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NFL Bad Beats: Missed FGs by Pats, Bills Cost Bettors

When the fate of your bet depends on the foot of one kicker, you know you messed up. That’s what plenty of bettors found out this Sunday as several bets went up in flames thanks to some costly missed field goals. We’ll focus on three games, in particular, all of which ended up being “bad beats” due to missed field goals. One of them even involves one of the top NFL expert picks.

Kicking It Away: Pair of Missed FGs Cost Bettors Dearly

Most NFL predictions had the Patriots-Giants game as a dreadful matchup. And it had a dreadful ending. Chad Ryland, who was already featured in one of our earlier “bad beat” articles, missed what should have been a game-tying field goal. Down 10-7, Ryland only needed to make a 35-yard field goal to send the game to overtime for New England. But he missed it as the ball sailed wide left.

NFL Bad Beats: Missed FGs by Pats, Bills Cost Bettors
Sam Martin #8 and Tyler Bass #2 of the Buffalo Bills - Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images/AFP

On the same note, Matt Ammendola missed the potential game-tying field goal for the Houston Texans. While we can’t blame him entirely for this – it was from 58 yards – it was his second missed field goal of the afternoon. And to make it more painful for Houston’s backers, he missed the last kick by inches as the ball “doinked” off the crossbar.

The missed Ammendola FG led to Houston losing the game and failing to cover the spread. Additionally, those who bet online on the over also got a bad beat. Had Ammendola made at least one of the two field goals, this game could have gone to overtime, where the total of 48½ would have most likely gone over.

Bills Bad Beats: All the Wrong Field Goals

Now, the third set of missed field goals deserves its own category here. We can write a novel on how the Buffalo Bills are walking and talking bad beats on an annual basis. Sure, the Bills covered as an NFL pick against the spread (ATS) if bettors caught them at +3½. But those who got a closing line of +2½ got a bad beat and more.

The Bills led the Eagles for most of the game. But a pair of missed field goals from Tyler Bass, one from 45 yards (blocked) and one from 48 yards, sealed Buffalo’s fate. It was raining and a bit windy. Still, it’s hard to make an excuse for Bass when his counterpart, Jake Elliott, nailed a 59-yarder to send the game to overtime.

Had one of Bass’s two missed FGs gone the other way, we would not even be in a position for Buffalo to go into overtime. Anyone familiar with the Bills would have resigned to their fate: Josh Allen was 0-5 in OT entering the game.

And the Bills were so close to pulling off the upset. The Bills appeared to force a fumble from Eagles wide receiver A.J. Brown, which they recovered. But the referees ruled it an incomplete pass. And the Eagles made no mistake as Jalen Hurts rushed for the game-clinching TD three plays later.

A series of unfortunate events would have been avoided with a made field goal. Alas, the Bills just missed out on being one of the best NFL bets this Nov. 26. But, given this team’s consistency at losing close games, this is more of a “Bills Beat” than a bad beat.



Questions Of The Day

What are the most common types of bad beats in sports betting?

The most common “bad beat” in sports betting is when a team scores or misses a scoring chance late in the game to lose on the NFL spreads.

How can bettors avoid bad beats?

Bad beats are typically a product of bad luck. They cannot be avoided entirely, although bettors can try using teasers to increase their chances of winning spreads.

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