Monday, Aug. 20, 2018 | 1:53 p.m.
The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun’s sports staff is now under way, effective July 1.
Bankrolls start at $10,000 for each of the four participants, with the objective to increase it as much as possible over the next year. The minimum daily wager is $300, with a $200 penalty assessed for failing to place a bet on an assigned day.
Past winners are Case Keefer in 2017-2018, Ray Brewer in 2016-2017 and 2015-2016, and Taylor Bern in 2014-2015.
Baltimore Ravens at Indianapolis Colts Under 43 points: $440 to win $400
It’s Monday Night Football, and for at least this week, the betting public is living up to its classic reputation. Gamblers are taking the favorite — the Ravens at minus-1.5 — and the over.
They’ve only bet enough to move the number on the total, though. And that’s why there might be value in going under.
A few years ago, it was rare to ever see a total as high as 43 points in a preseason game, which are typically far lower-scoring than the regular season. Maybe it’s an old-time bias influencing my pick, but it’s hard to believe the new Colts and the old Colts will light up the scoreboard once they start mass substitutions in the second quarter to let positional battles commence.
Neither Baltimore nor Indianapolis saw the total go over 43 points in their first preseason game. Look for defense to dominate most of the game — in classic preseason fashion.
Current Standings: Keefer (6-3, $10,908), Grimala 6-2, $10,800), Granger (4-0, $10,455), Brewer (3-4, $8,440)