NFL Changes Its NJ Sports Betting Stance, And 888 Holdings Is Listening

The NFL is permitting NJ sportsbook parnerships and betting lounges. What does it mean for companies like 888 Holdings that have existing partnerships?

Could we be on the verge of seeing sportsbook sponsorships at MetLife Stadium?

Well, don’t get excited yet. However, the NFL is loosening its stance when it comes to legal sports betting.

There is a real possibility that fans could see betting lounges at New York Jets or Giants games next season.

Just don’t expect to see any wagering windows. Those remain a major no-no.

Sponsorship deals with sportsbook operators, which were previously prohibited, could be coming, too.

It wasn’t all that long ago when the NFL considered any mention of sports betting to be forbidden.

Now, the words are mentioned multiple times in the latest Collective Bargaining Agreement that the NFL Players Association approved over the weekend.

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888 Holdings + New York Jets

The policy change provides some flexibility for a company like 888 Holdings.

Last season, the online casino, poker and sportsbook operator expanded its partnership with the Jets. But that deal was tied into the 888 Casino product.

Nj Gambling Sites caught up with Yaniv Sherman, head of group commercial development, to discuss the NFL policy change.

“I think that’s their next logical step, the NFL allowing sportsbooks or the association of sports betting with the franchises. So it has definitely created more interest and more potential affiliation between a company like ourselves and NFL franchises.”

The two sides have the offseason to discuss how to move forward. Sherman said the Jets had been a great partner so far, and the deal has bolstered the 888 brand presence.

Now that other states are following in New Jersey’s footsteps, the Jets deal could be setting the foundation.

“There are other opportunities out there now that we are looking at additional states,” Sherman said.

“There is an NFL franchise in almost every relevant market that we are looking into, so it creates also a (number) of possibilities for other states.”

Indiana, Michigan and Tennessee are among those where sports betting has launched or is on the verge of launching. 

What about an 888 sports betting lounge?

Back in the Garden State, 888 does not need to worry about starting from scratch. Adding an 888 Sportsbook lounge to MetLife Stadium is being considered behind the scenes.

Last season, the company held activation events outside of the venue. And with the bulk of NJ sports betting revenue and handle coming via mobile apps, the lack of betting windows will not be a deal-breaker.

In January alone, NJ customers wagered $540.1 million, of which $471.1 million was attributed to online. It was such a good month that New Jersey topped Nevada.

The wagering was likely going on while the Jets were playing the New England Patriots at home.

“The distinction between a sports bar and a betting lounge is, at the end of the day, people in New Jersey all bet on their mobile devices. So, if you create a mobile sports betting lounge, by construction, there will be betting activity there,” said Sherman.

“It creates a very good opportunity for consistency.

“You don’t need to create a retail destination at least in New Jersey to offer sports betting. That is one of the main reasons why New Jersey is so successful as a betting market.”

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:

lsu vs alabama ncaa football betting

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:

giants vs. jets odds at 888 sportsbook nj

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: Which NFL Team Will Make Its Mark In Week 5?

It may be Week 5 of the NFL, but NJ sports betting apps are still putting out best bets and deals. Here’s a look at PointsBet, 888 and Borgata sportsbooks.

As we pass the quarter pole of the NFL betting season, the win-loss scorecard features:

  • Three undefeated teams (49ers, Patriots, Chiefs)
  • Six winless teams (Cardinals, Bengals, Broncos, Redskins, Jets, and Dolphins)
  • 13 teams sitting right in the middle at 2-2.

Last year, heading into NFL Week 5, there were two undefeated teams (Rams, Chiefs) and only one winless team (Cardinals).

The eventual Super Bowl champion Patriots were of the seven teams sitting at 2-2. So, while the haves and (especially) have nots have been established for 2019, who will emerge from their 2-2 start to make their mark in the division and then the playoffs?

Looking at Week 5 also brings newly added factors into the handicapping and NFL betting mix, namely the impact of bye weeks and London games.

Looking at bye weeks, the Jets and 49ers were idle last week, and this week’s schedule gives the Lions and (mercifully) Dolphins the week off.

The Bills, Bears, Colts, and Raiders are in action on Sunday and are heading into a bye week next weekend. 

Each week, this column highlights up to three New Jersey sportsbook apps and takes a deeper dive into their promos, props, and specials that you should be aware of heading into the weekend’s NFL football action.

For Week 5, I am looking at 888 Sport, Borgata Sports, and PointsBet.

A decent NFL Week 5 menu at 888 Sport

888 Sport (correctly pronounced “Triple 8 Sport”) is a European bookmaker that launched in New Jersey last year.

They have a few NFL-related promotions on offer, though there is not currently anything with a local look and feel:

888 sportsbook new jersey nfl promo
football betting new jersey 888

888 sportsbook does have a decent menu of NFL futures wagers currently available. Here’s a glimpse at the top contenders for the AP NFL Defensive Player of Year:

ap defensive player of the year 888 sports

Less subjective than the season-ending awards are futures markets for regular season yardage leaders in passing, rushing, and receiving yards.

Here are 888 Sport’s top contenders for receiving yards led by the LA Chargers Keenan Allen at +550:

most receiving yards nfl betting 888

When looking at this week’s NFL game wagering slate, the 888 betting menu is simple and straightforward.

There is a unique parlay option related to the first-half winner and first-half total points:

nfl week 5 parlay 888 sportsbook

There’s a serviceable menu of alternative point spread options.

Shown below are prices for Rams at Seahawks this Thursday, with a total of a +/- 27-point ranges for each team:

The 888 sportsbook’s 27-point alternative spreads are serviceable, as I mentioned. As a comparison, FanDuel Sportsbook‘s alternative spread is 52 and PointsBet is 40.

One other in-game prop to highlight on 888 Sport is around the highest-scoring quarter and half:

high score nfl betting week 5

Borgata keeps things simple and generic

The Borgata sports betting app joined the New Jersey fray in May of this year, followed shortly thereafter by the opening of the casino’s Moneyline Bar & Book in June.

Then in September, MGM upgraded its betting apps in New Jersey with a new platform. So it’s been a busy year for this MGM-owned enterprise.  

However, looking at the NFL app offering, it’s surprisingly generic for a property that has been part of the Atlantic City casino landscape since 2003.

Here’s the lone NFL promotion, a $20 money-back wager on college or pro football:

borgata sportsbook nj nfl bets

There are a handful of NFL futures wagers posted on Borgata for regular-season MVP:

borgata nfl mvp odds

Here is a look at pricing for the offensive rookie of the year, currently favoring the NY Giants upstart QB Daniel Jones:

nfl offensive rookie odds borgata nj

For individual game wagers, there are posted “price boosts” around selected props.

Here are some select props for the Thursday Night Football Rams versus Seahawks game:

borgata sportsbook price boosts nfl

It’s interesting to see a Todd Gurley rushing prop to gain 100+ yards. This would have been a no-brainer play in the first half of last year.

But the Rams usage of Gurley (and his health) continues to be a mystery, as he’s averaging 12 carries/54 yards per game.

The in-game NFL betting offerings on Borgata online sportsbook are basic and straightforward. Just to illustrate the different approaches in pricing, here is the current Borgata pricing: 

live betting borgata sportsbook app nj

Borgata does offer a small menu of special prop bets including:

  • How many yards will the shortest TD be?
  • Will the game go into overtime?
  • Will there be a safety in the game?

Additionally, there are individual player totals for passing, rushing, and receiving yards.

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Kudos to PointsBet NJ

PointsBet continued its local promo with a $6 bonus for TDs by the Jets, Giants, and Eagles. A $50 spread bet unlocks the promotion:

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Also, every Thursday and Monday night, a $100 wager will qualify as a winner if your team scores the first TD of the game:

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I won’t go into specifics on the futures markets, but suffice it to say that PointsBet NJ has it covered with division winners, AFC, NFC, and Super Bowl winners.

They also have individual player futures ranging from MVP to offensive and defensive rookies of the year.

The individual game offerings are copious, to say the least. Noting that there are 210 different markets (wow!) posted for Thursday’s Rams versus Seahawks game.

Here’s a snapshot of the PointsBet “Name a Bet” prop categories, with individual props listed in a drop-down menu under each category:

pointsbet nfl props betting nj

A further peek behind the curtain on these props shows some innovative and unique props that PointsBet is offering:

Will there be a fourth-quarter comeback?

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How many touchdowns will be scored?

pointsbet props bets for nfl betting

How many interceptions will Russell Wilson or Jared Goff throw?

pointsbet name a bet props nfl

After sifting through all the available bet and prop options, if you don’t see something that you have a wagering angle on, you can tweet to @PointsBetUSA to suggest ideas for any props that you don’t see currently offered.

Well done, PointsBet.

The NFL local line

All three local teams are back in action this weekend. Here are the current lines as of Thursday via PointsBet:

  • Giants +5 (-105) vs Vikings, Total of 43.5
  • Eagles -13.5 (-105) vs Jets +13.5 (-105), Total of 44

NFL betting picks from the Jersey side

I certainly wasn’t on the sharp side last week as both the Falcons and Colts lost straight up at home. Ugly.

Speaking of ugly, it was a brutal Monday night game, but the Steelers did win to cover the 4-point spread to allow me to post a 1-2 mark.

My Week 4 recap

Last week 1-2, Season YTD 7-5

  • STEELERS -4 over Bengals (STEELERS 27, Bengals 3)
  • FALCONS -4 over Titans (Titans 24, FALCONS 10)
  • COLTS -7 over Raiders (Raiders 31, COLTS 24)

NFL Week 5 picks

Sifting through pre and post-bye week games and a game in London adds a little extra layer of thought to this weekend’s games.

Here’s what I like:

Raiders vs Bears (Under 40.5) 

The Bears’ defense is fierce. You can bet that Khalil Mack is fired up to meet his former team. Chase Daniel takes over from Mitchell Trubisky at QB for the Bears.

While this isn’t necessarily a downgrade at QB, Daniel is more of a game manager than a big-play threat. All of this adds up to the Raiders and Bears playing an UNDER the total from jolly old England. 

CHARGERS -6.5 over Broncos

The Broncos defense finally registered their first sack of the season last Sunday. Joe Flacco has been ineffective, to say the least.

It’s tough times in the Mile High City right now.

Unless new Broncos coach Vic Fangio can pull some miracles out of his fanny-pack, this could be another challenging Sunday for the Orange Crush as they travel to LA.

The Chargers come off a “free square” win in Miami last Sunday and now welcome Melvin Gordon into their offensive schemes. I see a controlling win for the resurgent Chargers. 

TITANS -3 over Bills

It’s a challenge to figure out which Titans team will show up week-in and week-out.

While the T’s have been all over the place, they should have enough in the tank to handle a Bills team coming off a physical home loss to the Patriots last week.

I grabbed this at Titans -3 while the status of Bills QB Josh Allen is still in doubt (concussion protocol) for this Sunday in Nashville. The Bills alternative at QB is Matt Barkley if Allen can’t go.

I will take my chances here on the Titans laying the points. 

Are Women Better At Sports Betting Than Men? One NJ Sportsbook Decided To Find Out

A recent study by 888 in New Jersey reveals data that suggests women sports bettors outperform men in a variety of measurements.

The fairer sex may have an unfair advantage in terms of sports betting.

A new study shows women sports bettors outperform men in several measurements of the activity.

Surprised?

888 Holdings, the company behind 888 Casino, 888 Sportsbook and 888 Poker in New Jersey, completed a study of individual sports betting results in the state.

Breaking those results down along gender lines reveals some interesting information and trends.

The significance of the study depends on perspective, but there are some takeaways that are appropriate regardless of one’s gender.

At 888 Sportsbook, women win more, men typically lose

The bottom line of the study is that based on NJ sports betting data 888 pulled since January, women see a return on investment of 19.79% on their placed bets.

Their male counterparts, however, saw an average loss of 4.6%.

That’s a significant difference.

Not only are women recouping their amount wagered plus seeing a return of nearly 20%, but men are typically losing their bets.

It’s immaterial to mention any physiological difference giving women an advantage, so the only other possibilities are cultural, psychological, or strategical differences.

The first possibility likely plays a part but doesn’t provide a complete explanation. For that, we need to dig a bit deeper.

The trick? Betting with the head instead of the heart

How boys and girls are socialized in US society may actually give women an advantage when it comes to sports betting.

Among girls, making an emotional connection to professional sports franchises isn’t considered as much of a norm. Of course, it is not necessarily impossible for women to be emotionally invested in a sport. But most don’t connect on any visceral level.

Because of that, those girls are more likely to grow into women who don’t have as strong an attachment to certain teams.

That means, when money is on the line, women make decisions with their heads and not their hearts.

For smart bettors, any money placed on a sports bet is expendable income.

Socialization of girls in our society teaches them to value other things above participating in sports betting. So they could more regularly make choices to spend most of that expendable income on other things besides a sports bet.

That decreased amount of money to invest in sports betting could force women to be more selective about what bets they take.

But the 888 study shows that younger women are actually better than their aunts, older sisters, and mothers at sports betting.

Here’s a closer look at the data from 888:

Average ROI for sports betting

AgeWomenMenAge Group Avg
18-24-34.12%0.14%-16.99%
25-34127.06%-8.47%59.30%
35-44129.60%0.88%65.24%
45-54-61.72%16.90%-22.41%
55-646.13%-24.96%-9.42%
65+-82.16%-12.09%-47.13%
Total19.79%-4.60%7.60%

Right in the sweet spot of the age breakdown

Breaking down the results of the 888 study by both age and gender creates a new narrative. The best sports bettors in the sample were women who were born in the 1970s and 1980s.

Women between the ages of 35 and 44 claimed the highest return on investment at 129.6%. Women aged 25-34 weren’t far off at 127.06%.

Interestingly enough, the next age bracket for women ranked the worst. Women aged 45-54 saw a loss of 61.72% on their placed bets.

Conversely, that was the best-performing age group for men. The return on investment for men ages 45-54 was 16.9%.

It’s hard to pinpoint why women born in those decades outperform others by such a high margin. Other data strengthens the narrative, however.

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Women perhaps more than just superior sports bettors

888’s study also analyzed the numbers from NJ online casino games. Unsurprisingly, women again outperformed men in general in those games and online poker.

On average, women saw losses of 24% in online casino games and 36% in online poker. Men registered at 47% and 41.6% on average in the same.

Average ROI for online casino

AgeWomenMenAge Group Avg
18-2430.13%-67.34%-18.61%
25-34-12.17%-23.80%-17.99%
35-44-42.05%-42.94%-42.50%
45-54-31.18%-53.46%-42.32%
55-64-12.07%-20.58%-16.33%
65+-77.08%-73.88%-75.48%
Total-24.07%-47%-35.54%

Average ROI for online poker

AgeWomenMenAge Group Avg
18-24-18.63%-46.48%-32.56%
25-34-48.09%-45.82%-46.96%
35-44-65.53%-44.45%-54.99%
45-54-55.38%-39.62%-47.50%
55-64-3.16%-35.92%-19.54%
65+-38.36%-37.82%-38.09%
Total-38%-41.69%-39.84%

There is a bit of variation when it comes to the age breakdown, however. Women aged 18-24 performed the best in online casino games. Women 55-64 lost the least in online poker.

For the men’s side, the 25-34 group was best at casino games and the same 55-64 group was best at online poker.

Too soon to say women are better than gambling

For as much as the 888 study suggests women are better gamblers, at least in this sample, there are important things to remember.

The data reveals trends in one group of people at one time in one geographic region. It isn’t sufficient to make a blanket statement like women are better at gambling than men.

Making that statement would require a much larger study, done across decades and accounting for a number of factors.

It’s not that the data in this study is useless; it’s just that it’s not sufficient to make such judgments.

Based on the study, however, there’s no reason women should approach sports betting with any less confidence than men.

And on the flip side, it can’t hurt men to ask women their opinions before placing bets. It might just save you a few bucks.

Hitting Paydirt: Behind The 888 Ball For NFL Week 15 In NJ Sports Betting

We are in the home stretch for NFL betting as the playoffs near. For Week 15 in NJ sports betting, we take a look at the odds and best bets at 888 Sport NJ.

Sports bettors had their day. They’ve had an entire month even.

Favorites reigned supreme heading into last week’s slate of NFL games. But in Week 14, the underdogs stepped into the spotlight and rained on bettors’ parades.

On Sunday alone, underdogs went 9-5 against the spread, including seven outright victories. One of the most noteworthy flops came in Oakland, where the heavily favored Pittsburgh Steelers fell flat on their faces against the Raiders.

Then, of course, there was the Miami Miracle, which featured the Miami Dolphins pulling off a 69-yard hook-and-lateral as time expired to upend the New England Patriots.

Funny enough, the Steelers and Patriots face off in Week 15. Another full schedule awaits, featuring games on four different days.

For sports betting in New Jersey, this week we take a look at 888 Sportsbook. (All point spreads and moneylines are as of Tuesday.)

Add ’em to your NJ sports betting slip

Los Angeles Chargers (10-3) at Kansas City Chiefs (11-2)

Certainly, the past few weeks have featured playoff-like matchups. But all pale in comparison to Thursday night’s game.

The Chiefs, already with a postseason spot secured, lead the Chargers by just one game in the AFC West, meaning the division title remains up for grabs. That said, a Kansas City victory clinches the outright crown.

A 10-point winner against LA in the season opener, Kansas City boasts the No. 1 offense in the NFL, guided by a MVP front-runner in QB Patrick Mahomes, who has a game-breaking route-runner in Tyreek Hill.

Yet its defense, one of the worst overall that has allowed the most passing yards per game, has been picked apart.

That bodes well for the Chargers, who have won 9 of their last 10. Los Angeles QB Philip Rivers is quietly having an MVP-caliber season, on pace for a career high in TDs and a career-low in INTs (as a starter). With a weapon like WR Keenan Allen, who has 1,074 yards and six TDs, the Chargers are potent offensively.

The Chargers enter as 3.5-point underdogs with a +148 on the moneyline. Flip the spread, however (as 888 offers alternate lines), and the Chargers, as 3.5-point favorites, pay +230 to cover.

Consider, too, several props offered at 888. With the first scoring play, for example, a home touchdown pays +163, home field goal +370, away touchdown +215, and away field goal +450. Additionally, taking the Chiefs to score first and win pays +148, while the same prop for the Chargers holds a +275 line.

Understand that 10 of Kansas City’s first scores have gone for touchdowns, while the Chargers have nine TDs. To boot, only once in six home games have the Chiefs not scored first; all five were TDs, and all five resulted in victories.

As for the Chargers, on the road, they have scored first just twice in six away games.

Philadelphia Eagles (6-7) at Los Angeles Rams (11-2)

The telecast of this Sunday night game will certainly focus much attention on Philadelphia QB Carson Wentz. Reports indicate he is out with a back injury.

The Rams come off their second loss of the season, a 15-6 setback at the Chicago Bears in which LA recorded a season-low in points.

Additionally, QB Jared Goff was picked off four times, and RB Todd Gurley II rushed for just 28 yards, his lowest output since his rookie season.

Los Angeles comes in as a nine-point favorite, one of the largest spreads at 888. Of its seven losses, Philly has lost by single digits six times. Still, the scene does not seem appealing for the Eagles.

With two MVP dark horses in Goff and Gurley, the Rams feature the third-best offense in the NFL, which will go against a Philly defense that is among the worst in the league. Conversely, the Eagles have lost 10 fumbles (second-most in the NFL), while LA ranks third in takeaways, which includes a second-best 11 fumble recoveries.

While the Rams have won only twice by double digits since Week 3, they still have an 11.9-point average margin of victory. The moneyline (+325 for Philadelphia) could draw risk-takers. But the props are interesting, and more reasonable.

The over/under for this game sits at 53.5 points, but 888 offers alternate totals. Beginning at 55.5 points, the over has positive payouts. In seven games this season, the Rams have been in games that finished with totals over 55 points (though the Eagles have done so only once). In fact, four LA games have gone for 65 or more points. This week, taking the over 64.5 pays +320.

Another interesting prop includes first-half action. The spread for Philadelphia in the first half sits at +5.5, which pays +102 to cover. And Philly scoring over 10.5 points goes for +116.

For what it’s worth, on average, the Rams have led by 4.4 points at the break, while the Eagles have trailed by 2.2 points. On the other side, LA has allowed 13.3 points in the first half to visiting teams (five times allowing 10 or more points), and Philly has scored 11.6 points per game on the road (three times scoring 10 r more points).

New Orleans Saints (11-2) at Carolina Panthers (6-7)

The front-runner for Super Bowl LIII returns to NFC South action with its first of two meetings against Carolina over the next three weeks.

Since dropping its season opener, the Saints have reeled off 11 wins in 12 games to earn a ticket as the team to beat to win the Lombardi Trophy.

Though it has posted two of its lowest-scoring games over the past two weeks, a loss to Dallas on Thanksgiving and a come-from-behind win at Tampa Bay last week, New Orleans still boasts offensive potency.

Saints QB Drew Brees, a strong candidate for the MVP, is on pace for a 13th straight 4,000-yards-plus season and potentially his most passing touchdowns since 2012.

The league’s No. 2 team in scoring, New Orleans also features the NFL’s top rushing defense, which will face a team that has struggled offensively in recent weeks.

After all, Carolina has lost five straight, including each of the last four that were decided by single digits. Cam Newton has thrown eight interceptions during that span, upping his season total to 12 picks that ranks fourth-most in the league.

While RB Christian McCaffrey has provided a bright spot (294 rushing yards, 205 receiving, five TDs over the last three games), Carolina’s defense has been pummeled. Opponents have averaged 30.4 points per game over the past five contests.

Lightning could strike, allowing the Panthers, as six-point underdogs, to pay off a +200 moneyline with an outright win. Though it seems unlikely.

For those risk-takers, an interesting prop exists with total touchdowns by Carolina, at 3.5. The over pays +128. A daring take, considering the Panthers have not scored more than three TDs since Week 9 and only twice on the season. New Orleans, meanwhile, has only once allowed more than three TDs since Week 3.

Long shots of the week at 888 Sportsbook

Arizona Cardinals (3-10) at Atlanta Falcons (4-9)

For the first time since 2014, the Falcons are guaranteed a losing season. That comes just two years after being two quarters away from the franchise’s first Super Bowl win.

Still, though, Atlanta remains in the hunt for the wild card. As slim as that hope may be. Every win counts, and the Falcons need help.

As nine-point favorites, Atlanta faces the worst offense in the league. That said, stranger things have happened. (Re: the 17-point underdog Buffalo Bills routing the Minnesota Vikings earlier this season.)

If such a miracle takes place, an Arizona win pays out +325.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-8) at Baltimore Ravens (7-6)

Like essentially the entire NFC not currently in the playoffs, the Buccaneers still have postseason hope. The Ravens, meanwhile, are fighting for not only a spot in the playoffs but also the AFC North title.

The Ravens have come on strong of late, winning three of their last four. (Though they missed a golden opportunity to put away the Chiefs last week).

On the other side, Tampa will be gambling with QB Jameis Winston. Will the first-round pick have more incompletions (20) than converted passes (18) like last week? Or will he perform like the two games prior, when he threw for a combined 561 yards and four TDs with no picks?

As eight-point underdogs, the Buccaneers sit as a risky bet. But a win will certainly make it worth your while with a +285 moneyline.

MVP, Super Bowl predictions at 888

With just three weeks left in the regular season, let’s take a look at the favorites at 888 for postseason hardware.

  • Super Bowl: New Orleans, +325; LA Rams, +375; Kansas City, +500; New England, +700; LA Chargers, +1000
  • AFC Championship: Kansas City, +175; New England, +250; LA Chargers, +400; Houston, +800; Pittsburgh, +900
  • NFC Championship: New Orleans, +135; LA Rams, +160; Chicago, +550; Dallas, +900; Seattle, +1200
  • MVP: Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes, -155; New Orleans QB Drew Brees, +135; Seattle QB Russell Wilson, +2000; LA Rams RB Todd Gurley II, +2500; LA Chargers QB Philip Rivers, +2500

Where else to bet online in New Jersey

As it has been well-documented, New Jersey features an array of mobile sports betting options.

Eight mobile sportsbooks complement the nine retail operations in the Garden State. A ninth NJ online sportsbook, PointsBet, is in a soft launch phase:

The list of NJ sportsbook apps includes a deep variety of traditional moneylines, parlays, in-game betting, and futures.

Feast Your Eyes On These Three New Apple NJ Betting Apps

Apple finally approved the New Jersey sports betting apps of BetStars, 888 Sport NJ, and playMGM for inclusion in the Apple App Store.

In New Jersey, sports bettors keep asking the question, “Is there an app for that?”

The answer is mostly yes. However, for iOS users, the answer was NO for New Jersey mobile sportsbooks BetStars, 888 Sport, and playMGM. Until now.

After weeks of waiting, Apple finally cleared the trio of sports betting apps for inclusion in the Apple App Store.

All three sportsbooks have had Android versions of the mobile sportsbook available at the time of their online launch.

It’s a good thing, too. Android users account for 54.5 percent of the U.S. mobile market, while iOS is 44.3 percent.

Even so, iOS users have been waiting patiently (or not so patiently) for the latest additions that came just in time for Sunday’s NFL games.

New Jersey online sportsbooks

Now, all eight online sportsbooks can accept sports wagers on Android and iOS apps. Not all, however, have browser-based sports betting.

Mobile sportsbooks with browser-based betting:

Mobile sportsbooks without browser-based betting:

  • Betstars
  • playMGM

It is important to note that not having an online option may not be that much of a detriment. According to recent data, 65 percent of the time Americans spent online in 2017 was spent on a mobile device.

And 85 percent of the time spent on a mobile device was on an app. Those numbers are certainly going to continue to grow.

Mobile sports betting revenue driving the market

The three new additions to the Apple App Store came with a lot less pomp and circumstance then the launch of New Jersey sports betting.

Make no mistake about it, though, a mobile sports betting app is necessary to stay relevant.

The most recent sports betting revenue report shows mobile sports betting revenue surpassed land-based sportsbook revenue during its first full month of operation.

Retail sportsbooks reported $11.4 million in revenue, while online sports betting brought in $12.5 million.

Keep in mind not all mobile options were available for the whole month. Knowing that, expect to see more growth when October’s revenue figures come out. It doesn’t hurt that both the NBA and NHL return to the court and ice this month.

What the newcomers are up against

BetStars, 888, and playMGM definitely have some ground to make up. While iOS users may be fewer in numbers than their Android counterparts, they still represent a healthy portion of the population.

It is unlikely sports betting enthusiasts sat around waiting for the apps to launch. With the NFL season well underway, it is hard to imagine someone itching to place a bet deciding to sit it out.

Without a doubt, many of them went and found an app they liked and have been placing bets ever since.

All three companies have a digital presence through an online casino. Customers that were fans may have taken their business elsewhere while waiting for the apps to be approved.

Now it is up to the online sportsbooks to win back their customers and find some new ones. Of course, it is easier said than done.

The NJ sports betting market is crowded, and the competition for customers is fierce. It can’t be all about the lines, although, the lines better be competitive. There has to be a concentrated effort on branding and promotion.

The three newcomers may have an advantage in this area. Betstars and 888 both have global experience building a sportsbook. Meanwhile, playMGM has been operating in Nevada since the beginning of mobile sports betting.

All of the efforts to acquire customers comes at a crucial time. Neighboring Pennsylvania is busy preparing for its legal sports betting launch.

And the quest for customers will begin again. Most New Jersey sportsbooks plan to launch in PA, and they will be taking their best practices with them.

In this case, what happens in New Jersey is not likely to stay in New Jersey.