Sport NFL market watch: Saints impressed bettors, and are most popular bet among Week 2 games
Former Baylor basketball star Mark Vital signed to Seattle Seahawks' practice squad
Mark Vital, the 6-5, 250-pound guard who won an NCAA title at Baylor, will get a look at tight end after not playing football since middle school. “I’ve worked out for a couple of teams and they liked the way I looked," Vital recently told KPLCTV.com. "They said I had great hands and I was fast and big. I can do a lot of things that can help teams. It’s a learning experience because it’s something different.” © Robert Scheer, IndyStar-USA TODAY Sports Baylor guard Mark Vital, right, blocks a shot by Gonzaga's Corey Kispert during the men's 2021 NCAA Tournament championship game April 5 in Indianapolis.
Bettors were impressed with what they saw from the New Orleans Saints in Week 1.
The Saints blew out the Green Bay Packers 38-3. They did so as 3.5- to 4-point underdogs. They’re favored this week against the Carolina Panthers, and they’re the most popular team.
, and they are getting the most bets at BetMGM among the Week 2 games.
It’s not the easiest spot for the Saints. The Panthers looked good in Week 1 too, beating the New York Jets. The Panthers have a fast, young defense and some stars at the skill positions. But the Saints’ opening-week domination has swayed bettors.
NBA proposes new set of strict rules for unvaccinated players
ESPN has obtained a memo from the NBA that proposes stringent protocols for the upcoming season for players who are not vaccinated against COVID-19. The memo states that unvaccinated players "will have lockers as far away as possible from their vaccinated teammates and will have to eat, fly, and ride buses in different sections." Unvaccinated players will also be subject to testing on practice days as well as game days and could be potentially be checked twice ahead of games. Other bullet points, as mentioned above, regarding the limited contact unvaccinated players can have with their inoculated teammates.
Other popular Week 2 bets
In terms of ticket percentage (not total amount of money bet), a couple other 3.5-point favorites top the board.
The Kansas City Chiefs, as 3.5-point favorites over the Baltimore Ravens, are the second-most popular bet, in terms of tickets written. The Ravens are coming off an overtime loss and bettors like the Chiefs, even though they are.
The other most popular bet is the Cardinals -3.5. They’re playing the Minnesota Vikings. The Cardinals looked great in blowing out the Tennessee Titans, and bettors obviously are impressed.
Favorites lead the way
In terms of percentage of money bet,. The three most popular plays in terms of money bet:
Rams -3.5 over Colts
Broncos -6 over Jaguars
Bills -3.5 over Dolphins
After a week in which underdogs ruled, bettors are banking on a bounce-back from favorites.
The three most bet-on games of Week 2 are Cowboys at Chargers, Saints at Panthers and 49ers at Eagles.
Saints reportedly now have at least eight positive COVID-19 cases .
The Saints have thus far had six assistant coaches, a team nutritionist and a player currently on injured reserve test positive for the coronavirus. Schefter adds all of the assistants are offensive coaches. Saints head coach Sean Payton previously said his entire staff is considered fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. Fully vaccinated NFL personnel can return to team activities if they remain asymptomatic and can produce a pair of negative COVID-19 test results 24 hours apart. Unvaccinated individuals must isolate away from the team for a minimum of 10 days.