The Philadelphia Eagles try to parlay a big win.
The New York Giants try to build on two consecutive covers.
Both teams backed by New Jersey online sports bettors are slight but live underdogs for NFL Week 9.
The Eagles host the Los Angeles Chargers and Big Blue battles the invading Las Vegas Raiders.
Let’s look at both teams.
Chargers vs. Eagles odds at NJ sportsbooks
Will the Eagles finally get a home win?
The Birds, 3-5, are one week removed from their 44-6 pounding of the Detroit Lions that tamed the critics calling for Nick Sirianni’s removal.
They also are one win away from New Jersey online bettors and fans believing “this team is not all that bad.”
Can they get over the hump and beat a good team?
Big bettors are showing the Birds respect in this game.
The DraftKings Sportsbook line opened at the Eagles +3 and New Jersey bettors helped knock it down to +2. This has occurred even while DraftKings numbers reveal that 77% of the revenue is on the Chargers.
This means that a small number of bettors put some big bread on the Birds.
Here is some data from DraftKings Nation that is applicable for this game.
The Chargers are 4-10-1 against the spread against a team with a losing record.
The over is 5-1 in the Chargers’ last six games as a road favorite.
The Eagles are 1-5 straight up in their last six home games. And as of now, they don’t have a home victory this season. The Birds’ last home win at the Linc came against the New Orleans Saints last December.
The Eagles are 6-2 against the spread in their .previous eight games as a home underdog.
The under is 4-1 in the Eagles’ last five games following a straight-up win. And the over-under total of 49 for this game will take some work.
See how that plays into your expectations.
Here are some individual props to consider from DraftKings.
Prop bets for Eagles vs. Chargers
Quarterback Jalen Hurts to clear 230.5 passing yards. It’s -115 either way.
Hurts’ touchdown passes over-under is 1.5. It’s -115 either way.
Hurts interceptions over 0.5 is +100.
Hurts and Chargers QB Justin Herbert to combine for 500 yards and five touchdowns is +300.
Here are some that focus on team performance.
Can the Eagles get over 2.5 touchdowns? Yes is -120
Race to 10 points. Eagles are +105
Race to 15 points. Eagles are +110
Total touchdowns in the game. Over 5.5 is +110
Birds betting wave at Caesars Sportsbook
Caesars Sportsbook has the point spread down to Philadelphia +1.5.
Here are some individual scoring props.
- Austin Ekeler +400 first, -150 anytime
- Keenan Allen +900 first, +145 anytime
- Boston Scott + 750 first, +150 anytime
- Dallas Goedert +900 first, + 145 anytime
- Jalen Hurts +900 first, +165 anytime
FanDuel Sportsbook and what the score has to do with it
FanDuel Sportsbook has a wave of plus numbers on an intriguing wager.
The team to score first and lose:
- Chargers +370
- Eagles +330
To score first and win:
- Chargers +170
- Eagles +205
The score first and lose bet comes out more often than one thinks, and pays well.
Last week, the Chargers scored first against the New England Patriots and lost.
Two weeks ago, the Eagles tallied first against the Las Vegas Raiders and lost.
Can both teams score at least one touchdown per half? The odds are +112 for yes and +140 for no.
Raiders vs. Giants odds at NJ sportsbooks
Big Blue seeks home win No. 2
The Giants are a gritty 2-6 coming off two strong defensive efforts. One led them to a 25-3 blitzing of the Carolina Panthers as a three-point underdog two weeks ago.
The other came on Monday Night Football. They held the potent Kansas City Chiefs in check in a 20-17 setback. But they played well and covered the spread for the second straight week.
Here is some relevant DraftKings data regarding the point spread for the Giants-Raiders game.
The Giants are 0-5 against the spread in their previous five games against a team with a winning record.
The under is 6-0-1 in the Giants’ last seven games as a home underdog.
The under is 7-0-1 in the Giants’ last eight home games. The number is 46, slightly above average for this game.
Two factors contribute to the low numbers. Injuries have hampered the Giants’ offense. But their defense also has been stout.
“The Giants defense has been keeping them in games, they rely on it,” Johnny Avello, the director of race and sportsbook operations for DraftKings, told NJ Gambling Sites.
“This is a game in which the Raiders have to be careful. The Giants are capable of giving you trouble. They did so against Carolina and again against Kansas City.”
The Raiders, meanwhile, have given little reason to inspire road confidence.
Although they have won six of the last eight games, they have failed to cover four straight times against an underdog with a losing home record.
Where does that deficiency come from? Defense.
The over has won four straight times with the Raiders against a team with a losing record. It has also come in four of the last five times they have been a road favorite.
DraftKings reports that 89% of the bettors back the Raiders at -3 and 70% played the under.
Bet MGM prop sample
Here’s an interesting one from BetMGM regarding the moneyline and the total
For the Giants to win and the total to go over 33.5 is +180.
For the Raiders to win and the total to go over 33.5 is -110.
Here’s an imminent money-maker for bettors on both sides.
The original line has the Raiders at -160 for the moneyline and the Giants +135.
But for the Giants to win and both teams score 10 points, the moneyline becomes +155.
For the Raiders to win and both years to obtain 10 points is -120.
This is interesting because the change in betting odds makes the Raiders playable on the moneyline. And it makes the Giants more rewarding.
Individual props are difficult to track with the Giants. It’s quarterback Daniel Jones and friends.
Wide receiver Evan Engram scored last week. Devontae Booker carried the running-back load. John Ross was back at wide receiver and had two catches for 72 yards. He’s a good deep threat.
For the Raiders, Henry Ruggs III, their leading receiver, is no longer on the team.
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