The last two weeks of the NFL season prove that just when you think you have it all figured out… well, you really don’t.
I thought the Browns were finally on the right track after going into Baltimore and destroying the Ravens in Week 4. But then they barely showed up in San Francisco last Monday night.
The Chiefs figured to benefit from some home cooking after playing three of their first four games on the road, only to lay an egg against a seemingly undermanned Colts team on Sunday night at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Bears defense was relentless against the Vikings in Week 4. Maybe it was their arrival late in the week in London, but the angle of Khalil Mack wreaking havoc on his former team never materialized. The Raiders beat the Bears, 24-21.
Finally, the Broncos looked as if they were playing in quicksand during their 0-4 start, but a trip to LA was apparently what head coach Vic “FannyPack” Fangio needed to get his first NFL win against the Chargers.
It’s now NFL Week 6, and we are down to two undefeated teams (Patriots and 49ers) and four winless teams (Bengals, Redskins, Jets, and Dolphins).
Something must give this weekend, so to speak, as the Redskins (-3.5) travel to Miami. Hopefully, no one will bill this as “a rematch of the 1972 and 1982 Super Bowls” as it’s just two horrendous teams playing each other.
What’s in store for NFL Week 6
Some notes to keep in mind for NFL betting and Week 6 matchups:
- Four teams have a bye this week: Bears, Raiders, Colts, and Bills.
- There is the second London game, with Panthers (-2.5) vs. Buccaneers at a 9:30 a.m. New Jersey start time.
- Sam Darnold returns as the Jets (+7) welcome the Dallas Cowboys to MetLife Stadium.
- The best matchups of the week include the Eagles (+3) at Vikings, and the undefeated 49ers (+3.5) visiting the Rams.
When it comes time to place your bets for NFL Week 6, there are 10 retail and 17 NJ sportsbook apps available in the state.
Which one will offer the best bets for NFL betting? Well, that takes some research. And that’s why I’m here.
Each week, I feature one of the apps and take a closer look at the NFL bets and offerings available. For Week 6, I’m looking at FanDuel Sportsbook.
The joys of FanDuel Sportsbook
FanDuel has established itself as a major player in the New Jersey sports betting landscape.
Its mobile app complements the expansive retail sportsbook location at the Meadowlands. And the app itself feeds not only the Garden State but also Pennsylvania.
I attribute FanDuel’s success to several factors:
- Built-in familiarity with the NJ customer from the site’s daily fantasy business that launched in 2012.
- Multiple bet options in a clean, well-organized app design.
- Targeted promotions and bonuses that are relevant to and resonate with the New Jersey sports bettor.
FanDuel was not the first app to hit the scene in 2018, and it did not go without a few hiccups, but it has certainly made its mark since then.
For example, FanDuel has a myriad of NFL futures available for teams and players, which are updated daily. Let’s look at a few.
NFL MVP futures odds at FanDuel
Patrick Mahomes is still the overwhelming favorite for NFL MVP at FanDuel… and also the clear favorite to lead the league in passing yards:
While Mahomes is the runaway leader in QB passing yards, it’s an extra credit to him as the team’s best receiver (Tyreke Hill) has been injured for most of the season.
There isn’t any other Chiefs receiver in the top 10 for most receiving yards in a highly competitive category:
The race for most rushing yards is deep as well, with MVP candidate Christian McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook, and Leonard Fournette all battling for top honors:
Which team is the NFC East favorite?
From a team perspective, FanDuel Sportsbook offers props for the winners of each division, conference, and Super Bowl winner.
The NFC East favorite has flip-flopped between the Eagles and Cowboys all year. After winning their last two games, the Eagles are the division favorites at -130 heading into NFL Week 6:
Super Bowl favorites still Patriots and Chiefs
Looking ahead to the Super Bowl next February or “Pro Football 54 Champions” as FanDuel must legally refer to it, the Patriots and Chiefs are holding steady as favorites.
The betting public hasn’t quite bought into the NFL’s other undefeated team, as the 49ers represent value on the board at 18-1 to win the Big Game:
Dealing up a few NFL Sunday deals
For all NFL games, FanDuel offers a Close Loss Insurance promotion this season where a bettor receives up to a $50 refund on moneyline bets if your team loses by six points or less:
For Week 6 Sunday games, FanDuel is offering a special “odds boost” with the Eagles, Panthers, and Saints all to win:
And speaking of Sunday, let’s take a closer look.
When you open the FanDuel app for an NFL game, there is a clean, well-organized wagering menu:
Please note the Same Game Parlay option above highlighted as “NEW.”
This is a great recent feature offered by FanDuel that allows players to combine same game events (as selected by FanDuel) into a single parlay wager:
Variety is key to this NJ sportsbook app
As mentioned, the FanDuel betting menu is extensive. And by extensive, we mean massive.
Here are some pre-set point spread options, with up to eight different moneyline and point spread combinations to consider:
But sometimes it’s not about who wins or loses, but when the points are scored.
These “Race to Score” props for team and combined teams are interesting if you have a strong opinion about the flow of the game:
You can also make a play at prices for total touchdowns scored as well as how the first TD will be scored:
Also, do you have an opinion as to what will the result of the first drive of the game will be? Good. FanDuel has a bet for that, too.
As we draw closer to Sunday, FanDuel will release their specific player props for each game. The props are straightforward over/under bets with moneylines adjusted for each.
Here are some examples around quarterback performance from the Giants-Patriots game that happened Thursday night. It includes props for quarterback passing yards, passing completions, and passing TDs:
There are also props around QB interceptions:
Not to be outdone, FanDuel has prop bets for running backs receivers and, in select games, defensive plays or players. The NJ app has also offered over/under fantasy scoring and fantasy H2H matchups.
In other words, there’s simply no shortage of betting action on FanDuel Sportsbook on an NFL Sunday.
The NFL Week 6 local line: Giants, Eagles, Jets
All three local teams are back in action this weekend. Here are the current lines as of Friday via FanDuel Sportsbook:
- Giants played Patriots on Thursday Night Football (Loss, 35-14)
- Eagles +3 (+100) at Vikings, Total of 44
- Jets +7.5 (-130) vs Cowboys (-7.5 +110), Total of 45
My three picks from the Jersey side
Last week couldn’t have been any uglier for NFL betting as I took the “Ziggy” with a brutal 0-3 mark.
It also pushes me into negative territory as I fell below .500 for the season. Time to pick things back up in Week 6.
My Week 5 recap
Last week 0-3, Season YTD 7-8
- RAIDERS vs BEARS UNDER 40.5 (Raiders 24, Bears 21)
- CHARGERS -6.5 over Broncos (Broncos 20 CHARGERS 13)
- TITANS -3 over Bills (Bills 14, TITANS 7)
My Week 6 selections
We are back to a more balanced schedule of games on Sunday in NFL betting for Week 6.
We have a morning game from London, six games at 1 p.m., four late games starting between 4-4:30 p.m., and a Sunday Night Football matchup between the Steelers at the Chargers.
Here’s what I like:
RAVENS (-12) over Bengals
The Bengals have scored four offensive touchdowns in their three games. While the Ravens defense isn’t as good as it’s been historically, it’s hard seeing the Bengals putting up much offense this week.
The Ravens bounced back from a Browns thrashing to beat the Steelers last weekend and are in a good spot for their third straight division game this weekend.
SEAHAWKS (-1.5) over Browns
Now, here are two teams that look to be heading in different directions.
The Browns, still winless (0-2) at home, need to regroup off a long flight back from San Francisco and a thrashing by the 49ers.
It will be a challenge against a surging Seahawks team led by MVP candidate Russell Wilson and the benefit of an 11-day break after beating the Rams at home on a Thursday night in Week 5.
REDSKINS (-1) FIRST HALF over Dolphins
It’s time for the Redskins to put up or shut up.
Jay Gruden has been fired as head coach, and Colt McCoy is back at QB. As bad as the Redskins have been, they’ve been serviceable in the first half. They led the Eagles 20-7, trailed the Cowboys 14-7, and Patriots 12-7.
With any sort of effort, they should be able to go to half-time with a lead against a Dolphins team that has averaged six points in the first half.
Another benefit of making this first half bet is that win or lose, I won’t need to watch the second half of this game.