|A wild final day in the NFL regular season. The Eagles are in and the Vikings are out. The Ravens are in and the Steelers are out.
And the last playoff spot and the $1.4M first prize in the SuperContest (as well as the $640K prize in the Gold contest) were decided by the final game of the season.
Dave Tuley’s ATS report . . .
Colts beat Titans 33-17 on Sunday night to clinch the AFC 6th seed: ViewFromVegas is Indy covered as a 5-point road favorite (went Over betting total of 42.5); favorites/underdogs split 8-8 ATS in NFL Week 17, Over/Unders were also 8-8.
NFL wild-card lines: The Westgate SuperBook has DAL -2.5 vs. SEA (Over/Under 41.5) and BAL -2.5 vs. LAC (O/U 42); William Hill opts for DAL -3 (also O/U 41.5) and BAL -2.5 (O/U 41.5); PHI-CHI was off the board in Vegas except at Treasure Island, according to the DonBest Sports screen. TI had it Bears -4.5 (O/U 40.5).
You can track the odds across Las Vegas here.
TV times/schedule for NFL playoffs here.
Contest corner by Dave Tuley
Personal Gourmet wins $1,422,214.20 1st-place prize in Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest by going 5-0 in NFL Week 17 to finish 59-25-1 (70.2%). @Pigskin_Junkies, who could have won if TEN (+3) had covered, tied for 2nd with Rush YYZ 2112 to collect $409,425.30 apiece.
There Can Be Only 1 lives up to its name by winning the $640,000 winner-take-all prize in SuperContest Gold, clinching with IND -3 to go 4-1 in Week 17 & finish 55-27-3 (67.1%); Hammer3 went 5-0, but fell 1 point short (would have split prize if TEN had covered).
Congrats to VSiN’s Brent Musburger, for finishing in a tie for 56th place (out of the record field of 3,123). His VSiN 1 entry went 53-31-1 (63.1%); He collects roughly $3,800 along with the other 21 tied for 56th.
Another shout-out to 26th-place finisher It’sSaulGoodman…you might know him better as James Salinas, 2015 SuperContest champion under his @roundingagain alias; he has finished in the Top 30 in 3 of last 4 years.
10 SuperContest players went 14-1 to split the $15,000 mini-contest over the last 3 weeks of the NFL season, so they win $1,500 each (the entry fee).
SuperContest Top 5 Most-Selected Teams went 4-1 in Week 17 with wins on IND/CLE/BUF/PHI and only loss on No. 5 choice MIN, finishing 45-40 (52.9%); SuperContest Gold Top 5 was also 4-1 and finishes 48-33-5 (59.3%), with 1 extra game due to a tie for No. 5 pick one week.
Ready for another contest?
The DraftKings Sports Betting National Championship will be held Jan. 111-13. Details here.
More NFL action . . .
NFL betting stats for 2018 regular season from Tuley: Underdogs 134-109-10 ATS (55.1%) with 3 pick ’ems not counted; road teams 10-6 ATS in Week 17, finish 122-121-10 ATS with 3 London games not counted; home dogs 47-37-2 ATS (56%); double-digit dogs 15-15 ATS; Unders 134-118-4 (53.2%).
The Westgate updated its odds to win the Super Bowl:
William Hill posted the results of its "Regular Season Win Totals" on all 32 teams: 14 teams went OVER. 16 went UNDER. Bills & Patriots PUSHED.
Biggest Overachiever: BEARS. Biggest Underachievers: 49ers & Packers
South Point’s NFL futures bets are posted here.
Black Monday starts early: the Jets’ Todd Bowles and the Bucs’ Dirk Koetter were fired Sunday with more firings to come today.
Happy New Year!
VSiN’s Jeff Fogle offers New Year’s resolutions for the square bettor in you . . . starting with "Stop betting so many favorites"