Five Jets Bets From A Tortured Fan: NFL Week 7 at Patriots

The New York Jets (1-4) face the New England Patriots (2-4) at 1 p.m. on Sunday in Foxborough for a battle between AFC East division rivals.

There are not many compelling reasons to watch the New York Jets (1-4) take on the New England Patriots (2-4) in Foxborough on Sunday afternoon.

As a long-suffering Jets fan, I already know how this story goes.

The Patriots have won 11 straight games against New York. New England has won 20 of the last 24 matchups between these two teams.

The last time Gang Green actually won at Gillette Stadium was the AFC Divisional playoff game in 2011. The NY Jets have not won a regular-season game in New England since 2008.

Only a self-loathing Jets fan or an NJ sports gambler looking to cash in on New York’s misery will be tuning in at 1 p.m. Yours truly is both.

After another tough week, my Jets betting bankroll is -$17.90.
Without further ado, here are my five $5 Jets bets for Week 7.

Coming up empty for reasons

I spent all week trying to find a reason the Jets would win this game.
But, c’mon. Those numbers above speak for themselves

Even if you want to make the argument that most of those losses came at the hands of the G.O.A.T, the Hoodie is still scowling on the sideline.

When these two AFC East rivals met in Week 2 at MetLife Stadium, Jets rookie QB Zach Wilson threw four interceptions. Gang Green did not find the endzone the entire game, settling for a field goal in each half.
Pats 25. Jets 6.

Nothing would make me happier than a NYJ win on Sunday. Losing this bet would not bother me in the least.

I’m taking the Patriots moneyline at -300 odds on Fox Bet NJ.

Divisional games are unpredictable

Despite obvious reservations about the Jets winning outright, the game could be close.

The Jets have, historically, shown a tendency to play the Pats tough in at least one of the teams’ two annual meetings.

Gang Green is rested, too. The Jets had a bye last week after a brutal loss in Week 5 to the Atlanta Falcons in London.

The Patriots lost an overtime game at home last week to the Dallas Cowboys. They could be emotionally spent. And, it’s probably hard to get up for the lowly Jets after going toe-to-toe with a really good team.

I could see a game where the Pats are overlooking the Jets a bit. NY starts fast and takes an early lead. NE gets it together by the third quarter and wins.

An alternate spread of Jets +4.5 points at +115 odds on DraftKings Sportsbook feels reasonable.

Can the Jets take a halftime lead in New England?

Coming off a bye week, no one really knows what first-year head coach Robert Saleh’s squad will look like. Will the Jets be energized and focused? Or slow and flat?

Based on how things have gone this season, the latter is more likely.

However, I’m going to choose to have faith in Saleh’s game plan.

He is a defensive coach going up against a rookie quarterback for the second time. I expect Saleh and the defensive coaching to have something up their sleeves for Patriots QB Mac Jones.

If all goes well, perhaps Wilson and the offense can take advantage of extra possessions generated by the defense. Maybe it leads to some early points.

Here’s to hoping the Jets can solve their first-half offensive woes this week.
I think the green and white will lead at the half before losing. The double result of NYJ/NE is +500 at Caesars Sportsbook.

Stupid is as stupid does as a Jets fan

Sometimes it can be hard to explain the choices we make. Like, voluntarily rooting for the New York Jets.

I mean, what kind of fool would spend hard-earned money on NYJ tickets and merchandise? Oh.

When it comes to NJ sports betting — or any gambling for that matter — not having a sound rationale for doing something is, well, stupid.

See where I’m going here?

My decision-making is already questionable. So, if the shoes fits …

For no other reason than I desperately want to see this happen, I’m putting money down that the New York Jets will score in every quarter on Sunday.
FanDuel Sportsbook is offering that prop at +440 odds and gleefully taking my $5.

Get Crowder the ball, please

Most of America has not been watching NYJ football games the last few years. No explanation is needed.

For those of us unfortunate souls who have been subjected to Jets football, there has been one (semi) bright spot: Jamison Crowder.

The Jets do not have a superstar player on the 53-man roster. But, since 2019, the 5-foot-9, 177-pound wide receiver has been the Jets best player.

Last year, Crowder averaged 11.8 yards per catch and had six touchdowns.
Wilson and Crowder have developed some chemistry this season, but not much. Crowder has only played in two games. He has 11 receptions and one TD.

If the Jets have any chance of catching the Pats off guard on Sunday, Crowder will have to be involved early.

Maybe the game’s first touchdown scorer?

Bet365 Sportsbook posted +1400 odds for the player prop. I had some free money to play with there, so I’m taking the chance.

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New Jersey Sets U.S. Sports Betting Record With Over $1 Billion Wagered In September

Last month, N.J. bettors wagered $1.011 billion, the largest monthly sports betting handle ever reported by any legal U.S. gaming jurisdiction.

New Jersey sports betting made U.S. gambling history in September, taking in more than $1 billion in legal wagers.

According to data released Monday by state gaming regulators, gamblers in N.J. bet $1.011 billion on sports last month. September’s total is the largest monthly sports betting handle ever reported by any state or legal gaming jurisdiction in the country.

More than $918.4 million, or 90.8%, was wagered via online sportsbooks or mobile apps.

 

Lots of money to go around from N.J. sports betting

Garden State sportsbook operators generated $82.44 million in revenue in September, according to data from the N.J. Division of Gaming Enforcement. Last month’s sports gambling revenue was 83% more than the same month in 2020.

September’s sports betting handle bested the previous record of $996.3 million from December 2020.

N.J. now claims the 13 highest monthly sports betting handles in U.S. history.

The state of New Jersey has collected over $170 million in taxes from legalized sports gambling in just over three years. More than $69.9 million in sports betting taxes has been added to state coffers in 2021 alone.

Everyone is looking up at N.J.

Sports betting outside of Nevada was legalized in May 2018 following a U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). N.J. was the lead party in the landmark case against the NCAA, NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL.

Since 2018, nearly $19 billion has been legally wagered on sports in N.J. The next-closest gambling jurisdiction in terms of total sports betting handle since June 2018 is Nevada, with $16.8 billion. (Nevada has yet to release September gaming figures).

Year-to-date, more than $7.1 billion has been legally wagered on sports in N.J., exceeding the $6 billion wagered for all of 2020.

Breaking down September’s sports betting revenue numbers

N.J. has 22 online/mobile sportsbooks. All nine Atlantic City casinos offer retail sports gambling, as do three state-licensed racetracks.

FanDuel Sportsbook/PointsBet/SuperBook, operating under the Meadowlands Racetrack license, again topped all online operators with $36.6 million in gross revenue. That number is up from the $23.6 million reported in August.

Looking at the remainder of N.J.’s online sportsbooks, here’s how they performed in September:

  • Resorts Digital (Resorts/DraftKings/Fox Bet): $13.2 million
  • Borgata (BetMGM/Borgata): $10.8 million
  • Monmouth Park (William Hill/SugarHouse/theScore): $1.8 million
  • Ocean Casino (Caesars/Tipico): $653,322
  • Hard Rock: (Hard Rock/Bet365/Unibet): $1.6 million
  • Caesars Interactive (Caesars Sportsbook/888sport/WynnBet): -$568,675
  • GNOG (Golden Nugget/BetAmerica/Betway): -$70,405
  • Tropicana (Caesars): $3 million
  • Freehold Raceway (Barstool/PlayUp): $4.1 million

Enjoy it while it lasts, N.J.

New Jersey sports betting may be the leader in the clubhouse now, but the state’s dominance could be challenged soon.

New York is nearing its launch of legalized online sports betting, with some lawmakers eyeing a start before the Super Bowl in February 2022. Although exact figures are not public, sportsbook operators in N.J. have suggested anywhere between 20-25% of all online or mobile sports bets are Empire State residents crossing the state border.

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Glebocki Resigns As CEO Of Atlantic City’s Ocean Casino Hotel

Terry Glebocki, who led Ocean Casino’s turnaround from a flailing operation to one of AC’s top performers, has unexpectedly stepped down.

Terry Glebocki is resigning her role as CEO of Ocean Casino Resort, according to the Atlantic City casino.

Glebocki led Ocean’s turnaround from a flailing operation to one of the city’s top performers. The longtime financial executive had been the casino’s CEO since 2019.

Glebocki’s resignation unexpected

No reason was given for her departure.

“Glebocki has three decades of financial management experience, which navigated Ocean’s course to financial stability,” the casino said in a statement Monday. “Terry joined Ocean on the brink of bankruptcy and is leaving the property as a leading casino resort in Atlantic City.

Glebocki also resigned as president of the Casino Association of New Jersey, the industry’s lobbying and relations group.

Ocean did not indicate who would be taking over the CEO’s duties.

“We are working through this transition and will provide updates as they become available,” the casino said.

Trust in Terry

Glebocki was appointed CEO of Ocean in December 2019 after serving on an interim basis for several months.

The Boardwalk casino formerly known as Revel (2012-2014) had been financially struggling since it reopened in June 2018 as Ocean.

Luxor Capital Group, a New York-based hedge fund, took control of Ocean in early 2019. Shortly after, Luxor installed a team of experienced Atlantic City casino executives and invested millions of dollars in capital improvements.

From bottom to top tier of AC casinos

Between February 2019 and February 2020, Ocean went from last among AC’s nine casinos to sixth in terms of land-based gambling revenue. By February 2021, Ocean was third in the market behind only Borgata and Hard Rock.

Through the first six months of 2021, Ocean reported $24.9 million in gross operating profits. Two years ago, the casino hotel posted $12.75 million in losses over the same period.

Ocean under new ownership?

Luxor is currently in the process of relinquishing some control of Ocean. Earlier this year, Ilitch Holdings Inc., a Michigan-based company that owns the Little Caesars pizza chain and operates Detroit’s MotorCity Casino Hotel, acquired a stake in Ocean Casino Resort

Luxor and Ilitch struck a deal that would give the latter up to 50% control of Ocean.

Last month, New Jersey gaming regulators approved a management agreement between the two parties.

The NJ Casino Control Commission will vote on Ilitich’s interim casino authorization during Wednesday’s public meeting.

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Five Jets Bets From A Tortured Fan: NFL Week 5 Versus Falcons

The New York Jets are in London to face the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday morning after a dramatic overtime win last week.

The New York Jets are masters at torturing fans and sports gamblers.

Gang Green’s dramatic 27-24 overtime win last week against the Tennessee Titans shocked the home crowd. However, the Jets’ first win of the 2021 NFL season also stunned most bettors who backed a low-scoring affair.
This tortured Jets fan is still conflicted. The late-game comeback turned five winning bets to three losses in NFL Week 4. My season bankroll is now $7.45 in the red.

On to Week 5.

The Jets (1-3) are in London for a nationally televised Sunday morning matchup against the Atlanta Falcons (1-3).

Even diehards will have a tough time getting up for a 9:30 a.m. kickoff to watch these two teams.

With the NYJ looking for two wins in a row, here are my five $5 bets for Week 5.

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1. Jets soaring after Week 4 win

After all these years, I should be smarter about putting my faith in the New York Jets. I’ve lost count of how many times this team has broken my spirit.

But this was a game I circled months ago as one they can win. I actually thought this would be their first win of the season.

Either way, I’m riding this one out. I’m backing my team outright.
Most New Jersey sportsbooks set the moneyline odds for the underdog Jets somewhere between +120 and +130. I took +130 at FanDuel Sportsbook.

2. Not letting the head Falcon fly

Veteran quarterback Matt Ryan leads Atlanta. The Jets are following rookie QB Zach Wilson.

Both teams’ passing attacks leave much to be desired.

Wilson and the Jets are completing a league-low 56.8% of pass attempts. The Jets average 11.8 yards per reception. Per game, the Jets average less than 200 yards passing.

Atlanta is slightly below the league average in completion percentage at 67.1%. The Falcons average 9.2 yards per catch, which is second-worst in the league. Ryan and his receivers are averaging about 233 yards per game.

Neither team has put up 1,000 total yards through the air this season.

This could be a run-heavy game and the QBs could be left with little to do.
I like Ryan throwing for under 279.5 yards total at DraftKings Sportsbook. Not thrilled about the odds at -115 though.

3. Trying to make dollars, not sense

Make sure to brew a large pot of coffee for this game. The Jets and Falcons are two of the worst offenses in the NFL, so the probability of a snoozefest is high.

The Jets average just under 12 points and a shade over 276 yards per game. They have only found the endzone five times in four games.

The Denver Broncos blanked the Jets in a 26-0 beatdown in Week 3.
Atlanta is slightly better with 19.5 PPG and 319.5 YPG. The Falcons have nine touchdowns on the year.

The line on this game is 45.5 total points.

Against my better (or bettor?) judgment and all logic to the contrary, I’m taking the over (-110) at BetMGM Sportsbook.

4. Young Jets QB has a big day

Full disclosure: I wasn’t high on the Jets drafting Wilson with the second overall pick in this year’s draft. I thought Justin Fields was a better option.

Either way, Wilson is our guy for the foreseeable future. Not that it matters, but he has my support as long as he’s wearing the green and white.
So far, the results have been what most would expect with a rookie QB joining an already bad team.

Wilson has eight interceptions to just four touchdowns for the year. But, other than the Week 2 game against the New England Patriots when he tossed four picks, his mistakes haven’t been egregious or unpredictable.

He can build off of last week’s respectable performance (21-34, 297 YDs, 2TDs, 1INT) against a subpar Atlanta secondary.

Fox Bet NJ is offering a Bet Boost that Wilson throws for 250-plus yards and 2-plus passing TDs at +250.

5. Long shot bet in London

The Jets’ scoring struggles have been on full display in the first halves of games this year. The Jets have put up a grand total of 10 points in the first half. In two games, the Jets failed to score at all in the first half.

Most of that is likely due to Wilson not being able to get in rhythm with his receivers. The Jets’ lack of a running game does not help matters.

Atlanta isn’t lighting up scoreboards to start games though either. The Falcons are averaging 9 PPG in the first half

On a hunch, I think both teams will score more than once in the first half Sunday. In fact, I think we’re going to see a 13-13 tie at the half. I took the hail mary at WynnBet Sportsbook for +750.

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BetMGM Debuts Jets-Themed Blackjack And Roulette Online Casino Games With A MetLife Stadium View

BetMGM launches New York Jets blackjack and roulette games that take players “inside MetLife Stadium,” for immersive online gambling action.

The New York Jets are flying high following an overtime win Sunday in front of a home crowd. Now, the Jets are soaring into digital gambling with BetMGM’s launch of team-branded blackjack and roulette.

According to a news release, the new BetMGM Casino games take players into an immersive, three-dimensional rendering of a suite at MetLife Stadium.

Jets Roulette features realistic ball animations, section bets, and a full results statistical interface.

Jets Blackjack allows players to wager in up to five seats and includes two popular side bets: 21+3 and Any Pair. Both games also feature a ‘go live’ button.  It takes “the player out of the suite, onto the field, and directly into a live dealer version.”

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Jets, BetMGM growing relationship

The New York Jets entered into a partnership with MGM Resorts International in 2018. BetMGM is a joint venture between MGM Resorts International and Entain Holdings.

BetMGM now has a 1000-square-foot branded studio at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Facility in Florham Park.

“These latest additions strengthen our market-leading games portfolio in New Jersey, and we’re confident that Jet fans and casino players alike will gravitate toward them,” said Oliver Bartlett, director of gaming for BetMGM.

BetMGM is the N.J. market leader in 2021

BetMGM is one of the fastest-growing iGaming operators. The company says it has reached an estimated 33% national market share in its four states of operation.

In 2021, BetMGM is the market share leader in New Jersey. As of August, BetMGM, operating under the Borgata Atlantic City license,  has nearly 32% of the Garden State’s online gambling market.

N.J. is the largest online gambling and sports betting market in the U.S. It is also the first state where the operator is launching NFL team-branded games on BetMGM Casino, Borgata Online, and PartyCasino.

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MLB Rivalry, Playoff Edition: Yankees, Red Sox Battle In Wild Card Game

The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will play a winner-take-all game in the American League Wild Card on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will play a winner-take-all game for just the fifth time in their historic rivalry.

Both teams waited until the 9th inning in the 162nd game to clinch the two American League Wild Card spots.

The Yankees and Red Sox finished the regular season with identical 92-70 records. Boston won the head-to-head season series 10-9, setting up a one-game playoff Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

First pitch is scheduled for 8:08 p.m. (ESPN).

New York will start their ace, Gerrit Cole. Boston will send former Yankee Nathan Eovaldi to the mound.

Winner of the Wild Card game moves on to face the Tampa Bay Rays (100-62) in a best-of-five AL Division Series. Loser heads to Tampa for tee times, snorkeling, and family vacations.

NJ sports betting lines for Yankees vs. Red Sox Wild Card Game

Yankees odds  to win World Series No. 28 at NJ sportsbooks

The Yankees are searching for the franchise’s 41st AL pennant and 28th World Series championship. The Yankees have not been to the Fall Classic since 2009 when they beat the Philadelphia Phillies in six games.

Boston is fighting for its 15th pennant and 10th title. The Red Sox last won it all in 2018.

Neither ball club is favored to win it all or represent the AL in the World Series.

As of Monday afternoon, DraftKings Sportsbook had the defending champion Los Angeles Dodgers, at +390 to repeat. The Houston Astros were next at +450.

The Yankees were tied with the Atlanta Braves at +1100. Here is a look at the NJ World Series odds for the other playoff teams:

  • San Francisco Giants +700
  • Chicago White Sox +700
  • Tampa Bay Rays+750
  • Milwaukee Brewers +750
  • Boston Red Sox +1600
  • St.Louis Cardinals +2200

Recent history of Yanks/Sox single-game eliminations

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone is no stranger to do-or-die games against the Boston Red Sox.

In the 2003 AL Championship Series, Aaron “Bleepin’” Boone hit a walk-off home run on the first pitch of the 11th inning in Game 7. The Yankees would go on to lose the World Series to the Florida Marlins.

Boston got revenge the very next year and, in the process, broke the 86-year-old Curse of the Bambino. The Red Sox became the first team in MLB history to come back from a 3-0 series deficit defeating the Yanks in seven games. Boston would go to win its first WS title since 1918.

Of course, no recap of this 1-95 feud is complete without mentioning 1978 and Game 163. Bucky “(expletive)” Dent forever became a household name when he hit a three-run HR over the Green Monster at Fenway to put the Yankees on top for good. The Yankees won World Series title No. 22 a few weeks later.

Yankees history class is now in session

The other two sudden-death games involving New York and Boston occurred in 1949 and 1904.

The New York Highlanders and Boston Americans played back-to-back doubleheaders in early October of 1904. The Americans dashed the Highlanders’ hopes to secure the AL pennant. However, the New York Giants refused to play the winner deeming the AL a lesser league.

On the final day of the 1949 season, the Yankees beat Boston 5-3 to win the pennant. They would go on to beat the Brooklyn Dodgers to win the first of five consecutive World Series championships.

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