Pro Football weekly

A look at NFL handicapping with the PFW editor lobbying to become Las Vegas bureau chief.

Paid to play both sides in Vikings-Saints

About the Author

Recent posts by Mike Wilkening

The Raiders' unbelievably comfortable cover

Posted Oct. 25, 2010 @ 2:59 p.m.

Underdogs continue thriving

Posted Oct. 25, 2010 @ 2:49 p.m.

Vikings slight favorites vs. Cowboys

Posted Oct. 12, 2010 @ 11:57 a.m.

Jaguars priced as 'Super' long shot

Posted Oct. 08, 2010 @ 2:30 p.m.

Related Stories

Vikings haven't gotten off the bus

Posted Dec. 28, 2009 @ 8:08 p.m.

Cutler off in pre-game warmups

Posted Dec. 28, 2009 @ 7:51 p.m.

Week 16 NFL line and total moves

Posted Dec. 22, 2009 @ 5:39 p.m.

Cardinals have struggled as big favorites

Posted Dec. 16, 2009 @ 11:36 a.m.

Harvin misses practice again

Posted Dec. 11, 2009 @ 1:08 p.m.

The Steelers: money burners

Posted Dec. 11, 2009 @ 10:18 a.m.

We now know the Vikings' weakness: a need for speed

Posted Dec. 05, 2009 @ 12:16 p.m.
Posted Sept. 10, 2010 @ 8:47 a.m.
Updated Oct. 06, 2010 @ 7:27 p.m.
By Mike Wilkening

With the Saints prevailing 14-9 vs. the Vikings Thursday night, bettors who bet New Orleans at minus-4½ or less and Minnesota at plus-5½ or more both ended up winning their bets. 

This phenomenon is called "middling." Micah Roberts of VegasInsider.com does a nice job describing how sharp bettors took a shot on Vikings-Saints landing on a final margin of five points and profited nicely. Dave Tuley of ViewFromVegas.com also mentioned this interesting phenomenon. The line for the game moved around quite a bit, leading to this relatively rare opportunity for bettors to cash on betting both sides.

When the Vikings had an extra point blocked in the second quarter, the possibility of the game landing on five flashed through my mind. And indeed, it did. 

Perhaps the most famous middling episode came in Super Bowl XIII, when the Steelers beat the Cowboys 35-31. Leading up to the game, the line varied between Pittsburgh being favored by 3½ and 4½, meaning bettors who took Pittsburgh on the low end won, as did those who took the points with Dallas at 4½. Also, those who bet the game at four pushed and got their money back. The game is referred to as "Black Sunday" by bookmakers. 

Comments (0)

Login!

Not Registered?

or Register!

No comments yet

ABOUT TRUST ONLINE