Safety in Ravens-Browns Game Swings Millions at Books

A desperation, multi-lateral play by the Browns as time expired resulted in a safety for the Ravens that covered the spread and swung millions of dollars in bets at sportsbooks around the nation, writes David Purdum of ESPN.


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The line closed at Baltimore -3. Baltimore’s Justin Tucker hit a 55-yard field goal that gave the Ravens a 45-42 lead that would have resulted in a push for many gamblers, though it should be noted a majority of gamblers already won with the Ravens covering an earlier 2.5 point spread.

Seven laterals ended with Jarvis Landry being pushed out of bounds in the end zone for a safety, giving the Ravens a 47-42 win.

And the damage?

BetMGM might have found itself paying out Browns bettors, as opposed to the push, without that safety.

“In the last two hours, we took significant money on the Browns, when we went to 3.5,” Jason Scott, vice president of trading for BetMGM, told ESPN.

FanDuel sportsbook director John Sheeran said that, including in-game wagering, the Ravens covering the spread was costly for his shop.

“Pretty big swing. I’d classify it in the seven-figure range,” Sheeran said. “Pretty expensive one, but I think bettors were due one given the way the season’s gone.”

PointsBet said this was one of the most lopsided swings for them this season. 78% of the spread action had come in on the Browns.

– Aaron Goldstein,

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