02 October, 2023
The Chiefs were up by three. With a score, Kansas City would have almost certainly covered the 8 to 8.5 spread.
From 17 points behind, New York managed to tie the score at 20 going into the fourth quarter. With the help of a successful field goal, the Chiefs were able to regain the lead after a vital error by Jets quarterback Zach Wilson.
Patrick Mahomes, the quarterback for the Chiefs, did not have his best day; he threw for only 200 yards, one score, and two interceptions.
The Jets cover was much needed by the sportsbooks after a difficult early schedule of games.
Nearly $3 million, or 73% of the cash, was on KC.
Despite the massive influx of wagers on Kansas City, Bookmakers Sunday changed the odds from 8 to 7.5, indicating a clear bias in favor of the Jets. Bovada, a gambling site, reduced the line from -9.5 to -8.5.
Just over $1 million was staked on the Jets in the spread.
Mahomes did the smart thing and downed the ball at the two yard line instead of scoring the TD. This allowed KC to run the clock out and not have to worry about miracle comebacks.
Fantasy owners who needed Mahomes to have a good game were also dismayed when the QB took the slide. He only scored 16 points on the ESPN fantasy football app. His anticipated scoring was double that.
KC backers and Mahomes fantasy team owners alike gasped when the signal caller took the game ending slide.