Behind the Counter: 2022 World Cup, NFL Week 11, and Grey Cup betting results

by 24USATVNov. 22, 2022, 7:20 a.m. 18
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With Sports Interaction once again cashing in on a double-digit hold last week, did the betting public win back any of their losses this past weekend?

Each Monday, we'll discuss the weekend that was with Phill Gray, head of trading for Sports Interaction, breaking down the most notable results and whether they went in favor of the house or the bettors.

In the inaugural match of the 2022 World Cup, Ecuador shut out Qatar, as the hosts were well-backed as +233 underdogs.

While Ecuador's win went the way of Sports Interaction, the book faces its largest-ever liability on the Canadian Men's National Team to win the World Cup (125/1 opener, 2000/1 in pre-qualifying).

According to Gray, "For context, the loss would be three times combined what we paid on Tiger Woods' 2019 Masters Win, Tampa Bay's 2020 SB win, and Toronto Raptors' 2019 NBA Championship win. Three of our biggest losses." Canada opens play on Wednesday as a +580 underdog against a well-supported Belgium bunch.

In what was projected to be one of the more entertaining games of the Week 11 slate, the Minnesota Vikings (+2.5) suffered their second loss of the season in a 40-3 beatdown against the Dallas Cowboys.

The betting public thought the game was mispriced, with the 8-1 Vikings getting 2.5 points at home, but the betting market correctly identified the better team. Dallas' blowout was the biggest win for the book in Week 11. With the loss, the 8-2 Vikings sport a -2 point differential, a sign of a team that's been relatively fortunate to accumulate eight wins in 10 games.

Another spread that the betting public thought was too short was the 7-2 Giants laying just three points at home against the 3-6 Lions. New York generated strong public support at the short number as the Lions' 31-18 "upset" was another great result for the books.

Despite the Commanders' recent hot streak, some bettors faded Washington and took the plus money on the Texans to win outright. Washington's convincing 23-10 win over Houston was yet another big win for Sports Interaction.

The betting public had their way on SNF, with Kansas City and Los Angeles combining for 57 points to cash the OVER 53. Public darlings Patrick Mahomes (329 yards, three TDs) and Travis Kelce's (six receptions, 115 yards, three TDs) big days went over their projected totals, helping bettors end the weekend with a win.

In tonight's 49ers-Cardinals Mexico City game, the 49ers are laying eight points with most of the support coming on the 'Niners to notch a comfortable win. With Kyler Murray (hamstring) trending toward missing his second-straight game, Gray expects San Francisco to reach -9/-9.5 as we inch closer to kickoff.

The CFL season wrapped up with the Toronto Argonauts (+5.5) notching a narrow 24-23 victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to claim this year's Grey Cup. The Argos' one-point win was an excellent result for the book as late money came in on the Blue Bombers to push the spread up to -5.5 after opening at -4.

The book also took action on the length of the National Anthem, with a strong total of 69.5 seconds being too close to call, resulting in Sports Interaction paying out both sides of as winners.

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