Odds boosts reward a hunch by paying a bunch, and NFL Week Nine is no exception.

NJ sports betting customers love these side bets, as they satisfy a subliminal craving for perpetual action, even if it’s small.

Let’s examine some NFL Week Nine boosts. Fox Bet continues to make this category a specialty.

Saints vs. Bucs highlight NFL Week 9

The Tampa Bay BuccaneersNew Orleans Saints matchup is the prop game of the week. Tom Brady and Drew Brees, the NFL’s all-time leaders in touchdown passes thrown, collide on the same stage.

So this prop merits a serious look.

The bet calls for Brees and Brady each to throw two touchdowns. It has been boosted from +170 to +200.  Can the two quarterbacks who have more than 1,000 career TDs combined claim two apiece here?

This figures to be a reasonably high-scoring game, and the prop has a good chance.  One thing to worry about with Brees is Alvin Kamara‘s running near the end zone and the presence of Taysom Hill, each of whom can take touchdowns away from him.

Do you foresee an emphasis on the running game?

Leonard Fournette of Tampa Bay and Kamara would pay +475 (up from +400) for 175 or more combined rushing yards. What you hope for is that the game stays close enough that neither team has to abandon the ground game.

Giants, Jets and other NFL Week 9 action

Can Daniel Jones get 250 passing yards and the New York Giants defeat the Washington Football Team?

It pays a strong +500 if it happens. Jones is capable of reaching the yardage, but the victory question hinges on whether or not he makes a game-changing mistake. Jones has reached 250 yards twice this year, including 256 in Monday night’s loss to the Buccaneers.

Speaking of mistakes, will Cam Newton and Sam Darnold each throw at least one pick Monday night? The 0-8 New York Jets are hosting the 2-5 New England Patriots.

That has been boosted to + 150. Looks like a no-brainer, right? Ironically, neither threw a pick last week. In taking this bet, you believe both quarterbacks are due.

DK Metcalf and Stefon Diggs are both threats to score when the Seattle Seahawks invade the Buffalo Bills. If they both hit paydirt in the same game, the return is +400. Sticking with the same game, Russell Wilson throwing for 300 yards paired with a Seahawks win is now paying  +300.

Then there is the Atlanta Falcons-Denver Broncos game. Julio Jones and Todd Gurley are touchdown machines, and if they each tally one for the  Falcons, it will pay +300.

And here is one more to consider.

The line for the  Los Angeles Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders game continues to trend between -1 on both sides. Besides thinking about which side of the line you like, what are the chances this one goes to overtime? Yes is +1400.

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DraftKings Sportsbook + hard-luck Chargers

Bettors who follow the Chargers are well aware of the team’s fourth-quarter troubles.

So this week, DraftKings Sportsbook is letting customers ponder whether or not the hard luck will continue against the Raiders.

The prop calls for the Chargers to have a fourth-quarter lead and then lose. It’s been boosted to +280, and it tells the story of the Chargers’ season. The team continually lets fourth-quarter leads get away. The scenario includes losing on the very last play to the Broncos. The Chargers have lost four games in which they’ve held a fourth-quarter lead, including their last three setbacks.

Based on the spread, this game has the outlines of a back-and-forth game.

DraftKings has also boosted the Ravens, Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs to +300 as a moneyline parlay. This compares with odds of +246 at a number of other sportsbooks. If you like this parlay, there’s a small boost.

Many three-team moneyline parlays will have a key component accounting for the price hike. In this case, you need two road teams to win tight games.

FanDuel Sportsbook Extra Points boost

FanDuel Sportsbook returns its Extra Points for Extra Play prop. With a $50 maximum bet, patrons essentially get to tease the line one point and get paid, rather than paying to move the spread. Tampa Bay moves from -4.5 to -3.5, the Dallas Cowboys shoot up to +15.5 against the undefeated  Pittsburgh Steelers and the Chicago Bears go to +7.5 against the Tennessee Titans. This prop has been boosted significantly, from +454 to +550.

BetMGM + free first TD scorer promo

How does the chance for a free bet sound?

Well, BetMGM Sportsbook customers have the opportunity to earn one by playing the free Pick 3 TD Challenge.

There are three selected games each week, and players need to correctly select the first touchdown score from each game. The NFL Week Nine games are:

  • Seahawks vs. Bills
  • Steelers vs. Cowboys
  • Saints vs. Bucs

And the payout structure is simple:

  • Guess the correct TD scorer in one game and earn a $5 free bet.
  • Two correct picks results in a $10 freebie.
  •  Hit the trifecta 3-for-3 and it delivers a $100 free wager.

This is an outstanding promotion. Use the free bets to hit real ones later. All upside, no downside. Free bets must be used within one week.

Even better, the promo enables gamblers to take a no-risk route to a possible high payout.

Several New Jersey bettors tell us they are using strategies like this to compile a bankroll. They hit the free bet and then make a real wager with it. Should that bet hit, they can pocket the money or press it on another selection. One little streak and you can turn zero dollars into $100 or more.

Does this bankroll-building route look familiar?

It is rooted deep in gambling strategy. Consider roulette players who put $1 on a number, hit it for $35, and leave the winnings there, hoping the $35 becomes more than $1,000 if the same number comes up on the next spin.

Sports bettors can apply the same principle: start low, aim high.

photo by Associated Press

 

 

Dave Bontempo

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Dave Bontempo, a multiple national award-winning boxing commentator and writer, authors NFL betting columns for the Press of Atlantic City and IGaming Player, among others.