If a dog is a man's best friend and diamonds are a girl's best friend, then the Washington Redskins were the oddsmaker's best friend in Week 1.
Washington's upset win in New Orleans as a 9-point underdog in Robert Griffin III's sensational debut helped sportsbooks to a good day at the office as the NFL season kicked off.
"It was a good win for the book and the Skins winning busted a lot of parlays and teasers," said Kevin Bradley, sportsbook manager at Bovada. "It helped make for a good start to the year."
While Washington was helping the cause, New England was pummelling Tennessee and pummeling the books as well. The Patriots hammered the Titans, winning easily as 5-point road favorites and giving the players a huge victory on a game where as much as 90 per cent of the action was on New England.
With 14 games as of Sunday night, which saw Peyton Manning's triumphant return in a Denver jersey, the underdogs held an 8-6 ATS edge. It started a reversal of the Bronco's recent trend of blowing home games as a favorite.
And the Monday Night Football action was closely split on both games, according to Bradley.
The NFL consensus data at OddsShark.com painted a similar picture, as both spread betting and totals betting was evenly split.