Coming out of a week where nine games totaled fewer than 45 points, it felt like a down week for offenses overall, although some games surpassed that total.
The week's highlight was the Buffalo Bills suffering their first loss of the season at the Miami Dolphins after failing to spike the ball in the game's final seconds. With the win, the Dolphins are now 3-0 under new head coach Mike McDaniel. There was a chance for a Bills comeback, but it didn't come to fruition — and it avoided ending up on this bad beats list.
Here, we'll look at some of the more painful losses, betting-wise, from Week 3.
New England Patriots vs. Baltimore Ravens
Bad Beat: Patriots +2.5
Down by five points with 5:35 to go in the fourth quarter, the Patriots started their drive on their own 29. They then got to Baltimore's 39 with a deep pass from Mac Jones to wide receiver Nelson Agholor. However, Agholor would fumble, and it was recovered by Ravens safety Kyle Hamilton in what was an incredibly athletic performance.
It then took the Ravens seven plays to get into position for quarterback Lamar Jackson to score on a nine-yard rushing play.
Down 37-26, the Patriots had a last-gasp effort to go down the field, score and try to get back in the game. But it was far too late, and Jones threw an interception
It indeed was Algholor's fumble that killed all the momentum for the Patriots +2.5 bettors.
Chicago Bears vs. Houston Texans
Bad Beat: Texans ML
Tied 20-20 with just over a minute remaining in the game, the Texans aimed to drive down field and kick a game-winning field goal. However, quarterback Davis Mills threw a wobbly interception to linebacker Roquan Smith on third-and-1 at their own 26.
Then, the Bears did what the Texans were trying to do — kicked a field goal and won.
This was a back-and-forth game all day in a battle of the bad, and anyone backing the Texans is likely rethinking their betting decisions after this one.
Indianapolis Colts vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Bad Beat: Chiefs ML
The spread on this game fluctuated from -6.5 for the Chiefs down to -4 right before kickoff. Heading into the game, the Chiefs were 2-0, and the Colts were 0-2.
The Colts have talented players, but they were coming off a week in which the Jacksonville Jaguars blanked them, so hoping to beat the Chiefs seemed like a fool's errand.
Well, they pulled it off.
The Chiefs and quarterback Patrick Mahomes had less than a minute to go, and they drove down the field to just outside field goal range. (The Chiefs had limited time to score because Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones committed a personal foul on the Colts' previous scoring drive, extending the possesion for what would eventually be the game-winner. The extended drive gave the Chiefs less time to score.)
Mahomes threw a pass to wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster after two successful completions to Marquez Valdes-Scantling, but it was intercepted after a deflection.
The Chiefs drop to 2-1, giving the Colts their first win of the season and a devastating blow to anyone who had the KC moneyline.
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Bad Beat: Chargers -6.5 & ML
There's really not a lot of analysis here: The Chargers lost 38-10 at home to the Jaguars.
It's OK if this result makes you think "???" — you're not alone.
Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert was playing hurt in this game, but yikes! This was, well, a blunder.
Tennessee Titans vs. Las Vegas Raiders
Bad Beat: Under 45
With the Raiders down 24-16 with 3:29 to go in the game, bettors who took the under at 45 were feeling pretty good. The combined score was at 40, cutting it close. But the points slowed down in the second half, with the Titans scoring zero and the Raiders scoring just six by that point.
Then, on the game's final drive, the Raiders marched down the field over 14 plays. They needed a touchdown and two-point conversion to tie and go into overtime, but this would tank an under wager either way.
Then, with 1:14 to go, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr hit wide receiver Mack Hollins for a nine-yard score, bringing the total to 46.
The Raiders would fail to make the two-point conversion and lose 24-22. Brutal.
Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions
Bad Beat: Under 51.5
if you bet the under, you were feeling decent with the game tied at 14 heading into halftime. There was still an entire second half to go, but there would be some ground to make up.
In the third quarter, the Lions outscored the Vikings 13-0, bringing the total to 41 - leaving 10 points to spare. No points were scored in the entire first half of the fourth quarter, but then Vikings running back Alexander Mattison — filling in for Dalvin Cook, who left with an injury — scored on a six-yard run.
OK, no worries, though — still three points to spare.
Well, this would come crashing down as, with less than a minute to go, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins hit wide receiver K.J. Osborn for a 28-yard touchdown almost immediately after connecting with him for 28 yards the previous play.
The Vikings managed 56 yards and a score in two plays, tanking any under bettors.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta Falcons
Bad Beat: Seahawks -1
Following a Falcons touchdown pass from quarterback Marcus Mariota to wide receiver Drake London at the end of the third quarter, the Seahawks had the entire fourth quarter to come back and take the lead. After the touchdown, though, the Seahawks had a nine-play drive but were forced to punt.
Then, the Falcons got the ball to the Seahawks 34-yard line, which made it look as if the Seahawks' death warrant was signed, sealed and delivered. However, Mariota fumbled, and the ball was recovered by Seahawks edge rusher Uchenna Nwosu. The Seahawks had all the momentum after recovering the fumble.
They then went from their 37-yard line down to the Atlanta 34. However, Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith was then sacked for a 10-yard loss.
Well, the sack seemed to sink their hopes because on the next play, Smith threw an interception, and the Falcons drained the clock to secure the win. The Seahawks had a great opportunity after recovering the fumble, but simply threw it away.
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