Tennessee’s win over Indianapolis on Sunday suddenly became much more important.
The Titans completed the season sweep over their division rival, but they are now going to be without star running back Derrick Henry for the foreseeable future. Henry suffered a foot injury in Sunday’s win and had surgery earlier today.
While the injury is not necessarily season-ending, Henry is going to miss at least several months of action. The immediate impact on the betting market came with this Sunday’s game at the Rams. Los Angeles was priced as a 4-point favorite, but the number has been inflated to -7.5 following the Henry news.
Sportsbooks did not make a significant adjustment to Tennessee’s futures odds, though. The Titans moved from 14/1 to 16/1 to win the Super Bowl at BetMGM, while their AFC title odds dropped from +600 to +650.
They are still a monster favorite to win the AFC South, going from -3333 to -1667. Indianapolis is three games back in the standings and does not have the tiebreaker, so Tennessee should be able to easily win the division without its running back.
Henry’s injury turned into a bad beat for bettors who took him to lead the NFL in rushing yards. He was the +350 ‘chalk’ entering the year, but he currently has 353 more yards than second-place Nick Chubb. Henry was -425 to be the rushing champion entering last week’s slate.
Another bad beat came on Sunday when the Texans pulled off a miraculous backdoor cover as 16.5-point underdogs against the Rams. Los Angeles opened as a 14.5-point favorite before taking some late steam. The opening and closing number looked off from the get-go, as the Rams flew out to a 38-0 lead.
Los Angeles head coach Sean McVay pulled starting quarterback Matthew Stafford, who had thrown for 305 yards and three touchdowns during the first three quarters. That’s when the magic happened for Houston backers, as the Texans rattled off 22 points during a six-minute stretch late in the fourth quarter.
Brandin Cooks scored on a 45-yard touchdown to make it 38-14 and the Texans proceeded to recover the ensuing onside kick. They scored six plays later and added the two-point conversion to pull within 16 points.
Elsewhere in the NFL, one bettor came away with one of the most impressive cashes of the season. A New Jersey customer at Caesars Sports placed a $1,000 wager on Jets quarterback Mike White to lead the NFL in passing yards during Week 8 at 125/1 odds.
White, who was filling in for injured rookie Zach Wilson, made his first career start in New York’s 34-31 win over the Bengals. The former practice-squad member threw for 405 yards, which marked the second most by a quarterback in his first NFL start.
White entered the week with the fourth-longest odds to record the most passing yards in Week 8, but he finished Sunday at the top of the list. Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes and New York quarterback Daniel Jones both failed to reach 300 yards on Monday night.
The 125/1 ticket was posted on PropSwap prior to Monday’s contest, but the top bid was only $70,000. The bettor, who was in attendance for Sunday’s Jets-Bengals game, came away with the biggest sports betting score of his life.
“I just thought it would be fun to have something to root for while I was there,” the bettor told ESPN’s David Purdum. “The Jets are just so terrible that I figured they’d be behind the whole game and have to throw the ball a bunch, so it seemed like a good bet.”
Meanwhile, Dallas remained the NFL’s lone undefeated team against the spread when it covered in a win over Minnesota on Sunday night. The Cowboys were without starting quarterback Dak Prescott due to a calf injury, but backup Cooper Rush led the team to an upset win.
They enter Week 9 as the top offensive team in the NFL. One DraftKings bettor is hoping their success continues, as he or she placed a $100,000 wager on Dallas to win the Super Bowl at 14/1 odds last week.
DraftKings has now moved the Cowboys to 10/1, giving them the fifth-shortest odds in the Super Bowl market. They are +500 to win the NFC, which puts them behind Tampa Bay (+350) and Los Angeles (+350).