Jersey Sides & Totals: Patriots Vs. Eagles Game Gets A Lot Of Attention At BetMGM

The Philadelphia Eagles are the underdogs against the New England Patriots. Here are BetMGM’s best bets and odds for Patriots vs. Eagles.

When the New England Patriots hit Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Sunday, it will have been 651 days since both teams met in the 2018 Super Bowl.

While this rematch is seemingly worthy of a prime-time Sunday night slot, the game was not originally scheduled by NBC or “flex scheduled” into the Sunday Night Football slot.

So it maintains its original 4:25 p.m. slot. (Sunday Night viewers will see the Bears visiting the Rams in Los Angeles.)

In the 21 months since the Eagles Super Bowl 52 win over New England, the Patriots have continued their “business as usual” dominance of the 2000s. They won Super Bowl 53 in February 2019 and raced to an 8-1 start this season.

The Eagles, on the other hand, struggled through a challenging 2019 first-half schedule at 3-4 but have won their last two games and a victory over the Patriots on Sunday puts them in first place in the NFC East.

Memories of a Super Bowl win

While the task at hand for the Eagles is to win on Sunday, for Eagles fans, it’s still great to look back a little in the rearview mirror at the momentous 2018 Super Bowl victory.

There were many epic plays that contributed to the Eagles win, including Zac Ertz’ catch and goal-line stretch for a TD and Brandon Graham’s strip-sack of Tom Brady

The most memorable though? Head coach Doug Pederson’s “Philly Philly” fourth down play call at the end of the second quarter:

The key pieces from the Eagles “Philly Philly” play have now moved on to other teams, with tight-end Trey Burton in Chicago and Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles set to return from an opening week injury to start this weekend for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

While Foles is no longer an Eagle, he will always maintain sports legend status in Philadelphia. He will also stand in bronze forever in the “Philly Philly” statue memorialized at Lincoln Financial Field:

NFL betting trends for Patriots vs. Eagles

Looking at this Sunday, the scheduling of the game is notable as both teams are coming off a bye week.

Since Pederson become the Eagles coach in 2016, the Eagles are 2-2 straight up and against the spread following a bye week. In the same time frame, the Patriots are 5-1 straight up and ATS off a break. 

Here are some other key betting trends worth noting this week for Patriots vs. Eagles:

Eagles betting trends

  • Under is 14-6 in last 20 games following a bye week.
  • Under is 6-1 in the last seven games following a straight up win.
  • Under is 12-5 in the last 17 home games.
  • Over is 6-2 in the last eight games vs. a team with a winning record.
  • 6-2 ATS in their last eight games following a straight-up win.

Patriots betting trends

  • Over is 6-1 in the last seven games following a bye week.
  • Under is 15-6 in the last 21 games overall.
  • Under is 5-1 in the last six road games.
  • Under is 4-0 in the last four games after allowing more than 30 points in their previous game.
  • Under is 13-3 in the last 16 games following a straight up loss.
  • 15-7 ATS in their last 22 games following an ATS loss.
  • 12-5 ATS in their last 17 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
  • 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games.

When it comes to betting the Patriots-Eagles game this Sunday, each of the available NJ sports betting apps allow and offer a multitude of NFL bets

Let’s take a closer look at some of the promotions and props available for this week’s game on BetMGM Sports.

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BetMGM best bets: Patriots vs. Eagles

To start us off, BetMGM has an overtime insurance promotion that provides up to a $25 refund if your NFL team (and bet) loses in overtime:

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An awesome feature unique to BetMGM is the “Edit My Bet” feature.

This allows a bettor to change any straight or parlay bet that has the “Cash Out” option available. So, if you’re feeling great about how your team has played in the first quarter, you can increase your bet size during the action.

It’s a feature worth checking out:

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Patriots vs. Eagles odds at BetMGM NJ

For the Patriots-Eagles game, BetMGM currently lists the Patriots as a 3.5-point favorite over the Eagles, with an over/under total of 44.5.

In addition to offering alternate spreads and totals, BetMGM offers several interesting props for the games.

There are several “First or Last to Happen” game scenarios to bet on:

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BetMGM sportsbook also has posted the “over/under” yardage for the shortest touchdown in the Eagles-Patriots game at 1.5 yards:

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And kudos to BetMGM by offering some unique props! That includes which team will receive the first penalty, which will call the first timeout as well as which team will be the first to use a coach’s challenge for a play call:

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It’s worth checking out BetMGM Sports for the Eagles-Patriots game as well as the rest of the weekend’s NFL action.

From the overtime guarantees and Edit Your Bet features to some unique props, there’s no shortage of action at BetMGM.

The NFL local line: Eagles, Jets and Giants odds for NFL Week 11

Here are the current odds as of Friday afternoon via BetMGM:

BetMGM SportsMoneylineTotalSpread
Jets vs. RedskinsNYJ +115 WAS -139Over 38.5 (-115)
Under 28.5 (-106)
NYJ +2.5 WAS -2.5
Patriots vs. EaglesNE -189 PHI +155Over 44.5 (-115)
Under 44.5 (-106)
NE -3.5 PHI +3.5

The New York Giants have a bye week as do the Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans.

My three picks for NFL Week 11

Last weekend was an absolute shellacking for me.

The Alabama-LSU was “over” by early in the third quarter. The Giants came back to take the lead vs. the New York Jets but couldn’t hold to get the win in the battle of New York/New Jersey.

And Brian Hoyer wasn’t able to stop doing “Brian Hoyer things” as the Indianapolis Colts (with no help from kicker Adam Vinatieri) lost outright to the Miami Dolphins at home. 

My Week 10 recap

Week 0-3, Season YTD 13-16-1

  • Alabama vs LSU – UNDER 63.5 Points (LSU 46, Alabama 41)
  • GIANTS (-2.5) over Jets (Jets 34, GIANTS 27)
  • COLTS (-10) over the Dolphins (Dolphins 16, COLTS 12)

My Week 11 NFL picks

This weekend’s schedule features eight 1 p.m. starts and three 4 p.m. window games. Here are my picks for this week: 

VIKINGS (-10.5) over Broncos

The Vikings come off a huge Sunday night win in Dallas to return home against the Denver Broncos.

As well as the Vikings played on the road against the Cowboys, they are an even better team playing at home. The Vikes are 4-0 at home while outscoring their opponents 119-55. 

The Broncos are coming off a bye week, which gives new QB Brandon Allen more time to acclimate to the offense since taking over for injured Joe Flacco in the Week 9 win over the Browns.

Allen performed admirably in the win, but it’s hard to envision the Broncos doing much offensively, having scored 16, 16, 1 and 20 points in their four road games thus far.

I look for the Vikings to keep things rolling on Sunday with an easy win over the Broncos. 

RAIDERS (-10.5) over Bengals

The Oakland Raiders are quietly one of the surprise teams of the 2019 NFL season.

They endured a brutal first half schedule that included a trip to London and only three of their nine games played in Oakland. The outlook continues to brighten this Sunday as they welcome a winless Cincinnati Bengals team to the Black Hole.

The Bengals have committed themselves to the future with rookie Ryan Finley replacing nine-year vet Andy Dalton. The Bengals were outmatched in every phase of the game last Sunday at home against the Ravens.

It’s difficult to think much will improve this weekend. The only drama left in their season is whether they will win a game and then moving on to whom they will draft with their #1 pick next spring. 

Eagles and Patriots OVER 44.5 Points

The Eagles combo of Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders should be able to run with some success against the Patriots. On the other side of the ball, though depleted in the receiving core, the Patriots still have enough options in Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett and the recently acquired Mohammed Sanu to keep the pressure on the Eagles sometimes shaky secondary.

I don’t see this one as a “shootout” per se, but there’s a chance this one ends up as a 28-24 final. The over is a good bet for this Sunday.  

Jersey Sides & Totals: LSU Faces Alabama And NJ Sportsbooks Are Ready For Action

Considered a big game in NCAA football, LSU vs. Alabama is the centerpiece of this weekend’s football action. What are the odds at 888 Sportsbook in NJ?

Week 10 of NFL betting also coincides with a great weekend of college football.

The NFL caps off the weekend with two great prime time matchups, the Vikings at Cowboys on Sunday and the Seahawks at 49ers on Monday.

Locally, while the Eagles are on a bye week, we have the battle of New York/New Jersey with the Jets and Giants facing off at MetLife Stadium.

We will touch on the Jets-Giants matchup later in the column, but let’s take a glance at where the college football season stands as we head to a big Saturday of action.

College football: Where things stand in Week 11 of NCAA action

As the college football season reaches Week 11, there are seven schools that are still undefeated: 

  • Alabama
  • Baylor
  • Clemson
  • LSU
  • Minnesota
  • Ohio State
  • Penn State

All these teams were featured in the initial college football rankings published earlier this week:

The top four ranked schools feature two from Big 10 and two from SEC with nine of the top 14 from either of the two conferences.

These initial rankings will be updated weekly until the Final Four will be announced on Dec. 8 for the national semi-final playoffs on Dec. 28 and the championship game on Jan. 13, 2020.

So what makes this Saturday so special?

Well, Saturday features games with four of the seven undefeated teams going head-to-head, with Penn State (#4) at Minnesota (#17) and LSU (#2) visiting Tuscaloosa to face Alabama (#3).

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LSU vs. Alabama

The LSU vs. Alabama matchup doesn’t have quite a “game of the century” billing, but it’s a huge game. The team that loses the game will likely drop out of the top four and will need a few breaks to make it back into the playoff picture.

Here are the current LSU-Alabama odds via 888 Sportsbook in NJ (as of Nov. 8):

  • Point Spread: Alabama -6.5
  • Points Total: 62
  • Moneyline: LSU: +185, Alabama: -250

Diving deeper into this game, here are some trends related to the LSU-Alabama battle:

Who leads the LSU vs. Alabama football series?

Alabama leads the series between the two schools, 53-25-5. The Crimson Tide have won the last eight meetings vs LSU, including shutouts in both 2016 and 2018. 

Other relevant LSU vs Alabama trends?

Since the college football playoff era began in 2014, Alabama is 39-1 straight up as a home favorite, but only 18-22 against the spread.

Since 2007, Alabama is 15-8-1 vs. the spread off a bye week under head coach Nick Saban.

LSU is 6-0 against the spread as an underdog since Ed Orgeron took over as the full-time head coach in 2017. The Tigers are also 3-0 against the spread as a road underdog.

And to really get you in the mood for this big game, here are some other tidbits via Chris “The Bear” Fallica of ESPN:

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Betting on college football vs betting on the NFL

When it comes to betting on the LSU vs. Alabama game and college football in general, each of the 17 New Jersey sportsbook apps offer betting opportunities. 

But I do want to note some of the differences between betting college football vs betting the NFL, most notably:

  1. College games tend to be higher scoring. For example, the LSU-Bama total is currently at 62 points, whereas NFL total point over/under ranges will be in the high 30s to mid-high 40s.
  2. A factor also contributing to the noted higher scoring is the overtime structure in college football, with each team starting overtime with the ball at the opposition’s 25-yard line. It’s not uncommon for a game to go to three or more OT’s, contributing potentially 30+ points to the final score total.
  3. While the NFL has a multitude of team and player betting props for scoring and yardage, there are dramatically fewer options available for college games.

888 Sports and LSU vs. Alabama odds: a closer look

For the LSU vs. Alabama game, let’s look at a few of the options available via 888 Sports:

888 offers a prop on the first team to score as well as individual over/under totals for both schools:

888 sportsbook nj lsu vs alabama odds

It should be a great NCAA football game in Alabama on Saturday, with so much riding on this game for both schools.

Giants vs. Jets odds at 888 Sportsbook

Once the dust settles after a long afternoon of college football on Saturday, there is the NFL and the battle of New York/New Jersey as the Jets “host” the Giants at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoon.  

While both teams face each other every year in the pre-season, the scheduling rotation currently yields a matchup once every four years, and the Jets-Giants have met just 13 times during the regular season, with the last meeting in 2015.

The Giants lead the all-time regular-season series 8-5 with the teams splitting the two matchups since MetLife Stadium opened in 2011. 

Both teams are coming off of ugly losses in Week 9, with the Giants game highlighted by the appearance of a black cat.

Keeping with the “cat” theme, everyone is having fun in advance of this game on Sunday:

With this once-every-four-years regular-season game between the 2-7 Giants and 1-7 Jets, is it fair to consider if this is the worst Jets-Giants matchup ever? Or will it spark some memorable Giants vs. Jets moments?

In terms of betting this game, the Giants are favored by 2.5 points, with a total of 43.5 points. “Triple 8” offers props around the first team to score and the first scoring play of the game:

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888sport also has props related to touchdowns; please note that the Jets will be the “Home Team:”

There is also prop wagering for the race to selected point totals:

Be sure to check back with 888 Sports closer to both game days for all of your college football and NFL bets. As always, things and lines can change in the blink of an eye.

The NFL local line: Eagles, Jets and Giants in Week 10

Here are the current local lines as of Friday afternoon via 888:

  • Giants -3 (-103) vs Jets +3 (-121), Total of 44.5 points
  • Moneyline: Giants -165; Jets +135
  • Eagles: BYE WEEK

My three NFL Week 10 picks (from the Jersey Side)

Hopefully, I’m back on the winning track, with a 2-0-1 week last Sunday.

It wasn’t a pretty one, but the Eagles managed to grind out a win (and cover) over the Chicago Bears.

The Jets and Dolphins lit up the scoreboard in the first half, relatively speaking, and the Seahawks scored a TD in overtime to push against a 6-point spread (though this number was as low as -4 by game time) vs the road-weary Tampa Bay Buccaneers

My NFL Week 9 recap

Week 2-0-1, Season YTD 13-13-1

  • EAGLES (-5) over Bears (EAGLES  22, Bears 14)
  • JETS and DOLPHINS over 20 Points in first Half (Dolphins 21- Jets 12 at Half-time)
  • SEAHAWKS (-6) over Buccaneers (SEAHAWKS 40, Buccaneers 34; PUSH) 

While I don’t do it every weekend, I had a good feeling about my picks last week and was able to convert that into collecting on a nice little three-team parlay:  

My Week 10 NFL picks

With six NFL teams on bye week, that means three fewer games on this week’s schedule.

There are seven 1 p.m. starts, and three 4 p.m. window games on this week’s slate. Here are my picks for this week: 

LSU vs. Alabama – UNDER 63.5 Points

Keeping with the theme of this week’s column, I decided to add the biggest college football game of the week as part of my three picks.

There are so many questions in the LSU-Bama game, with one of the primary ones centering on the health of Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa, who had ankle surgery 20 days ago.

This might lead to a more conservative game plan for Bama, focusing more on running than passing, grinding out drives, and burning time on the clock.

Of course, this game wouldn’t surprise me if it ended in a 42-40 shootout, but I just think 63.5 points is too high of a total. I see Bama prevailing in a 31-24 score, falling UNDER the total of 63.5.

GIANTS (-2.5) over Jets

It’s tough to pick a side this game, but I will go with the Giants because Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones has been marginally better than Jets second-year QB Sam Darnold.

Also, after two low-scoring offenses (Jaguars, Dolphins) threw the ball all over the yard against the Jets secondary in the last two weeks, I give a further edge to “Danny Dimes” and Big Blue this Sunday. 

COLTS (-10) over the Dolphins 

Now that the Dolphins have recorded their first win and avoided a potentially winless season, maybe there isn’t much to play for.

While the Fins have looked relatively resurgent over the last few weeks with Ryan Fitzpatrick, they will face a stiff challenge when they head to Lucas Oil Stadium to face the Colts. The Colts, while banged up and potentially having to start Brian Hoyer at QB, are still a much better team.

The Colts have a lot to play for, as they are in second place in a bunched AFC South, trailing the Houston Texans by a half-game for the division lead. I expect the Colts to beat the Dolphins comfortably at home on Sunday.

Jersey Sides & Totals: Cowboys Vs. Giants And Monday Night Blues At MetLife Stadium

The Cowboys face the NY Giants on Monday Night Football in NFL Week 9. Here are some of PointsBet sportsbooks best bets and deals for Cowboys vs. Giants.

As we find ourselves at the midway point of the NFL season, all our local teams are looking forward to a better second half.

The Eagles, Jets and Giants do not have a winning record and are a collective 7-16. All three teams will look to their youthful quarterbacks to lead them to a turn around in November and December.

The Eagles return home after three straight road games to host the reeling Chicago Bears. The Jets head to Miami to look for their second win over the winless Dolphins. The Giants host the Cowboys on Monday night for rookie Daniel Jones’ first prime-time start.

Monday Night Football is always a special event and it’s even more meaningful when it’s a Giants rivalry game. For this week’s column, we will take a deeper dive into the Giants-Cowboys match-up.

Saquon Barkley finally looks like he’s back to 100% after missing time to an ankle injury. Giants fans are looking for more moves like this from last week on Monday night as well as in the years to come:

The Cowboys are coming off a bye week after crushing the Eagles and Head Coach Doug Pederson’s “win” guarantee in Dallas:

Let’s get ready for this Monday’s prime-time matchup and look at some potential betting trends for both teams.

Cowboys vs. Giants recent history and trends

The Cowboys opened 2019 by beating the Giants in Dallas, 35-17. The Cowboys have dominated the recent series, having won five straight over the G-Men going back to 2017.

In terms of trends, these are for reference only, particularly in the case of the Giants, as the historical performances below were with Eli Manning at QB:

Giants trends

  • 1-5 Against the Spread (ATS) in their last six home games.
  • 1-7 ATS in their last eight games as a home underdog.
  • 1-4 ATS versus a team with a winning record.
  • Under is 4-1 in the last five Monday games.
  • Under is 4-0 in the last four home games.
  • Under is 4-1 in the last five games as a home underdog.

Cowboys trends

  • 4-10 ATS in their last 14 Monday Night Football games.
  • 7-2 ATS in their last nine road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
  • 13-3 ATS in their last 16 vs. NFC East teams.
  • Over is 7-3 in the last 10 games overall.
  • Over is 4-1 in the last five road games
  • Under is 5-2 in the last seven games as a road favorite.
  • Over is 6-1 in the last seven vs. NFC East teams.

Cowboys vs. Giants point spreads

A look at the 17 NJ online sportsbooks currently has the line at Giants +7 or +7.5 with varying degrees of “juice.”  

From a moneyline perspective, the best pricing for the Giants is currently +290 at Caesars, while for the Cowboys, you can get -340 at FanDuel.

The game total is solid with the majority of the books at 47.5-48 points.

As I do each week, while looking deeper into the Giants-Cowboys matchup, I will also look at the offerings of one of the New Jersey sports betting apps.

This week, I decided to give a more in-depth analysis of the offerings at PointsBet NJ

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PointsBet best bets for Cowboys vs. Giants

PointsBet has established itself in the US as an innovative, cutting-edge sportsbook. From “Good Karma” refunds to customizing a bet through their #NameABet feature, there really is something for everyone.

In last night’s 49ers vs. Cardinals game, for example, PointsBet offered more than 200 different betting markets.

Though not fully populated yet across the game betting portfolio, there are still roughly 100 different markets available for Monday’s Cowboys-Giants game.

It’s also important to keep in mind that PointsBet has a season-long promo paying $6 per touchdown on Jets, Eagles and Giants spread bets of $50 or higher:

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PointsBet has all the “traditional” spreads, totals, quarters, and halves well-covered including alternate spreads and totals. PointsBet, however, really shines in the prop and individual player offerings.

There are some interesting props around defensive markets:

The player props are in-depth across the key offensive skill positions. Here are passing yard props for the Giants “Danny Dimes:”

And here are the totals for the Cowboys QB Dak Prescott:

What makes this matchup even more intriguing is the presence of two of the finest young running backs in the NFL.

The Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott got a late start to the regular season after holding out all of training camp. In the season opener versus the Giants, he was clearly on a reduced workload, carrying just 13 times.

For Big Blue, Barkley should round back into peak form after missing four weeks due to an ankle sprain.

Here are the rushing yardage props for Barkley (and note there’s also receiving props around his pass-catching prowess):

Below are the listed yardage props for Elliott:

As mentioned earlier, the props and markets on PointsBet will continue to expand as we draw closer to Monday Night’s kickoff and be sure to check out the PointsBet app as their creative “Name A Bet” prop section will be frequently populated/updated as well.

The NFL local line: Giants, Eagles and Jets

Here are the current local lines as of Friday afternoon via PointsBet:

  • Eagles -4 (-105) vs Bears +4 (-105), Total of 41.5 points
  • Giants +7 (-106) vs Cowboys -7 (-106), Total of 48 points
  • Jets -3 (-121) vs Dolphins +3 (+111) Total of 42.5 points

My three picks from the Jersey Side

I managed to have a decent week 8, nailing my first two early games.

I was left with plenty of time to watch and root on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to try to cover the spread in Nashville. Sadly, after leading the Titans at halftime, the Bucs fell apart in the second half, losing the game by 4 points.

I’m looking to take this 2-1 momentum from last week and build on it for week 9: 

My Week 8 Recap

Week 2-1, Season YTD 11-13

  • EAGLES (+1.5) over Bills (EAGLES  31, Bills 13)
  • RAMS and BENGALS UNDER 48.5 TOTAL (RAMS 24, BENGALS 10)
  • BUCCANEERS (+2.5) over Titans (Titans 27, BUCCANEERS 23) 

My Week 9 selections

In addition to the Cowboys-Giants game on Monday night, there are 12 games on Sunday.

The Bengals, Falcons, Saints and Rams are on their bye week. Also, note that the Texans and Jaguars are in London and will start at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.

The London game will kick off Sunday’s action followed by seven 1 p.m. starts, four 4 p.m. window games, and capped off by a doozy on Sunday night with the Ravens hosting the undefeated Patriots.

Here’s what I like this week:

EAGLES (-5) over Bears 

The Eagles salvaged a win in Buffalo last week to snap a two-game road losing streak. They are back in the friendly confines of the Linc to host the reeling Chicago Bears.

This game has been circled on the schedule since the Bears “Double Doink” loss to the Eagles in the playoffs in January.

Unfortunately for the Bears, they just don’t seem to be the same team. Running back Jordan Howard is now an Eagle and Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky has had an inconsistent and injury-plagued season.

I am looking for the Eagles to win this game comfortably. 

JETS and DOLPHINS over 20 points total in first half

After an ugly loss in Jacksonville, the Jets head back to Florida to face the still winless Miami Dolphins.

I expect the Jets to come out with an aggressive game plan to put points on the board right away. The Dolphins have scored 77 points in seven games this season.

When they do score, it happens in the first half, as evidenced by the fact that 57 of their 77 points have been scored in the first half. I’m taking a flyer that there is a mini-shootout at the Hard Rock Stadium in the first half on Sunday afternoon.

SEAHAWKS (-6) over Buccaneers 

The Buccaneers complete a brutal scheduling gauntlet that has forced them to play only two of their first eight games at home. The Bucs will tack another 5,000 round trip air miles this weekend as they head to Seattle.

Jameis Winston is just too inconsistent to have any confidence that he can put together four consecutive quarters of error-free football. There must be an INT or strip sack-fumble in his future.

The 6-2 Seahawks, while historically tough at home, are undefeated this year on the road and just 2-2 at home. Those losses were to the Ravens and the Saints, and the Bucs aren’t anywhere close to that caliber.

I expect the Seahawks to get the job done this weekend over the Buccaneers.

Jersey Sides & Totals: DraftKings Packs In The Bets For Jets Vs. Jaguars Matchup

What are the best betting options at DraftKings Sportsbook heading into NFL Week 8’s Jets vs. Jaguars matchup? Once again, this NJ sportsbook has it all.

With Halloween fast approaching next week, you might still be struggling to come up with the right costume to wear to your parties.

Last Monday night, Jets QB Sam Darnold was “mic-ed up” during the game and after a particularly ghoulish interception, commented from the sidelines that “I’m seeing ghosts out there.”

So, there you go, a Darnold Jets No. 14 jersey coupled with a ghost mask and you’ve sorted out a pop-culture Halloween costume. 

The New York Jets teased their fan base two weeks ago when Darnold returned from his four-week absence due to mono to energize the team in a 24-22 win over the Dallas Cowboys.

It was as if a giant cloud had been lifted from Florham Park. In some circles, the Jets remaining favorable schedule looked ahead to playing the Dolphins twice, Giants, Redskins and Bengals. Other potential winnable games versus the Jaguars, Raiders and Steelers had the topic of playoffs as a potential target.

Tough times for local NFL teams

Not included in the “favorable schedule,” however, were the Patriots, who came to MetLife Stadium and marauded the Jets in all phases of the game on Monday night in a 33-0 rout of Gang Green.

It was also a tough Week 7 for the other Jersey-centric teams as the Giants dropped what many viewed as a winnable game at home in a mini-monsoon to the Arizona Cardinals.

The Eagles talked the talk all week leading into the game at Dallas but were crushed by the Cowboys in an ugly 37-10 loss.

All three of our local teams are playing on the road this week. The Eagles shuffle off to Buffalo to play the Bills and the Giants head to the Motor City to face the Lions.

The Jets will get a taste of August training camp weather as they head to Jacksonville. Game-time temperatures are expected to be close to 90 degrees.

The focus of this week’s column will be the Jets and how they will respond this Sunday in the land of #DUUUVAL. I will take a closer look at the betting lines and some of the props for the Jets-Jaguars game on Sunday.

Jets, Sam Darnold and the ‘ghosts’ commentary

But first, a quick look at some of the Darnold post-ghost social commentary:

NFL legend and former Jet QB Brett Favre weighed in:

The Jets opposing QB, rookie Gardner Minshew, defended the Darnold ghost comment:

And in keeping with my Halloween theme, just a random shout-out to Dominos Japan for this special ghost pepper pizza:

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Jets vs. Jaguars: point spreads, moneyline and totals

The majority of the available NJ sports betting apps currently have the line at Jets +6 with varying degrees of “juice.” 

BetMGM and Borgata have the Jets +5.5, with William Hill, Fox Bet, BetAmerica, Hard Rock and Resorts pricing the Jets +6.5.

From a moneyline perspective, the best pricing is +250 at DraftKings, BetAmerica and Resorts and the low-end is +200 at MGM/Borgata.

The game total is solid with the majority of the books at 41, with MGM/Borgata at 40.5 and FanDuel at 41.5.

Keep an eye on the lines as news from Wednesday was that Darnold was limping after having a toenail removed (ouch):

Jets vs. Jaguars: Best bets at DraftKings Sportsbook

Let’s take a closer look into the guts of this game’s betting lines as currently offered by DraftKings Sportsbook:

DraftKings Sportsbook has taken the NJ sports betting market by storm with a mobile app that builds on the success of their daily fantasy sports business that launched in 2012.

DraftKings also has a retail sportsbook in Atlantic City at Resorts. You can read more about this retail location in my review here.

As of Oct. 25, DraftKings has the Jets at +6, a total of 41, with juice -110 across the board. DK also has a top of the market moneyline price for the Jets at +250:

jets vs jaguars draftkings sportsbook lines

DraftKings offers an extensive price for alternative point spreads, with a sample shown below:

alternate point spreads jets jaguars

Alternative totals and lines

If you feel the total points of 41 is too high due to both teams wilting in the Jacksonville heat and humidity, DraftKings offers alternative total points as low as 27.5.

Here is a snapshot of some of their alternative total points pricing:

alternate total points odds draftkings nj

The full game points and totals for Jets vs. Jaguars are one way to approach betting this game. DraftKings also has props related solely to the first half.

Here are the lines and totals posted for the first 30 minutes of the game:

first half quarter jets jaguars odds draftkings

DraftKings has pricing on individual team totals as well as total combined touchdowns in the first half:

jets vs jaguars draftkings nfl betting

A companion to the first half action is prop pricing on the first team to score and what the first scoring play will be:

jets vs jaguars betting lines draftkings sportsbook

DraftKings also offers pricing for the first team to score at various point levels, yet another way to be involved in the first half action:

Full game highlights at DraftKings

When looking at the entire game, the second quarter is priced to be the highest-scoring 15-minute segment:

highest scoring quarter odds jets jaguars betting draftkings

Given the game total of 41 points, here’s how DraftKings has priced the point totals for each team:

draftkings jaguars jets odds

If you believe that ghosts can’t be seen in broad daylight and Darnold bounces back, here are some great half-time and full-time pricing props for the Jets:

jets jaguars nfl week 8 draftkings odds

Margin of victory props? You bet

I always think the “margin of victory” props are always worth a look.

For example, if you think the Jets will cover the +6 spread, but won’t win the game, you can get +320 odds in this prop, versus taking +6/-110 on the current point spread pricing:

game props draftkings sportsbook jets jaguars

Also, check out the pricing related to the last team to score a touchdown and the total combined number of touchdowns:

jets jaguars touchdown odds draftkings nj

Will there be overtime? A generous price of 10-1 is offered if you think there will be an added quarter:

overtime odds jets vs jaguars draftkings

DraftKings also offers parlays around the game-winner and the total points. This is a great way to boost your odds and cash a nice ticket if you have a strong opinion.

The game parlay is offered for both the moneyline and the point spread:

The player props for Sunday’s game have not yet been posted, but using the template for what was available on Thursday night, there will likely be an extensive offering to sift through. 

Well done by DraftKings. There is no shortage of bets and props in their trick-or-treat bag for this Sunday’s Jets-Jaguars game.

The NFL local lines for Eagles, Jets and Giants

Here are the current local lines as of Thursday afternoon via DraftKings:

  • Eagles +1.5 (-110) at Bills (-1.5 -110), Total of 43 points
  • Giants +6.5 (-109) vs Lions (+3 -112), Total of 49 points
  • Jets +6 (-110) vs Jaguars (-6 +110) Total of 41 points

My three picks from the Jersey side

It was a ghastly NFL Week 7 for me as neither the Giants or Eagles failed to show up and the 49ers won the game but failed to cover in the first half as they played the Redskins to a 0-0 tie in an absolute quagmire in DC.

With our tail between our legs, I will look to right the ship in NFL Week 8

NFL Week 7 recap

Week 0-3, Season YTD 9-12

  • GIANTS -3 over Cardinals (Cardinals 27, GIANTS 21)
  • 49ERS -5.5 over Redskins 1st HALF (49ERS 0, Redskins 0)
  • EAGLES +2.5 over Cowboys (Cowboys 37, EAGLES 10) 

NFL Week 8 selections

Almost a full slate of games this weekend, with only the Ravens and Cowboys on bye weeks. The Eagles, Jets and Giants are all in action during the 1 p.m. window.

The Rams face the Bengals also at 1 p.m. but just a reminder that this game will be played at Wembley Stadium in north London.

A total of nine 1 p.m. games, three 4 p.m. window games leading into a nice Sunday night game featuring the Green Bay Packers visiting the Kansas City Chiefs, sans Patrick Mahomes.

Here’s what I like this week:

EAGLES (+1.5) over Bills 

Maybe the Eagles (3-4) aren’t this bad. Maybe the Bills (5-1) aren’t this good.

I’m hoping that the Eagles finally show up in the first half of a game and beat a Bills team that didn’t exactly blow away the NFL’s two remaining winless teams, the Bengals (Week 2) and the Dolphins (Week 7) at home. 

RAMS and BENGALS under 48.5 total

As mentioned, this game will be played in London.

The Rams (4-3) have a chance to get some momentum after rebounding from three straight losses to beat the Falcons last week, and I can’t see them losing to the Bengals (0-7) this week.

I also don’t see how the Bengals will be able to score any points, no matter what continent they happen to be playing on.

I visualize a 31-10 Rams win, well below the total 48.5.

BUCCANEERS (+2.5) over Titans 

The Buccaneers (2-4) have been dealt a brutal schedule to start the season.

Of their first seven games, only two have been in Tampa and following this weekend’s trip to Nashville, they have yet another road game in Seattle next weekend, Nov. 3.

They had a chance to sample some home cooking on a bye week following their week 6 loss to the Panthers in London. I’m hoping for a more consistent effort from the Bucs offense against a Titans (3-4) team that somehow managed to hold on against the Chargers last week. I will take the points with the Bucs and take my chances against the Titans and their new starting QB, ex-Dolphin Ryan Tannehill.

Jersey Sides & Totals: There’s A Showdown In The Big D And SugarHouse Is Ready

Sunday Night Football’s matchup between the Eagles and Cowboys in Dallas is keeping New Jersey sportsbooks busy. PlaySugarHouse has its own array of bets.

As we reach Week 7, there are plenty of NFL storylines here in Jersey

The two primary tenants of MetLife Stadium are a combined 3-8. Despite slow starts, record-wise for both teams, there are reasons for optimism in both the Giants and Jets camps.

After facing the Patriots in Foxborough, Mass., with a shorthanded offensive lineup, the Giants are at home on Sunday afternoon against the Arizona Cardinals.

It’s certainly a winnable game and Big Blue will be boosted by the potential likely return of offensive stars Saquon Barkley and Evan Engram.

The Jets were almost unrecognizable versus the Cowboys last Sunday.

Unrecognizable, in the sense that the Jets could not have looked more inept during the previous 2+ weeks with third-string QB Luke Falk calling the signals. Sam Darnold was back in the lineup after missing four games from mono. He made a huge difference in the Jets win over the Cowboys.

There is now even a playoff discussion taking place around the halls of Florham Park. Are playoffs for the Jets that far-fetched?

Perhaps, but after a huge Monday night home matchup against the Patriots, the Jets will catch the Dolphins twice, Giants, Redskins, and Bengals plus other winnable games against the Jaguars, Raiders, and Steelers.  

Eagles vs. Cowboys week is a battle for NFC East

Then, there’s Philly.

The Eagles return trip to US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis last Sunday was much less fulfilling than their previous visit in their Super Bowl 2018 win over the Patriots.

The Vikings threw the ball at will making the Kirk Cousins to Stefon Diggs connection seem like Joe Montana to Jerry Rice. The Eagles need to regroup from that debacle quickly as they head to Dallas for a huge Sunday Night Football game against the Cowboys.

Both teams are banged up with injuries and coming off road losses. The Cowboys offense was essentially Dak Prescott, Zeke Elliott and Jason Witten versus the Jets, and the Eagles haven’t been healthy on both sides of the ball since a rash of injuries were sustained in a Week 2 loss at Atlanta

With so much on the line, the focus of this week’s column will be on the Sunday night matchup in Dallas with first place on the line in the NFC East.

‘We’re gonna win that football game’

Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson wasted no time in firing things up right out of the gate on Monday with a win guarantee during his press conference:

With Pederson throwing down the gauntlet, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett didn’t take any of the bait in his response:

Additionally, there is no shortage of drama down in Dallas.

A disgruntled Cowboys fan base with Garrett has lead to some fans going so far as to create a “Go Fund Me” page to buy out his contract:

Breaking news on Wednesday was the trade of Jaguars’ cornerback Jalen Ramsey to the Rams.

With a depleted secondary, many Eagles fans were disappointed that they didn’t land the mercurial Ramsey:

Come Sunday night, all the talking on and off the field will subside, and it will be time to play and bet the game.

Eagles vs. Cowboys: Best odds and bets at NJ sportsbooks

As of Thursday, Oct. 17, here’s a summary of the best prices currently available for the Eagles vs. Cowboys matchup.

The majority of the 17 New Jersey online sportsbooks have the line at Cowboys -3 or -2.5 with varying degrees of “juice.”

Here’s BetMGM’s pricing for the game:

If you’re an Eagles bettor, look no further than TheScore Bet. While several books have priced the juice at -115, TheScore sportsbook currently offers the best pricing at Eagles +3, -110:

thescore bet nj odds eagles cowboys

For Cowboys pricing, PointsBet priced its -3 line at +105:

pointsbet nj sports betting eagles cowboys lines

In terms of straight moneyline odds, FanDuel has the best Eagles pricing at +134:

fanduel sportsbook nj moneyline sunday night football

And Hard Rock online sportsbook is offering the Cowboys at a market-best -145:

hard rock point spread eagles cowboys

The over/under total for this game represents a real shopper’s market, with seven books (including 888 and BetMGM) at 48.5. Six have the total at 49 (including William Hill and Fox Bet), and four books are at 49.5 (DraftKings, Unibet).

As always, these lines will continue to move, and it’s always great to shop around.

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SugarHouse opens its doors to Eagles vs. Cowboys bets

Beyond the spread, moneyline, and totals, let’s take a closer look at what SugarHouse Sportsbook has to offer for the Eagles-Cowboys game in Dallas.

If you want to buy additional points for either the Eagles and Cowboys, SugarHouse offers alternative point spreads and alternative total points:

Alternate point spreads

sugarhouse alternative point spreads eagles cowboys

Alternative total points

sugarhouse total points alternative lines eagles cowboys

SugarHouse offers wagering on the highest-scoring quarter as well as winner, total points and spread for the first quarter: 

But it doesn’t end there. SugarHouse also has odds for highest-scoring half and total points odd/even:

total points odd even playsugarhouse eagles cowboys

I did find a winning margin prop that is interesting.

As shown below, if you like the Cowboys to cover the 3-point spread, there’s value at 3.3 to 1 and 4.6 to 1, respectively, if they can win by 1-6 or 7-12 points:

winning margin eagles cowboys bets nj

The “Half-Time/Full Time” bet offered by SugarHouse NJ allows a player to look for additional value.

For example, if you like the Eagles to win the game, depending on the first half result, you can find potential odds of +205, +1800 and +800:

half time full time nj sports betting

There are also game props on a potential overtime and total points scored by the Cowboys and Eagles:

SugarHouse offers a bevy of props related to touchdowns.

Plus, SugarHouse also has props related to “First to Score and Win” and a Safety Yes or No:

playsugarhouse sportsbook nj sports betting eagles cowboys

Who will score first and what will the first scoring play be in the Sunday Night Football matchup?

SugarHouse has juicy odds of 55-1 for either the Eagles or Cowboys to score first on a safety:

There are also props related to whether the Eagles or the Cowboys will be the first to get to 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 points: 

game props sports betting eagles cowboys sugarhouse

And props related to just the first half:

first half

However, individual player props on SugarHouse will be posted closer to Sunday. Using the listings for the Thursday night game, here are some of the SugarHouse player prop categories:

All things considered, there’s no shortage of Eagles vs. Cowboys betting options at SugarHouse. You won’t be bored.

NFL Week 7: Eagles, Jets, Giants odds

Here are the current local lines as of Thursday via SugarHouse:

  • Eagles +2.5 (-103) at Cowboys (-2.5 -120), Total of 49.5 points
  • Giants -3 (-106) vs Cardinals (+3 -115), Total of 50.5 points
  • Jets +9.5 (-110) vs Patriots (-9.5 +110) Total of 43.5 points

My three picks from the Jersey Side

We thought we had a clear path to a 3-0 week until the Bengals climbed in the back door scoring a touchdown with 1:34 left in the game to cover their +12 spread against the Ravens.

We will take the 2-1 for the week as it pushes us back to .500 for the season. Let’s get ready for NFL betting and Week 7: 

My Week 6 recap

Week 2-1, Season YTD 9-9

  • RAVENS -12 over Bengals (RAVENS 23, Bengals 17)
  • SEAHAWKS -1.5 over Browns (SEAHAWKS 32, Ravens 28)
  • REDSKINS (-1) FIRST HALF over Dolphins (REDSKINS 7, Dolphins 3)

My Week 7 selections

The NFL season just seems to be flying by as we are already at Week 7.

Pay attention to the bye weeks as the Bucs and Panthers get a break after returning from London, as well as the Steelers and Browns.

We have eight games at 1 p.m., three late games starting between 4 and 4:30 p.m., which then sets the stage for the Eagles-Cowboys on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.

Here’s what I like:

GIANTS (-3) over Cardinals 

The Giants get a nice opportunity at home this Sunday. Barkley is supposed to return from his injury and should be very involved in the offense as the “Danny Dimes” era moves forward.

The Cardinals have been respectable and are coming off a big win at home over the Falcons. But I think it’s likely the Cards will regress off that effort, with the Giants covering the 3 points. 

49ers (-5.5) over Redskins (1st HALF)

The 49ers come into this week as the other undefeated team (besides the Patriots). They travel to DC to meet a Redskins team that just picked their first win of the season in Miami last week.

An interesting subplot is around the 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. When asked about what he liked and didn’t like about his time as an assistant coach with the Redskins, Shanahan said he “liked” the chance to coach for his father and many of the players.

As to what he didn’t like, his short answer was “everything else.” There could be a bit of revenge in play here as I will play the Niners to jump out to a fast start and cover the 5.5 points by halftime. 

EAGLES (+2.5) over Cowboys

I think this game comes down to which team will be healthiest on Sunday. Both teams are pretty banged up.

The Cowboys are still missing starters on their offensive line, and questions also remain about the status of wide receivers Randall Cobb and Amari Cooper.

I will also create the angle in my head that the Eagles were looking past the Vikings and its go time this Sunday. It must be. So let’s go. It’s time to Fly Eagles Fly.  

Jersey Sides & Totals: Expect The Unexpected In NFL Week 6

With NFL Week 6, FanDuel Sportsbook is packed with NFL betting options for Jets, Eagles and more. Here’s what else the NJ sports betting app can do.

The last two weeks of the NFL season prove that just when you think you have it all figured out… well, you really don’t. 

I thought the Browns were finally on the right track after going into Baltimore and destroying the Ravens in Week 4. But then they barely showed up in San Francisco last Monday night.

The Chiefs figured to benefit from some home cooking after playing three of their first four games on the road, only to lay an egg against a seemingly undermanned Colts team on Sunday night at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Bears defense was relentless against the Vikings in Week 4. Maybe it was their arrival late in the week in London, but the angle of Khalil Mack wreaking havoc on his former team never materialized. The Raiders beat the Bears, 24-21.

Finally, the Broncos looked as if they were playing in quicksand during their 0-4 start, but a trip to LA was apparently what head coach Vic “FannyPack” Fangio needed to get his first NFL win against the Chargers.

It’s now NFL Week 6, and we are down to two undefeated teams (Patriots and 49ers) and four winless teams (Bengals, Redskins, Jets, and Dolphins).

Something must give this weekend, so to speak, as the Redskins (-3.5) travel to Miami. Hopefully, no one will bill this as “a rematch of the 1972 and 1982 Super Bowls” as it’s just two horrendous teams playing each other.

What’s in store for NFL Week 6

Some notes to keep in mind for NFL betting and Week 6 matchups:

  • Four teams have a bye this week: Bears, Raiders, Colts, and Bills.
  • There is the second London game, with Panthers (-2.5) vs. Buccaneers at a 9:30 a.m. New Jersey start time.
  • Sam Darnold returns as the Jets (+7) welcome the Dallas Cowboys to MetLife Stadium.
  • The best matchups of the week include the Eagles (+3) at Vikings, and the undefeated 49ers (+3.5) visiting the Rams.

When it comes time to place your bets for NFL Week 6, there are 10 retail and 17 NJ sportsbook apps available in the state.

Which one will offer the best bets for NFL betting? Well, that takes some research. And that’s why I’m here.

Each week, I feature one of the apps and take a closer look at the NFL bets and offerings available. For Week 6, I’m looking at FanDuel Sportsbook.

The joys of FanDuel Sportsbook

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FanDuel has established itself as a major player in the New Jersey sports betting landscape.

Its mobile app complements the expansive retail sportsbook location at the Meadowlands. And the app itself feeds not only the Garden State but also Pennsylvania.

I attribute FanDuel’s success to several factors:

  • Built-in familiarity with the NJ customer from the site’s daily fantasy business that launched in 2012.
  • Multiple bet options in a clean, well-organized app design.
  • Targeted promotions and bonuses that are relevant to and resonate with the New Jersey sports bettor.

FanDuel was not the first app to hit the scene in 2018, and it did not go without a few hiccups, but it has certainly made its mark since then.

For example, FanDuel has a myriad of NFL futures available for teams and players, which are updated daily. Let’s look at a few.

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NFL MVP futures odds at FanDuel

Patrick Mahomes is still the overwhelming favorite for NFL MVP at FanDuel… and also the clear favorite to lead the league in passing yards:

patrick mahomes nfl mvp odds fanduel

While Mahomes is the runaway leader in QB passing yards, it’s an extra credit to him as the team’s best receiver (Tyreke Hill) has been injured for most of the season.

There isn’t any other Chiefs receiver in the top 10 for most receiving yards in a highly competitive category:

nfl betting fanduel sportsbook app

The race for most rushing yards is deep as well, with MVP candidate Christian McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook, and Leonard Fournette all battling for top honors:

fanduel nfl futures odds

Which team is the NFC East favorite?

From a team perspective, FanDuel Sportsbook offers props for the winners of each division, conference, and Super Bowl winner.

The NFC East favorite has flip-flopped between the Eagles and Cowboys all year. After winning their last two games, the Eagles are the division favorites at -130 heading into NFL Week 6:

NFC East odds fanduel sportsbook

Super Bowl favorites still Patriots and Chiefs

Looking ahead to the Super Bowl next February or “Pro Football 54 Champions” as FanDuel must legally refer to it, the Patriots and Chiefs are holding steady as favorites.

The betting public hasn’t quite bought into the NFL’s other undefeated team, as the 49ers represent value on the board at 18-1 to win the Big Game:

super bowl futures odds fanduel nj

Dealing up a few NFL Sunday deals

For all NFL games, FanDuel offers a Close Loss Insurance promotion this season where a bettor receives up to a $50 refund on moneyline bets if your team loses by six points or less:

week 6 nfl fanduel sports betting

For Week 6 Sunday games, FanDuel is offering a special “odds boost” with the Eagles, Panthers, and Saints all to win:

eagles panthers saints parlay bet fanduel

And speaking of Sunday, let’s take a closer look.

When you open the FanDuel app for an NFL game, there is a clean, well-organized wagering menu: 

nfl bets fanduel sportsbook app

Please note the Same Game Parlay option above highlighted as “NEW.”

This is a great recent feature offered by FanDuel that allows players to combine same game events (as selected by FanDuel) into a single parlay wager:

sane game parlay fanduel nj

Variety is key to this NJ sportsbook app

As mentioned, the FanDuel betting menu is extensive. And by extensive, we mean massive.

Here are some pre-set point spread options, with up to eight different moneyline and point spread combinations to consider:

race to score nfl bets fanduel new jersey

But sometimes it’s not about who wins or loses, but when the points are scored.

These “Race to Score” props for team and combined teams are interesting if you have a strong opinion about the flow of the game:

race to score nfl betting fanduel

You can also make a play at prices for total touchdowns scored as well as how the first TD will be scored:

Also, do you have an opinion as to what will the result of the first drive of the game will be? Good. FanDuel has a bet for that, too.

first drive nj sports betting app

As we draw closer to Sunday, FanDuel will release their specific player props for each game. The props are straightforward over/under bets with moneylines adjusted for each. 

Here are some examples around quarterback performance from the Giants-Patriots game that happened Thursday night. It includes props for quarterback passing yards, passing completions, and passing TDs:

fanduel sportsbook app nfl betting

There are also props around QB interceptions:

Not to be outdone, FanDuel has prop bets for running backs receivers and, in select games, defensive plays or players. The NJ app has also offered over/under fantasy scoring and fantasy H2H matchups.

In other words, there’s simply no shortage of betting action on FanDuel Sportsbook on an NFL Sunday.

The NFL Week 6 local line: Giants, Eagles, Jets

All three local teams are back in action this weekend. Here are the current lines as of Friday via FanDuel Sportsbook:

  • Giants played Patriots on Thursday Night Football (Loss, 35-14)
  • Eagles +3 (+100) at Vikings, Total of 44
  • Jets +7.5 (-130) vs Cowboys (-7.5 +110), Total of 45

My three picks from the Jersey side

Last week couldn’t have been any uglier for NFL betting as I took the “Ziggy” with a brutal 0-3 mark.

It also pushes me into negative territory as I fell below .500 for the season. Time to pick things back up in Week 6. 

My Week 5 recap

Last week 0-3, Season YTD 7-8

  • RAIDERS vs BEARS UNDER 40.5 (Raiders 24, Bears 21)
  • CHARGERS -6.5 over Broncos (Broncos 20 CHARGERS 13)
  • TITANS -3 over Bills (Bills 14, TITANS 7)

My Week 6 selections

We are back to a more balanced schedule of games on Sunday in NFL betting for Week 6.

We have a morning game from London, six games at 1 p.m., four late games starting between 4-4:30 p.m., and a Sunday Night Football matchup between the Steelers at the Chargers.

Here’s what I like:

RAVENS (-12) over Bengals 

The Bengals have scored four offensive touchdowns in their three games. While the Ravens defense isn’t as good as it’s been historically, it’s hard seeing the Bengals putting up much offense this week.

The Ravens bounced back from a Browns thrashing to beat the Steelers last weekend and are in a good spot for their third straight division game this weekend. 

SEAHAWKS (-1.5) over Browns

Now, here are two teams that look to be heading in different directions.

The Browns, still winless (0-2) at home, need to regroup off a long flight back from San Francisco and a thrashing by the 49ers.

It will be a challenge against a surging Seahawks team led by MVP candidate Russell Wilson and the benefit of an 11-day break after beating the Rams at home on a Thursday night in Week 5. 

REDSKINS (-1) FIRST HALF over Dolphins

It’s time for the Redskins to put up or shut up.

Jay Gruden has been fired as head coach, and Colt McCoy is back at QB. As bad as the Redskins have been, they’ve been serviceable in the first half. They led the Eagles 20-7, trailed the Cowboys 14-7, and Patriots 12-7.

With any sort of effort, they should be able to go to half-time with a lead against a Dolphins team that has averaged six points in the first half.

Another benefit of making this first half bet is that win or lose, I won’t need to watch the second half of this game.