How do 52 projected points sound for a Monday Night Football betting feast?Like a winner for New Jersey online sports gamblers, who wager into that number as the New York Giants face the host Kansas City Chiefs in the national game.
Regardless of New York being 2-5 and a substantial underdog, gamblers observe a potential prop-betting frenzy.
The over-under total projects offense, high individual statistics, and several aggressive betting avenues.
The Kansas City offense, which pasted the Philadelphia Eagles for 42 points and the Washington Football Team for 31, has clicked against the NFC East.
Here’s a closer look at the teams.
NY Giants vs. Chiefs Odds at NJ sportsbooks
A closer look at New York and Kansas City
The Giants are 2-5 on the moneyline this season, 3-4 on the spread, 3-3-1 on the over and that’s about right. They are inconsistent.
The Giants come off their best performance of the season, a 25-3 pasting of the Carolina Panthers last week.
The Chiefs enter off of their worst, a head-scratching 27-3 setback to the Tennessee Titans. They are a pedestrian 3-4 after playing in the last Super Bowl.
Ever since that game, in which he was kept out of the end zone by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, quarterback Patrick Mahomes has played a notch below standard form. He’s been panicking and releasing the ball too soon.
Injuries continue to hit the Giants hard
Who’s Out. This affects which players gain prop consideration.
Big Blue will be without star running back Saquon Barkley and star wide receiver Kenny Golladay. This is the third straight game without their top running back and highest-paid receiver.
Neither Barkley nor Golladay practiced all week.
Who Steps Up?
Devontae Booker cradled the rock for 51 yards on 14 carries with a touchdown last week.
Look for Elijhaa Penny to get his share of carries too.
Darius Slayton, back from injury, was the receiving go-to last week. He had five catches for 63 yards and nine targets. Evan Engram had eight targets. Dante Pettis was reliable with five catches on five targets.
Looking at the Giants vs. Chiefs props
DraftKings Sportsbook is ready to go with a full menu of props for tonight’s game.
Looking at Kansas City touchdown scorers, fleet receiver Tyreek Hill is +600 to score first and -135 to tally anytime. That’s a relatively low number for a first scorer and a nearly-unplayable number for an anytime threat.
Travis Kelce is similar. The Kansas City star tight end is +650 to hit paydirt first and -120 anytime.
Darrell Williams is +700 to score first and -115 anytime in case the Chiefs use the ground game to hit the board first.
Mahomes is +1800 to reach the end zone first and +290 anytime. In light of his recent struggles, might he try to shake things up by taking a run-pass option to the house?
The Kansas City defense is +2800 for first score, +450 anytime.
For the Giants, quarterback Daniel Jones is +2000 to tally first, +330 anytime.
Devontae Booker, the next man up in the Big Blue backfield, is +700 to tally first, +115 anytime.
Engram is +2000 to tally first, +330 anytime.
John Ross, the first touchdown scorer when the Giants beat the New Orleans Saints in Week 4, is a deep threat. He is +3500 on a first score, +550 anytime.
The Giants’ defense is +4000 for first and +650 anytime.
Jones has an over-under passing yardage number of 252.5 at DraftKings. Both sides are -115.
Mahomes has a 302.5 passing yardage number with the over at -115. He’s +130 to throw a pick. That’s a live consideration. Mahomes has tossed nine of them this year.
What if both QBs light it up together?
Mahomes and Jones to combine for 549.5 passing yards and zero interceptions has a payout of +450.
On their best nights, they could easily surpass that number. But the question is whether the Giants shorten the game by running the ball. That’s what they would like to do
Jones has been known to break some long runs. Can he notch more than 21.5 rushing yards here? It’s -115 on both sides.
The Giants like to use running backs in the pass game. Can Booker hit for one good-size reception? That’s over-under 17.5 yards with the over at -110 and the under at -120.
A small sampling from Caesars Sportsbook
Sticking with the QB theme, Caesars Sportsbook has Jones to throw two or more touchdowns and the Giants to win is +750.
Mahomes to throw for three touchdowns and rush for one is +1500.
Jones over 32.5 passing attempts is -125. Jones under 32.5 passing attempts is -105.
An assortment from BetMGM
BetMGM also has a variety of angles for bettors to play.
The first one is billed as an “Anything Better Parlay.” If Jones throws at least one touchdown, Mahomes tosses one interception, and Kansas City wins, the odds are +250.
Jones to record 250 passing yards, Engram to get at least 50 of them, and Booker to score is +775. The Giants don’t even need to win the game for bettors to cash that one.
Will the Giants tally at least three touchdowns? Yes is +125.
And when the gamblers are tired of handicapping, why not invoke the coin-flip approach?
What’s the yardage of the game’s first touchdown? The odd is -115 and the even is -105. (Now THAT’s handicapping).
FanDuel game specials
FanDuel Sportsbook lists a bundle under the games special category.
Will both teams score in all four quarters? Yes is +750.
Here are the odds of the first offensive drive of the game:
Field Goal +410
Other (safety, turnover, etc) +650
The book also has listed a group of props by degree of difficulty with plateaus at +450, +500 to +1900, +2000 to +4900, and +5000 and above.
Most will have odds similar to hitting a lottery ticket, so it’s good to be careful at what you stab at.
One wager that’s remotely reachable and fairly priced is whether each team will get a field goal in each quarter. It’s + 500. The Giants would need to keep the game close in order for that bet to have a chance.
What about the game?
The Giants are not supposed to beat the Chiefs tonight. But the New York Jets weren’t supposed to shock the Bengals. And the New Orleans Saints were not supposed to take down Tampa Bay. The Arizona Cardinals weren’t supposed to lose their first game either.
But all those upsets unfolded. The Giants will try for one more.
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