Was that a comet, a surprise thunderstorm, or an omen? New Jersey online sports bettors await clarity on their Philadelphia Eagles optimism after the Birds gave them reasons to grin broadly this week.
Philadelphia’s unexpected and complete 32-6 pounding of the Atlanta Falcons as a three-point dog have Eagles fans pinching themselves.
Is this real?
The rout was the second most lopsided whupping in the entire NFL last week.
Is it real?
Fans and NJ gamblers will find out in the Eagles’ home debut Sunday. In their first rockin’ house since 2019, the Eagles host the San Francisco 49ers at the Linc. San Francisco outlasted the stubborn Detroit Lions 41-33 in Week 1.
Now for the NJ sports betting overview for this week’s Eagles-49ers game.
What is it with the Philadelphia Eagles +3.5?
It’s Déjà vu.
The Eagles odds are +3.5 at DraftKings Sportsbook. The line opened exactly where they started last week against the Falcons. Perhaps that’s good karma. Bettors grabbed that extra hook, driving the Eagles to +3 before finding they didn’t need it.
Early data from DraftKings provides a similar betting pattern in this game.
The Niners at 71% command the -3.5 handle. They also have 60% of the bets.
But Eagles backers are whaling on the moneyline. They want the +165 payout for the Eagles to win outright.
Who needs points?
The difference between +165 to win straight up and -110 to prevail against the spread is significant, especially on a large wager.
Gamblers also expect high-octane offense in this one. DraftKings reports that 80% of the early money went on the over 50.
“It’s pretty remarkable what the Eagles did last week,” Johnny Avello, the director of race and sportsbook operations for DraftKings, told NJ Gambling Sites. “You went into that game not knowing about the quarterback situation for them and Jalen Hurts went out and played a great game. On the flip side of that, Atlanta was terrible.”
Jalen Hurts gains high profile
Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts makes the big board of Week 2 specials offered by DraftKings.
Hurts is in with the list of props for top QBs around the league like Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens, Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs, and Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers.
Hurts teams with Eagles receiver DeVonta Smith to produce +400 at DraftKings if they each score. Smith did tally last week and he hit paydirt first, returning a handsome +1200 at DraftKings to New Jersey bettors who nailed that.
As the Week 2 game draws closer, look for anytime and first scoring props for players like Smith, Miles Sanders, and Hurts.
Eagles-Niners prop mania
Here are some wagers from the list of interesting selections bettors can make. These bets are increasingly popular, acting both as side action and a reprieve from letting the bankroll ride on a difficult moneyline or spread call.
Will the Eagles get more than 2.5 touchdowns? As of early Wednesday afternoon, the over was -130 while the under was -110.
There is a race to certain point junctures. The 49ers are lopsided favorites in all of them.
What about the Eagles?
- Reach 10 points first is +135.
- First to 15 returns +150.
- Hit 20 points first and it’s a payoff of +185
What about the half-time, full-time props?
This pays well if there is a different winner in each half and the team losing at halftime wins the contest.
In this case, if the Niners win the first half and the Eagles capture the game, it’s +700.
If the Eagles win the first half and the Niners claim the game, it’s +550.
If the Eagles win the first half and the Niners the second, but the Eagles win the game, it’s considered an “Eagles Eagles” sweep. A sweep by either team pays far less.
These are extremely good payouts if the bettor can nail different teams winning each half and having the right team winning the game.
It’s an enticing proposition for all games, especially if there’s no heavy favorite.
FanDuel Sportsbook has a band of combined touchdowns, with different payouts at different junctions.
Zero or one combined touchdown is +5500.
Two or three is +610
Four or five is +165
Six or more is +140
The battle would seem to be between the four-five category and over six.
Caesars Sportsbook offers +700 if each team secures a field goal in each half.
The book also has +100 for each team to notch a touchdown in each half.
Caesars also has a prop for the result of the first drive for each team. They are broken down into punt, touchdown, field goal, and turnover. The turnover has the biggest payouts of +525 for San Francisco and +450 for the Eagles.
Endangered species: the punt
Aggressive, even reckless play-calling by NFL coaches has found its way onto the prop board.
At DraftKings, there is a bet for an over-under on 4th-down conversions in this game. Over 1.5 is -125. The under is -165.
Coaches have become increasingly aggressive with this. New Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni was not shy about doing it last week with the Eagles. The Buffalo Bills failed on two 4th-down conversions while protecting a lead and it cost them the momentum and the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
No one embraced the trend more than Zac Taylor, coach of the Cincinnati Bengals.
With his team up 21-7 in the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings, he opted to go on 4th and 1 … from his own 29. The run failed and Minnesota soon scored.
Taylor took a massive Twitter hit and the Bengals gave back their entire lead.
But Taylor doubled down in overtime and it did pay off. On 4th and a hair, not even an inch, he had quarterback Joe Burrow do a play-action fake and launch a complete pass that enabled the game-winning field goal.
The 4th-Down frolic extends to a punt prop in this game. At DraftKings, the Eagles are -105 to have the most, San Francisco is +205 and a tie is +330.
The Eagles punted four times last week, the Niners two.
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