The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement released the latest numbers today, and let’s just call it a record-shattering month.
The Garden State’s previous best month came inJanuary with $385 million. And September 2019 was miles above what was bet in September 2018, which posted just $184 million.
Head to head with Nevada
No surprise, the bulk of the September handle ($374.2 million) came via those 17 sportsbook apps. In 2018, there were just eight apps.
NJ sports betting revenue came in at $37.9 million for the month, which reflects a 59.3% increase from the $23.8 million posted a year ago.
But while the new tally may be impressive, it’s likely not going to be enough to top Nevada for the third month in a row. Last fall, the Silver State reported a record-smashing$571 million for September.
For the year, total bets in New Jersey near $3 billion. In 2018, Nevada’s total amount wagered was $5 billion.
No surprise: FanDuel still setting the table in NJ sports betting
Like the NFL’s New England Patriots, FanDuel Sportsbook continues to be the operator everybody else is chasing.
The Meadowlands Racetrack, its land-based partner, reported $16.9 million, which includes PointsBet NJ.
That figure marks a significant jump from the $7.2 million reported a year ago, which came just weeks after FanDuel’s NJ launch. (PointsBet did not arrive until December.)
So in terms of the overall picture, the sports betting giant continues to keep a significant distance from the rest of the pack.
Here is a breakdown of how the other operators fared:
European + Canadian newcomers: where do they fit in?
Another thing to keep in mind is the NJ sports betting market will continue to expand with new mobile offerings.
Hard Rock Atlantic City, for instance, could potentially become a strong contender with the arrival of new skins from European giants Unibet NJand Bet365NJ.
October may be a better time to judge performance though, as Unibet didn’t fully launch until Sept. 10. Bet365 opened its doorson Aug. 30.
Neither brand seems to be spending significant marketing dollars just yet either.
TheScore Bet, operating under the Monmouth Park license, is another one to watch closely. The Toronto-based media company is the first of its kind to crossover to the sports wagering world.
The brand had its official launch on Sept. 3.
The question is how much will that well-established sports audience convert over to the world of legal betting? Getting into the game a year after FanDuel and DraftKings may limit the growth for TheScore sportsbook… at least at first.
The combination of William Hill, SugarHousesportsbook and TheScore could see some significant growth as we get further into football season.
Monmouth reported $3,361,310, with $2,364,466 coming via mobile.
Bottom line: There are no shortage of contenders and competitors in New Jersey.
And when you combine all 17 apps and 10 retail operators together, there is no questioning the strength of New Jersey’s sports betting industry.
Is American Express testing the NJ online gambling waters with Caesars? It’s hard to say, but as a first step, it has merit.
Here in the Garden State, online sports betting and gambling is a multi-billion-dollar industry. Since its inception in 2013, the industry has grown from just a few sites to a multitude of brands, apps, and websites.
And credit cards are an extremely common deposit method with NJ’s 17 sports betting apps. Plus, there are more than 20 online casino and poker offerings.
Whether or not AmEx expands beyond Caesars is an unknown. For now.
Another Eagles vs. Cowboys bitter NFC East rivalry game is the marquee Sunday Night Football matchup on the Week 7 NFL schedule. Here are the current odds.
Another Eagles vs. Cowboys bitter NFC East rivalry game is the marquee Sunday Night Football matchup on the Week 7 NFL schedule.
It’s the first of at least two meetings between the two teams as the 3-3 Philadelphia Eagles visit the 3-3 Dallas Cowboys.
Battle for the NFC East lead
The New York Giants and Washington Redskins have proven so inept this season that Philadelphia and Dallas actually share the NFC East lead at 3-3.
However, both teams limp into this Sunday Night game coming off losses.
In fact, the Cowboys have lost three in a row after a 3-0 start. Dallas actually lost to the previously winless New York Jets on Sunday, falling behind early and failing on a two-point conversion that would have tied the game in the final minutes.
The Minnesota Vikings beat the Eagles, 38-20, on Sunday. Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs torched a depleted Eagles secondary posting seven catches for 167 yards and three touchdowns.
The Eagles offense didn’t wake up until they were down 24-3 in the first half. Philadelphia got within four points in the third quarter, but the team was plagued by turnovers and miscues late as the Vikings ran away with it.
Based on that, and the history between the two teams, it was no surprise to see some very tight lines for this game at the top NJ sports betting apps.
The two teams have met 120 times, including four times in the postseason, and a lot of those matches turned into memorable battles. Dallas owns the all-time Eagles vs. Giants series with a 68-52 record.
The tight spread for this week’s game indicates oddsmakers are expecting a close one. Recent history would suggest they’re right.
In fact, three out of the past seven Cowboys-Eagles games have gone to overtime, and the last three matchups were all decided by a touchdown or less.
The Cowboys won 29-23 in an overtime thriller the last time the two teams met.
It was December 2018 in Dallas. The Eagles tied the game with a touchdown in the final two minutes. However, the Cowboys ended it in overtime with a 15-yard TD pass from Dak Prescott to Amari Cooper.
Winning on a touchdown rather than a field goal meant Dallas covered the 3.5-point spread. The over (45.5 points) also came in.
The Cowboys also beat the Eagles 27-20 in Philadelphia on Nov. 11, 2018.
The Eagles tied the game at 20 in the fourth quarter. However, an Ezekiel Elliott rushing TD with less than four minutes to play won it for the Cowboys.
Philadelphia was 7.5-point favorites at home. The over came in with the teams combining to score more than the 45.5-point line.
Injuries are likely a factor in the Cowboys having to give up less than the standard three points at home this week.
Dallas was down two starting offensive lineman and wide receiver Randall Cobb against the Jets this week. Three-time Pro Bowl receiver Cooper also aggravated a quad injury against the Jets. He left the game in the first quarter and did not return.
Thankfully, it appears Cooper’s injury is not as worrisome as originally thought.
Further news on these Cowboys players could move the lines later in the week.
On the flip side, Philadelphia has some injury troubles of its own and will likely be playing with the same depleted secondary that Vikings QB Kirk Cousins threw for 330 yards and four touchdowns against Sunday.
Kickoff is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. ET on Oct. 20 and the game will air on NBC.
The New York Jets posted their first win of the season Sunday, but they’ll face the undefeated New England Patriots on Monday Night Football for NFL Week 7.
The New York Jets posted their first win of the season Sunday. But before fans start planning the NFL championship parade, they should take note of the fact the Jets will have to face the undefeated New England Patriots on Monday Night Football on Oct. 21.
The Patriots moved to 6-0 after covering a big 16.5-point spread on Thursday night against the New York Giants.
However, Monday Night’s Jets game is at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. Plus, the now 1-4 Jets just beat the Dallas Cowboys 24-22.
This begins to explain why oddsmakers at the top NJ sports betting apps are giving the Jets far fewer points than they did the Giants.
This is the second game between these two AFC East rivals already this season. The Patriots pummeled the Jets 30-14 in Week 3.
However, New England failed to cover what was a massive 20.5-point spread in that game. Although, the two teams combined for the over (43 points).
Oddsmakers’ prediction for a tighter game this time around may be due to the fact Sam Darnold is back at QB for the Jets. Last time around, Luke Falk went 12 for 22 for just 98 yards for the Jets. Darnold sounded pretty positive about the matchup.
Various Patriots injuries may also be a factor. Fullback Jakob Johnson, receiver Josh Gordon, and a handful of defensive players limped off the field against the Giants on Thursday.
Although, the recent history between the two teams only suggest the Patriots will win and win big. Sharp sports bettors who pay attention to such things could force NJ sportsbooks to move these lines significantly ahead of the game.
The Jets and Patriots have met 121 times in history, including three times in the postseason. New England has an edge in the series with a 66-54-1 record.
However, it’s not nearly as close in recent years.
The Patriots are currently on a seven-game win streak against the Jets. However, it would be as much as 17 games if not for two overtime wins by the Jets in 2013 and 2015.
In the past four games between the two, the Pats have won by 16, 35, 14, and 20. This suggests the Patriots and legendary QB Tom Brady will have few problems covering 10 points against the Jets.
Big money backing the Pats -10 this week could have a significant impact on the line before kickoff.
To find out if oddsmakers are justified in cutting the spread in half for this second Jets-Patriots game of the season, tune in to Monday Night Football on ESPN. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET on Oct. 21.
Fittingly, the first of two regular-season meetings is this week’s Sunday Night Football game on NBC. Both teams head into the contest with identical 3-3 records.
And so, welcome to the official start of Eagles vs. Cowboys week. Let the hype and buildup begin.
On Monday, DraftKings Sportsbook had the Cowboys as an early 2-point favorite. It is, after all, a Cowboys home game.
Besides all the NJ sports betting chatter and trash-talking, the die hard Birds fans out there, including myself, are looking forward to another thrilling moment.
The Eagles have certainly delivered plenty of them over the years.
Here are my 10 hard to forget Eagles-Cowboys moments (from a Philly perspective, of course).
10. Never go home early
I prefer watching Eagles vs. Cowboys games in the comfort of home or, nowadays, at one of the 10 NJ sportsbooks. However, it’s hard to forget the 1999 game at Veterans Stadium.
This is the one in which Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin wasstretchered off the field with a career-ending spinal cord injury. Yes, the Eagles fans even cheered when it happened (I wasn’t one of them).
Of course, the part I remember most is deciding to leave early in the fourth quarter. The Birds were trailing 10-0, and quite frankly I didn’t think they had any shot of winning.
My team proved me wrong. Then-quarterback Doug Pederson (yes, that Doug Pederson) and crew decided to make a comeback after I made my exit.
Two Norm Johnson field goals and a 28-yard touchdown pass to Charles Johnson with 1:07 remaining sealed the deal.
I listened to it all unfold on the car ride home.
9. Eagles vs. Cowboys and NFC East bragging rights
I have a tough time coming up with fond memories of the Chip Kelly era in Philadelphia.
The former University of Oregon head coach arrived with a lot of hype but did not exactly live up to those high expectations.
However, he did lead the Birds to an NFC East crown in his first season.
The 24-22 victory over Dallas on Dec. 29, 2013, was a memorable one (the losers clinched a Wild Card).
But Kelly did not do it alone. LeSean McCoy rushed for 131 yards and caught a three-yard touchdown pass from some guy named Nick Foles (in his first go-around with the Birds).
This was a back-and-forth battle. The Cowboys got within two points with 3:50 remaining in the game. When the home team needed it most, Brandon Boykin came up with a huge interception to clinch the win.
8. Stopping Emmitt Smith on 4th and 1
As much as I do not like the Cowboys, I have no problem admitting that Emmitt Smith is one of the most talented running backs that I’ve ever seen play.
The feisty Eagles fans were equipped with a full arsenal of snowand ice. The Bounty Bowl signs hanging around the stadium made it extremely clear that this one was going to get extremely ugly.
Anyone standing on the Cowboys sideline was an open target. Luckily, I was watching this one at home.
Trash talking is fine. Throwing snowballs and ice at innocent bystanders took things way too far. The CBS announcers sitting in the booth even found themselves ducking as they were calling the game.
Years later, this Birds 20-10 victory over the 1-12 Cowboys remains a heavy footnote to the Bounty Bowl saga.
2. Lito Sheppard’s 102-yard touchdown return
Lito Sheppard is not one of those players I would include on my list of greatest Eagles of all time.
However, when talking about the greatest plays in this rivalry, he accomplished something that I will never forget.
When these two teams played in 2006, everyone thought Terrell Owens (the former Eagle playing for the Cowboys) was going to hog the spotlight. After all, the game was taking place at Lincoln Financial Field.
Owens finished with just three catches for 45 yards.
Sheppard turned out to be the real playmaker in this one. He intercepted a Drew Bledsoe pass on the Eagles 6-yard line and ran 102 yards all the way to the end zone.
Eagles won 38-24.
1. Wilbert Montgomery leads the way
Nothing says classic better than an Eagles vs. Cowboys matchup for the NFC Championship game at the Vet. Talk about adding meaning to a storied rivalry.
Being a young kid at the time, I don’t exactly remember what I was doing on this extremely cold day (below freezing temps and strong wind gusts) in January1981.
The Philadelphia Phillies were fresh off their first-ever World Serieswin, and the City of Brotherly Love was hungry for more.
With the national spotlight now on the Birds, one of the greatest players ever to wear the green and white delivered big time. Running back Wilbert Montgomery dashed 42 yards to pay dirt and an early 7-0 advantage.
Two Tony Franklin field goals and a late 9-yard run by Leroy Harris sealed the 20-7 victory.
And FINALLY, my Eagles were going to the Super Bowl.
Of course, it ended up taking nearly another 40 years before I experienced the Super Bowl celebration in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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 ArrowheadStadium.
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
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.
Get up to a $500 refund if you lose your first bet
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.