Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets comebacks spark big swings at sportsbooks

Unexpected comebacks from the Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins and New York Jets highlighted a wild NFL Sunday, including at sportsbooks across the country.

At Caesars Sportsbook, the Cardinals and Dolphins were each to 25-1 in the fourth quarter of their games. Arizona trailed the Las Vegas Raiders 20-0, but came to a draw on a Kyler Murray touchdown run and two-point conversion on the final regulation game. In overtime, Cardinals cornerback Byron Murphy returned a fumble on 59 yards for a touchdown to complete the comeback.

At Baltimore, the Dolphins followed the Ravens with 21 points going into the fourth quarter. Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa threw four of his six touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, including a winning 7-yard completion for Jaylen Waddle that gave the Dolphins their first lead with 14 seconds left. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, teams leading by 21 or more had won 711 consecutive games in the fourth quarter.

The Cardinals and Dolphins were each 20 points behind at halftime. It is the first time in NFL history that multiple teams have overcome a 20-point deficit on the same day, according to research by Elias Sports Bureau.

But what the Jets did in Cleveland surpassed them all.

Trailing 30-17 to the Browns with two minutes to play, the Jets were 60-1 at Caesars Sportsbook to come from behind and win the game and even longer at other sportsbooks. PointsBet offered the Jets at 175-1 with 1:33 to play and got no takers.

Veteran quarterback Joe Flacco led the Jets to two scores in 60 seconds, including the winning touchdown pass to Garrett Wilson with 22 seconds left. According to ESPN Stats and Information research, teams that rose 13 points with less than two minutes left had won 2,229 consecutive games.

Caesars Sportsbook vice president of commerce Craig Mucklow said the comebacks have produced mixed results for his store.

“We didn’t want the dolphins,” Mucklow told ESPN on Sunday night. “But the Cardinals were the big ones for us, because of the… [Las Vegas] hometown money and in the afternoon.”

John Murray, executive director of the SuperBook at Westgate Las Vegas, also pointed to the Cardinals’ comeback, calling it “huge” for his sportsbook.

“We’ve won a lot of games that we’ve looked like dead of rights,” Murray said. “[I’ve] never seen so many crazy endings in one day.”

Gamblers had better luck at other sportsbooks.

“Both the Dolphins and the Jets were bad results for us,” WynnBET trader Andy Morrissey told ESPN. “We were rooting for the unlikely comebacks in the room.”

Morrissey added that overall the book had a winning day. The Borgata in Atlantic City, New Jersey, were less fortunate. According to Sportsbook director Tom Gable, a losing day for the book was sealed by mid-afternoon following wins by the New York Giants and the Jets.

“It was the first ‘JETS’ chant I’ve heard in the book in a long time,” Gable said.

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