September 25, 2023

The Giants are ‘Who We Thought They Were’

On Oct. 16, 2006, the Arizona Cardinals choked away a 20-point lead to the Chicago Bears. It prompted then-coach Dennis Green to unleash what is now the most iconic tirade: “The Bears are who we thought they were!

Nearly 17 years later, the Cardinals would deliver an even more epic sequel by blowing a 21-point lead to the Giants, much to their backers’ disgust.

The Cardinals, +195 underdogs, appeared to be on their way to pulling off a humongous upset. The Birds built a 20-0 lead in halftime and led 28-7, only to get outscored 24-3 in the final 24 minutes of the game. New York scored 17 unanswered in the fourth quarter and saved its moneyline bettors’ bacons.

And even though Arizona still covered the spread (+5), it was far from the potential 2-1 payout the Cardinals would have returned on the NFL odds’ moneyline. Ouch.

Cheesheads Left With No Cheese

Earlier in the day, the Atlanta Falcons matched what the Giants and Rams did: Make a comeback and bust some underdog bets on a last-minute field goal. The Green Bay Packers, like the Cardinals, could not hold on as they coughed up a 24-12 lead by giving up 13 unanswered fourth-quarter points.

Younghoe Koo accounted for seven of these points as he made two field goals, including the game-clinching one with a minute left to play. It turned out to be clutch for Falcons backers, who were -155 on the moneyline. They still failed to cover (-3).

While Green Bay did cover, moneyline backers were robbed of potentially cashing in a +135 ticket. It’s not the most heartbreaking game on Sept. 17. But considering the steam Green Bay got as an early NFL pick, we reckon there were more than enough “Cheeseheads” left with anything but on their betting plates.

Pick-Six for the Loss

Not all total bettors escaped unscathed on Sunday. The Chicago-Tampa Bay game saw those who bet under 40.5 points take a big fat “L” thanks to an errant throw by Bears quarterback Justin Fields.

Down by a field goal (20-17) with just over two minutes left in the game, Fields made an ill-advised lob down the middle while Chicago was still at its own 4-yard line. The result was an interception by Shaquil Barrett who promptly scored and lifted the total to go over. A bad beat for under bettors.

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