NFL odds boosts are where the fun and business elements of NJ sports betting intersect.
They create entertaining wagers for bettors who like something different, especially yardage or team-scoring props.
Fox Bet NJ has emerged as a premier player in this space.
Here’s a look at some of the better Week Five NFL odds boosts.
Eagles-Steelers touchdown totals
What are the chances that the Philadelphia Eagles score a touchdown in each half against the Pittsburgh Steelers?
At the same time, what are the chances that the undefeated AFC North leaders do the same?
Well, Fox Bet has boosted this exact scenario from +200 to +300. Both of these teams can usually do that.
Why play it: Scoring is up everywhere in the NFL, so this scenario doesn’t seem like too much to ask.
Through three games, the Steelers have scored a touchdown in every half. The Eagles have done the same in their last two games. If two medium-scoring teams have succeeded at this wager, it’s a good play.
Why skip it: Both offenses go through sporadic periods. One of these teams laid an egg for one half. More importantly, will field goals replace touchdowns if one team is up big?
Sticking with the same game, there is another odds boost related to Miles Sanders and James Conner. The running backs to combine for 150 yards total is up from +135 to +160 and is a worthy consideration.
Why play it: This bet has a strong chance to pay out. Both backs are capable of breaking off long runs. You have two guys going at once, rather than each player needing to hit a certain number.
Why skip it: If you think the game could be a blowout, one or both of these backs get taken off the field. Plus, injuries are always a concern in a yardage prop.
Other NFL odds boosts on Fox Bet board
Todd Gurley and Joe Mixon to score touchdowns is boosted from +200 to +300.
Gurley plays for the Atlanta Falcons and is going against the Carolina Panthers. You’d like him to score and consider that in a separate prop.
Mixon is the mojo for the Cincinnati Bengals running game. This week, he is facing a Baltimore Ravens team that has been taking opposing running backs out of the picture by jumping out to big early leads.
Then is the New York Giants-Dallas Cowboys game.
Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott is off to an explosive start, throwing for at least 450 yards in each of the Cowboys’ last three games. The flip side is his team is 1-3.
And the Giants are 0-4.
With all this being said, Fox Bet has boosted Prescott to throw for 330 or more yards combined with a Cowboys win from +162 to +200 The tricky selection is needing to believe the Giants will stay close enough to make him throw.
So ironically, a Prescott yardage prop is really a bet on the Giants offense.
Sticking with the quarterback theme, can Russell Wilson throw for three touchdowns and his Seattle Seahawks beat the Minnesota Vikings?
The odds are boosted from +162 to +200. This is intriguing because Seattle’s offensive numbers would indicate he can toss three TDs. At the same time, the Seahawks often run the ball in, and Wilson is a threat to score a rushing touchdown.
Moving the points at FanDuel Sportsbook
We highlighted a prop here last week that came out just as projected.
FanDuel Sportsbook allowed bettors to move the Baltimore Ravens–Washington Football Team line from -14 to -12 and get a boost from -115 to +110.
The Ravens won 31-17, the exact original number. But this play became a winner on the special FanDuel props boost. Props if you took this prop.
Adjusting the spread, as opposed to a yardage play, remains the focus this week.
The Eagles at +7.5 moves from -120 to +100 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Maximum bet $50. This changes the odds from laying 6-5 to getting even money, while also getting half a point.
This is an interesting play in conjunction with the overall line. Based on when they make the wager, bettors may get 7-5 on this game for larger bets anyway, but it will be -110, not +100.
Bettors can also move the Vikings up to -8.5 against the Seahawks, the Kansas City Chiefs down to -10.5 against the Las Vegas Raiders and the Cowboys to -7.5 against the Giants. It boosts the payout from +479 to +550.
Taking the original lines on these games is +628, but there is substantial line movement in the bettors’ favor in the prop. Kansas City and Dallas both drop a full point. and Minnesota moves up by 1.5 points.
Jets odds and positive COVID-19 test
Earlier today, news broke that the New York Jets were sent home as the result of a positive COVID-19 test.
This puts Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals at MetLife Stadium in jeopardy.
Jets’ training facility is shut down and the team is going virtual until they have the results of the test they are re-running on the player who tested positive this morning.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 9, 2020
Both FanDuel and DraftKings Sportsbook had the game off the board as of 3:45 p.m. EST today.
Both operators had boosts that involved the Cardinals and may have to be updated. If the game gets pushed back, bettors may select other options with faster results.
Along that front:
The Denver Broncos at the New England Patriots game is now scheduled for Monday (5 p.m. EST) on ESPN. Sunday’s Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans contest now is set to be played on Tuesday (7 p.m. on CBS).
Positive COVID-19 testing by players moved, yet still preserved, these games.
PointsBet + no juice spreads
PointsBet NJ has a Saturday special, so to speak. The operator is running a “No Juice Saturday” promo. It applies to NFL point spreads and refers to those odds of +100 or the equivalent (one side listed at -110 and the other at +110). Normal trading limits apply.
This is an excellent play for bettors who know who they like on Saturday and won’t need a late-line Sunday movement to determine their wager.
Gene J. Puskar