Daily public money update: Over a popular play in Buccaneers vs Colts and Vikings vs 49ers

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) hands the ball off to running back Dalvin Cook (33) against the Detroit Lions in the third quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium.
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Ricky Dimon

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Since graduating from Davidson (The College That Stephen Curry Built), I have been writing about sports--just about any and all you can think of!--and coaching tennis in Atlanta, Ga. Beyond the four major sports, I am an avid tennis fan and cover the ATP Tour on a daily basis. If I'm not busy writing, you can generally find me on a tennis court or traveling the world wherever a sporting event takes me.

It’s another NFL Sunday and even though it’s a slightly smaller slate because of three Thanksgiving games having already come and gone, there is still plenty of action on offer. A total of 13 contests are set for Sunday – seven in the 1:00 pm ET window, three kicking off in the late afternoon, and then Sunday Night Football between Cleveland and Baltimore. Among the headliners are Steelers vs Bengals, Buccaneers vs Colts, Titans vs Patriots, Rams vs Packers, and Falcons vs Jaguars. Okay, just kidding about the last one!

Let’s take a look at where the public money has gone so far on Sunday.

NFL: Carolina Panthers -1.5 at Miami Dolphins

Both of these teams have been all over the place in 2021, but bettors have more faith in Carolina at the moment. The Panthers are being backed by 81 percent of the money and 80 percent of the wagers to cover the -1.5 spread against the Dolphins. On the -125 money line, Carolina is drawing 81 percent of the handle and 60 percent of the wagers to pick up an outright win.

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NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers ML over Cincinnati Bengals

Division rivalry games are often extremely hard-fought contests, and Pittsburgh vs Cincinnati — and really the AFC North in general — is certainly not an exception. Therefore it is no surprise that the Steelers are getting most of the play as +4.5 underdogs and they are even inspiring a fair amount of optimism in a straight up win. Head coach Mike Tomlin’s team on the +155 money line is getting 67 percent of the handle and 74 percent of the bets.

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NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Indianapolis Colts Over 52.5

Bettors always love a good over and they are especially enthused about Bucs-Colts developing into a shootout. A total of 97 percent of the money and 91 percent of the wagers are calling for at least 53 points to be scored in this important NFC vs AFC showdown. The public also likes Tampa Bay to cover the -2.5 spread, as Tom Brady and company are being backed by 76 percent of the money and 67 percent of the bets.

Pickswise’s play is also on the over. And why not? Thanks mostly to an on-fire Jonathan Taylor, the Colts are averaging 33.5 ppg in their last six outings. The Bucs boast the No. 1 scoring offense in the NFL this year at 30.5 ppg.

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NFL: Minnesota Vikings vs San Francisco 49ers Over 49.5

Punters are also hammering the over in this crucial contest for NFC wild-card positioning between Minnesota and San Francisco. With 86 percent of the bets going toward Over 49.5, 93 percent of the handle is going in the same direction.

We are on the over, as well. After all, Kirk Cousins has quietly been outstanding this season and the Vikings have scored at least 30 points in three of their last five games. The 49ers have scored 30 or more in three of their last four.

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