Gannett, Tipico Partner In Exclusive Sports Betting Deal

Gannett, the country’s largest newspaper publisher, has entered an exclusive partnership with European sports betting operator Tipico.

Gannett, the country’s largest newspaper publisher, has entered an exclusive partnership with European sports betting operator Tipico.

The five-year, $90 million deal permits Tipico’s U.S. operations to be the sole provider of sports betting odds, analysis, and content to Gannett’s media portfolio, which includes USA Today.  Gannett publishes newspapers and operates over 200 local news sites in 46 states, including New Jersey.

Tipico Sportsbook is live in NJ via a land-based partnership with Ocean Casino Resort. 

According to a news release, Tipico is expected to be live in Colorado this fall.

Stephen Krombolz, Tipico vice president of U.S. business development and strategy, said “this historic agreement with Gannett, one of the most trusted names in global news, media, and sports.”

He adds “it will immediately bring additional credibility and trust to Tipico Sportsbook’s U.S. operations.”

Gannett, Tipico sports betting content to kickoff by NFL season

Product integrations are expected to begin in August to complement the start of the NFL betting season. USA Today Sports Media Group audiences across digital platforms will experience new integrations powered by Tipico Sportsbook’s betting odds on digital sites.

In New Jersey and Colorado, Gannett readers will “experience a seamless integration to Tipico’s Sportsbook,” according to a news release.

Michael Reed, Gannett chairman and CEO, said “our highly engaged audience of more than 46 million sports fans crave analysis, betting insights, odds, and unique features which we will provide with our Tipico alliance.”

“Tipico adds incredible expertise from their European operations and next-generation product capabilities, which offer our sports enthusiasts and local consumers a way to become even more invested in the games and sports they care about,” said Reed.

More details on the Gannett, Tipico deal

The other USA TODAY Sports Media Group sites will offer sports betting odds and content. Additionally, those sites will feature iGaming, free-to-play games, and sweepstakes.

USA Today readers and many local print newspapers within the USA Today network will find Tipico betting odds within the sports section.

Adrian Vella, Tipico U.S. CEO, views the integration  “marks an important moment as we begin our acceleration in the U.S.”

“Gannett’s best-in-class editorial operations and massive local footprint, partnered with Tipico’s game-changing technology, including end-to-end proprietary sports betting and iGaming products, will offer U.S. fans a slam dunk combination,” said Vella.

Media companies, sports betting operators joining forces

As more states legalize sports betting, media companies continue finding ways to diversify their revenue.

In May, the Associated Press and FanDuel inked a deal. According to reports, FanDuel pays the AP to include its sports odds in coverage.

Likewise, both CBS Sports and ESPN have also partnered with sports betting operators.

Fox Corp launched FOX Bet sports betting in 2019 through a partnership with The Stars Group.

And of course, there are a couple more recent examples of sports betting operators announcing rebranding plans using established magazine names.

888 Sportsbook will be taking on the Sports Illustrated name.

Then there is Sportsbetting.com, eventually entering the NJ sports betting market under the MaximBet name.

In Tipico’s case, the name isn’t changing. However, thanks to the Gannett deal, a lot more eyes will see Tipico odds come this NFL season.

How this partnership helps the company grow as a U.S. sports betting brand is to be determined.

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Setting The NFC East Betting Picture: Breaking Down The Eagles And Giants Odds Versus The Field

The NFC East presents a fascinating NFL betting puzzle as the Cowboys are once again favored over the Eagles and Giants.

In 2020, it was the NFC Least. But in late July and early August this year, it becomes the NFC Feast for New Jersey online sports bettors.

The NJ sports betting wagering menu for the NFC East is both diverse and creative for gamblers awaiting the Sept. 9 NFL season opener.

The Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, Washington Football Team, and the Dallas Cowboys present a fascinating NFL betting puzzle.

And the Cowboys are opening the 2021 regular season in that Sept 6 game against the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

They are part of a rapidly expanding, entertaining lineup. Now that NFL training camps are open, it’s the perfect time to take a closer look at these teams.

Recent NFL betting developments

DraftKings Sportsbook as a prop to select the top-scoring team in the NFL, with the Kansas City Chiefs favored at +500. Or an over-under of 510.5 yards (each side -110) as the highest passing yardage in any game this season.

William Hill has some excellent alternate-win totals on NFC East teams and an emerging prop to select the exact number of wins for various teams. Only some teams have been selected so far, but watch this one develop in the coming weeks.

There’s also a prop for the over-under on sacks (18.5) for the eventual league individual leader. Take the “over “at -120 and every defensive lineman in the league plays for you. Take the “under” at +100 and the offensive line is your team.

Bet MGM has some defensive-award potential recipients via odds on Chase Young from the Washington Football Team and Micah Parsons from the Dallas Cowboys.

WynnBET has several intriguing Giants-related props.

Several books have the longest play from scrimmage at over 96.5 yards at varied prices. Last year it was an over, as Ronald Jones of the Buccaneers rumbled for a 98-yard score.

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Overview of NFC East teams

Let’s start with the current NFC East odds from DraftKings. Remember last season, none of the teams finished with a winning record. Washington ended up making the playoffs with a 7-9 record.

However, it’s those Cowboys with the slight edge heading into camp:

  • Dallas +135
  • Washington +200
  • New York Giants +450
  • Philadelphia +550

Eagles trying to shed ‘rebuild’ tag

How does 4-11-1 happen, especially when the Eagles averaged five rushing yards per play, third in the NFL last year?

This is how the Eagles had 29 turnovers, which ranked 30th in the league.

And the unseen stat, lost in the clamor and excitement of drafting marquee names like Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith, is quarterback sacks.  The Eagles not only led the league in sacks allowed but towered above it, at 4.1.

Look at the correlation between sacks and an early off-season. Of the 13 teams that yielded the most, only one, the Seattle Seahawks, had a winning record last year.

Besides the Eagles, these teams allowed the most sacks:

  • New York Giants, Houston Texans. Washington Football Team, and  Seattle Seahawks, 3.1
  • Cincinnati Bengals, 3.0
  • Dallas Cowboys, 2.8
  • New York Jets, 2.7

Conversely, look at this efficiency from successful teams:

  • Pittsburgh Steelers, 0.8
  • Indianapolis Colts, 1.2
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1.4
  • Green Bay Packers, 1.4
  • Cleveland Browns, 1.5
  • Kansas City Chiefs, 1.5

What do these teams have in common?

They all made the playoffs.

It makes sense. Yielding four sacks per game could disrupt four out of 12 or 13 game possessions. If the Eagles cut that number in half under second-year quarterback Jalen Hurts, they can flirt with .500.

Otherwise, the rebuild tag fits.

New York Giants, breakout or bust in NFC East

Saquon Barkley has dropped from +650 to +500 at MGM for Comeback Player of the Year.

He gets betting love but shows reluctance about returning from the Week 2 injury that finished his 2020 campaign. He’s on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list and is a question mark for opening day. So consider this for an in-season prop.

The Giants may try to protect Barkley by pounding the ball with more durable backs, using him more in the passing game. They also signed talented wide receivers Kelvin Benjamin and Kenny Golladay and seek a quick contribution from top pick, receiver Kadarius Toney.

The G-Men share a big problem with the Eagles. They yielded more than three sacks per game last year and quarterback Daniel Jones still makes crucial mistakes.

This is likely a do-or-die season both for him and Barkley.

The Giants established an excellent culture under new head coach Joe Judge, going 6-10 after an 0-5 start. Judge, coming from the New England Patriots, established the ball-control philosophy the Pats had.

As a side note, WynnBET has some excellent Giants-specific props. The book has specific odds for exact team win totals. Some extremes include a 12-win season at +1500 and a four-win campaign at +5000.

The sweet spot, eight wins at +300 and nine at +400, is in line with the team’s projected win total across the books.

Golladay is +2500 to lead the league in receiving yardage.

And it’s game on. Prop bets for this season are already strong.

Dallas Cowboys are once again NFC East team to watch

They have the most skill-position players in the division. And by far the worst defense.

Moneyline bettors don’t like that combo, but “over” bettors do. Consider the point totals in four games before QB Dak Prescott was lost for the season, 79, 69, 87, and 71. The overs were clinched halfway through the third quarter.

Compare this offense with the Eagles:

  • Amari Cooper led the Cowboys with 1,114 receiving yards.
  • Rookie CeeDee Lamb had 935
  • Michael Gallup delivered 843 yards.
  • Tight end Dalton Schultz had 615 yards.

And the top Eagle?

Try WR Travis Fulgham with 539 receiving yards. That’s less than the fourth Cowboys receiver.

Two props reflect the Dallas storyline.

Prescott, back from the injuries, last year, is +180 for Comeback Player of the Year at BetMGM.

Not much value, but he’s the favorite.

Micah Parsons represents the bold direction Dallas headed with the draft The Cowboys took six defensive players, starting with Parsons.

The Penn State linebacker is the +400 chalk to be the top rookie at MGM.

Dallas was wise with the draft.  “Dem Cowboys” had a Swiss-cheese defense, surrendering a division-high 473 points last year.  That’s a shade under 30.

Washington, the 2020 NFC East champs, yielded just 329, a bit over 20.

Washington Football Team is Young at heart

The defending division champions obtained a minding-the-store quarterback in Ryan Fitzpatrick rather than roll the dice in the draft. Fitzmagic will improve Washington’s offense, but the team needs a quarterback for the future.

The defense, meanwhile, is one of the best in the league.

Washington’s Chase Young resembles Lawrence Taylor, who transformed the Giants into a Super Bowl champion in the 1980s.

Young is listed third for the top defensive player award at BetMGM. He’s a hefty +700, right behind favorite and three-time winner Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams at +500 and Myles Garrett of the Cleveland Browns at +450.

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Online Casino Powerhouses Playtech, Scientific Games Team Up

Online casino players in New Jersey will be among the first to benefit from a new partnership between Scientific Games and Playtech.

NJ online casino players in the Garden State will be the first to benefit from a new partnership between two leading gaming companies.

Scientific Games Corporation and Playtech announced a mutual distribution agreement earlier this week. The deal expands the two companies’ reach in the U.S. and other regulated markets in Latin America and Europe.

Playtech’s online casino software will be available to operators via SG’s Open Gaming System (OGS). Meaning, Playtech’s portfolio of slots, table games, and live online casino will be integrated with SG’s features and promotions.

According to a news release, the rollout will debut in New Jersey with more states to follow.

SG expanding online casino market

Jordan Levin, group CEO of digital at Scientific Games, said the two gambling companies would “bring quality and exciting gaming content to the U.S. market and beyond.”

“This latest partnership once again demonstrates the key role that OpenGaming plays in opening new opportunities for gaming providers to extend their footprint within key regulated markets,” Levin said.

Scientific Games’ Open Gaming System is one of the world’s largest online casino aggregation platforms. OGS has over 2,500 games consisting of in-house titles and third-party content. It also features jackpots, free-rounds, missions, and tournaments, all containing responsible gambling tools for players

“We’re very excited to be bringing Playtech’s world-renowned games to our operating partners across the globe and providing their player base with exceptional entertainment experiences,” Levin added.

Playtech’s plan for New Jersey and beyond

Shimon Akad, COO at Playtech, thinks the deal “is set to have a major impact” on online casino play worldwide.

How so?

The Playtech exec also said increasing software distribution through “mutually beneficial” deals is a “key pillar” of the company’s strategy. The distribution deal is going to “significantly increase” SG’s presence in Latin America and Europe.

At the same time, Akad said, Playtech customers will have access to “an even richer portfolio of exciting iGaming content.”

Playtech will be benefiting from SG’s leadership domestically as the company rolls out online casino software elsewhere, he said.

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Light The Olympic Betting Flame: NJ Sportsbooks Offering Variety Of Odds And Props, Some With Garden State Ties

The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo presents a golden opportunity for NJ online sports bettors to enjoy some widespread wagering.

Assemble national pride with a breakthrough betting platform and what results in the next couple of weeks. The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo (delayed until now as a result of the global pandemic), offering widespread wagering for the first time ever.

The Olympic Games run until Aug 8. New Jersey online bettors observe numerous options.

Team USA heavy favorite for most Olympic medals

Taking a broad concept, they can slam a wager at lopsided prices for the United States to win the most medals. Not many will opt for -1000 across the major NJ sportsbooks, but some with large bankrolls will take a small return on a near-certain sure thing.

Gamblers can also stab at the U.S. total medal count of 111.5 over-under at William Hill, for example, with odds of -115 either way.

The projected medals total across the sportsbook spectrum is slightly less than in 2016 when the USA earned 121 medals. It included 46 gold, 37 silver, and 38 bronzes.

That nearly doubled the 70 earned by second-place China (26 gold, 18 silver, and 26 bronzes).

Major advancement is expected here from China, with DraftKings Sportsbook putting the medal total at over-under 85.5 for that country.

Besides the medal count, gamblers can direct individual bets on swimming and track and field props, as they become available. Some have a Garden State connection, more on that below.

Either way, the Olympic betting realm has arrived.

DraftKings Sportsbook ‘loaded for the Olympics’

NJGamblingSites.com caught up with Johnny Avello, the director of race and sportsbook operations for DraftKings. He summed up the Olympic wagering menu with the words “We are loaded for the Olympics.”

“I think basketball is going to be the No. 1 sport, but soccer is also going to do pretty well. Tennis is going to do well. Golf is going to be good too,” said Avello.

“As a surprise, table-tennis is going to do business too. It did well during the pandemic and then afterward,” he said of a sport that, in the initial stages of COVID-19, was all that people could wager upon.

Avello also revealed a concept bettors will savor. Books have no information edge on a circuit that plays out once every four years.

“We have a ton of sports up there,” he noted. “Surfing, rowing, volleyball, cycling. There is no way you are able to research all of them and have a great feel for it.

“If there is something soft on that board, it’s a guarantee that a sophisticated player will find it and play it.  Gamblers will peruse everything, looking for some hidden value and they are going to find some.

“For us, the idea is to put up a lot of content and see what people like.”

Setting the 2020 Summer Olympic scene

Bettors can take over-under medal counts on numerous countries.

A New Jersey resident emigrating from overseas, especially Europe, may have a sense of the athletic level of his/her native country. Witness the passionate betting on England and Italy by New Jersey gamblers in the recent Euro 2020.

The 2020 Summer Olympics feature five new sports:

  • Surfing
  • Sport climbing
  • Skateboarding
  • 3×3 basketball
  • Karate

Plus, baseball and softball are back as medal sports for the first time since 2008.

While the Rio de Janeiro 2016 games saw 28 sports with 306 medal events, these games advance to 41 sports and 339 events.

DraftKings has introduced a promo for first-time users. Bet $1 on any Olympic event and win $100 in free bets if the U.S.A. wins any medal in any event.

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Olympic odds for high-profile sports at DraftKings

The United States is -320 to win the basketball gold medal, with Australia second at +750.

The first team for the U.S. is Sunday, July 25, as a relatively modest -12 against France.

Here is a betting angle: Watch a particular sport and handicap it, round by round, as if it’s a professional league here. Eventually, some patterns will emerge.

LPGA Rediscovered

We haven’t seen the LPGA Tour, for the most part, because of COVID-19. But it moved to the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Nelly Korda, the 2019 money-winner, is in the Olympics, at +600 to win the women’s golf gold medal.

So is Inbee Park, at +600

Jin Young Ko, another LPGA stalwart, is +900

At +1800 is Lexi Thompson. New Jersey golf fans know her. She captured the LPGA ShopRite Classic at Seaview Country Club in Galloway in 2019.

Thompson, a Florida native, is a transplanted New Jersey favorite.

Olympic betting fun: the Springsteen thread

New Jersey has a stellar group of athletes in Tokyo. Many cannot be represented in bets, but some props emerged just before the Games and can align with tunes from a famed Garden State native.

Imagine a betting-world foray for rock legend Bruce Springsteen, skipping the worn Born to Run parody.

How about: “Sha-La-La-La, I bet chalk with a Jer-sey girl …”

Even if that can’t be done with his own family.

You can’t bet Jessica Springsteen’s equestrian event, but the 29-year-old daughter of Springsteen and wife Pattie Scialfa did make the United States Olympic team. The Colts Neck native competes in a sport that hasn’t developed a full betting platform.

More Jersey-girl chalk

Gamblers can wager collectively on Carli Lloyd and Tobin Heath, two stalwarts on the U.S. women’s soccer team.  Lloyd, from Delran, also plays for Gotham FC in the National Women’s Soccer League. Heath is from Morristown.

The U.S. Women’s soccer team is the +120 favorite to win the gold.

Yes, they were just stunned 3-0 by Sweden in an opening-round game that wasn’t even that close. But gamblers can watch the women try and rebound.

And if you think they can’t?  Sweden is +350 at DraftKings.

Blinded by the Olympic light

Sydney McLaughlin of Dunellen does have blinding speed.  She already has set a 400-meter world record for the hurdles and is the first woman to clock in under 52 seconds (51.9).

By the time McLaughlin graduated from Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains in 2017, she had already visited Rio as part of her first Team USA experience in 2016.

Now she’s an Olympian and major chalk.

She’s -250 at DraftKings for the 400-meter hurdles gold medal. McLaughlin is the class of this field.

You won’t like the odds, but a small bet to cash an Olympic ticket on another Jersey superstar?

Why not?

At the very least, a must-watch if you can find the telecast.

Glory Days, the male side

Toms River native Todd Frazier finds himself in the Olympic fervor. The former New York Mets and Yankees star is part of the American team that’s a live dog at +350 in the baseball competition.

Japan is +160 followed by South Korea at +310.

Team USA is comprised of many former MLB players, who may want one crack at their glory days.

For bettors, the Olympics have a new purpose. And for television networks concerned about the odd hours some events are shown, there’s at least one more reason for people to watch.

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PointsBet Casino Officially Live In New Jersey With 17 Games And Counting

Thanks to Thursday night’s soft launch of PointsBet Casino, Bally’s is finally joining the robust NJ online casino market.

Many NJ online gamblers know all about the PointsBet brand. Who can forget those TV commercials featuring former Philadelphia 76er Allen Iverson.

However, the Australian-based company is doubling down on the Garden State market with the launch of PointsBet Casino NJ.

The product officially went live Thursday night via a land-based partnership with Bally’s Atlantic City. The official announcement came via press release.

This is the second US jurisdiction for PointsBet Casino, with Michigan being the first.

Here in NJ, the sportsbook operates under the Meadowlands Racetrack license.

PointsBet ‘thrilled’ about NJ expansion

The company is expanding its growing, proprietary wagering product suite, which also includes a fixed-odds sportsbook as well as the operator’s unique “PointsBetting” platform.

Sam Swanell, PointsBet Group CEO and managing director, said the company is “thrilled to be able to expand our iGaming presence in the United States and bring our proprietary online casino product to the robust New Jersey market.”

“The continued growth of our iGaming presence further advances our ability to acquire and retain premium clients, complementing our existing sports wagering products,” said Swanell.

More about the PointsBet Casino app

Like PointsBet’s launch in Michigan, PointsBet is taking a soft launch approach with the rollout.

The company said there are 17 games available with more to come. Just like their sportsbook, the company owns and operates the tech. This means they can constantly improve and build out the product.

By comparison, the Michigan version of the PointsBet Casino app launched with 12 slot titles, three table games, and two versions of video poker.

PointsBet said the app will be available for download on both iOS and Android devices in about a day or so.

Like with other operators, players will be able to access the casino games via a link in the sportsbook app. A shared wallet is included.

“I am proud of our iGaming team for a successful expansion into New Jersey following what has been a tremendous introduction of our proprietary online casino product in Michigan,” said Manjit Gombra Singh, PointsBet president of product and technology. “We are excited for what the future holds and welcome the opportunity to continuously improve and expand the online casino presence at PointsBet.”

PointsBet Casino launch marks a milestone for Bally’s AC

Caesars Entertainment officially turned over the keys to Bally’s Atlantic City last fall.

However, the deal did not include any existing NJ online casinos or sportsbooks. Hence the reason for the blank space next to Bally’s on the monthly DGE revenue charts.

So being the first live skin live under the Bally’s license is a big deal. At the same time, it’s going to take much more to capture a significant slice of competitive NJ online casino market share.

PointsBet is just the first piece to Bally’s NJ online casino puzzle. The Bally Bet brand, the self-branded offering from parent company Bally’s Corp., is targeted for a 2021 launch.

So is theScore Casino. Like PointsBet, the Canadian-based company has a land-based partnership with Bally’s AC.

Each license holder is permitted to have up to five online casino skins.

No word on what brands will fill the other two slots.

So for now, Bally’s plans for earning a small taste of the NJ online casino pie are on point.

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How The Eagles, Giants, And Jets Props Look Heading Into NFL Training Camps

As teams report to NFL training camps, here is a look at the Eagles, Giants, and Jets, all likely to attract NJ spots betting attention.

Bring out the spreadsheet. Summon the hunches. NFL training camps opened this week, prompting NJ sports betting customers to seize some futures values and move the lines.

Here’s a brief look at the league-wide betting picture. We are putting a heavier focus on the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, and New York Jets – New Jersey’s most heavily wagered-upon teams

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Eagles are a long shot in BetMGM totals

Kansas City, here they come.

The Chiefs are the Super Bowl favorites. BetMGM has the Andy Reid-coached team down to +450 from +600, despite being drubbed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last February.

The Bucs also made a strong move, from +1200 to +700.

The Cleveland Browns jumped from +2500 to +1400.

These three teams earned the bulk of the early money. The Eagles garnered less than 1% of the handle, but one bettor put $4,000 on them to win $500,000 at + 12500 (125-1).

How deep is that wagering hoist?

It’s Ron Jaworski to Mike Quick deep, for NJ gamblers recalling that 99-yard scoring strike, longest in Eagles history. Of if you prefer, Randall Cunningham to Fred Barnett, 95 yards and a truly deep throw.

It’s a long shot, but a wager like this hits every year, at some book.

Long odds as NFL training camps open

DraftKings Sportsbook, meanwhile, reflects the notion that Rodney Dangerfield got more respect than the Eagles, Giants, and Jets. Combined, the teams are +33000 (330-1):

  • Jets at +15000
  • Eagles at +10000
  • Giants representing the “chalk” of this group at + 8000 (80-1)

But money can be made on all three teams. Let’s examine them through the lens of a significant prop that could impact their chances.

DraftKings capsule on the Eagles

The Eagles’ odds to win the NFC East are +550 (currently trailing their other three division rivals).

Win total over-under of 6.5.  Over is -130, Under is +110

Remember, this team finished 4-11-1 last season.

What are the Birds’ chances of doing a dramatic 360, as in making the playoffs?

Yes  is+275, No is-350

The key props involve Heisman trophy winner DeVonta Smith, their top draft pick, and Jalen Hurts, set to open at quarterback.

Smith is considered an immediate impact player.

DraftKings has the yardage prop at 777 yards, with the over and under both at -115.

Based on last year’s numbers, Smith would lead the Eagles with this total.  Travis Fulgham had the most, 539 last season. That projects to 572 over the full season. Fulgham was a head-scratcher, going from stud to dud throughout the campaign.

Will Smith step up?

Smith would need 45.1 yards a game to reach this prop. Reasonable.

Some success will be determined by Hurts, who has a low prop bar. This could inspire serious thoughts of betting the over on his season totals.

The DraftKings prop has Hurts at 3,650 yards. That’s below Zach Wilson’s 3,800.5 yards, and Wilson hasn’t even played a down for the Jets.

Hurts is a scrambler, which could reduce his passing total. But he also had two 300-yard plus games for the Eagles last year. The sample size of four games is small, although he produced 896 yards, good for 224 per game and one was in January.

Project that total onto 17 games and he comes out at 3,808. You’ve got some desirable weather in September and October to consider.

But if we break the prop down by NFL weeks, Hurts would only need 215 yards per game to clear this over. So this looks reachable.

He’s also slated for 20.5 over-under for passing touchdowns. His rushing scores could diminish this total, but it’s still less than two per game.

If Hurts and Smith both hit their “overs.” it could enable the Eagles to surpass their modest expectations

A closer look at the New York Giants odds

DraftKings has the Giants’ odds of winning the NFC East at +450 (third behind Dallas and Washington).

New York is coming off a 6-10 season.

Their win total over-under is 7. Over is -130, under is +110

William Hill sportsbook has boosted the Giants from +250 to make the playoffs to +300. Do you believe a second-place team in this division can make the postseason?

It may take 10 wins. But if you think the G-Men have 10 in them, this bet has been boosted.

This could be the year of decision regarding quarterback Daniel Jones and star running back Saquon Barkley.

Jones has a low-bar prop of 3,800.5 yards and 24 touchdowns.

Can “Danny Dimes” rise beyond the stature of wooden nickels for the Giants? The prop requirement, 223  passing yards per game, is not steep. But there’s no perceived edge.

Jones averaged 210 yards per game in 2020 and 232 in 2019.

This projection is part crap-shoot, part anticipation of improvement. Jones has a good arm for a deep ball and has nice new receivers in Kenny Golladay, Kelvin Benjamin, and Kyle Rudolph. If he stops holding the ball too long and spreads the ball well, he hits the over.

A major success factor lies in the next piece of the puzzle: Saquon Barkley.

Glass half-full perspective on Barkley

Barkley returns after missing the last 15 games last season. After Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys (+210), he’s   +700 at DraftKings for Comeback Player of the Year along with Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Remember Barkley’s 2,028 passing and receiving yards in 2018 and 1,441 in 2019? He was sorely missed.

The Giants were 6-10 without him last year and almost made the postseason. He could get them over the top.

Glass half-empty perspective on Barkley

He’s back but inspires only mild confidence.

Barkley suffered a torn ACL on a seemingly routine running play against the Chicago Bears in Week 2. He was wrestled out of bounds. That’s it, and was lost for the season.

It wasn’t a crunching hit.

He’s valuable but vulnerable. Maybe even brittle. Barkley is being coy on returning for Week 1. You also can’t trust him with an individual yardage prop, because his total is divided among passing and rushing.

It may be best to incorporate him into team expectations rather than bet as an individual play.

Jets outlook from DraftKings

The New York Jets are facing the biggest uphill battle as their AFC East division odds  are+2500.

The win total over-under is 6. Under is -120, Over is +100

This franchise is looking to turn things around from last season’s 2-14 mark

The Jets odds of not making the NFL Playoffs is -800. Yes is +550.

Zach Wilson factor heading into first NFL training camp

So how much will the Zach Wilson attack come into play?

Well, heading into his first NFL training camp, Wilson’s team resembles the Eagles.

Trading Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers mirrors the Birds dispatching Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts. Replacing Darnold, who the Jets No. 3 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, with Wilson resembles the Birds turning to Hurts, a second-round pick in 2020.

Can Wilson get you 223 yards per game to reach the 3,800.5 yards and the over? (Both sides are -115).

The Jets took a lineman, Alijah Vera-Tucker, and receiver, Elijah Moore, to help him.

The Jets took offensive players with the first three picks for the first time since 2009.

If nothing else, the J-E-T-S are going to be aggressive.

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