Philadelphia Eagles fans and New Jersey sports bettors shift their focus for NFL Week 7.
It’s party-time, a Sojourn to Sin City and perhaps Moneyline Mardi Gras (the +140 range at most books) as Eagles bettors make the cross-country trip to Las Vegas. A game that has been circled for weeks on people’s vacation calendar comes to life.
The 2-4 Eagles are slight underdogs in what will be a heavily-watched game against the 4-2 Las Vegas Raiders. And that’s only one part of the story.
The other is the getaway to gaming’s original mecca. It’s part vacation and part symbolism, a triumph of legalized sports wagering linking gambling and fan bases roughly 2,500 miles apart.
What other Las Vegas event could draw so many people from this area on a random October weekend? Vegas not only has the brick-and-mortar sportsbooks it always had but a new stadium too.
Eagles vs. Raiders odds at NJ sportsbooks
A closer at the Philly vs. Vegas odds
The Eagles being +3 in a game that began at -2.5 at DraftKings Sportsbook received equal attention to the fans’ road trip.
“A lot of Eagles people are coming to town,” Johnny Avello, the director of race and sportsbook operations for DraftKings told NJ Gambling Sites. “The green is going to show up this week. There are going to be a lot of green shirts in the arena. We’re having a lot of fun with that.”
Early Raiders money pushed the spread back to a field goal in a game that should gain heavy attention.
“This is going to be one of the most interesting games of the week,”
Avello said, “not only in Las Vegas, where we have the brick-and-mortar books, but across the entire NFL network.
“There is a limited slate and a few of the matchups are not that attractive. There are only four afternoon events (The Eagles are a 4:05 p.m. ET start).
Avello noted the Houston Texans-Arizona Cardinals game is not going to attract too much attention and the Detroit Lions against the Los Angeles Rams is not going to draw that much viewership.
“The Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers might. And then you look at this game with a competitive line, and gamblers will be interested,” said Avello.
Eagles vs. Raiders by the numbers
To his point, 52% of the gamblers took the Eagles at -3 according to Thursday’s DraftKings numbers. There was some big money there too because the Eagles only drew 36% of the actual bets. The big gamblers are going green with their financial green, while the overall public remains divided.
The same holds true for the over-under of 49.5. It’s close, with 54% of the bettors taking the under.
Both teams have confused bettors in this area.
The Raiders have been involved in shootouts, like Week 1’s 33-27 triumph over the Baltimore Ravens. They also laid an egg two weeks ago, at home, in a puzzling 20-9 loss to the Chicago Bears.
That snapped a streak of six straight overs at Allegiant Stadium.
They’ve been involved in a 72-point game, a 42-30 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, and a 28-pointer, the 17-11 setback to the San Francisco 49ers.
The Raiders hit the “over” last week, beating the Denver Broncos 34-24 and the Eagles came in just under the 52-point mark in a 28-22 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Bettors are keenly aware of the ironic relationship gambling has to the game. Had the Eagles’ defense made one more play and forced Tampa Bay to kick a late field goal, the Bucs -7 and the over would have been cashed. Because the Eagles’ defense was inefficient, they covered the spread, and the under bettors held on.
What an industry.
Wagering angles for NJ bettors
Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts has a 248.5 yards hurdle for the over-under. Each side is -115.
QB Derek Carr of the Raiders has a 288.5 standard, -115 on either side.
And as far as early game props go, the Raiders have lopsided odds. The value would be if the Eagles deliver on these.
Here is a look at some:
- Will the Eagles score first? Yes is -110
- Will they be the first team to reach 10 points? Yes is +125
- Will they hit 20 points first? Yes is +155
- Total field goals in the game. Over 3.5 is -110, the under is -120
Weighing first score of the game odds
NJ bettors have two factors to weigh here. The first is which team will score first. The other is how will they score. Here is the breakdown:
- Raiders touchdown +180
- Eagles touchdown +255
- Eagles field goal +390
- Las Vegas field goal +320
- Safety by either team +5500
Another angle is will the game’s first score come before or after 6:00?
Before is -125, after is -105.
And what about the highest-scoring quarter?
- First is +750
- Second is +175
- Third is +600
- Fourth is +190
Two-minute warnings and timeouts give huge advantages to the second and fourth quarters, but there are exceptions.
Eagles-Raiders prop board at Caesars Sportsbook
Caesars Sportsbook has Jalen Hurts passing touchdowns over 1.5 is +100. The under is -130
Hurts rushing attempts over 8.5 is -105, the under is -125.
DeVonta Smith reception yards prop is over 8.5 with the over and the under both -115.
Smith’s longest reception is over-under 22.5 yards and is -110 for the over and -120 for the under.
Switching to the Raiders odds, tight end Darren Waller reception yards is over 62.5 yards for -120 and the under is -110.
And here’s an intriguing one: How many quarters will the Eagles win?
- None is +700
- One is +140
- Two is +128
- Three is + 575
All of them. Seriously?
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