Betting Splits and NFL Sharp Money Picks for Monday Night Football Saints-Panthers, Browns-Steelers

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In the meantime, let’s examine where smart money is leaning for tonight’s Monday Night Football doubleheader…

 

7:15 p.m. ET: New Orleans Saints (-3, 39.5) at Carolina Panthers

The Saints (1-0) edged the Titans 16-15 in Week 1 but failed to cover as 3-point home favorites. On the flip side, the Panthers (0-1) fell to the Falcons 24-10, failing to cover as 3.5-point road dogs. This line opened with New Orleans listed as a low as a 1.5-point road favorite. The public sees an easy win and cover with the Saints and currently 81% of bets are laying the points with New Orleans. This lopsided action has driven the Saints up from -1.5 to -3. It briefly touched Saints -3.5 and then sharp buyback grabbed the Panthers plus the hook, dropping the line back down to Saints -3 where it rests now. 

Carolina offers buy-low contrarian value as an inflated dog receiving only 19% of bets in a heavily bet primetime game. Dogs are 18-12 ATS (60%) so far this season. Divisional dogs are 8-4 ATS this season and 170-128 ATS (57%) since 2020. Conference dogs +6 or less are 13-7 ATS this season and 289-202 ATS (59%) since 2019. 

Sharps have also hit the under, steaming the total down from 42.5 to 39.5. This movement is notable because 56% of bets are taking the over, yet the total fall. This indicates sharp reverse line movement on the under. Divisional unders are 7-5 this season and 63-44 (59%) since 2022. Outdoor divisional unders are 6-2 this season and 84-53 (61%) since 2021. Primetime unders are 4-1 this season and 126-81 (61%) since 2019. 

 

8:15 p.m. ET: Cleveland Browns (-2, 38) at Pittsburgh Steelers

The Browns (1-0) upset the Bengals 24-3 in their season opener, winning outright as 1-point home dogs. Meanwhile, the Steelers (0-1) got rolled by the 49ers 30-7, failing to cover as 1.5-point home dogs. The early lookahead line on this game was Steelers -1 at home. It quickly flipped to Browns -3 on the road behind a heavy wave of Pro and Joe support. Currently 76% of bets and 79% of money are laying the points with Cleveland. However, once it reached Browns -3, we saw heavy buyback on the Steelers plus the points, dropping the line down to Browns -2 where it rests now. Essentially, late action is breaking toward the Steelers, who have fallen +2.5 to +2 over the past 24-hours. 

The Steelers offer excellent "bet against the public" value, receiving only 24% of bets. Pittsburgh also matches several betting systems. The Steelers are a buy-low dog off a blowout loss versus a sell-high team off an upset win. Teams off a blowout loss of 20-points or more are 92-56 ATS (62%) since 2018. Primetime dogs are 94-66 ATS (59%) since 2020. Divisional dogs are 170-128 ATS (57%) since 2020. Mike Tomlin is 51-28 ATS (65%) as a dog, including 15-5 ATS (75%) as a home dog. Pittsburgh also offers teaser value (+2 to +8), which passes through multiple key numbers. 

Pros have also gotten down on the under, dropping the total from 43.5 to 38. The under is receiving 45% of bets but 57% of money, a notable sharp contrarian bet split. Primetime unders are 126-81 (61%) since 2019. This also qualifies as an outdoor divisional under system match (61% since 2021).