Plenty of NFL experts have said that Week 17 is the toughest one to pick but one Ladbrokes punter will have to disagree after a VERY profitable Monday morning.
They placed a 17-leg multi across 13 of the 16 games with a $25 bonus cash outlay, for a hefty return of $36,141.85.
Let’s run through just how this punter got their 2021 off to a winning start.
The first 10 legs kicked off in the early window (5:00am AEDT) with our punter betting on all seven games.
Let’s start with the most interesting game which came on the shores of Lake Eerie in Ohio as the Cleveland Browns needed to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers to secure their first playoff berth in 18 years.
Cleveland almost blew a 24-9 lead however the Steelers missed the game tying two point conversion as Mason Rudolph missed Chase Claypool in the end zone.
That allowed Baker Mayfield to seal the victory with this run sparking wild celebrations from the fans in Cleveland as their playoff drought came to an end.
In Tampa Bay’s final regular season game our punter backed the Buccaneers to beat the Atlanta Falcons, something they had already done a fortnight ago, along with Tom Brady to throw two or more touchdown passes.
Unsurprisingly, the Bucs delivered, crushing Atlanta 44-27 on the back of four touchdown passes from Brady including this one to Antonio Brown.
Leg number four saw our punter backing the Buffalo Bills to beat AFC East rivals Miami and the home side managed put a severe dent in the Dolphins postseason ambitions with a 56-26 walloping.
At the same time, Baltimore literally ran over the hapless Cincinnati Bengals to make if five from five, tallying over 400 yards on the ground to secure their spot in the postseason.
The fact Detroit hosting Minnesota was for all intents and purposes, our punter could not resist following the old adage of “back the Lions to lose… because they probably will” and the fans that watched this game were given a real treat.
An offensive explosion from both sides finished
It might have been a meaningless game in terms of the postseason, but out punter still backed the New England Patriots to beat the New York Jets and Cam Newton to score a touchdown.
The Jets returned to form, losing 28-14 in the Foxoborough flurries and Cam Newton managed to score a touchdown in a slightly unfamiliar manner, catching his ever first touchdown pass.
To close out the early window, this legendary land backed the New York Giants to upset the Dallas Cowboys and keep their playoff hopes alive.
As the Cowboys have done many times in Week 17, they collapse in a heap, eventually losing 23-19 and ending their hopes of an unlikely division crown.
With over half the legs down, our punter turned their attention to the second window which would see all bar one of the playoff spots resolved.
In Houston the Tennessee Titans just needed to defeat the Texans to wrap up the AFC South and that game went right down to the wire with Houston tying it up at 38-38, at which point we assume our punter was cursing their luck.
With 18 seconds left, most would have expected anything other than overtime but the Titans decided to take one last shot.
That set up a nerve-wracking game winning field goal attempt.
With their division title hopes in tatters, the Indianapolis Colts still could have qualified as a wild card by beating the 1-14 Jacksonville Jaguars, something our punter backed them to do as well as rookie running back Jonathan Taylor scoring a touchdown.
Taylor delivered in a big way scoring early in the second quarter in a game where he tallied 253 rushing yards and two touchdowns while the Colts cruised to an early 20-0 lead, and were able to hold off the Jags 28-14.
Seattle was made to work by the San Francisco 49ers in their final regular season game, trailing 16-6 in the fourth quarter before three touchdowns gave them the lead and an eventual 26-23 victory.
Another team competing for the top seed in the NFC was the New Orleans Saints who went into their clash with the Carolina Panthers without their entire running back room due to COVID.
It wasn’t too stressful for the Saints as they cruised to a 33-7 lead in their final playoffs tune up.
Both the Seahawks and Saints would have played their games with one eye on the Green Bay Packers taking on the Bears in Chicago with the visitors needing a victory to lock up the top seed, while a defeat would open the door for the other teams to steal it.
Unfortunately for them, the Bears could not pull off an upset and went down to the Packers 35-16, but it wasn’t all miserable in the Windy City as the Bears still managed to get into the playoffs due to other results.
It all came down to the end of the final late window game to finish, in the dead rubber between the Denver Broncos and Las Vegas Raiders.
As expected, this game was a back and forth affair and it looked like our punter might have fallen short on the final leg, with the Broncos leading 31-24 late in the game.
Josh Jacobs rumbled over for a touchdown to reduce the deficit to one point with 24 seconds remaining.
Wanting to spare everyone overtime, Jon Gruden gambled and kept the offence on the field for an all or nothing two point conversion…
That sealed this Legendary Land as our punter managed to throw up a Hail Mary of their own like Kyler Murray and the results fell their way for a massive collect.