Steelers, Eagles Fall in Week 2; Sportsbooks Come Out on Top

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By Bill Ordine

The results on the field were the same for the two NFL teams in Pennsylvania in Week 2 on Sunday, delivering for the sportsbooks in Pennsylvania sports betting.

After victories in Week 1, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles lost on Sunday to fall to 1-1.


Steelers Upset by Raiders

The Steelers delivered a double dose of disappointment to their fans and betting backers in a 26-17 home loss to the surprising Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday. A week after pulling off their own upset of Buffalo in their opening game, the Steelers fell as 5.5-point favorites to the now 2-0 Raiders. Pittsburgh is 1-1 against the spread.

At PointsBet, the Steelers were carrying 78% of the spread handle and 83% of the moneyline handle. With the O/U at 46.5, the Unders cashed (the final was a 43-point total). At PointsBet 67% of the O/U handle was on the Under.

The story was similar at FanDuel Pennsylvania where 72% of the spread handle and 75% of the moneyline handle was on Pittsburgh. Again, the bettors were saved to a degree on the Under with 70% of the Totals handle on the Under.

As is often the case when big favorites lose, the parlay players suffered because of the Pittsburgh letdown. At BetRivers Pennsylvania, the Steelers’ outright loss wiped out a “chunk of parlays,” according to reports from the sportsbook.

Next week, the Steelers are at home against AFC North division rival Cincinnati. Pittsburgh is a 4.5-point favorite in the early lines with the O/U at 44.5.


Eagles Also Help Books

The Philadelphia Eagles handed some bookmakers a bonus on Sunday in losing to San Francisco, 17-11. The Eagles squandered first-half scoring chances, trailed at the half by four points after a long Niners touchdown drive and came up short with a late-game comeback try.

When the dust settled, the 49ers covered a 3-point spread and the Under total (49) was safely secured.

Bettors were apparently buoyed by Philly’s Week 1 blowout win over Atlanta and were throwing money down on the Birds by the fistful. A whopping 91% of the moneyline handle was on the Eagles and a healthy 63% of the point spread cash was on Philly. The public generally leans toward the Over, so the Totals betting went to the books as well with only 33% of the betting money on the Under.

At PointsBet, the betting was more even. While 66% of the moneyline handle was on the Eagles, 67% of the spread handle was on San Francisco. The Totals wagering at PointsBet saw 52% of the handle go on the Under.

Looking ahead to next Monday night and an important NFC East game against the Cowboys in Dallas, the Eagles are getting 4 points in the early lines with an Over/Under of 51.5.

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Bill Ordine
Bill Ordine was a reporter and editor in news and sports for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Baltimore Sun for 25 years, and was a lead reporter on a team that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News. Bill started reporting on casinos and gaming shortly after Atlantic City’s first gambling halls opened and wrote a syndicated column on travel to casino destinations for 10 years. He covered the World Series of Poker for a decade and his articles on gaming have appeared in many major U.S. newspapers, such as the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald and others.
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Bill Ordine was a reporter and editor in news and sports for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Baltimore Sun for 25 years, and was a lead reporter on a team that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News. Bill started reporting on casinos and gaming shortly after Atlantic City’s first gambling halls opened and wrote a syndicated column on travel to casino destinations for 10 years. He covered the World Series of Poker for a decade and his articles on gaming have appeared in many major U.S. newspapers, such as the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald and others.
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