Bad weather rewards the savvy gambler

The big storyline entering Week 14 in the NFL was no doubt the severe winter weather that pounded major cities from the Midwest to the east coast.

The trouble began early Sunday morning with the collapse of the Metrodome roof, which forced the Vikings and Giants to relocate their NFC showdown to Ford Field in Detroit on Monday night. As the day wore on, Chicago found itself in the middle of a blizzard with extreme winds while New Jersey experienced an abundance of rainfall.

But as thousands of spectators braved the elements for a chance to watch their favorite teams compete late in the season, savvy bettors around the country stayed warm and dry in the comfort of their own homes (or local sportsbooks) and made a bundle on Mother Nature’s fury.

That’s because the five NFL games that featured inclement weather Sunday afternoon all ended with low point totals that stayed under the Las Vegas spreads released earlier this week.

The rundown

Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers

Opening Line:
40.5
Final: 30 (Pittsburgh 23, Cincinnati 7)

Cleveland Browns at Buffalo Bills

Opening Line:
41.5
Final: 19 (Buffalo 13, Cleveland 6)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Washington Redskins

Opening Line:
41
Final: 33 (Tampa Bay 17, Washington 16)

New England Patriots at Chicago Bears

Opening Line:
44
Final: 43 (New England 36, Chicago 7)

*Credit a missed Patriots PAT for the backdoor cover.

Miami Dolphins at New York Jets

Opening Line:
41
Final: 16 (Dolphins 10, Jets 6)

These five games featured a total of 19 turnovers.

You’ve got to tip your hat to Mother Nature, who was a perfect 5 for 5 against the spread on Sunday.

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