NFL Week 3: Steelers, Saints QB Injuries Have NJ Sportsbooks Moving Lines

New Jersey online sportsbooks have to contend with a Drew Brees thumb injury and a Ben Roethlisberger elbow surgery when it comes to NFL Week 3 odds.

Oddsmakers at the top online sportsbooks in New Jersey worked so fast they had most of the NFL Week 3 odds up before halftime in the Philadelphia Eagles game against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night.

Atlanta ultimately finished off Philadelphia 24-20 and NJ sportsbooks posted most of the rest of the Week 3 opening lines.

Still to come was the Week 2 matchup between the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns on Monday Night Football. However, the majority of the Week 3 NFL game markets were already open in NJ on Sunday.

Of course, the opening odds are subject to change ahead of kickoff. News of key injuries, weather reports, big bets, and public sentiment often force oddsmakers into action.

In fact, before this story published, the lines moved. The latest odds are reflected below.

Let’s dive into the NFL betting odds for Week 3.

NFL Week 3 spreads and totals

Below is a look at the opening NFL point spreads and totals for most of the Week 3 games at the three top NJ sports betting apps.

This includes FanDuel Sportsbook, William Hill NJ, and DraftKings Sportsbook. Updated as of Sept. 17.

NFL Week 3DraftKingsFanDuelWilliam Hill
Titans
@ Jaguars
-1.5
40
-1.5
39.5
-1.5
39.5
Bengals
@ Bills
44
-6
44
-6
44
-6
Lions
@ Eagles
⁠47
⁠-7
47
-7
46.5
-6.5
Jets
@ Patriots
44.5
-22.5
44
-23
43.5
-22.5
Raiders
@ Vikings
⁠43
-8.5
43.5
-8.5
43.5
-8
Ravens
@ Chiefs
55
-7
⁠55
⁠-7
54.5
-6.5
Falcons
@ Colts
47.5
⁠-2.5
47
-1
47
-2
Broncos
@ Packers
42.5
-8
42.5
-8
42.5
-7.5
Dolphins
@ Cowboys
47.5
-21.5
47.5
-21.5
47
-21.5
Giants
@ Buccaneers
⁠48
-6.5
48
-6.5
48
-6.5
Panthers
@ Cardinals
No line-1.5
45.5
No line
Steelers
@ 49ers
43
-6.5
43.5
-6.5
43
-6.5
Saints
@ Seahawks
44.5
-4
44.5
-4.5
44.5
-4
Texans
@ Chargers
47.5
-3.5
48
-3.5
47.5
-3
Rams
@ Browns
-3
50.5
-3
50.5
-3
49.5
Bears
@ Redskins
⁠-4
42
-4
41.5
-4
41.5

Injuries impact NFL lines

On Sunday night, DraftKings had yet to post any Week 3 totals, but by Monday morning, the lines had been posted.

However, the first thing that stood out on the chart on Monday was that DraftKings and William Hill did not have opening odds posted for the Pittsburgh Steelers at San Fransisco 49ers or the New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks games. FanDuel only had the spreads on board.

And there’s a good reason for that.

The Steelers fell to 0-2 Sunday losing 28-26 to the Seahawks. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger injured his right elbow in the first half and didn’t play in the second. He underwent an MRI to assess the damage.

The result? Roethlisberger is out for the season.

The Steelers are not the same team without their legendary QB. So, it should be no surprise that the surprising 2-0 49ers are big home favorites.

In the meantime, the Saints dropped to 1-1 and star quarterback Drew Brees injured his hand in a 27-9 loss to the LA Rams on Sunday. He is expected to miss six weeks of the season.

The Saints were probably always going to be an underdog on the road against a 2-0 Seattle team. Oddsmakers were just waiting to see how much of a dog they’ll be now that Brees is out. The answer to that is only a slight underdog.

Another note in the injury column is QB Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers. His status for the Week 3 game against Arizona is up in the air.

The lines for that game are off the board at DraftKings and William Hill while the operators wait for more information.

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Big spreads for good reasons

The other thing that stands out is the big spreads on a couple of games. These include the Miami Dolphins at Dallas Cowboys (-21.5) and New York Jets at New England Patriots (-22.5/-23) games.

These look more like college football spreads with Alabama or Clemson taking on an unranked also-ran.

However, the Patriots 43-0 win over the Dolphins on Sunday proved New England can cover big spreads. Plus, it almost doesn’t matter how many points oddsmakers give Miami this season.

With the Jets loss on Monday night, NJ sportsbooks moved the lines once again from the starting point of -17.5/18.

The Cowboys rose to 2-0 by beating a division rival Washington Redskins team by 10 in Week 2. Plus, the Patriots have beat the Jets six straight, including a 35-point drubbing this past December.

Therefore, it’s easy to understand oddsmakers thinking here.

Unibet Online Sportsbook Launch Brings New Jersey One App Closer To 20

The Unibet Sportsbook launched in NJ this week making it 17 sports betting apps ready to take bets as the busiest time of year in sports begins.

European online gambling giant Kindred Group launched an NJ sports betting app under the name of its flagship brand Unibet this week.

Unibet Sportsbook started taking bets on Tuesday, Sept. 10. With Hard Rock Atlantic City as its land-based partner and Kambi as its sportsbook supplier, Unibet joins the market as the 17th online sports betting site in New Jersey.

The NJ online sportsbook launch comes three months after Kindred Group launched its Unibet online casino offering in NJ.

The two are now part of an integrated online casino and sportsbook site available exclusively in New Jersey.

TheScore Bet and Bet365 NJ sports betting apps launched last week. Now that Unibet Sportsbook is live, the market is edging closer to the predicted 20.

How to get started with Unibet Sportsbook

First of all, if you already have a Unibet Casino account, you don’t have to re-register for the sportsbook. Since the two share a wallet, you can easily jump from slots to sports without switching user names.

The launch of Unibet sports betting also comes just in time for the start of the NFL season. Week 2 NFL markets are already open on the site.

The NJ sports betting product is the first US online sports betting offering being launched under the Unibet brand.

Kindred Group says its launch will trigger the start of a significant marketing push.

Wait, is there an app for that?

Yes and yes.

Whether you use Apple or Android mobile devices, Unibet has you covered. To download the iOS app, you only need to visit the App Store.

To download the Android version, visit the nj.unibet.com website on your smartphone or tablet and follow the instructions.

The app includes both the NJ online casino and sportsbook.

Prime NJ sports betting season for Unibet

The marketing push will focus on the busiest time of the year in sports betting. The NFL just kicked off and the MLB playoffs start next month.

Plus, the start of the NBA and NHL seasons are right around the corner.

Kindred US SVP Manuel Stan said it is an exciting time for the company in NJ:

“We are very excited to launch our first sportsbook in the US and being able to give our customers in New Jersey a first-class sports betting experience. To be able to do this in partnership with a brand as strong as Hard Rock Hotel & Casino who share our vision to be a leader in the US market is a great feeling.”

Stan also said the company is pleased to extend its 22-year partnership with Kambi:

“We have been preparing very thoroughly for this moment for a long time and are ready and excited to become a part of what most likely will become the largest betting market in the world.”

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What’s next for Unibet? Pennsylvania

Next up for the company is a move into neighboring Pennsylvania in the coming months. There, it has plans to operate various online gambling products through a partnership with the Mohegan Sun Pocono land-based casino.

The exact timeline for that launch is an unknown, so for now, the place to play at Unibet Sportsbook is in New Jersey.

Kindred Group was once known solely as Unibet. But shareholders agreed to change the company name to Kindred Group in December 2016.

The company has since reserved the Unibet name for some of its more popular online gambling products.

The Unibet brand now runs integrated online casinos, poker sites, sportsbooks, and bingo sites in the UK, Europe, Australia, and now the US for more than 100 million customers around the world.

First Look At The Opening NFL Week 2 Point Spreads At NJ Sportsbooks

The top NJ sports betting apps have released opening Week 2 spreads for most of the 16 NFL games on tap. Here’s an early look.

It seems like oddsmakers never sleep. At least not during the NFL season.

That’s why even before the New England Patriots had wrapped up their 33-3 drubbing of the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night, the top NJ sports betting apps had already released most of the opening odds for the Week 2 slate of 16 NFL games.

Week 1 still had two Monday Night Football games to play but anyone 21 and older and inside New Jersey could already start betting on the Week 2 spreads.

NFL Week 2 spreads

In fact, below is a look at the Week 2 point spread lines posted at the top three NJ online sports betting sites on Sunday night.

This includes Draftkings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook, and William Hill NJ. (Updated on Sept. 12)

NFL Week 2DraftKingsFanDuelWilliam Hill
TB Buccaneers
@ CAR Panthers
+7
-7
+7
-7
+7
-7
ARI Cardinals
@ BAL Ravens
+13
-13
+13
-13
+13
-13
BUF Bills
@ NY Giants
-1.5
+1.5
-1.5
+1.5
-1.5
+1.5
DAL Cowboys
@ WAS Redskins
-4.5
+4.5
-5.5
+5.5
-5.5
+5.5
IND Colts
@ TEN Titans
+3.5
-3.5
+3
-3
+3
-3
JAX Jaguars
@ HOU Texans
+9.5
-9.5
+9.5
-9.5
+9
-9
LA Chargers
@ DET Lions
-2.5
+2.5
-2.5
+2.5
-2.5
+2.5
MIN Vikings
@ GB Packers
+3
-3
+3
-3
+3
-3
NE Patriots
@ MIA Dolphins
-18.5
+18.5
-18.5
+18.5
-18.5
+18.5
SF 49ers
@ CIN Bengals
+1.5
-1.5
+2
-2
+2
-2
SEA Seahawks
@ PIT Steelers
+4
-4
+4.5
-4.5
+4
-4
KC Chiefs
@ OAK Raiders
-7
+7
-7.5
+7.5
-7.5
+7.5
CHI Bears
@ DEN Broncos
-2.5
+2.5
-2.5
+2.5
-2.5
+2.5
NO Saints
@ LA Rams
+2.5
-2.5
+2.5
-2.5
+2.5
-2.5
PHI Eagles
@ ATL Falcons
-2
+2
-1.5
+1.5
-1.5
+1.5
CLE Browns
@ NY Jets

-6
+6
-6
+6
-6
+6

Road favorite Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles failed to cover a spread that had bloated to as much as 10 points before kickoff against the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

But the Eagles still won the game.

A slow Week 1 start forced the Eagles to come back down 20-7 at the half.

This week, the Eagles will head to Atlanta to take on a Falcons team that lost 28-12 to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1. The Falcons turned the ball over three times leading to three Vikings touchdowns.

Plus, this game is in Atlanta, which could explain why Philadelphia is favored by just a point here. This is one of the Week 2 spreads you can expect to move before game time.

So, if you like the Eagles, and we know you do, get in fast.

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Home underdog Giants

One week after the New York Jets blew a 16-0 lead to lose to the plucky Buffalo Bills 17-16, it’s the New York Giants turn to take on the Western New York team.

The Dallas Cowboys torched the Giants in Week 1 by a score of 35-17. As a result, this week’s all-New York matchup looks like a tale of two teams headed in different directions.

The Bills open up as 2.5-point favorites despite the fact the game is in New Jersey. However, it already looks like betting on the Giants won’t bring much but disappointment this season.

A fourth-quarter comeback in Week 1 looks like just the start for QB Josh Allen. Plus, this is a Bills team getting tons of respect from oddsmakers as a Week 2 road favorite.

Home underdog Jets

Like we mentioned above, the Jets had the Bills down 16-0 with 7:01 left in the third quarter. The Jets still found a way to lose. Despite the new season, this looks like the same old Jets team.

The Jets will open as Week 2 home underdogs. This despite playing a Cleveland Browns team that was completely dismantled in the second half against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

Big talking Browns QB Baker Mayfield couldn’t back it up. He threw three second-half picks on the way to a 30-point loss to the Titans.

Both teams will be looking to start over with the Monday Night Football lights in Week 2. However, the Browns still have the more talented roster.

Plus, the Jets have proven they still find more ways to lose than win. That means Cleveland giving away a point or less may not be a bad road favorite.

Betting on the NFL

If you’re going to bet on the Week 2 games or any other NFL action this season, make sure you pay attention to movement in the lines ahead of game time.

The lines posted above are just the opening odds. Things like injury and weather reports could force sportsbooks to change them ahead of the game.

Plus, more money bet on one side or the other could force sportsbooks to adjust the line. They do this to attract more action to the other side and reduce exposure.

If you can find these artificial line movements, you may be able to take advantage. You can take more points, or give away fewer, than what is truly warranted. Or, you can lock in the opening line if you think movement later in the week will work against you.

It’s also worth noting that so early in the season makes it a good time to wade into the NFL futures market.

As teams prove themselves to be contenders, the odds on them to win the Super Bowl go down. That means the price on most real Super Bowl contenders is better now than it will ever be.

The defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots are a perfect example.

The champs spent most of the preseason at +700 to win it all at FanDuel Sportsbook. That looks like a dream price now. The Patriots were seen at +500 after a 30-point win over the Steelers on Sunday.

There’s $1 Million Waiting For You From FanDuel This NFL Season… If You Can Keep It

A new FanDuel Sportsbook sports betting contest is giving everyone $1 million with which to use in a free quiz contest in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

An innovative new sports betting contest at FanDuel Sportsbook is prepared to give each entrant $1 million and see how much of it they can hold onto throughout the 2019 NFL season.

The free-to-play Keep The Cash game is available now on the FanDuel Sportsbook app. And since it’s free, it’s accessible nationwide. You just need a FanDuel Sportsbook account to start playing.

$1 million to start this FanDuel Q&A game

FanDuel starts every player in the game off with a $1 million bankroll.

Then it asks players a new “yes or no” question every Monday, Thursday, Saturday, and twice on Sundays. That means five questions each week.

Plus, a new question is posted as soon as the previous one is locked in. So, there’s always one available.

Players distribute their entire bankroll balance between the YES and NO answers and then take whatever they put on the correct result onto the next question.

If they don’t like a question, they can always skip it.

It’s 20 questions, sports betting style

However, each player must answer 20 questions over the course of the 2019 NFL football season. FanDuel promises to let all players keep anything that’s left in their bankroll at the end of 20 questions.

A sample question provided by FanDuel Sportsbook for marketing purposes offers some idea of the kind of questions to expect. It read:

“Will Tom Brady throw five touchdown passes against the number 1 ranked Seahawks defense this Sunday?”

If this were a real Keep The Cash sports betting contest question, FanDuel would then ask players to use a slider to split their remaining balance between yes and no.

Then, FanDuel asks players to lock in the split.

Once the outcome of the question is clear, any cash a player put on the correct side is the cash they’ll take into the next question. Players lose the rest.

Once again, any money a player still has left after 20 questions is theirs to keep.

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One could conceivably walk away a $1 million winner by betting their entire bankroll on one side or the other through 20 questions and managing to get each one right.

However, players who think they can game the system will end up disappointed. Betting 50% on either side through 20 questions will net less than $0.25.

FanDuel Sportsbook has even provided a basic strategy guide for Keep The Cash players.

It says that how you distribute your cash for each question should depend on how confident you are in your answer:

  • If you’re certain: Put all of your cash that side. If you’re right, you’ll keep it all. But remember, if you’re wrong, you’ll lose it all.
  • If you’re uncertain: Split the difference by putting some cash on ‘Yes,’ some on ‘No.’ That way no matter what happens, you’ll still have some left.
  • If you have no idea: Just skip the question! There are five questions every week giving you plenty of time to answer 20.

Players can even change their cash distribution on a question right up until the event the question surrounds is about to start.

Sign up to enter this sports betting contest

To enter, players can log into their account or create a new one on the FanDuel Sportsbook app. Then click the promotions tab.

Or, players can go to the Keep The Cash website and log in to their FanDuel Sportsbook account or create a new one. Then, it’s a matter of simply selecting the Keep The Cash “Play Free” option to get in.

No real-money betting is necessary. However, players who register for an account with FanDuel Sportsbook just to get in this contest are still eligible for a first loss refund.

Sign up through this exclusive link. Then, make a deposit of up to $500 and bet it all on a side you like. If you win, you’ll collect the winnings. If you lose, FanDuel will give you a refund in bonus cash of up to $500.

And of course, there’s always that free trivia game to try. All NFL season long.

Did You Think The NFL Week 1 Lines Would Move Before Kickoff? You’d Be Right

NFL lines at New Jersey sportsbooks move ahead of a game for a variety of reasons. Check out NFL Week 1 lines at DraftKings and FanDuel.

With the NFL season kicking off this Thursday, Sept. 5, it’s a good time to look at what Week 1 lines have moved over the past week and why.

The NFL lines you find at New Jersey sportsbooks move ahead of a game for a variety of reasons.

A key injury or continued holdout might affect one team’s chances and force oddsmakers into action. An increased chance of inclement weather on gameday might even force NJ sportsbooks to move a line (we’re looking at you, Hurricane Dorian).

These are all legitimate on-the-field reasons why oddsmakers might adjust a line ahead of kickoff. It’s easy to see why oddsmakers are suddenly thinking differently.

Sometimes, it’s not so easy. Sometimes, oddsmakers aren’t thinking any differently, but the line is altered anyway.

A big bet or increased action on one side often forces sportsbooks to move a line. They do this to attract bets on the other side and limit the sportsbook’s exposure.

Oddsmakers clearly believe in the original line they set. There’s no legitimate on-the-field reason to change it, thereby giving you an opportunity to book a bet at a better price, take more, or give away fewer points when the on-the-field matchup doesn’t really warrant it.

Bet on oddsmakers being right

NFL oddsmakers have become stunningly accurate when it comes to setting lines. That’s why getting an extra point or point and a half on the spread can be extremely valuable.

So valuable, sportsbooks might force you to lay big bucks for it in alternative line markets.

When sportsbooks move a line because of a big bet or increased action on one side, you get all that value for nothing.

Think of it like betting on oddsmakers being right the first time they set the line. If they are as accurate as they usually are you’ll walk away a big winner.

NFL Week 1 lines and movement

Below is a look at the current point spread and totals lines for all 16 Week 1 NFL games at two of the top NJ sports betting apps.

This includes DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook. If the sportsbooks have moved a line, the previous line is in brackets on the chart (Updated Sept. 5)

NFL Week 1DraftKings SportsbookFanDuel Sportsbook
Green Bay
Chicago
46.5 (46)
-3
46.5
-3
Atlanta
Minnesota
48 (47.5)
-4
48 (47.5)
-4
Baltimore
Miami
-7 (-5.5)
37.5
-6.5 (-7.5)
38.5 (37.5)
Buffalo
NY Jets
40.5 (40)
-2.5 (-3)
40.5 (41)
-2.5 (-3)
Kansas City
Jacksonville
-3.5
52 (52.5)
-3.5
51.5 (52.5)
LA Rams
Carolina
-2.5 (-3)
50
-2.5 (-3)
50 (50.5)
Tennessee
Cleveland
45.5
-5.5
45 (45.5)
-5.5 (-5)
Washington
Philadelphia
45.5
-10 (-9.5)
45 (45.5)
-10 (-8.5)
Cincinnati
Seattle
43.5 (44)
-9.5 (-8.5)
44 (43)
-9.5 (-10)
Indianapolis
LA Chargers
44.5
-6.5
44.5 (45)
-6.5
Detroit
Arizona
-2.5
47 (48)
-2.5
46.5 (47)
NY Giants
Dallas
45.5
-7.5 (-7)
45.5 (46)
-7 (-7.5)
SF 49ers
Tampa Bay
50.5 (50)
pk (-1)
51 (50.5)
-1
Pittsburgh
New England
49.5 (50.5)
-5.5 (-6)
49 (50.5)
-6 (-5.5)
Houston
New Orleans
53.5
-7
52.5 (53.5)
-6.5 (-7)
Denver
Oakland
-2.5 (pk)
42.5 (43.5)
-2.5 (+1)
43

Eagles spread increasing

As you can clearly see in the chart, the point spread on the Philadelphia Eagles-Washington Redskins game has moved. Philadelphia was always the favorite, but now it’s up to Eagles -10 on DraftKings and FanDuel.

Look around and you won’t find many on-the-field reasons for the move.

Both teams have made a few small roster moves. Plus, the Eagles confirmed a small injury won’t keep receiver DeSean Jackson out of the game.

But these things alone wouldn’t normally warrant any movement in the line. Instead, it looks like a move caused by increased action on Philadelphia.

This should be no surprise since there is a strong Eagles fanbase in New Jersey. Case in point is this tweet below:

Philadelphia is the better team, but this early in the season it’s hard for any team to cover as much as 9.5 points.

Philadelphia is most likely going to beat Washington here. The question is by how much.

Oddsmakers clearly believe it’ll be by around nine. So, the extra point you can get on the Redskins right now may make Washington a good value bet.

Line moves on road favorite Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens have gone from -5 or -5.5 favorites on the road against the Miami Dolphins to -7 or -6.5 in the span of a week.

Again, these teams haven’t really done much in that time outside of finalizing the rosters.

Dolphins head coach Brian Flores did name Ryan Fitzpatrick the Week 1 starter at quarterback over Josh Rosen. However, Miami’s move to go with a proven veteran over a second-year player that has lost more than he’s won seems to favor Miami, not Baltimore.

Therefore, this may be another situation where the line has moved because of heavy betting on one side.

If that is the case, Miami +7.5 could be another great value bet. After all, Miami is at home and it’s hard to beat a team by a touchdown in their own house. Even if pundits are predicting there may be no worse team in the NFL this year.

Bottom line: Watch the lines

As game day approaches, and the entire NFL season continues, look for any kind of significant movements in NFL odds at NJ sportsbooks.

Then, ask yourself why.

If there’s no legitimate on-the-field reason, you may be able to take advantage of a move a sportsbook just made.

It’s Time To Check Out NFL Week 1 Odds At New Jersey Sportsbooks

NFL preseason wraps up this week giving you the chance to focus on NFL Week 1 odds at New Jersey sportsbooks including DraftKings, FanDuel, and BetStars.

The NFL preseason wraps up this week with the benchwarmers from all 32 NFL teams playing on Thursday, Aug. 29.

Sure, you can bet on these NFL games at NJ sportsbooks.

But for anyone planning to bet on the NFL this season, this final week of the preseason is the perfect time to lock in your bets for Week 1 of the regular season.

And, to make things even better, DraftKings Sportsbook is now offering separate no-vig point spreads for NFL Week 1. To find them, simply look for the “No-Vig NFL” tab.

NFL Week 1 odds

With the preseason just about over, teams will have locked in most of the roster. You’ll have a solid idea of who’s ready to start Week 1.

Plus, you’ll know who’s still holding out and who will start the season on injured reserve. That means New Jersey sportsbooks have the same information and will have already adjusted the Week 1 lines accordingly.

Now is the time to study those lines, do your homework, and focus in on games where obvious winners present themselves.

Here’s a look at the over/under and point spread lines for all 16 Week 1 NFL games at the top NJ sports betting apps (odds updated as of Sept. 3):

NFL Week 1DraftKingsFanDuel Fox Bet
Green Bay
Chicago
46.5
-3
46.5
-3
46.5
-3
Atlanta
Minnesota
48
-4
47
-4
48
-4.5
Baltimore
Miami
-7
37.5
-7.5
38
-7
37.5
Buffalo
NY Jets
40.5
-3
40.5
-3
41
-3
Kansas City
Jacksonville
-3.5
52
-3.5
52.5
-3.5
51.5
LA Rams
Carolina
-2.5
50
-3
50.5
-2.5
50
Tennessee
Cleveland
45.5
-5.5
45.5
-5.5
45.5
-5.5
Washington
Philadelphia
45.5
-9.5
46
-10
45
-9.5
Cincinnati
Seattle
43.5
-8.5
44
-10
44
-8.5
Indianapolis
LA Chargers
44.5
-6.5
43.5
-6.5
44.5
-6.5
Detroit
Arizona
-2.5
48
-2.5
47
-3
47
NY Giants
Dallas

45.5
-7
46
-7
45.5
-7
SF 49ers
Tampa Bay
50
pk
49.5
-1
50
-1
Pittsburgh
New England
50.5
-5.5
50.5
-5.5
50.5
-5.5
Houston
New Orleans
53.5
-7
53.5
-7
52.5
-6.5
Denver
Oakland
43
pk
43
-1
43
-0.5

The three games involving local teams are among the week’s most interesting.

Giants @ Cowboys

First off, it appears the Dallas Cowboys will be a touchdown favorite over the Giants in Dallas. This despite the fact Dallas’ franchise running back Ezekiel Elliott is still holding out.

This is a division game as well, which usually means a tighter contest. The Giants don’t look like Super Bowl contenders this year, but seven points seem like a lot for a Week 1 game with the Cowboys’ star RB missing.

Bills @ Jets

Next up you’ve got the Jets giving up the standard three points at home versus the Buffalo Bills. This is another division game that may be too close to call.

That said, the Jets added running back Le’Veon Bell. Plus, Bills quarterback Josh Allen came into his own at the end of last season. In fact, both teams look to be a little more potent on offense than they have been in years.

Therefore, the over 39.5 (available at FanDuel and BetStars) might be your best bet.

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Redskins @ Eagles

Finally, the Washington Redskins will visit the Eagles in a game with one of the largest week one spreads.

The Eagles are clearly the more talented team on both sides of the ball. But it is Week 1, so there’s no guarantee they’ll be firing on all cylinders right out of the gate.

Giving away 8 to 8.5 points may seem like a lot. It’s really just a matter of how bad you think the Redskins might be.

Five NFL betting tips to get you started

You’re going to want to start the NFL betting season profitably and you’ll have a better shot at that if you:

  • Shop for better lines: The line is essentially the price you’re getting on a bet and prices are different at different sportsbooks. Smart consumers shop around for everything. Lines should be no different. Finding a better price on a bet can give you the chance to win more or lose less. That’s money in your pocket.
  • Look for line movement: Lines move as a game approaches for a variety of reasons, including key injuries and holdouts and bad weather reports. When a big bet or increased action moves a line artificially, you can take advantage. You’ll get more points, give away less, or get a better price on a bet, even when the matchup on the field doesn’t warrant it.
  • Do your homework: There’s no substitute for good research. Read everything you can about the NFL teams you’re thinking about betting on and you’ll be making informed picks instead of uneducated guesses.
  • Be selective: Just because there are 16 games on the schedule doesn’t mean you have to bet on all of them. Stick to a few picks that look like locks. Avoid the allure of the massive payday a 16-game parlay offers. These bets are almost impossible to win (unless you’re this guy with a six-team parlay).
  • Manage your bankroll: Think of betting on the NFL like investing. Never put all your eggs in one basket. That means always making sure you have enough cash in reserve to keep you betting through a losing streak. A winning streak will come around. Your goal is to still be in the game when it does.

The NFL starts playing for keeps on Sept. 5 bringing about the first of many opportunities to try to turn a profit betting on America’s most popular sport.