The past few weeks of the NFL season have proven burdensome to sportsbooks.

Upsets. Late covers. Todd Gurley II deciding to lay down late in the Los Angeles Rams’ win over the Green Bay Packers to turn what would be a 9-point lead (which would have covered) into a two-point win.

Patrick Mahomes, the Kansas City QB, has emerged as a front-runner for the MVP. The Rams remain (and have bolstered) their odds as Super Bowl favorites.

Still, nine weeks remain in the regular season. Nine more weeks of regular-season sports betting in New Jersey.

Week 9 of the season has arrived. Certainly, it’s time to take advantage of the Garden State’s No. 1 mobile sportsbook: DraftKings Sportsbook. (All point spreads and moneylines are as of Tuesday.)

Add ’em to your NJ sports betting slip

Los Angeles Rams (8-0) at New Orleans Saints (6-1)

History does not bode well for the Rams’ immediate future.

Of the last remaining unbeaten teams in the NFL, the last to win the Super Bowl was the 2006 Indianapolis Colts. Only one team in the past 10 years has even reached the Big Game.

That is looking far ahead though. And for the first time in this space, the case for taking the Rams takes place.

For the first time this season, LA enters the week as an underdog. The closest the Rams came previously was being listed as a 6.5-point favorite in their season opener at Oakland.

Certainly, LA has stumbled of late. Its once-top defense has become porous. In four of the past five games, the Rams have needed to rally and make a defensive stop, each of those victories decided by single digits.

While the Saints have won six straight and boast the league’s top rushing defense, Los Angeles stands as arguably the most well-rounded team in the NFL.

With its defense (which just added another former first-round pick, DE Dante Fowler) still formidable and RB Todd Gurley complementing the aerial attack of QB Jared Goff, LA still appears as a lock.

Listed as two-point dogs, the Rams pay +106 with a straight-up victory.

New York Jets (3-5) at Miami Dolphins (4-4)

Who knows which kind of performance you’ll see out of the Jets week to week. The New England Patriots continue to pull away in the AFC East, further taking attention away from these two division foes.

Yet the Jets could continue making its case for a promising future with this matchup in Miami.

The Dolphins have, for lack of a better word, enjoyed QB Brock Osweiler surprising many as a serviceable replacement signal-caller. But Miami’s problem lies with the defense.

That could be the boon for New York.

While QB Sam Darnold has been streaky (334 passing yards to 169 one week to the next, and 280 to 206 to 153 over the past three games), the Jets do possess a game-breaking running back.

Isaiah Crowell has totaled only 94 yards over the past three games, yet the Jets RB has shown flashes this season, including a franchise-record 219-yard game before this slump.

With the Dolphins ranked as the third-worst rush defense (and allowing a whopping 436 rushing yards over the past two games), New York, as a one-point underdog, is in position to not only cover (+125) but also win outright (+135).

Green Bay Packers (3-3-1) at New England Patriots (6-2)

The Packers are undefeated… at home. On the road: winless.

The law of averages suggests something has to give. Why not this week?

New England has won five straight and have taken firm control of the AFC East title, while Green Bay has lost two of its last three. Patriots RB Sony Michel has displayed his abilities to break off a big run, becoming a nice complement to youthful QB Tom Brady.

But the Packers feature Aaron Rodgers, who often finds his name thrown around in the “best QB of this generation” argument. Third in the NFL in passing yards, Rodgers guides a top-tier offense against a New England defense that ranks near the bottom of the NFL.

To boot, Monday’s game against lowly Buffalo became the Pats’ first this season without an offensive turnover. New England is prone to giveaways, supplying the Packers with enough wiggle room to knock off the Patriots.

Add WR Davante Adams, with three straight games of at least 130 yards receiving, to the mix, and 5.5-point underdog Green Bay becomes a reasonable pick for an outright win, paying +190.

Long shots of the week

If truly daring, take the Cleveland Browns (8-point dogs to Kansas City, +285 moneyline) or the Buffalo Bills (+8.5 vs. Chicago, +330 moneyline) at your own peril.

Instead, turn to two games: Tennessee at Dallas, Tampa Bay at Carolina.

In Texas, the Cowboys (3-4) boast the NFL’s third-best overall defense. Yet Dallas, in recent weeks, have not maintained consistency. Against Houston in Week 5, for example, the Cowboys allowed 374 passing yards. In their last game, Week 7, Dallas gave up 130 rushing yards in a loss to Washington.

Dallas has dropped two of their last three, though it hosts a Tennessee team that has lost three straight. The Titans (3-4) have given up the third-most yards in the league, but offensively, they have QB Marcus Mariota coming off his second-best game of the season and RB Dion Lewis coming off his best.

As 6.5-point underdogs, the Titans pay +230 with an outright win.

As for Tampa Bay, Fitztragic appears to have transformed back into Fitzmagic.

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick came off the bench last week and completed 11 of 15 passes for 194 yards and two TDs, including one that tied the game late before the Bengals won with a last-second field goal.

Also with a top-10 rush defense playing a Panthers squad that ranks second in the NFL, the Buccaneers (3-4), losers in four of the past five, could right the ship this week. And with Carolina (5-2) frequently falling behind early in games recently, Tampa Bay, as a 6.5-point dog, seems a reasonable pick for a +230 outright win.

Taking note of NFL promos at DraftKings

Take your pick of promos via DraftKings.

After signing up and placing the first wager, the sportsbook will match it with a free bet up to $200.

Additionally, referring a friend who signs up results in a $50 free bet for both parties.

The biggest promotion offered does not exclusively involve wagering. Though the DraftKings Sports Betting National Championship may suggest otherwise.

Either with a $10,000 buy-in or qualifying via social contests and giveaways, spots can be earned in the January championship held in Jersey City. Over three days, competitors wager on sports, and the top bankroll at the end of the contest pays a cool $1 million.

The top five places are guarantees six-figure paydays, while prizes are awarded down to 25th place.

Where else to bet online in New Jersey

The retail sports betting market expanded by one last week, as Tropicana Atlantic City opened the doors to its William Hill-branded sportsbook last week.

The now-nine brick-and-mortar operations are complemented by eight mobile NJ gambling sites currently available in New Jersey:

The list of NJ sportsbook apps includes a deep variety of traditional moneylines, parlays, in-game betting, and futures.

Grant Lucas

About

Grant Lucas is a longtime sportswriter who has covered the high school, collegiate, and professional levels. A graduate of Linfield College in McMinnville, Grant has covered games and written features and columns surrounding prep sports, Linfield, and Oregon State athletics and the Portland Trail Blazers throughout his career.