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Posted by Drew Martin
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Sunday didn't start out well for Las Vegas sportsbooks.

The DirectTV feed crashed in the morning and prevented multiple casinos from showing the starts of the early NFL kickoffs. Satellite service was restored within an hour or so, but it only got worse for the sportsbooks from there.

Favorites went 6-2 in the first set of games, putting the books in an early hole. Some books were unable dig their way out and suffered a losing Sunday in Week 2 of the NFL season.

Station Casinos sportsbooks went 1-7 in the early games, with the Indianapolis Colts producing the only win for the house by covering the spread in a 16-13 overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

The New England Patriots did the most damage to the house, covering the spread as 6.5-point favorites in a convincing 36-20 rout of the New Orleans Saints. Nearly 80 percent of the money bet on the game at William Hill's Nevada sportsbooks was on the Patriots.

"It was a rough morning," said Jay Rood, vice president of MGM race and sports. "Saints were awful, the Browns were really bad. We didn't have a single win worth talking about."

"All the big parlay teams -- Patriots, Steelers and Tampa Bay -- hit," said Jason Simbal, vice president of risk for Las Vegas sportsbook operator CG Technology. sportsbooks-struggle-nfl-week-2

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