Looking at NFL Boosts And Super Bowl Odds Of Eight Remaining Playoff Teams

With eight NFL teams still in the running to become Super Bowl champs, NJ sports bettors have a full menu of wagering options with NJ online sportsbooks.

The betting public still expects a Green Bay Packers-Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl.

But there is value everywhere, as the second round of the playoffs begin. This weekend’s games will substantially alter the odds, so New Jersey online sportsbook bettors observe the best deal possible right now.

Here is a look at the latest Super Bowl odds:

But come Sunday night, only four of these teams will be left on the board.

 Eagles are out, but FanDuel offering odds on next coach

And in the spirt of futures, what would an NFL coaching change be without speculation?

FanDuel Sportsbook now has odds on the next Philadelphia Eagles coach to replace Doug Pederson.

Robert Saleh (+200), the San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator, was the early favorite but his name is off the board. He is the new head coach of the New York Jets. So who does that leave?

Well, as of Friday afternoon, Duce Staley, the current Eagles assistant head coach and former running back, was leading the field at +200. This is after being +700 earlier this week.

Here are some of the other contenders:

  • Joe Brady +400
  • Mike Kafka +450
  • Brian Daboll +650
  • Eric Bieniemy +700
  • Arthur Smith +800

Any candidate will have to contend with the possibility of meddling from the Eagles front office regarding personnel. It is hard to handicap which candidate can accept that. This scenario changes often, stay tuned.

On to weekend playoff games

Now that the weekend is here, the focus shifts to the four NFL Divisional Playoff games. Here is the schedule:

Significant odds boosts apply to each weekend game. Some may play well into your perception of the game.

Interesting NFL Divisional round options

DraftKings Sportsbook is offering  bettors the option of taking the chalk across the board. The operator has boosted the prospect of all four favorites winning to +365. This shows bettors the premium of the Bucs-Saints and Bills-Ravens as close games.

Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen to secure rushing TDs in the Bills-Ravens game has gone up to +400.

FanDuel Sportsbook is offering  some razzle-dazzle, too.

How do you make money on the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs to win the AFC? They are at +200  at FanDuel. One can succeed by including a Chiefs championship into a previous bet.

The sportsbook posted an interesting elimination special, listing the odds of which teams will eliminate others from the playoffs.

Kansas City to eliminate the Ravens is +260, and  to eliminate the Bills is +195. You are banking on Kansas City beating Cleveland as a lopsided pick and then defeating whomever survives the Bills-Ravens game.  You can even make a few bucks if you play both sides.

This is a neat way to improve your odds on the Chiefs, if you already like them to win the AFC.

Fox Bet + NFL Playoff odds boosts

Here are some boosts available for all four games from Fox Bet.

First up is the Rams-Packers. 

Here’s an even-money shot. Can each team notch two or more touchdowns and one or more field goals? That’s been boosted from -110 to +100, essentially eliminating the vig. This is a statement about whether the Rams can notch two TD’s. They are a ball control offense.

Green Bay QB  Aaron Rodgers to throw two or more touchdowns and 300 or more yards is now paying +300, up from +250. That seems reasonable for him.

The variable is determining how good the Rams defense is. It has been hot lately, but Rodgers is Rodgers. In taking this prop, you are hoping for at least one long completion.

Packer’s receiver Davante Adams to notch more than 100 yards and a touchdown has gone from +250 to +300, which is excellent value.

Looking at Lamar Jackson vs. Josh Allen

Each team to score two touchdowns and notch two field goals is worth +250, boosted from +200. The Bill and Ravens  both accomplished the feat last week.

Can Bills receiver Stefan Diggs tally 100 yards and notch a TD? The yes is +200.

Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson rushed for 146 yards last week. He’s part of a prop this week that plays into that. If Jackson and Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen combine for 125 yards, it will pay +150, up from  +120.

Bets on players to score first or in the first quarter are good complements to anytime scoring, but they come with time risk. With that in mind, Jackson has been boosted from+500 to +600 to score a rushing TD in the first quarter.

Super Bowl champion Chiefs versus Browns

Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes to notch 300 or more passing yards and three or more passing TDs has been boosted from +150 to +200.

Tyreek Hill, raw Chiefs star wide receiver,  is worth +215 if he is able to notch a touchdown and attain 100 yards. These two categories often go together for him as Hill is targeted on many deep balls.

The vig has disappeared for Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield. His prop to throw for at least 200 yards and two passing touchdowns has improved from -133 to +100.

There’s a big difference between two touchdowns thrown and three. Just ask the bettors who had Tom Brady to notch three passing scores against the Washington Football Team last week.  Brady’s third TD pass was reversed on replay and the next play was a running score.

The props for Mahomes and Mayfield also indicate the expectation of a high-scoring game.

Speaking of Brady, NFL Divisional Weekend wraps up with Tampa Bay at New Orleans.

Brady is in another touchdown-tossing prop this week. If Brady and Saints quarterback Drew Brees each throw two touchdowns, it pays +150, up from +100.

You can usually count on Brady, but Brees is a mystery. There’s the chance of running back Alvin Kamara or back-up QB Taysom Hill pirating at least one of his scores.

Brees himself nearly collected one last week. He did the flying leap to place the ball over the goal line and quickly pull it back on a QB sneak. However, he pulled the ball back too early. No score.

Then there is Kamara to score a first-quarter touchdown, which is now  paying +400, up from +300.

Michael Thomas of the Saints and Antonio Brown of the Bucs have a yardage prop of 150 combined. Seems like an easy one right?  It is now at +100 after being -125.

On the Tampa Bay end, Rob Gronkowski and Mike Evans to both score touchdowns has been boosted to +700. You wre weighing the New Orleans defense and Brady’s recent resurgence with Brown into that prop.

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NFL Playoff Odds Boosts: Looking at the Brady Versus Smith Showdown

NFL Wild Card Weekend means there will be six, not four, games, and NJ sports betting customers have a full menu of boosts, props and promos.

There are six NFL wild card playoff games this weekend. Many New Jersey sports bettors have already found their edge — or lack of one — regarding the teams and players.

It’s a smaller schedule than the regular season and will push more NJ online sportsbook customers in the direction of boosts, props and promos.

Let’s observe the prolific betting landscape.

Fox Bet boosting Nick Chubb

Can Nick Chubb of the Cleveland Browns rush for more than 100 yards and score a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers? Fox Bet has boosted it to an eye-opening +400, up from +333. Chubb is certainly capable, and the Browns are a good rushing team.

Chubb accomplished this feat five times during the regular season. The latest was last week, against the Steelers. Pittsburgh, however, rested some key players.

For this realistic possibility to pay that well, the book is saying the public expects the Steelers to dominate and force Cleveland to throw more.

This bet is as much about where one thinks Cleveland will be in the game as whether Chubb can hit the number.

If the bet hits, it pays very well.

How well?

For Derrick Henry to achieve the same totals in the Tennessee Titans-Baltimore Ravens game, the odds are +100 — a staggering difference for the same achievement.

The intangible thrown into the Chubb bet is the absence of Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski, who won’t be behind the bench. He’s out after testing positive for COVID-19.

Will this have an effect on the team’s organization?

The bet offers indirect insight on the game. For Chubb’s prop number to be that large, insiders don’t expect him to be a major factor. It would correlate with Pittsburgh dominating the game.

But will the bettors agree?

Tom Brady vs. Alex Smith

Here’s one from the Washington Football TeamTampa Bay Buccaneers Saturday evening game.

Can Tom Brady of Tampa Bay and Alex Smith of Washington each toss two or more touchdowns? It’s +300 for a reason.

Brady has been on a roll, picking apart defenses with 12 touchdowns against only one interception over recent games. But those performances have come against the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions.

Washington hasn’t allowed two passing touchdowns in a game since Week 13 and will be the best defense Brady has seen in several weeks.

Smith did throw two touchdowns against the Philadelphia Eagles in the team’s last game. Plus, Tampa does have a porous defense, so he will have a chance here. But he looks hobbled and can’t extend plays well.

Nonetheless, two touchdowns apiece is not a ridiculous thing to ask.

Colts-Bills kick off Wild Card Weekend

Here’s a prop to make bettors think about where the Indianapolis Colts-Buffalo Bills game will be during the fourth quarter.

Can each team come up with at least two touchdowns and two field goals?

The yes has been boosted from +225 to +250.

It’s a respectable return, because teams are not locked into scoring in each quarter. The key is believing the game will be close enough for a field goal to matter in the fourth quarter. Both teams are not shy about bypassing field goals and going for touchdowns, even in the red zone.

But with everything on the line, they could be tempted to play more conservatively and grab sure points when possible.

The proliferation of two-point attempts has also changed the number of field goals attempted. In taking this bet, you are hoping for a more conventional style of play.

More NFL betting possibilities

Alvin Kamara of the New Orleans Saints to score twice against the Chicago Bears has been added. It’s gone up to +300.

There are some props for Jared Goff of the Los Angeles Rams, but be wary. His status is uncertain versus the Seattle Seahawks.

Here’s an apples-to-apples comparison to benefit line shoppers

FanDuel Sportsbook has boosted the moneyline payout for Buffalo, Seattle and Tampa Bay to win their games from +160 to +190. This is meaningful because most other books have this one in the +160 range.

Thirty basis points is a substantial edge for the bettor.

Moneyline parlays are a good idea in the first place, especially with clear-cut favorites involved. In most instances, bettors will hit the majority of the wagers and always feel as though there’s a good chance this will hit.

The question is whether they can get that last one, and there usually is one difficult or sweat part of the wager, to make the bet pay.

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DraftKings Sportsbook luring newcomers

If you haven’t joined the parade yet, now is an excellent time.

For Wild Card Weekend, DraftKings Sportsbook is offering an easy score for first-time users.

Amid the NFL’s highest-scoring season ever, all you need is a touchdown. It’s what DraftKings likes to refer to as a no-brainer bet. The rules are simple:

  • Sign up for an account using the above link.
  • Deposit at least $5 into your DraftKings Sportsbook account.
  • Bettors will be issued one single-use odds boost (+100) to use for any team to score a touchdown during Wild Card Weekend.
  • The wager must be placed prior to the kickoff of Saturday’s Bills-Colts game.
  • You must select the boost from your betslip before placing the bet.
  • The maximum bet is $50.

There is a similar promo for existing customers, but the maximum wager is $25.

PointsBet says you drink the ‘juice’

PointsBet has an exciting slate of promotions to kick off NFL Wild Card Weekend, including the return of No Juice +100 spread lines. The max bet is $10,000.

This eliminates the vig, or the price of playing the bet, usually 10% of the wager.

The promo has particular significance on large bets. A $10,000 wager will usually result in a vig of about $1,000.

The principle applies for smaller bets, too. A $300 wager, for example, would provide a savings of roughly $30 if the vig vanishes.

William Hill + NFL Saturday playoff bonus

Here’s an if-you-win angle from William Hill. It involves all three Saturday games.

All it takes is wagering at least $50 on a pregame bet, and if you win, bonuses will kick in. Basically, you’ll receive free bet dollars for your team’s top running back’s stats. Here are a few examples:

  • $1 toward a free bet per 10 rushing yards.
  • $6 toward a free bet per rushing touchdown.
  • $6 toward a free bet per receiving touchdown.

Credits will be applied directly to accounts within five business days after the promotion period has expired. The free bet must be used within seven days after it is awarded.

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Week 15 Odds Boosts: Will NJ Bettors Hit The Over Thursday Night In Vegas?

NFL Week 15 includes Eagles at Cardinals, but the NJ sports betting acttion gets underway with a big AFC West showdown that could generate 50-plus points.

Odds Boosts remain a popular NFL betting tool heading into Week 15.

At the least, they eliminate the vig, providing wagering value.

The boosts get an early start this week, with one Thursday game and two on Saturday.

Although the list will increase closer to kickoff, including Sunday games, here are some early NJ sports betting considerations.

High scoring Thursday night affair

Fox Bet NJ jumps out of the gate, boosting both teams to score in each quarter from +400 to +500 for the Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers game.

This prop just hit on Monday Night Football, when the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens delivered 89 points.

What makes the prop worth pondering, besides the price, is the Raiders’ style of play. They have an excellent offense and a swiss-cheese defense full of holes. Derek Carr for Las Vegas and Justin Herbert of Los Angeles have a chance to light it up in this one.

This is always one of the most intriguing, yet lucrative props. The game needs to remain close, field goals need to be relevant, and you have to catch a break in a quarter in which a team may only touch the ball once.

The perception is that these teams will march up and down the field. The over-under is 53 at Fox Bet, the highest total this week.

There is an interesting cross-reference on this angle. In its custom bet section, Fox Bet lists the prop of each team getting two touchdowns and one field goal for the game as -188. That prop was more than +400 for the Philadelphia Eagles last week against the New Orleans Saints, indicating NJ online sportsbooks expect a shootout here.

Josh Jacobs to score in the first quarter has been boosted to +500.The Raiders running back is an excellent choice as an anytime touchdown threat wherever you play, and it often pays even money or a little higher. First touchdown and first-quarter bets are always risky because they unfold in a limited time frame, but that’s why they pay well.

More on Chargers-Raiders showdown

FanDuel Sportsbook has an aggressive perspective regarding the Thursday Night game.: Keep it comin with the points.

It is offering an  enhanced a payout from +190 to +240 for the Raiders to win the game outright and for the total to hit 55 or more. That’s slightly more than the over-under number of 53.5.

If you like this prop, it seems logical to separately play the over in this game, a regular bet not connected with the boosts. If the offenses hit big but the Raiders don’t win, you are at least covered.

Hard to ignore Davante Adams in Week 15

On Saturday, the best opportunity in the Carolina PanthersGreen Bay Packers  game involves Packers receiver Davante Adams. For him to score a touchdown and the Packers to win has been boosted from -120 to +100 a Fox Bet. Not a big payoff, but it wipes out the vig and then some, changing odds from laying 6-5 to getting even money.

Some players will jump on this for a large bet, depending on what they can get for Adams as an anytime scorer. Bettors can’t touch the moneyline, -400.

This is one wager in which the size of one’s bet may determine its appeal. The larger the bankroll, the better.

How about Bad Beat boosts?

FanDuel and DraftKings Sportsbook have both addressed the final-play fiasco of the Baltimore Ravens’ 42-37 triumph over the Cleveland Browns Monday Night. Both involved priming the pump with refunds, keeping bettors from that game engaged rather than possibly enraged.

For tortured Browns bettors, their team was looking like an imminent moneyline win. Cleveland was  leading 35-34 and Baltimore down to its final offensive play. However, the final result ended up being  a 47-42 Bad Beat at +3. The daggers were a field goal allowed with two seconds left and a crazy lateral-fest resulting in a safety on the final play. And it radically changed betting fortunes.

FanDuel refunded all pre-live, straight spread bets placed on the Browns +3, +3.5 and +4.5 from the game. The total refund was $750k and appeared in customer’s accounts in site credit.

DraftKings has a promotion good through Thursday evening, for anyone having played Cleveland + 3, +3.5, +4, and +4.5.

The Bad Beat promo is available via  the promotions page. Here ae some of the potential rewards:

  • $50 free bet
  • $100 free bet
  • $1,000 free bet
  • $25,000 DK dollars.

Some New Jersey DraftKings customes have reported getting $100 on a free bet after wagering only $15 on the game.

A case like this becomes a no-brainer. If that subsequent free bet hits, a bad break will have turned into good fortune. Some gamblers may try to ensure this by taking the Pittsburgh Steelers on the moneyline against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Monday Night Football game closes out the Week 15 schedule. Pittsburgh  (11-2) won the first meeting against Cincinnati (2-10-1) convincingly, 36-10.

But no matter which game you play, the refund or promo turns losing bets into pushes. Plus, it enables the money to be placed into other wagers while validating the key psychological component of “I was robbed.”

Do we hear more Week 15 free bets?

PointsBet NJ bookends the Week 15 schedule with a pair of free-bet enticements.

Tonight’s Chargers-Raiders and Monday’s Steelers- Bengals contests are part of what’s termed a risk-free offer.

Make an in-play moneyline wager on the underdog in each game.If that team loses, the bettor will be refunded up to $50 in free bets. So Chargers and Bengals bettors, this applies to you.

Bettors will wager $50 on the dogs and receive either an upset win or the $50 free bet. Check the PointsBet app for complete details.  Be sure to play the freebie within the time frame, usually one week.

The free bet refund must be used on another in-play event.

This promotion particularly entices money from Cincinnati Bengals bettors, who bet a prohibitive dog, +550. A key for Bengals backers is to have an idea what free bet you’d like to use next week before making this play.

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Week 14 Odds Boosts: Will Wayne Gallman lead the Giants and NJ bettors to victory?

Giants fans are looking for a NFL Week 14 win over the Cardinals, but gamblers could cash in if New York’s star running back continues to rack up yards.

NFL Week 14 brings the NJ online sportsbook equivalent of wild-card mania at a blackjack table.

Some of the odds boosts require extraordinary developments, like three players scoring.

Some have real chances if the games break a certain way.

Bettors have the task of keeping fun bets in perspective and selecting realistic props that enhance their bottom lines. Here’s a look at some of the Week 14 NJ sports betting options.

Week 14 custom bets + bet boosts

Many good choices occur via FoxBet, broken into a couple different categories.

The site has expanded the menu, including a custom bet section. This abundant list is separate from the bet boost area, which contains a select few wagers with boosted odds.

The New York Giants-Arizona Cardinals game sports an excellent menu.

Start with the running backs. Wayne Gallman of the Giants, who popped loose for 135 yards last week against the Seattle Seahawks, is + 225 to score a touchdown and notch 75 yards.

Gallman and Kenyan Drake, Arizona’s lead back, will return + 350 (boosted from +300), if they each obtain 75 rushing yards. No TD needed.  Drake had 49 yards last week, as his Cardinals were trailing the entire second half against the Los Angeles Rams.

To like this bet, you’re figuring the game goes back and forth, as the line of Arizona -2.5 suggests.

Will Kyler Murray be money?

A number of props concern Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray, as they should. He has one of the most unbelievable – and rarely discussed – 2020 feats.  Murray has scored a rushing touchdown in every Cardinals victory. That’s mind-boggling. They can’t win if he doesn’t rush one in.

That is most likely an unprecedented NFL achievement for this late in the season.

So what happens here? Murray isn’t isolated to score on the early boosts, but Murray and his favorite receiver DeAndre Hopkins, would return +300 if they each tally a touchdown.

And there’s the crossover play. Murray and Darius Slayton of the Giants pay +500 if they each score. Slayton has been the Giants’ forgotten man lately, but it only takes one play.

The decline of the Cardinals – they have lost four of their last five – has coincided with reduced running from Murray. Does he come back to that this week with the team sinking from the playoff picture.

Looking at the value of a field goal

Can each team notch two touchdowns and a single field goal in the Giants-Cardinals game?  The return is -110. Two touchdowns and two field goals is +333.

It’s not an easy accomplishment in the age of coaches foregoing field goals, but teams are getting burned by reckless fourth-down gambles and may return to conventional thinking.

The Eagles have accomplished the two-touchdown, two field-goal feat exactly once this year. That would be their  Week 3 23-23 tie with the Cincinnati Bengals.

That’s why the prop is much higher in their game with the New Orleans Saints. Can the Eagles and Saints each get a touchdown and a field goal in each half?

A yes is +1250.

Two touchdowns and two field goals from each team overall pays +450.

To play either of these longshot bets, one believes the Eagles will be in the game long enough for a fourth-quarter field-goal attempt to matter. It has long odds for a reason, and is complicated by Doug Pederson’s unconventional thinking regarding field goals.

But it has been 11 weeks since this happened. Something like this is due for this team, sooner or later. A couple bucks at the max.

Most of the props involving new starting  quarterback Jalen Hurts have him combining with yardage totals for receivers. Tough to handicap for his first game.

Other Week 14 odds boost

First quarter magic is a theme this week with Fox Bet odds boosts.

Will Tyreek Hill score a touchdown in the first quarter for the Kansas City Chiefs against the Miami Dolphins?

Pat Mahomes likes to target him deep and early. It has been boosted from +450 to +500. Here is another option: Hill is +120 to collect 75 yards and a score anytime.

The Dallas Cowboys may air it out with running back Zeke Elliott hampered by an injury he’s expected to play through.

Rookie receiver Cee Dee Lamb is +300 for 75 yards and a score. He is a deep threat. Michael Gallup is +350 for the same requirements.

Yes, the Cowboys have been awful, but quarterback Andy Dalton returns home to play against the team he led for many years. If that doesn’t motivate him, nothing will.

However, the Bengals face a weak Cowboys defense, but this is a new offensive scheme with Joe Burrow out for the year. Who will emerge?

We don’t really know, for prop-betting purposes.

Josh Jacobs returns +500 (boosted from +400) for the Las Vegas Raiders if he can score in the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts.

FanDuel Sportsbook has a smaller section of odds boosts this week. The main one involves eliminating the vig.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have been boosted from -110 to +110 to cover 1.5 against the host Buffalo Bills Sunday night. The maximum bet is $50.

DraftKings Sportsbook  also offers a small menu, boosting a moneyline parlay for the New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packer, and Seattle Seahawks from +114 to +120. Not a big move, but the bettor is getting three teams favored by a touchdown or more. The Packers and Saints have to win on the road, Seattle is home to the New York Jets.

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Shop and create your own odds boost

Sometimes an odds boost is the data one receives from research.

BetMGM sportsbook hasn’t boosted these parlays, but have grouped a few. The Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans, and Minnesota Vikings will pay +675 if they all win. All three have road games, with Tennessee playing at the Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston invading the Chicago Bears, and the Vikings visiting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Take the same parlay, manually, at William Hill, and it pays +722.

This gives you an idea about the value of a set of games. If you like a set of them, you can see if one book or another boosts its payout. It also inspires the idea to build your own prop.

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NFL Week 13 Odds Boosts: Is It Time To Bet Against The NFC East?

Philadelphia, Dallas, New York, and Washington are big Week 13 road underdogs. Bunching their opponents into a moneyline parley could make sense.

NFL Week 13 provides a menu beyond odds boosts, sign-up offers, and promotions.

This week offers  an amazing perfect storm regarding the NFC Least.

For the first time all season, all four of its teams, the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, Washington Football Team, and Dallas Cowboys, are playing on the road.

And for the first time all season, all four teams are underdogs by more than a touchdown in the same week.

And thus, because of legalized NJ sports betting, the NFC Least does not have to become the NFC Lost. Moneyline and alternate line parlays entice gamblers who don’t simply want to write off these weak teams.

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NFC East wagering possibilities

So how does one approach the NFC East games when the  teams don’t have a great shot of winning?

One can select a moneyline parlay going against all four teams.

You can’t play the favorites on these moneylines anyway. Here is a look at  the DraftKings Sportsbook lines as of Friday afternoon:

  • Green Bay Packers -385 versus the Eagles
  • Undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers at -360 against Washington
  • Seattle a whopping -560 against the likely Daniel Jones-less Giants
  •  Baltimore, with Lamar Jackson presumably back, is -385 versus the Cowboys

Bettors also may not trust the underdogs with points.

But taking Green Bay, Seattle, Pittsburgh and Baltimore to simply win those games is +134 at DraftKings. Yes, you have to win all four, but those odds are reasonable for what many bettors in the New Jersey-New York corridor consider a strong possibility.

Is it plausible that one of the favorites could stumble?

Certainly. But this type of bet revives a potentially lost weekend for backers of the NFC Least.

Expand the concept and the Miami Dolphins, favored by more than 11 points against the Joe Burrow-less Cincinnati Bengals, make the odds of a five-team moneyline parlay of strong  favorites +176.

Here’s another die-hard loyalty prop for fans of the NFC Least teams.

Go with the Eagles, Washington Football Team, and New York Giants via the alternate-line spread. Give them each a touchdown on the alternate line. Its moves Philadelphia and Washington to +15.5 and the Giants all the way up to +17.  The odds on this three-team parlay is +123 at DraftKings. One can add Dallas when the Tuesday game becomes available and this payout will go up.

The alternate spreads are prohibitive individually, but as a package they can be played.

These bets may not yield thrilling payoffs, but alternate-line parlays are the fastest-growing form of NFL betting. It’s practiced heavily by players who put six-figure trust in these scenarios.

Bettors can do it for much less and keep the  blood pressure intact.

For a second angle, one can key the Kansas City Chiefs, two-touchdown picks against the Denver Broncos, in varied tickets with different teams.

This is also a good week to explore props that pay a little better than even money, but have a realistic chance of hitting. The early review of the books reveals numerous gimmick-type enticements that are fun, but unrealistic.

Check closer to kickoff, some other good ones may emerge.

 Week 13: QB-receiver tandem touted

The custom bet section has produced some reasonable possibilities, a quarterback teamed with his favorite receiver to hit two targets.

For the Las Vegas Raiders, playing the New York Jets, quarterback Derek Carr to throw for at least 275 yards and Henry Ruggs III to collect 75 of them pays a robust +333 via Fox Bet NJ.  Ruggs is an excellent deep threat, the playmaker who helped transform the Raiders at the beginning of the season.

Bettors of this prop are projecting the Jets to stay close enough that Carr needs to pass throughout the fourth quarter.

Going deep, Taysom Hill and Matt Ryan to both throw for 300 yards when the New Orleans Saints visits the Atlanta Falcons pays +1800. Why the big number? They both threw in the low 230’s in New Orleans’ earlier 24-9 win. Asking 70 yards more from both of them is a lot.

The Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans meet in a matchup of powerful running teams. But the over-under total of 53 is the highest on the board.

Can each team score in each quarter? Yes is +560.

Realistically, most teams have one quarter in each game with limited (maybe one) possessions, making these bets always tough to hit. But they are fun and can be cashed with a little luck.

DraftKings Week 13 combos

Can the New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals both win?

They have been boosted to a nice +360 if they can both prevail on the moneyline. The Cardinals, at +2.5 are +130 on the moneyline and the Patriots, at -1, are -114. The value in this play is the Cardinals, creating a good payday by linking with the average payout of the Patriots.

It will be challenging, as the Patriots must win on the road against the Los Angeles Chargers, against whom are favored by one point. The Cardinals are +2.5 at home against the Los Angeles Rams.

Can the Saints,Titans, and Raiders prevail? Yes, has been boosted from +200 to +225, essentially eliminating the vig.

New Orleans is 7-0 with quarterback Drew Brees out, going back to last year. Can the Saints keep it going or is this the week the streak snaps?

The Titans and the Raiders are considerable favorites. To sweep the parlay, you are looking for two road teams to prevail.

FanDuel Sportsbook tweaking the lines

FanDuel Sportsbook gives a mild Week 13 boost with the Jets (at +9 against the Raiders) and Eagles both at +8.5. This has been hiked  to +275.

It also boosted the Dolphins at -5.5 versus the Cincinnati Bengals and the Packers -2.5 against the Eagles from -127 to +125. Miami and Green Bay are getting six points better than the spread.

BetMGM  thinking big Week 13 boost

Do you like the idea of combining a prohitivie moneyline favorite with two dogs?

Here’s one from BetMGM sportsbook.

The Houston Texans, Minnesota Vikings, and Cleveland Browns have been boosted from +740 to +900 for all three to win.  This is tantalizing because the size of the boost is enticing and you are getting one big favorite in the Vikings against the one-win Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Texans are a live home underdog against the Colts and the Browns are less than a touchdown underdog against the Tennessee Titans.

Cover the money: it’s intoxicating to hit a three-team parlay, but remember the price of the dogs by themselves. Cleveland is +220 and Houston is +160.

If you happen to like either of them individually, isolate them on a moneyline wager.  It will protect the entire bet. You can also take Cleveland and Houston in a ticket for +732.

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Week 11 Odds Boosts: Eagles-Browns Move Into NJ Sports Betting Spotlight

The Eagles could desperately use a victory over the Browns, but Week 11 bettors may be looking at how many TDs Carson Wentz will throw.

Odds boosts are a big part of the NJ sports betting world.

Sometimes they merely eliminate the vig. Other times they provide an excellent return.

And at all times, they are fun.

Odds boosts take NFL games to another level for New Jersey online bettors. Many involve the yardage totals that make every play matter, while others concern moneylines and spreads.

Here’s our Week 11 analysis.

Looking at Eagles-Browns action

Odds boosts have become a staple for Fox Bet. There are once again some enticing props on the board.

Do you like the ground game in the Philadelphia EaglesCleveland Browns matchup?

Nick Chubb to score a first-quarter touchdown for Cleveland is +500. It pays well for limiting the bettor to a narrow time frame. Depending on which team wins the coin flip, this can be a one- or two-possession prop. Hence the reason it pays well. However, the smart approach is to find an anytime-scoring prop to accompany this type of bet.

How about an air show?

Star receivers Jarvis Landry and Travis Fulgham have been boosted to +200 to combine for 150 or more yards. And on most weeks, this is realistic.

The Cleveland weather is the wild card.

Heavy wind gusts have limited the passing game the past two weeks. If the weather holds up, the Eagles will need to incorporate Fulgham more. Landry is a deep threat for the Browns. Friday’s forecast indicated rain and gusts of 10 mph, which isn’t bad.

Here’s another weather call.

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz and Browns signal-caller Baker Mayfield are +300 to each toss two touchdowns.

Mayfield is due if the conditions are reasonable. After scoring five touchdowns in a 37-34 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, he hasn’t done much. Cleveland is 1-1 in its two games since, but Mayfield did not throw any touchdowns.

Switching to the Eagles, Wentz gets two more often than not.

Fox Bet + other NFL Week 11 games

As in previous weeks, Fox Bet customers have plenty of other options.

The Tennessee TitansBaltimore Ravens matchup features some star power.

Lamar Jackson and Derrick Henry each to score a rushing touchdown has been boosted to +300. That’s a nice price.

Jackson is a threat to score anytime and has a prime opportunity against the porous Tennessee defense. Henry goes against a tough Ravens team, but he is the workhorse of the Titans offense.

The 9-0 Pittsburgh Steelers, the NFL’s only remaining undefeated team, visit the Jacksonville Jaguars. And Fox Bet is offering an odds boost featuring the James Gang.

Will James Conner of the Steelers and James Robinson of the Jags combined for 200 or more rushing yards?

Yes is +400.

But this prop is tricky, because if one team gets a big lead, the other will abandon its running game. Steelers coaches have been talking this week about their absent ground game. Will they focus on that here?

The Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts boost features the quarterbacks. Can Aaron Rodgers and Phillip Rivers each throw two touchdown passes?

This one is hiked to +200. Rodgers is usually a given, so this bet most likely concerns Rivers.

But there’s another option.

Will Davante Adams of the Packers and T.Y. Hilton of the Colts combine for 200 receiving yards? This one is now paying +300.

Both players are deep threats. If the game stays as close as the line projects, they will be prominent targets. One long gainer can make this one a winner.

Now let’s look at two teams due for a win.

One of these days, rookie Justin Herbert will have a breakout game. Unfortunately, his 2-7 Los Angeles Chargers have fallen on some tough times.

His team is hosting the winless New York Jets. The combo of Herbert throwing three TDs and a Chargers win is +250.

FanDuel Sportsbook + three road teams

How does a three-for-one deal sound?

In this case, we are referring to three NFL Week 11 road teams.

FanDuel Sportsbook is packing the Bengals, Steelers and Chiefs into one wager. Here’s the deal:

  • Bengals +8.5 versus Washington
  • Steelers -3.5 versus Jags
  • Kansas City -1.5 against the Raiders

This is now paying +180, up from +133.

Keep in mind, it’s not easy to hit three road teams on one bet. This one provides enticing alternate lines. Based on line fluctuations, this is worth about a touchdown per team.

It’s appealing to get nearly 10 points on the Bengals in a near pick-em game against the Washington Football Team. Then you’re asking the heavily favored Chiefs to just sneak past Las Vegas and Pittsburgh to win by just more than a field goal at Jacksonville. The bet brings two potentially unplayable lines for chalk players — Pittsburgh and Kansas City — into the mix.

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Draft Kings rings Week 11 moneyline chime

Can the Packers defeat the Colts and the Miami Dolphins top the Denver Broncos?

This is a question for DraftKings Sportsbook customers.

This odds boost is now paying +290, up from +244.

Here is another one: the Chiefs, Steelers and Ravens all to win straight up. This one is boosted to +155, up from +119.

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