Week 13 NFL Betting Favorites Endure Brutal Sunday Afternoon Slate as Bengals Win First Game of 2019 Season

By David Hayes
New York Jets v Cincinnati Bengals
New York Jets v Cincinnati Bengals / Bryan Woolston/Getty Images

Whenever an 0-11 team finds a way to win its first game of the season, you know there has to be some sort of upset spirit in the air. And the 3-point underdog Cincinnati Bengals, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, headlined a wacky NFL Sunday afternoon slate after besting the New York Jets, 22-6, to rid themselves of the title of the league's lone remaining winless team this season.

It was a tough afternoon for the NFL Week 13's betting favorites across the majority of this Sunday's 1 p.m. EST afternoon docket, to say the least. As the Bengals' surprise win over the Jets was just one of six initial underdogs to pull off upset wins in Sunday's first eight NFL games.

That's right, six of the eight opening betting favorites from the 1 p.m. EST slate of games left Sunday with an upset loss.

However, since the Tennessee Titans were bet from 2.5-point underdogs to 1-point favorites against the Indianapolis Colts over the course of this week, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were similarly bet from 1.5-point underdogs to 2.5-point favorites against the Jacksonville Jaguars, we're are still counting each team as an underdog in this feat.

Beyond the Bengals, Titans and Buccaneers, the Miami Dolphins (+10.5), Pittsburgh Steelers (+2.5) and Washington Redskins (+10.5) combined for the six underdog wins.

In fact, if anyone was crazy enough to place a parlay bet on all six of these teams to win straight up while each was still a moneyline underdog, it would have paid out at +58620. That means betting $10 on that parlay would have yielded $5,862.00 in reward!

Among Sunday's early winners, the Dolphins and Redskins take the cake as tied for the biggest underdog victors by the spread. Miami defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 37-31, at home while Washington handed the Carolina Panthers their seventh loss of the season in a 29-21 road win in Charlotte.

When the smoke cleared at the end of the eight-game stretch, the Green Bay Packers and Baltimore Ravens were the only original betting favorites to emerge unscathed with wins over the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers, respectively.

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David Hayes is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David Hayes also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username DavidWHayes. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.