The betting public still expects a Green Bay Packers-Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl.
But there is value everywhere, as the second round of the playoffs begin. This weekend’s games will substantially alter the odds, so New Jersey online sportsbook bettors observe the best deal possible right now.
Here is a look at the latest Super Bowl odds:
But come Sunday night, only four of these teams will be left on the board.
Eagles are out, but FanDuel offering odds on next coach
And in the spirt of futures, what would an NFL coaching change be without speculation?
FanDuel Sportsbook now has odds on the next Philadelphia Eagles coach to replace Doug Pederson.
Robert Saleh (+200), the San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator, was the early favorite but his name is off the board. He is the new head coach of the New York Jets. So who does that leave?
Well, as of Friday afternoon, Duce Staley, the current Eagles assistant head coach and former running back, was leading the field at +200. This is after being +700 earlier this week.
Here are some of the other contenders:
- Joe Brady +400
- Mike Kafka +450
- Brian Daboll +650
- Eric Bieniemy +700
- Arthur Smith +800
Any candidate will have to contend with the possibility of meddling from the Eagles front office regarding personnel. It is hard to handicap which candidate can accept that. This scenario changes often, stay tuned.
On to weekend playoff games
Now that the weekend is here, the focus shifts to the four NFL Divisional Playoff games. Here is the schedule:
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Significant odds boosts apply to each weekend game. Some may play well into your perception of the game.
Interesting NFL Divisional round options
DraftKings Sportsbook is offering bettors the option of taking the chalk across the board. The operator has boosted the prospect of all four favorites winning to +365. This shows bettors the premium of the Bucs-Saints and Bills-Ravens as close games.
Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen to secure rushing TDs in the Bills-Ravens game has gone up to +400.
FanDuel Sportsbook is offering some razzle-dazzle, too.
How do you make money on the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs to win the AFC? They are at +200 at FanDuel. One can succeed by including a Chiefs championship into a previous bet.
The sportsbook posted an interesting elimination special, listing the odds of which teams will eliminate others from the playoffs.
Kansas City to eliminate the Ravens is +260, and to eliminate the Bills is +195. You are banking on Kansas City beating Cleveland as a lopsided pick and then defeating whomever survives the Bills-Ravens game. You can even make a few bucks if you play both sides.
This is a neat way to improve your odds on the Chiefs, if you already like them to win the AFC.
Fox Bet + NFL Playoff odds boosts
Here are some boosts available for all four games from Fox Bet.
First up is the Rams-Packers.
Here’s an even-money shot. Can each team notch two or more touchdowns and one or more field goals? That’s been boosted from -110 to +100, essentially eliminating the vig. This is a statement about whether the Rams can notch two TD’s. They are a ball control offense.
Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers to throw two or more touchdowns and 300 or more yards is now paying +300, up from +250. That seems reasonable for him.
The variable is determining how good the Rams defense is. It has been hot lately, but Rodgers is Rodgers. In taking this prop, you are hoping for at least one long completion.
Packer’s receiver Davante Adams to notch more than 100 yards and a touchdown has gone from +250 to +300, which is excellent value.
Looking at Lamar Jackson vs. Josh Allen
Each team to score two touchdowns and notch two field goals is worth +250, boosted from +200. The Bill and Ravens both accomplished the feat last week.
Can Bills receiver Stefan Diggs tally 100 yards and notch a TD? The yes is +200.
Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson rushed for 146 yards last week. He’s part of a prop this week that plays into that. If Jackson and Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen combine for 125 yards, it will pay +150, up from +120.
Bets on players to score first or in the first quarter are good complements to anytime scoring, but they come with time risk. With that in mind, Jackson has been boosted from+500 to +600 to score a rushing TD in the first quarter.
Super Bowl champion Chiefs versus Browns
Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes to notch 300 or more passing yards and three or more passing TDs has been boosted from +150 to +200.
Tyreek Hill, raw Chiefs star wide receiver, is worth +215 if he is able to notch a touchdown and attain 100 yards. These two categories often go together for him as Hill is targeted on many deep balls.
The vig has disappeared for Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield. His prop to throw for at least 200 yards and two passing touchdowns has improved from -133 to +100.
There’s a big difference between two touchdowns thrown and three. Just ask the bettors who had Tom Brady to notch three passing scores against the Washington Football Team last week. Brady’s third TD pass was reversed on replay and the next play was a running score.
The props for Mahomes and Mayfield also indicate the expectation of a high-scoring game.
Speaking of Brady, NFL Divisional Weekend wraps up with Tampa Bay at New Orleans.
Brady is in another touchdown-tossing prop this week. If Brady and Saints quarterback Drew Brees each throw two touchdowns, it pays +150, up from +100.
You can usually count on Brady, but Brees is a mystery. There’s the chance of running back Alvin Kamara or back-up QB Taysom Hill pirating at least one of his scores.
Brees himself nearly collected one last week. He did the flying leap to place the ball over the goal line and quickly pull it back on a QB sneak. However, he pulled the ball back too early. No score.
Then there is Kamara to score a first-quarter touchdown, which is now paying +400, up from +300.
Michael Thomas of the Saints and Antonio Brown of the Bucs have a yardage prop of 150 combined. Seems like an easy one right? It is now at +100 after being -125.
On the Tampa Bay end, Rob Gronkowski and Mike Evans to both score touchdowns has been boosted to +700. You wre weighing the New Orleans defense and Brady’s recent resurgence with Brown into that prop.
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