Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sports Books Do Well In Early Games With Titans

After beating the Steelers soundly last week, the entire betting population seemed to have action on the Ravens this week laying 5 ½-points at Tennessee. Most bettors had them tied up in parlays and teasers as the key game, so when the Titans won 23-13, the sports books had just hit the power ball on the day and scooped the majority of the chips.

Sharp money was on the Titans and kept the game below 6-points, although many sports books tried the number out briefly just because of all the mounting Ravens risk. Whenever the number popped up, it wasn’t long before the number was sniffed out by the smart money and bet.

Despite sharp money taking away some of the straight bet win on the game, the game immediately eliminated risk from the popular parlays with the Jets, Lions and Steelers.

The Steelers once again showed their mite as teams continue to have hangovers the week after playing them. In this instance, rather than being beat up, the Titans game was a total let down for them. There was no way to recreate the same intensity against a team like the Titans who everyone thought was done for.

Matt Hasselbeck kept the Ravens defense off balance all day throwing for 358 yards and a touchdown pass. Tennessee’s offense piled up 432 yards of offense to Baltimore’s 234. Joe Flacco was sacked three times and forced into throwing two interceptions by the Titans revamped defense.

Next up for the Titans is a visit from the Broncos while the Ravens travel to St. Louis.

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