Believe it or not, Week 7 of the NFL season is upon us.
After months of anticipation for the opening kickoff, the season now inches toward the halfway point.
That continues this week, for which lines come courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook. (All point spreads and moneylines are as of Tuesday.)
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Cleveland Browns (2-3-1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3)
The perennial paper-bag-over-head Browns have already booked as many wins this season as the franchise posted in its previous 42 games.
On the flip side, no team in the NFL has been as inefficient as the Buccaneers over the past four weeks.
Yet Tampa Bay heads into Sunday’s matchup as a three-point favorite. Essentially, the game was a pick-em, but the Browns being on the road resulted in being listed as an underdog.
Not said often: take Cleveland.
The Browns feature a top-10 running back in Carlos Hyde, who has rushed for the fourth-most TDs in the NFL. Cleveland’s defense has recorded more takeaways (16) and sacks (26) than any other team in the league.
Tampa, meanwhile, has lost three straight.
During that four-week stretch, which includes a bye, the Bucs have scored the fourth-fewest points in the NFL and allowed the eighth-most. They have committed the third-most turnovers and can’t seem to decide which QB gives them the best chance to not lose.
List at +100 to cover the three-point spread and at +138 to win outright, the Browns stand as a solid and logical payout this week.
Minnesota Vikings (3-2-1) at New York Jets (3-3)
As the NFC North remains wide open, the Vikings sit tied with the Green Bay Packers for second in the division behind the Chicago Bears (3-2).
Nine months after appearing in the NFC Championship, Minnesota visits a suddenly resurgent Jets squad as both teams ride two-game winning streaks.
The Vikings boast the league’s top wide receiver in Adam Thielen and the fifth-best quarterback in terms of yardage, Kirk Cousins.
New York, however, is not the same doormat it once was.
Isaiah Crowell ranks sixth in the NFL in rushing yards and is two games removed from a franchise-record 219-yard performance. And the Jets have a complementary back in Bilal Powell, who has rushed for 158 yards over the past two games.
To boot, New York ranks second in the league with 10 interceptions and has outscored opponents 38-25 over the past two games.
As three-point underdogs, the Jets are listed at +100 to cover and +142 to win outright. Playing at home (essentially across the street from FanDuel’s retail sportsbook at Meadowlands Racetrack, no less), New York is a decent bet to pick up the upset.
Houston Texans (3-3) at Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3)
A three-way tie atop the AFC South will get broken up in Week 7 as Houston visits Jacksonville.
In this matchup, there are two lines worth exploring.
First, this is Houston’s game to win. The Texans have won three straight to sneakily become an under-the-radar contender. Granted, Houston’s opponents included the likes of Indianapolis and Buffalo, but the point stands.
Deshaun Watson ranks among the NFL’s top 10 quarterbacks in yards, leading a balanced attack that should give a struggling Jacksonville defense fits.
The Jaguars’ once-stout defense has been porous the last two weeks, including during a 40-7 loss at Dallas last week. Jacksonville, which has lost three of the past four games, might be without RB Leonard Fournette, who has not played since Week 4 due to a hamstring injury.
With QB Blake Bortles shouldering the load for the Jags, Houston can take advantage. The Texans have recorded the second-most sacks (25) in the league while Jacksonville has committed the most turnovers (14).
The over/under in this one sits at 43 points, which, if things go as planned, could be reasonably eclipsed. Houston, a five-point underdog, to win (+196) and over 43 (+105).
Long shots of the week
This section is all about gut feeling and playing the odds.
The Buffalo Bills (2-4) visit the Indianapolis Colts (1-5) in the “Who Cares” game of the week. One that features two of the most turnover-prone teams in the NFL.
Nathan Peterman, Mr. Pick himself, takes the QB reins for Buffalo as rookie Josh Allen recovers from injury. Peterman has three times as many interceptions (9) as touchdowns in his career. And this season, he has thrown for one TD compared with four picks.
Across the field, Indy QB Andrew Luck is on pace to smash his single-season career highs in passes attempted and interceptions. Through six games, Luck has been intercepted eight times.
In a game littered with giveaways, Buffalo, a 7.5-point underdog, comes out on top, paying out +250 as straight-up winners .
Across the country, the seemingly unstoppable Los Angeles Rams (6-0) visit the San Francisco 49ers (1-5). This game is all about banking on LA’s inevitable stumble.
Over the past three weeks, the Rams have somehow escaped victorious, each win decided by single digits. San Francisco, dropping the past four games, is due for a win and provides a sucker game for the Rams.
As 10-point dogs, the Niners payout +310 with a straight-up win, which provides an additional +105 to cover (should you take that line as well).
Feeling daring? Taking the heavy-favorite Rams to win by 13 or fewer points pays +140. Feeling even more risky? San Francisco winning by 14: +1,700.
Taking note of NFL promos at NJ sportsbook apps
Naturally, FanDuel Sportsbook offers a signup bonus for new users.
After registering, bettors will receive up to $100 in site credit after making their first deposit.
As for NFL-specific promos, FanDuel features the Big NFL Win Bonus.
This promotion rewards bettors who wager on teams that, as Dallas did Jacksonville, embarrass their opponents.
To quote the promo: “Dominating your opponent to the point of a blowout takes that extra bit of effort and prep. And it deserves an extra big payout.”
Users must place a pre-live moneyline bet on any Week 7 NFL game. If the wagered-on team wins by 14 or more points, users will have their winnings doubled, up to $100 in site credit.
Where else to bet online in New Jersey
New Jersey continues to be a rising power in the landscape of legalized sports betting.
Only Nevada can contend with the expanse and excitement generated by the Garden State. The mobile market of New Jersey has continued to grow.
In September, for example, mobile wagering handle exceeded accepted wagers on site by more than $25 million.
Eight products are currently available in New Jersey (including the platforms offered):
- DraftKings Sportsbook (browser, Android, iOS)
- PlayMGM Sport (Android)
- SugarHouse Sportsbook (browser, Android, iOS)
- FanDuel Sportsbook (browser, Android, iOS)
- William Hill NJ (browser, Android, iOS)
- Caesars Sportsbook (browser, Android, iOS)
- 888 Sportsbook (browser, Android)
- BetStars NJ (Android, iOS via PokerStars NJ app)
The list of NJ sportsbook apps includes a deep variety of traditional moneylines, parlays, in-game betting, and futures.
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