New Jersey Sets U.S. Sports Betting Record With Over $1 Billion Wagered In September

Last month, N.J. bettors wagered $1.011 billion, the largest monthly sports betting handle ever reported by any legal U.S. gaming jurisdiction.

New Jersey sports betting made U.S. gambling history in September, taking in more than $1 billion in legal wagers.

According to data released Monday by state gaming regulators, gamblers in N.J. bet $1.011 billion on sports last month. September’s total is the largest monthly sports betting handle ever reported by any state or legal gaming jurisdiction in the country.

More than $918.4 million, or 90.8%, was wagered via online sportsbooks or mobile apps.

 

Lots of money to go around from N.J. sports betting

Garden State sportsbook operators generated $82.44 million in revenue in September, according to data from the N.J. Division of Gaming Enforcement. Last month’s sports gambling revenue was 83% more than the same month in 2020.

September’s sports betting handle bested the previous record of $996.3 million from December 2020.

N.J. now claims the 13 highest monthly sports betting handles in U.S. history.

The state of New Jersey has collected over $170 million in taxes from legalized sports gambling in just over three years. More than $69.9 million in sports betting taxes has been added to state coffers in 2021 alone.

Everyone is looking up at N.J.

Sports betting outside of Nevada was legalized in May 2018 following a U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). N.J. was the lead party in the landmark case against the NCAA, NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL.

Since 2018, nearly $19 billion has been legally wagered on sports in N.J. The next-closest gambling jurisdiction in terms of total sports betting handle since June 2018 is Nevada, with $16.8 billion. (Nevada has yet to release September gaming figures).

Year-to-date, more than $7.1 billion has been legally wagered on sports in N.J., exceeding the $6 billion wagered for all of 2020.

Breaking down September’s sports betting revenue numbers

N.J. has 22 online/mobile sportsbooks. All nine Atlantic City casinos offer retail sports gambling, as do three state-licensed racetracks.

FanDuel Sportsbook/PointsBet/SuperBook, operating under the Meadowlands Racetrack license, again topped all online operators with $36.6 million in gross revenue. That number is up from the $23.6 million reported in August.

Looking at the remainder of N.J.’s online sportsbooks, here’s how they performed in September:

  • Resorts Digital (Resorts/DraftKings/Fox Bet): $13.2 million
  • Borgata (BetMGM/Borgata): $10.8 million
  • Monmouth Park (William Hill/SugarHouse/theScore): $1.8 million
  • Ocean Casino (Caesars/Tipico): $653,322
  • Hard Rock: (Hard Rock/Bet365/Unibet): $1.6 million
  • Caesars Interactive (Caesars Sportsbook/888sport/WynnBet): -$568,675
  • GNOG (Golden Nugget/BetAmerica/Betway): -$70,405
  • Tropicana (Caesars): $3 million
  • Freehold Raceway (Barstool/PlayUp): $4.1 million

Enjoy it while it lasts, N.J.

New Jersey sports betting may be the leader in the clubhouse now, but the state’s dominance could be challenged soon.

New York is nearing its launch of legalized online sports betting, with some lawmakers eyeing a start before the Super Bowl in February 2022. Although exact figures are not public, sportsbook operators in N.J. have suggested anywhere between 20-25% of all online or mobile sports bets are Empire State residents crossing the state border.

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Philadelphia Eagles TNF Betting Preview: Hurts vs. Brady Kicking Off NFL Week 6 In Prime Time

The Philadelphia Eagles and defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Bucs get this week’s action rolling for NJ sports bettors.

Is it game-time already for the Philadelphia Eagles?

Just four days after Philadelphia defeated the Carolina Panthers, New Jersey sports bettors and Bird Watchers prepare for the Eagles to appear in the national spotlight tonight.

 The 2-3 Birds host the 4-1 and defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in prime time, launching NFL Week 6. Thursday Night Football kickoff is 8:20 p.m. on Fox/NFL Network/Prime Video

 

Betting patterns mirror those before Philadelphia’s recent 42-30 shootout loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Gamblers believe the Bucs have too much firepower. So how can gamblers play into these perceptions?

Bucs vs. Eagles odds at NJ sportsbooks

Bucs mean bucks

The Bucs opened at -6.5 and obtained a flood of support.

Tampa Bay accounts for 94% of the handle and 89% of the moneyline at -280 according to the DraftKings Sportsbook midweek figures. The Bucs sent a clear message to the book-making world this week. 

“People love to play them right now,” Johnny Avello, the director of race and sportsbook operations for DraftKings, told NJ Gambling Sites. “They have been a great prime-time draw. We had them opening night against the Dallas Cowboys and people backed them pretty well.

“We also had them in a Sunday night game against the New England Patriots and people were on them again.

“This week, we opened the line at 7, it went to 6.5 and is really being pushed back the other way. It would not be surprising to see that line back at 7.”

Interestingly, both Tampa Bay primetime efforts produced a narrow moneyline win, but no cover.

Do Bucs opponents find a higher level in prime time?

That question now pertains to the Eagles.

“Things went their way at the end of the game against the Carolina Panthers,” Avello noted about the Eagles’ come-from-behind 21-18 triumph, which included a blocked punt setting up a game-winning TD.   “Carolina did not take care of business and let that game slip away.

“The Panthers don’t usually score a lot but they were in pretty good shape in that game,” he added.  “I give the Eagles a lot of credit. They hung around and when Carolina could not put them away, they came back and won the game.”

Eagles’ first TD prop considerations for NJ bettors

Start with a wild-card nugget: In both home games, the Eagles have gotten on the board first, with a field goal.

Who will score the first Eagles touchdown?

The Eagles defense is +1800. This has delivered before. The Eagles’ first touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 3 came from the defense.

Jalen Hurts is +450.  He was the first, last, and only scorer against Carolina.

Other names on the DraftKings board include:

  • Kenneth Gainwell +800
  • Jalen Reagor +700
  • Greg Ward +1400
  • Zach Ertz +650
  • Quez Watkins +1000
  • Miles Sanders +550
  • DeVonta Smith +500

Looking at these names, Watkins has yet to score a touchdown this season. However, he was on the receiving end of a crucial 53-yard pass from Hurts versus the Panthers. Sooner or later …

Then there is Sanders who is still looking for his first TD of the season. He’s overdue.

And Smith was the first touchdown scorer in Week 1’s 32-6 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Is he due?

More Bucs vs. Eagles scoring props at NJ sportsbooks

.On the wider stage, here is the first touchdown scorer of the game, along with the anytime score payoff. This brings both teams in it.

Tampa Bay:

  • Leonard Fournette, +800 for first, +100 anytime
  • Mike Evans, +800 for first, +100 anytime
  • Chris Godwin, +1000 for first, +125 for anytime

Eagles:

  • Hurts +1200 to be first, +150 anytime
  • Smith +1300 for first, +175 anytime
  • Sanders +1400 for first, +190 anytime.
  • Zach Ertz +1600 for first, +225 anytime
  • Kenneth Gainwell +2000 for first, +290 anytime

But will either defense find paydirt?

Tampa Bay +2500 for first and +350 anytime.

Eagles +4000 for first and +550 anytime.

Both teams have scored this year. If they tally first here, that’s huge.

Eagles vs. Bucs betting strategy

So looking at the odds, here is a betting angle on the theory that both teams will tally at least one touchdown, narrowing the field by selecting a first scorer on each team is a good hedge. It can be made in addition to the overall first-time scorer if gamblers have a good hunch, but one bet per team is a good strategy.

The first TD scorer with both teams on the prop pays well but is hard to hit.

It’s often a crapshoot for the first score, although gamblers can hone in on certain teams. The Dallas Cowboys, for instance, like to feed Zeke Elliott for the first touchdown of the game.

Most teams are hard to mirror.

Quarterbacks take what defenses give them. That being said, Tampa’s recent first scores have come from backs circling out of the backfield or running the ball in. That’s been Giovanni Bernard and Ronald Jones in recent weeks.

The Eagles have only scored the first touchdown once this year. That was Smith in Week 1.

However, there is a way to play both sides. DraftKings has an odds boost in which at least one touchdown needs to be scored in every quarter of the game. Yes is +175.

Caesars Sportsbook NJ Thursday night boosts

Caesars Sportsbook is offering a few odds boosts.

Tom Brady to throw at least three touchdowns and 300 yards has been upgraded to +225. Last week versus the Miami Dolphins, Brady threw for 411 yards and five TDs. 

Evans and Godwin to clear 63.5 receiving yards each is +300.

Smith to score a touchdown anytime and the Eagles to prevail is +600.

If Sanders and Fournette both score, the payout is +600.

And Here’s a longshot with an angle. Hurts to score first and rush for 45.5 yards is +1900.

Hurts hasn’t scored first yet this year, but he does have three rushing touchdowns. And his season-high rushing yardage is 82, with three games over 45.5

Other TNF prop considerations for NJ bettors

BetMGM encourages customers to re-invest on a good start. If one’s preferred team is up by 10 or more at halftime, the bet is paid in full.

Opt in for the Go for a Halftime Haul promo, place a moneyline wager, and if that team is ahead by 10 or more at halftime, the bet wins.  This will tempt bettors to invest their profit in second-half wagers. Max bet is $250. 

Here are some other considerations:

  • Hurts to throw three or more touchdowns is  +260.
  • Bucs to win and 58 or more points scored is +225
  • Evans to score and Tampa Bay wins is +115

Other props here have three or more requirements. They pay well but be wary, they are tough to hit.

Bettors also can scour for Thursday night promotions.  They slowly come in towards the start of the games. Books target their release when they believe betting eyes are locked in.

For those who don’t want to wait, Fox Bet NJ has a double your money promo if either team scores a passing TD. Max bet is $10. This wager is only available between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET on Thursday.

There are a couple of triple your money promos as well:

  •  Evans, Antonio Brown, and  Smith to record 50+ receiving yards each (max bet $50)
  • Hurts 250+ passing yards and 50+ rush yards (max bet is $25)

And if Brady and Hurts each have 300-plus passing yards tonight, Fox Bet customers can earn a 4x payout.  Max bet is $50.

 For more Philadelphia Eagles talk and analysis, check out the latest episode of Why Eagles Why with Dave Bontempo, Pete Amato, and Bill Gelman. 

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New York Giants Week 6 Betting Preview: Long Injury List Factoring Into Odds Versus Rams

NJ online sportsbooks have the New York Giants, who are hurting, as the biggest underdog heading into Sunday’s game at MetLife Stadium.

The New York Giants don’t have a bye week until early November.

But New Jersey online sports bettors may want to give them one now.

Big Blue is difficult, if not impossible, to assess as it brings a 1-4 mark into Sunday’s home contest against the 4-1 Los Angeles Rams.

The Giants are by far the biggest underdog on the Week 6 NFL schedule. That’s not simply because the Rams are a talented team that would normally be favored by close to a touchdown.

The extra points can be attributed to the Giants’ health. The most important administrative component of this team is not a coach. It’s a doctor.

Rams-Giants odds at NJ sportsbooks

Painful recap of Giants-Cowboys game

Few teams have ever encountered what the Giants suffered during Sunday’s 44-20 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Marquee players fell like dominoes. The Giants must now move forward with the “doubtful” or “questionable” tags hanging over quarterback Daniel Jones, running back Saquon Barkley, receivers Kadarius Toney and Kenny Golladay. That’s after Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton have already been hampered by injuries

There’s only so much a team can adjust to.  But before bettors simply switch sides and take the Rams, that’s a big number to lay on the road, regardless of circumstance.

Big Blue players are still hurting

Jones, unfortunately, was coming off his career-high game of 402 yards passing against the New Orleans Saints before he was injured against the Cowboys.  The concussion derailed his attempt to put two big games together.

Back-up QB Mike Glennon did play well in his absence and actually can lead this team. 

He threw for 196 yards and a touchdown against the Cowboys. One of his two interceptions was misleading, as Trevon Diggs was not called for pushing off a Giants receiver.

Glennon showed he can lead the team. The question is, who can he throw to

The next group down the line includes Evan Engram and John Ross. Look for Ross to try some deep routes, as he did against the Saints in scoring the team’s first touchdown in a Week 4 win.

What about Barkley?  Early reports say he is week to week  after he stepped on a defender’s foot and hobbled off the field against the Cowboys.

When the star running back misses most of 2020 and just begins to resemble his old self before hobbling off the field, why not wait a week?

There are several injuries to interior linemen too, which are difficult to measure.

Good news, bad news for the Giants

First, the bad news. It’s hard to conceive of many of these key players coming back this week. Hamstrings have not constituted one-week turnarounds in the NFL. If the players do return, how much can they contribute?

If such a term as “good news” exists, the injuries don’t appear to be season-threatening for the players involved.

Even in the best of times, New Jersey bettors could have looked at this game as a looming loss on the schedule.

Would fans accept a split for the Giants in their next two games?

The Carolina Panthers follow the Rams in. Would it be better to accept a loss to the Rams as a fait accompli and rally the troops to go after the Panthers, who can be beaten?

Even that scenario would leave the Giants at 2-5, with the NFL playoff train gearing up to leave the station.

The Giants already are, for all intents and purposes, four games behind the NFC East-leading Dallas Cowboys. They are 1-4 to the Cowboys’ 4-1 and have suffered a head-to-head loss.

The G-Men are facing longshot scenarios

The Rams could be licking their chops

Matthew Stafford led the Rams to 23 second-half points in their 26-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night.

This is a solid Rams team that has already defeated the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Seahawks. The NFC West is considered one of the top divisions in football.

Bettors may look for Darrell Henderson to have a good day on the ground, and both Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp to have big games on the receiving end.

Any of them can be viewed as anytime scorers

A word of caution, however. The production will have to come early if the Rams obtain a big lead.

This is a situation in which starters could be rested in the fourth quarter.

Special-teams touchdowns would be a good consideration too, along with multiple Glennon interceptions if they are posted. If he is throwing often in the second half, the stage would be ripe for a special-teams score.

And here are a couple of NJ sports betting nuggets to think about:

  • Rams coach Sean McVay is an insane 39-0 when his team leads at halftime.
  • if players are listed as “questionable” on late-week injury reports, they usually suit up.

Ways to NJ bettors could include Rams-Giants game

Before the legalized-gambling age, this game would’ve been considered a skip. Well, unless bettors felt comfortable laying 10-plus points or could count on the over-under of 47.

But if you really want action, the magical sports-wagering world of today provides outlets. Yes, even with the Rams as a prohibitive -600 on the moneyline (via BetMGM).

Gamblers could take three distinct possibilities at DraftKings Sportsbook and get +118. The selections are the Rams -2.5 against the Giants, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday night straight up and the Kansas City Chiefs to topple the Washington Football Team straight up. All legs of the parlay must hit for it to pay out.

Throw in the Jacksonville Jaguars at +3.5 against the Miami Dolphins and that can spike to +317.

Bettors can also go the other way and take the Giants at +19 with the other games. That makes the spread +133.

If you trust the Chiefs and Bucs, you can even do both of these bets and try to collect twice.

Why not just take the Chiefs and Bucs? That’s -137. A third game, even a possible blowout, is needed to make the bet pay more than even money.

This is not a bad way out for a nearly unplayable game.

These are only a couple of countless possibilities gamblers can carve out across the major NJ sports betting apps like DraftKings, Caesars, BetMGM,  and FanDuel, among others. More bets will go up closer to game-time.

 

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Five Jets Bets From A Tortured Fan: NFL Week 5 Versus Falcons

The New York Jets are in London to face the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday morning after a dramatic overtime win last week.

The New York Jets are masters at torturing fans and sports gamblers.

Gang Green’s dramatic 27-24 overtime win last week against the Tennessee Titans shocked the home crowd. However, the Jets’ first win of the 2021 NFL season also stunned most bettors who backed a low-scoring affair.
This tortured Jets fan is still conflicted. The late-game comeback turned five winning bets to three losses in NFL Week 4. My season bankroll is now $7.45 in the red.

On to Week 5.

The Jets (1-3) are in London for a nationally televised Sunday morning matchup against the Atlanta Falcons (1-3).

Even diehards will have a tough time getting up for a 9:30 a.m. kickoff to watch these two teams.

With the NYJ looking for two wins in a row, here are my five $5 bets for Week 5.

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1. Jets soaring after Week 4 win

After all these years, I should be smarter about putting my faith in the New York Jets. I’ve lost count of how many times this team has broken my spirit.

But this was a game I circled months ago as one they can win. I actually thought this would be their first win of the season.

Either way, I’m riding this one out. I’m backing my team outright.
Most New Jersey sportsbooks set the moneyline odds for the underdog Jets somewhere between +120 and +130. I took +130 at FanDuel Sportsbook.

2. Not letting the head Falcon fly

Veteran quarterback Matt Ryan leads Atlanta. The Jets are following rookie QB Zach Wilson.

Both teams’ passing attacks leave much to be desired.

Wilson and the Jets are completing a league-low 56.8% of pass attempts. The Jets average 11.8 yards per reception. Per game, the Jets average less than 200 yards passing.

Atlanta is slightly below the league average in completion percentage at 67.1%. The Falcons average 9.2 yards per catch, which is second-worst in the league. Ryan and his receivers are averaging about 233 yards per game.

Neither team has put up 1,000 total yards through the air this season.

This could be a run-heavy game and the QBs could be left with little to do.
I like Ryan throwing for under 279.5 yards total at DraftKings Sportsbook. Not thrilled about the odds at -115 though.

3. Trying to make dollars, not sense

Make sure to brew a large pot of coffee for this game. The Jets and Falcons are two of the worst offenses in the NFL, so the probability of a snoozefest is high.

The Jets average just under 12 points and a shade over 276 yards per game. They have only found the endzone five times in four games.

The Denver Broncos blanked the Jets in a 26-0 beatdown in Week 3.
Atlanta is slightly better with 19.5 PPG and 319.5 YPG. The Falcons have nine touchdowns on the year.

The line on this game is 45.5 total points.

Against my better (or bettor?) judgment and all logic to the contrary, I’m taking the over (-110) at BetMGM Sportsbook.

4. Young Jets QB has a big day

Full disclosure: I wasn’t high on the Jets drafting Wilson with the second overall pick in this year’s draft. I thought Justin Fields was a better option.

Either way, Wilson is our guy for the foreseeable future. Not that it matters, but he has my support as long as he’s wearing the green and white.
So far, the results have been what most would expect with a rookie QB joining an already bad team.

Wilson has eight interceptions to just four touchdowns for the year. But, other than the Week 2 game against the New England Patriots when he tossed four picks, his mistakes haven’t been egregious or unpredictable.

He can build off of last week’s respectable performance (21-34, 297 YDs, 2TDs, 1INT) against a subpar Atlanta secondary.

Fox Bet NJ is offering a Bet Boost that Wilson throws for 250-plus yards and 2-plus passing TDs at +250.

5. Long shot bet in London

The Jets’ scoring struggles have been on full display in the first halves of games this year. The Jets have put up a grand total of 10 points in the first half. In two games, the Jets failed to score at all in the first half.

Most of that is likely due to Wilson not being able to get in rhythm with his receivers. The Jets’ lack of a running game does not help matters.

Atlanta isn’t lighting up scoreboards to start games though either. The Falcons are averaging 9 PPG in the first half

On a hunch, I think both teams will score more than once in the first half Sunday. In fact, I think we’re going to see a 13-13 tie at the half. I took the hail mary at WynnBet Sportsbook for +750.

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Ben Simmons Is Still Missing From 76ers Camp, But His Props Are Appearing At NJ Online Sportsbooks

We don’t know if or when Ben Simmons will be playing when the NBA regular season starts, but NJ online sportsbooks do have player props.

Where in the world is Ben Simmons? The Philadelphia 76ers All-Star guard has been MIA since training camp opened earlier this month.

And anybody who follows NBA news very closely is well aware Simmons wants out of Philadelphia. At least that is what his camp is saying.

But will Ben Simmons magically reappear from his holdout when the Sixers open the regular season on Oct. 20 at the New Orleans Pelicans? NJ online sportsbooks have yet to post any lines on such a scenario.

However, no matter where Simmons ends up playing (the trade rumor mill has been spinning since the end of last season), there are several player props up on the board.

So since Simmons is keeping everybody waiting, it’s the perfect time to take a closer look at these props.

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Ben Simmons at the foul line

We’ll just cut to the chase here. Simmons is not a good foul shooter as his career average is 59.7% from the line.

And in last season’s NBA Eastern Conference semifinal series versus the Atlanta Hawks, his numbers were even worse.  During the seven-game series, which Philadelphia lost, Simmons converted just 15-of-45 foul attempts. Do the math and it comes out to 33%. Yes, 33% in a playoff series.

So what are the odds Simmons makes his first free throw attempt of the upcoming season? What seems like a random question is actually a Ben Simmon special, or prop, available to DraftKings Sportsbook NJ customers.

Yes is -145, No is +125.

But at this moment, there is a much bigger issue to address.

Ben Simmons will play for …

Every once in a while sportsbooks will post odds for a prop bet centered around what team a popular player will be suiting up for next.

However, as of this week, there are no such odds at NJ sportsbooks related to Simmons. Illinois is another story. At the beginning of the summer, PointsBet made the wager available with the wording “Next NBA team Ben Simmons Will play for if traded.”

Keywords being “if traded.”

Portland was the favored destination at the time with +250 odds. A Simmons for Damian Lillard trade package was the hot rumor at the time.

Now the chatter seems to be more about what properties are up for sale and if Simmons is rethinking his decision to hold out.

He was a no-show for the 76ers preseason opener versus the Toronto Raptors. And the team hit him for a hefty fine in the neighborhood of $360,000.

With the regular season now less than weeks away, that total will very quickly extend into the millions.

Defensive Player of the Year NJ odds

One thing Ben Simmons is known for being is a strong defender. As a result, NJ sportsbooks list him among the favorites to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award.

The current FanDuel Sportsbook odds have Simmons No. 2 on the board at +500. Only Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, who won the award last season, has better odds at +380. Simmons finished second.

The next three names on the board are:

  • Anthony Davis, Lakers +500
  • Giannis Antetekounmpo, Bucks+800
  • Myles Turner, Pacers +850

Current Simmons teammate Joel Embiid, at least at the time of this writing, is listed at +1200. Speaking of Embiid, he is once again one of the favorites to win NBA MVP.  Only Luka Doncic (+480) of the Dallas Mavericks and Antetekounmpo (+700) are ahead of him.

Speaking of futures, has anyone seen or heard from Ben Simmons yet?

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Philadelphia Eagles Week 5 Betting Preview: 5 Things To Think About As Birds Fly To Carolina

As the Philadelphia Eagles enter NFL Week 5 hungry for a win, here’s the odds and props playbook from NJ online sportsbooks.

The outcasts are in. The Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers remind New Jersey sports bettors how fortunes change when they meet Sunday in NFL Week 5.

At this time last season, Jalen Hurts was on the bench for the Eagles and Sam Darnold was an unpopular New York Jet.

Look at them now. Darnold leads the rejuvenated 3-1 Carolina Panthers against a 1-3 Eagles team quarterbacked by Hurts.

Darnold is reborn, producing fireworks with an astounding five rushing touchdowns. He is the first quarterback in league history to rush for five touchdowns in the first four games of the season.

And the Jets didn’t want him. They peddled Darnold to launch the Zach Wilson era.  Darnold is laughing last at his 1-3 former team.

Hurts is maligned in some quarters, but has been a human cash register for New Jersey online prop bettors with 713 yards and four touchdown passes in the last two weeks. Gamblers don’t care if some of that came in garbage time.

Darnold enjoys the breakthrough season Hurts still wants to get as they meet in Carolina. Here is a look at five NJ sports betting angles for Sunday’s Eagles-Panthers game.

Eagles vs. Panthers odds at NJ sportsbooks

1. Philadelphia Eagles expected to keep it close

DraftKings Sportsbook bettors faded the Eagles, taking the Kansas City Chiefs at a whopping 98% last week, the book’s highest level of endorsement in any NFL game.

The Eagles’ opponent made good on it by covering the seven points in a 42-30 triumph.

But this week it’s not 98%. It’s 58% for the Birds’ opponent with Carolina -3.5, revealing that a decent percentage of gamblers expect the Eagles to stay in it.

There is a sharps-versus public betting sighting on the over-under of 44.5.

Although 85% of the DraftKings tickets have been cast on the over, only 49% of the money has gone there. The big gamblers think this game finishes under the total and there is precedent.

Five of the last six Carolina games have finished under.

2. Will the Eagles follow the Dallas Cowboys script?

The Dallas Cowboys singed Carolina for 245 rushing yards last week.  That made the pass play far easier for quarterback Dak Prescott, who had four TD tosses and only 188 yards.

The ground game is an interesting consideration because the Eagles have not been using it.  They only had 29 yards rushing, outside of Hurts, in Week 3.   That improved last week with 56 non-Hurts rushing yards and 92 yards on passes to Kenneth Gainwell and Miles Sanders out of the backfield.

Gainwell had six receptions and a score.

If Carolina’s last opponent could run at will, the Eagles will probably use their backs more, even if much of that comes via swing passes.

Hurts wisely targeted his tight ends 13 times last week. This is a success formula going forward. Dallas tight end Dalton Schultz tore up both the Eagles and Panthers on successive weeks. Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert are quality receivers for Hurts.

But is the Eagles’ glass half empty?

They lost points via penalties, again, versus the Kansas City Chiefs.  They self-destructed at times.

Or is the glass half full?

DeVonta Smith surpassed 100 yards receiving for the first time. The backfield was more involved.  This offense could be ready to put a game together.

3. Eagles’ D is a  major concern

Bettors who took the over feasted on the Eagles’ porous defense the past couple of weeks. Philadelphia yielded 41 points to the Dallas Cowboys (granted, a Pick 6 by  Dallas doesn’t reflect on the Eagles defense) and 42 points against Kansas City.

In both cases, the Eagles were walloped both up the middle in the running game and deep with the passing attack.

Against Kansas City, Patrick Mahomes tossed five touchdown passes (although two were shovel passes, glorified handoffs that count as TD tosses). Equally concerning for Philadelphia, Clyde Edwards-Helaire had his best rushing effort of the season 102 yards.

Is the defensive glass half-empty?

The Eagles gave up more than 40 points in two consecutive weeks.

Or is it half full?

That was the Cowboys and  Chiefs in succession.  Carolina scores less (averaging 24.5 points per game).

4. The silent McCaffrey effect

Looking for an edge?

Here’s a possible nugget, coming from Johnny Avello, the director of race and sportsbook operations for DraftKings.

The Panthers have an all-out star in running back Christian McCaffrey. Early reports were that he would not play Sunday, although that decision could come close to game time. However, he was back at practice Wednesday.

What’s McCaffrey’s impact on the line?

“A running back or a wide receiver never gets enough respect to be represented on the betting line,” Avello told NJ Gambling Sites, “but personally I think McCaffrey is worth two or three points. You won’t see this reflected in the official line, but he makes a difference.

“Sam Darnold needs a guy like that,” Avello adds. “He needs to have outlets and McCaffrey gives you that outlet.”

So, when everyone’s covered, Darnold can dump off to McCaffrey, who can turn routine plays into large gains.

If McCaffrey does not play, the other backs are pretty good but they can’t make tacklers miss them the way McCaffrey does.

Look for names like Chuba Hubbard, who had 13 carries last week.  Receiver D.J. Moore had eight catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns. He is a legitimate threat and should be considered for yardage and touchdown-scoring props.

This leads us to …

5. Prop City at NJ online sportsbooks

If nothing else, Hurts is rewarding the bettors. He’s hit his yardage and touchdown over totals the last two weeks.

This one is more modest. His passing yardage is over 242.5 at -115 on either side at DraftKings.

Darnold is 252.5  yards for -115 on either side.

If you’re looking at touchdowns for Hurts, the over-under is 1.5. The over is -110, the under is -120.

Can Hurts and Darnold each throw and run for a touchdown? That’s +500.

Miles Sanders over-under 68.5 rushing and receiving yards is -115 either side.

Will the Eagles score more than 2.5 touchdowns? The over is +125, the under is -165.

What about how the opening drives will playout for the Eagles and Panthers? Here is a look at the Caesars Sportsbook odds.

Eagles:

  • Punt -120
  • Touchdown +350
  • Field goal attempt +390
  • Turnover +460

Carolina:

  • Punt   +113
  • Touchdown +240
  • Field goal attempt +350
  • Turnover +500

NJ sports bettors who think the Eagles’ offense will lead the scoring race may want to check the BetMGM sportsbook odds. Philadelphia to win the race to 10 points is +115 while the first to 20 points is +180.

The Birds to score first is -105. They are 2-2 in that category.

The team that scores first to lose is +140.

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