Ed Ryan can be reached at edward.ryaniii@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter@EdzoRyan