Sports betting in New Jersey has hit its stride. Three months of retail wagering set the stage for what the state had long awaited.
And now the industry is cashing in on America’s most popular sport.
With eight mobile sportsbooks operational in the Garden State, the selection for online bettors is expansive. And with Week 3 of the NFL season ready to kick off, here is a breakdown of where to go and on what games to wager for NJ sports betting.
Where to bet online in New Jersey
Mobile operations available in the Garden State (and the platforms where they can be accessed):
- DraftKings Sportsbook (browser, Android, iOS)
- PlayMGM (Android)
- SugarHouse Sportsbook (browser, Android, iOS)
- FanDuel Sportsbook (browser, Android, iOS)
- William Hill US (browser, Android)
- Caesars Sportsbook (browser, Android, iOS)
- 888 Sportsbook (browser, Android)
- BetStars (Android, iOS via PokerStars NJ app)
With a wide variety of mobile products comes an expansive list of betting options, from traditional moneylines and parlays to in-game betting and futures.
This week, we took a look at five of the mobile sportsbooks to find a select few NFL games worth considering.
NFL football games to watch…
Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with Harvard Houdini QB Ryan Fitzpatrick aka Ryan Fitzmagic leading the way, have grabbed early-season headlines already.
With two wins against playoff teams from a year ago, including last week’s home victory against reigning Super Bowl champ Philadelphia, Fitzpatrick leads the league in passing yards and QB rating to help the Bucs stand as the second-highest scoring team in the NFL.
On the flip side, the Pittsburgh Steelers are winless with a Week 1 tie against Cleveland and last week’s loss against Kansas City. The Steelers are embroiled in the drama surrounding their star running back and wide receiver and, like Tampa, has a defense that has allowed more than 30 points per game thus far.
Despite the on-paper advantage for Tampa Bay, the Buccaneers sit as underdogs at most NJ sportsbooks. The moneyline for Tampa stands at +102 at FanDuel Sportsbook app and +105 at Caesars.
Certainly, the Bucs are due for a slide at some point, but they are red-hot at the moment.
Cincinnati at Carolina
Cincinnati Bengals fans are idly waiting for the moment the season turns sour. According to bookmakers, it could happen this week at the Carolina Panthers.
Yet the Bengals are 2-0 and stand as the fourth-highest scoring team in the league with QB Andy Dalton slinging like never before: 6 TDs against 1 interception.
Carolina (1-1) is among the best running teams in the NFL, though QB Cam Newton is the team leader and Cincinnati has allowed less than 71 rushing yards per game.
Most books have the Bengals as the underdog, though William Hill NJ lists the Cincy as a 3-point favorite and a +100 to cover the spread. (SugarHouse has Cincinnati as +104 to cover 2.5-point deficit.)
The moneyline is where the money lies, with the Bengals sitting around +130 at most books to win outright. (Additionally, BetStars has the game listed at +100 to finish with less than 44 points.)
Los Angeles at Los Angeles
The first-ever intracity game between the Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams takes place this week: the league’s No. 3 offense (Chargers) against the NFL’s top defense (Rams, who also have a top-10 offense).
The spread appears uniform across all books, with the Rams listed as 7-point favorites at home. The undefeated hosts have allowed a total of 13 points through two games, while the Chargers, a popular underdog pick to make a deep postseason run, have averaged 29.5 points and nearly 450 yards per game.
In a game that FanDuel lists with an over/under of 48 points, the Chargers hold a decent-sized payday for outright victory.
FanDuel and BetStars both pay out +245 for a road victory, while Caesars and William Hill offer a +260.
Buffalo at Minnesota
For the daring bettors, for those who believe in miracles, add this game to the betting slip.
Yes, the winless Buffalo Bills have allowed the most points in the NFL through two weeks, have the second-fewest yards per game in the league, and have convinced pundits that they are in full-on tank mode.
That said, Buffalo, a playoff team last year, has only allowed 40 more yards than Minnesota this season. Its rookie quarterback, Josh Allen, was sacked five times last week but also threw for 245 yards in his first start.
Against the NFC Championship-appearing Minnesota Vikings this week, Buffalo sits as a 17-point dog, a line that pays $100 for a $120 bet for the Bills to cover.
The big payoff, though, is a straight-up win for Buffalo. At FanDuel, the moneyline for the Bills is +820 (compared with Minnesota’s -1,100); For SugarHouse, it’s +850; BetStars, +900; Caesars, +950; and William Hill, a whopping +1,000.
… and NJ sports betting promotions to use
With the NFL season settling in, the promotions are getting cranked out by various mobile sportsbooks.
At FanDuel, for example, new users will have first deposits matched up to $100. The book also offers a Pats Protection promo, in which users can wager on any team to win the Super Bowl and receive up to $50 back in credit should the New England Patriots win the big game.
First deposit promos also exist at SugarHouse (using code 250MATCH to have up to $250 matched) and DraftKings Sportsbook ($25 in free bets just for signing up).
A variety of promos are offered via BetStars. New users can claim a sign-up bonus worth up to $500. Also, bettors can wager $5 on any team to win the Super Bowl and have boosted odds of 100/1.
Boosted odds also exist for three-team parlays and on selecting three players to score touchdowns.