Philadelphia Eagles Bye Week Still Provides Lots Of Betting Markets At NJ Sportsbooks

There are no bye week blues for New Jersey online sports bettors and Philadelphia Eagles fans.

Scoreboard watching and wagering abundance marks NFL Week 14.

Although the Eagles don’t play this week, the result of other games impacts bettors who took a stab at them to make the playoffs a few weeks back, at odds of about +300.

On Friday morning, the Birds stood at +125 to reach the postseason, their lowest betting odds in a long time. They are -165 to not make the playoffs.

The Eagles won’t really lose ground this weekend, but could gain some.

Philadelphia Eagles Playoff Odds At NJ Sportsbooks

The Fan Viewpoint

It began Thursday night and the Eagles’ hopes just missed as the Minnesota Vikings held off the Pittsburgh Steelers, 36-28. The Vikings became 6-7, the same record as the Eagles in the race for the last playoff berth.

Philadelphia, seeking help from its outside-looking playoff position, now roots both for the Dallas Cowboys against the 6-6 Washington Football Team, and the Cincinnati Bengals against the 6-6 San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

A Cincinnati win would put San Francisco at 6-7, the same record as the Eagles, although with a tiebreak because of a Week 2 victory over the Birds.

A Dallas triumph would give Washington the same 6-7 record as the Eagles when the teams clash Dec. 19 at the Linc. But if Washington prevails Sunday, it gets to 7-6 and a position from which it could practically oust the Eagles from the playoffs by winning next week.

On the flip side, if Dallas wins and then the Eagles defeat Washington, that’s a huge momentum switch.

Eagles loyalty parlay? Dallas and Cincinnati together on the DraftKings moneyline is +207.

Quite a bit of excitement for a bye week.

The Betting Viewpoint

The Washington-Dallas game has been compelling to watch from a wagering standpoint. When it went up across major NJ sportsbooks last Sunday night, Dallas was -5 at some books.

Washington bettors hit it so hard that the line moved to Dallas -3.5 by Tuesday. That enticed Cowboys backers to tee off, driving this line to -4 or -4.5, depending upon where gamblers shopped.

This has been one of the league’s most volatile betting lines all week.

“The Washington game is really moving,” Johnny Avello, the director of race and sportsbook operations for DraftKings, told NJGS.

“We were at Dallas -4.5 and a lot of guys took Washington. I respect that play. That’s a good number for this game. It went all the way down to 3.5.”

“When you look at these two teams, Dallas always gets bet in the first place. And the Washington Football Team is not scoring a lot, but is winning. The defense we expect is now showing up. This definitely could be a very close game.”

Washington has the NFC’s longest win streak at four.

NFL Week 14 Prop Bets

DraftKings features lots of props.

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has an over-under yardage total of 289.5 yards at -115 either way.

Taylor Heinicke of Washington has a yardage mark of 244.5 at -115 either side.

Prescott has an over under of 2.5 touchdown passes thrown. The over is +165 and the under is -220.

Heinicke’s touchdown pass number is 1.5 and the over is +110, with the under at -145.

Here are some in the running back and wide receiver area:

Terry McLaurin, Heinicke’s most reliable target, has an over-under total of 62.5 yards and is -115 either side.

CeeDee Lamb for Dallas is 69.5 yards, -115 either way.

Amari Cooper is 54.5 yards with the same odds.

Tight end Dalton Schultz of Dallas is 42.5 yards at identical odds.

Lamb is +100 for over 5.5 receptions, while the odds are -125 for under.

Caesars Sportsbook has loaded up on touchdown scoring and two-player combos.

Odds to score the first touchdown:

  • Antonio Gibson +500, -115 anytime
  • Lamb +750, +116 anytime
  • Cooper +900, +160 anytime
  • McLaurin +950, +145 anytime
  • Schultz +950, +165 anytime

Combos

Michael Gallup and McLaurin to each go over 4.5 catches is +325.

Lamb and Cooper to both score is +650.

Here is another sample from BetMGM:

  • Race to 10 points: Dallas is -150, Washington is +120
  • Race to 20 points: Dallas is -135, Washington is +175

Will both teams score 20 or more points? Yes is -110, no is -115. This is a solid prop on either side. Dallas is usually a strong bet to get 20, but the Washington defense has been coming on in recent weeks.

Washington’s offense tallied 17 in each of its last two games. The bettor who takes the yes in this prop wants a field goal more.

There’s a nice markup on the moneyline if both teams are able to score 20 or more.

Dallas would return +210 to win a game in which both teams hit at least 20. Washington is +360.

Analyzing Bengals Vs. 49ers

Dallas coach Mike McCarthy said he feels confident the Cowboys will beat Washington. It was taken as a near guarantee.

But don’t make Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow pinky-swear that his team will beat the Niners. The right pinky injury he sustained last Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers is bad. It is on his throwing hand and will likely affect touch passes and deep balls.

The Bengals will probably try quick-hitting passes and the Niners will try to deny certain routes.

It will be an interesting game to watch. It’s a tough game to bet on because you don’t know how effective Burrow will be.

Betting On New York Giants Vs. Chargers

NFC East bettors will consider whether the New York Giants have enough points at DraftKings to cover against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Yes, even a game involving the 4-8 Giants must be handicapped. The betting line moved from Los Angles -10.5 to -9.5 after top Charger receiver Keenan Allen was placed on the COVID list. His status for the game is uncertain and won’t be determined until close to game time.

How important is he? Allen, who has been selected to the Pro Bowl each of the past four seasons, leads the Chargers with 86 receptions and 929 receiving yards this season, along with four touchdown receptions. If he sits, that’s a significant blow to this team.

The over-under total of 43.5 represents the impact of Allen and the Giants’ propensity to play in low-scoring games. Big Blue has only mustered 32 points in its last three games.

Bettors don’t care about the Giants’ win-loss record. They have wagered into this team hitting the under four weeks in a row.

 

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Dave Bontempo

Dave Bontempo, a multiple national award-winning boxing commentator and writer, authors NFL betting columns for the Press of Atlantic City and IGaming Player, among others.