It’s been said before, and it will be said again: What a strange NFL season this has been.

Look no further than the Cleveland Browns, who with their win last week hit the over (six) on their preseason win total at most sportsbooks.

The New England Patriots don’t seem to have the magic anymore. The Los Angeles Rams, who before last season didn’t have a double-digit win total since 2003, are Super Bowl contenders.

And the Kansas City Chiefs, also a popular pick to lift the Lombardi Trophy, could finish with their best record in 15 years.

In the world of sports betting, the New Jersey mobile operation SugarHouse Sportsbook is no longer a one-trick pony. Its Philadelphia-based casino opened the doors to its retail operation last week.

As a result, with Week 16 looming and the homestretch of the NFL season underway, SugarHouse expects a heavy dose of wagering, especially in NJ sports betting.

In a statement from Mattias Stetz, COO at Rush Street Interactive, which operates SugarHouse:

“With the most exciting time of the NFL and college football season approaching, we’re anticipating some of our heaviest action of the year this week at PlaySugarHouse.com.”

With that, for Week 16, we turn to SugarHouse Sportsbook. (All point spreads and moneylines are as of Wednesday.)

Add ’em to your NJ sports betting slip

Kansas City Chiefs (11-3) at Seattle Seahawks (8-6)

The primetime Sunday Night Football game features an intraconference battle of West division teams, including one Super Bowl contender with an MVP-candidate quarterback.

Though Kansas City has dropped two of its last four, it boasts QB Patrick Mahomes, the league leaders in passing yards and touchdowns and the odds-on favorite at most sportsbooks to capture the MVP.

The Chiefs possess a light-em-up offense that has been held to less than 27 points just once this season. And at 8-5-1, Kansas City, a 2.5-point favorite this week, sits behind just four teams with better records against the spread.

One of them is Seattle.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson has quietly emerged as one of the league’s top quarterbacks, ranking third in TDs and fourth in passer rating. Such efficiency will be key this week, though it seems doable, considering the Chiefs rank last in the NFL in pass defense.

As a result, a +112 moneyline bet appears reasonable for an outright Seattle win.

Within this game, SugarHouse offers first-half props that carry intrigue. First is a set of lines on which team will lead at the half and at the end of regulation:

  • Kansas City leads at half, Seattle wins: +700
  • Kansas City leads at half, Kansas City wins: +143
  • Seattle leads at half, Seattle wins: +180
  • Seattle leads at half, Kansas City wins: +575
  • Tied at half, Seattle wins: +1,800
  • Tied at half, Kansas City wins: +1,600

The Chiefs have entered the half on top in 10 games this season, winning nine. (Their lone loss came last week against the LA Chargers).

The Seahawks, meanwhile, have trailed at the break eight times and lost in five of those games. The two teams have combined for just three games in which they went to the locker room tied.

Additionally, a prop exists for first-half over/under totals for each team: Kansas City at 13.5 points, Seattle at 12.5 points. It’s worth noting that the Chiefs average 19 points in the opening half of games, while Seattle averages 12.8 points.

Denver Broncos (6-8) at Oakland Raiders (3-11)

It used to be Thursday games that caused viewers to shrug their shoulders and scoff.

This week, such a reaction belongs to Monday Night Football, featuring two out-of-the-playoff-picture teams.

The upside sits only with the Broncos in this game. (Especially considering the biggest storyline out of Oakland is the team signing interception machine Nathan Peterman.)

Denver RB Phillip Lindsay, the first undrafted offensive rookie to get selected to the Pro Bowl, ranks fifth in the league in rushing, giving the Broncos a glimmer of optimism for the future.

Oakland does not have as rosy an outlook. Two years removed from the franchise’s best regular season since 2000, the Raiders have floundered. In allowing the most points per game in the league, Oakland is surely looking forward to relocation more than winning.

That said, with each team seemingly playing for nothing, an outright win by the Raiders, a 2.5-point underdog with a +120 moneyline, is not out of the realm of possibility. After all, Oakland did defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers just two weeks ago.

Props for this game include races to 1015 and 20 points, areas in which neither Denver nor Oakland has succeeded this year. Only four times apiece have the Broncos and Raiders been the first team to 10 points. In the race to 15 and 20, respectively: Oakland is 5-9, Denver 4-10; Oakland is 2-12, Denver 7-7.

Perhaps it is only the first score that you care about. SugarHouse has you covered there, as well, listing Denver a -136 to do so and Oakland at +100. For what it’s worth, the Raiders have scored first in more games (nine) than Denver (eight) this season.

During games in which they opened the scoring, the Broncos and Raiders have each reached the end zone six times.

SugarHouse lines for the game’s first score:

  • Oakland TD: +235
  • Oakland FG: +390
  • Denver TD: +180
  • Denver FG: +325

Cincinnati Bengals (6-8) at Cleveland Browns (6-7-1)

Hold on to your hats. The Browns remain alive in the playoff hunt.

The franchise with the longest postseason drought in the NFL, Cleveland, which last went to the playoffs in 2002, still has hope. Though it needs plenty of help.

Still behind four teams for the last AFC wild card spot, the Browns not only need to win out but also will likely need at least three teams to go winless these last two weeks of the regular season.

Do not be surprised if Cleveland’s postseason hopes get dashed this week. Despite the fact that the Browns are favored by 8.5 points, the highest spread they have boasted since 2013.

In seven home games, Cleveland has lost just twice, once apiece to the top two teams in the AFC: Kansas City and the LA Chargers. Yes, the Browns have won more games (four) over the past five weeks than in 40 games (three wins) under former coach Hue Jackson.

Still, Cleveland ranks in the lower tier in rush defense, which bodes well for Cincinnati.

While the Bengals have lost five of their last six, Cincy boasts AFC rushing leader Joe Mixon. And despite a 35-20 loss against Cleveland in Week 12, Cincinnati, listed at +310 on the moneyline, has the tools to put away the Browns.

A prop to watch involves this game heading to overtime, which pays +1050. Cincy has not played the extra period since early in the 2017 season. Cleveland, though, has gone to overtime four times this season, trailing only the 1983 Green Bay Packers for the most in one season.

Long shots of the week at SugarHouse

Washington Redskins (7-7) at Tennessee Titans (8-6)

For a matchup of two middling teams, a 10-point spread seems drastic. Yet that is the case in Nashville, where the Titans are heavily favored. Yes, Tennessee has won three straight, and Washington is reeling with four losses in five games.

Yet the Redskins have apparently found a suitable replacement QB in Josh Johnson, who last week picked up his first career win last week after returning to the league following a five-year hiatus.

Washington moneyline: +410.

Buffalo Bills (5-9) at New ENgland Patriots (9-5)

Once again, the Patriots have a chance to secure their 10th straight AFC East title. Perhaps third time’s the charm. Then again, stranger things have happened this season.

And one involved the Bills. New England has lost two straight; Buffalo has somehow won three of its last five.

12.5-point underdog, Buffalo is no stranger to wide spreads. Earlier this season, the Bills defeated Minnesota despite entering as 16.5-point dogs. Could lightning strike twice?

Buffalo moneyline: +550.

Los Angeles Rams (11-3) at Arizona Cardinals (3-11)

The Rams remain heavy contenders for the Super Bowl.

They’ve already locked up the NFC West but still have something to play for, considering LA sits one game back of New Orleans for the top seed in the NFC playoffs and one game ahead of Chicago for the second seed. But the Rams have lost two straight.

Likely it won’t be three consecutive, considering Arizona’s enemic offense has led the Cardinals to what will be the franchise’s worst regular season since 2000. Then again, Arizona, a 13.5-point underdog, would love to play giant-killer.

Arizona moneyline: +600.

MVP, Super Bowl predictions at SugarHouse

The New Orleans Saints may not light up the scoreboard like a Christmas tree anymore. But they’re still winning. That makes QB Drew Brees and company the front-runner to win Super Bowl LIII.

Per the latest odds from SugarHouse, New Orleans will likely face the Kansas City Chiefs in the Big Game, led by odds-on MVP favorite Patrick Mahomes.

Below are the top contenders for league titles and MVP hardware:

  • Super Bowl: New Orleans +275, LA Rams +500, Kansas City +600, New England +750, LA Chargers +800
  • AFC Championship: Kansas City +225, New England +300, LA Chargers +325, Houston +700, Pittsburgh +700
  • NFC Championship: New Orleans +110, LA Rams +210, CHicago +475, Dallas +1200, Seattle +1400
  • MVP: Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes -143, New Orleans QB Drew Brees +120, LA Chargers QB Philip RIvers +1200, Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck +2500, Seattle QB Russell Wilson +4000, Chicago LB Khalil Mack +4000, LA Rams RB Todd Gurley II +4000

Where else to bet online in New Jersey

As it has been well-documented, New Jersey features an array of mobile sports betting options.

Eight mobile sportsbooks complement the nine retail operations in the Garden State. A ninth NJ online sportsbook, PointsBet, is in a soft launch phase:

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.