The point spread for the Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Jets game on Sunday Night Football kept moving throughout the day. At one point, it was as high as Chiefs -9.5 and dropped to -7.5 later as a lot of money was coming in on the Jets getting points.
But no matter what number you got on the Chiefs to cover the spread tonight, you lost your bet thanks to Patrick Mahomes sliding two yards shy of the end zone with 2:00 remaining to run the clock out instead of scoring a touchdown, as the Jets ran out of timeouts.
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What a terrible beat for anyone with a Chiefs -9 ticket pic.twitter.com/GoXkfFJ93Y
— PFN Betting (@PFNBetting) October 2, 2023
Patrick Mahomes’ Slide Bad Beat for Chiefs Bettors
Mahomes made the right football play in that situation, but he cost Chiefs bettors a lot of money. His slide was a major assist for the sportsbooks, however, as the Chiefs were an extremely popular bet today.
91% of bettors were on Chiefs -7.5. ❌ pic.twitter.com/a8XBW5jOsa
— John Ewing (@johnewing) October 2, 2023
The Chiefs weren’t just a very popular bet at BetMGM. At least four sportsbooks reported receiving at least 90% of the bets on the Chiefs giving points tonight.
I think it's safe to say the public likes the Chiefs tonight:
96% of bets, 84% of 💰 on Chiefs -8.5 at @CaesarsSports
95% of bets, 92% of 💵 on Chiefs -7.5 at @FanaticsBook
91% of bets, 87% of 💸 on Chiefs -9 at @DKSportsbook
90% bets, 87% of 💲on Chiefs -8.5 at @BetMGM
— Ben Fawkes (@BFawkes22) October 1, 2023
Calling this one a terrible beat would be an understatement, especially when you consider the Chiefs got out to an early 17-0 lead in the first quarter, and of all quarterbacks, Wilson was the one you would least expect to put a lead like that in jeopardy.
But he did, as the Jets outscored the Chiefs 20-6 for the rest of the way, covering the spread.
Bettor Wins Big on the Jets Covering the Spread
For every bad beat, however, there is an incredibly lucky win. Perhaps nobody is having a better evening than this bettor at Caesars Sportsbook, who won $218,687.27 thanks to Mahomes’ decision to slide instead of scoring the touchdown.
A bettor in MI has $240,556 on the Jets +8.5 (-110) vs. the Chiefs 😱
Smart bet?! pic.twitter.com/BjWGYMcFut
— Caesars Sportsbook & Casino (@CaesarsSports) October 1, 2023
I’m sure Mahomes is going to receive a lot of angry DMs from Chiefs bettors tonight. But this Jets bettor should send him a thank you note, to say the least.