Jersey Sides & Totals: Patriots Vs. Eagles Game Gets A Lot Of Attention At BetMGM

The Philadelphia Eagles are the underdogs against the New England Patriots. Here are BetMGM’s best bets and odds for Patriots vs. Eagles.

When the New England Patriots hit Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Sunday, it will have been 651 days since both teams met in the 2018 Super Bowl.

While this rematch is seemingly worthy of a prime-time Sunday night slot, the game was not originally scheduled by NBC or “flex scheduled” into the Sunday Night Football slot.

So it maintains its original 4:25 p.m. slot. (Sunday Night viewers will see the Bears visiting the Rams in Los Angeles.)

In the 21 months since the Eagles Super Bowl 52 win over New England, the Patriots have continued their “business as usual” dominance of the 2000s. They won Super Bowl 53 in February 2019 and raced to an 8-1 start this season.

The Eagles, on the other hand, struggled through a challenging 2019 first-half schedule at 3-4 but have won their last two games and a victory over the Patriots on Sunday puts them in first place in the NFC East.

Memories of a Super Bowl win

While the task at hand for the Eagles is to win on Sunday, for Eagles fans, it’s still great to look back a little in the rearview mirror at the momentous 2018 Super Bowl victory.

There were many epic plays that contributed to the Eagles win, including Zac Ertz’ catch and goal-line stretch for a TD and Brandon Graham’s strip-sack of Tom Brady

The most memorable though? Head coach Doug Pederson’s “Philly Philly” fourth down play call at the end of the second quarter:

The key pieces from the Eagles “Philly Philly” play have now moved on to other teams, with tight-end Trey Burton in Chicago and Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles set to return from an opening week injury to start this weekend for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

While Foles is no longer an Eagle, he will always maintain sports legend status in Philadelphia. He will also stand in bronze forever in the “Philly Philly” statue memorialized at Lincoln Financial Field:

NFL betting trends for Patriots vs. Eagles

Looking at this Sunday, the scheduling of the game is notable as both teams are coming off a bye week.

Since Pederson become the Eagles coach in 2016, the Eagles are 2-2 straight up and against the spread following a bye week. In the same time frame, the Patriots are 5-1 straight up and ATS off a break. 

Here are some other key betting trends worth noting this week for Patriots vs. Eagles:

Eagles betting trends

  • Under is 14-6 in last 20 games following a bye week.
  • Under is 6-1 in the last seven games following a straight up win.
  • Under is 12-5 in the last 17 home games.
  • Over is 6-2 in the last eight games vs. a team with a winning record.
  • 6-2 ATS in their last eight games following a straight-up win.

Patriots betting trends

  • Over is 6-1 in the last seven games following a bye week.
  • Under is 15-6 in the last 21 games overall.
  • Under is 5-1 in the last six road games.
  • Under is 4-0 in the last four games after allowing more than 30 points in their previous game.
  • Under is 13-3 in the last 16 games following a straight up loss.
  • 15-7 ATS in their last 22 games following an ATS loss.
  • 12-5 ATS in their last 17 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
  • 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games.

When it comes to betting the Patriots-Eagles game this Sunday, each of the available NJ sports betting apps allow and offer a multitude of NFL bets

Let’s take a closer look at some of the promotions and props available for this week’s game on BetMGM Sports.

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BetMGM best bets: Patriots vs. Eagles

To start us off, BetMGM has an overtime insurance promotion that provides up to a $25 refund if your NFL team (and bet) loses in overtime:

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An awesome feature unique to BetMGM is the “Edit My Bet” feature.

This allows a bettor to change any straight or parlay bet that has the “Cash Out” option available. So, if you’re feeling great about how your team has played in the first quarter, you can increase your bet size during the action.

It’s a feature worth checking out:

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Patriots vs. Eagles odds at BetMGM NJ

For the Patriots-Eagles game, BetMGM currently lists the Patriots as a 3.5-point favorite over the Eagles, with an over/under total of 44.5.

In addition to offering alternate spreads and totals, BetMGM offers several interesting props for the games.

There are several “First or Last to Happen” game scenarios to bet on:

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BetMGM sportsbook also has posted the “over/under” yardage for the shortest touchdown in the Eagles-Patriots game at 1.5 yards:

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And kudos to BetMGM by offering some unique props! That includes which team will receive the first penalty, which will call the first timeout as well as which team will be the first to use a coach’s challenge for a play call:

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It’s worth checking out BetMGM Sports for the Eagles-Patriots game as well as the rest of the weekend’s NFL action.

From the overtime guarantees and Edit Your Bet features to some unique props, there’s no shortage of action at BetMGM.

The NFL local line: Eagles, Jets and Giants odds for NFL Week 11

Here are the current odds as of Friday afternoon via BetMGM:

BetMGM SportsMoneylineTotalSpread
Jets vs. RedskinsNYJ +115 WAS -139Over 38.5 (-115)
Under 28.5 (-106)
NYJ +2.5 WAS -2.5
Patriots vs. EaglesNE -189 PHI +155Over 44.5 (-115)
Under 44.5 (-106)
NE -3.5 PHI +3.5

The New York Giants have a bye week as do the Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans.

My three picks for NFL Week 11

Last weekend was an absolute shellacking for me.

The Alabama-LSU was “over” by early in the third quarter. The Giants came back to take the lead vs. the New York Jets but couldn’t hold to get the win in the battle of New York/New Jersey.

And Brian Hoyer wasn’t able to stop doing “Brian Hoyer things” as the Indianapolis Colts (with no help from kicker Adam Vinatieri) lost outright to the Miami Dolphins at home. 

My Week 10 recap

Week 0-3, Season YTD 13-16-1

  • Alabama vs LSU – UNDER 63.5 Points (LSU 46, Alabama 41)
  • GIANTS (-2.5) over Jets (Jets 34, GIANTS 27)
  • COLTS (-10) over the Dolphins (Dolphins 16, COLTS 12)

My Week 11 NFL picks

This weekend’s schedule features eight 1 p.m. starts and three 4 p.m. window games. Here are my picks for this week: 

VIKINGS (-10.5) over Broncos

The Vikings come off a huge Sunday night win in Dallas to return home against the Denver Broncos.

As well as the Vikings played on the road against the Cowboys, they are an even better team playing at home. The Vikes are 4-0 at home while outscoring their opponents 119-55. 

The Broncos are coming off a bye week, which gives new QB Brandon Allen more time to acclimate to the offense since taking over for injured Joe Flacco in the Week 9 win over the Browns.

Allen performed admirably in the win, but it’s hard to envision the Broncos doing much offensively, having scored 16, 16, 1 and 20 points in their four road games thus far.

I look for the Vikings to keep things rolling on Sunday with an easy win over the Broncos. 

RAIDERS (-10.5) over Bengals

The Oakland Raiders are quietly one of the surprise teams of the 2019 NFL season.

They endured a brutal first half schedule that included a trip to London and only three of their nine games played in Oakland. The outlook continues to brighten this Sunday as they welcome a winless Cincinnati Bengals team to the Black Hole.

The Bengals have committed themselves to the future with rookie Ryan Finley replacing nine-year vet Andy Dalton. The Bengals were outmatched in every phase of the game last Sunday at home against the Ravens.

It’s difficult to think much will improve this weekend. The only drama left in their season is whether they will win a game and then moving on to whom they will draft with their #1 pick next spring. 

Eagles and Patriots OVER 44.5 Points

The Eagles combo of Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders should be able to run with some success against the Patriots. On the other side of the ball, though depleted in the receiving core, the Patriots still have enough options in Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett and the recently acquired Mohammed Sanu to keep the pressure on the Eagles sometimes shaky secondary.

I don’t see this one as a “shootout” per se, but there’s a chance this one ends up as a 28-24 final. The over is a good bet for this Sunday.  

Current Super Bowl 2020 Odds: NJ Sportsbooks Playing ‘Debbie Downer’ For Eagles, Jets, Giants

Updated Super Bowl odds for the Eagles, Giants and Jets show that New Jersey sportsbooks have grown less fond of all three teams over the season.

If you’re a fan of the New York Giants, New York Jets or the Philadelphia Eagles, and you’re looking for some encouragement about your team this NFL season, you might not want to check out the updated Super Bowl odds.

If you’re simply interested in the data from a New Jersey legal sports betting angle, there is some good information.

We focused on three of the 17 available New Jersey sportsbooks for this update on Super Bowl odds. And all three have downgraded the futures for all three of the aforementioned teams winning Super Bowl 2020.

That could mean a great opportunity for bettors though.

Odds to win Super Bowl 2020 at NJ sportsbooks

Three of New Jersey’s most popular legal online sportsbooks, DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook and PointsBet Sportsbook, offer a full complement of NFL futures.

The odds below were current as of 9 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Super Bowl 2020 OddsPHI EaglesNY GiantsNY Jets
DraftKings+2000+100000+75000
FanDuel+2100+100000+70000
PointsBet+1600+100000+100000

The odds on all three teams hoisting the Lombardi Trophy on Feb. 2 are longer than they were when the season began. The Eagles had the shortest odds before Week 1, followed by the Giants and then the Jets.

  • Eagles: +1400
  • Giants: +7000
  • Jets: +8000

Despite the fact that Philadelphia is currently tied for the NFC East lead, the Eagles are far from Super Bowl favorites. That being said, there’s some consensus on the top five teams right now and some variation as well.

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Top five teams to win Super Bowl 2020

DraftKings, FanDuel and PointsBet are in unison that the New England Patriots are currently the odds-on favorite to repeat as Super Bowl champs.

Beyond that, however, there are differing opinions:

TeamDraftKings Super Bowl Odds
New England+270
Baltimore+650
New Orleans+650
San Francisco+700
Green Bay+1000
TeamFanDuel Super Bowl Odds
New England+280
New Orleans+650
Baltimore+700
San Francisco+750
Green Bay+900
TeamPointsBet Super Bowl Odds
New England+290
San Francisco+550
New Orleans+600
Baltimore+700
Kansas City+900

Although the NFL playoffs are a crapshoot and history has shown us many times that regular-season records mean nothing, at this point in the season qualifying for the postseason is crucial.

Of the six different teams listed in the tables above, New England has the softest remaining schedule.

TeamStrength of Schedule / Rank
Kansas City2
Green Bay11
San Francisco13
New Orleans14
Baltimore21
New England30

The Giants and Jets are both in the running for next season’s top overall NFL draft selection. Cincinnati currently has at least a game “lead” on everyone else in the league at 0-9. With the seventh-strongest remaining schedule in the league, the Bengals seem a strong contender for that “distinction.”

The Giants and Jets’ remaining SOS (Strength of Schedule) rank 31st and 28th, respectively. There’s a good chance they might land a few more wins over the final seven weeks of the regular season. Philadelphia comes in at 29th right now.

Why the schedule strength affects Super Bowl futures

Super Bowl odds are very fluid right now based on information such as SOS. The futures can change based on how each team performs in each game for the rest of the season.

Oddsmakers look to regular-season matchups for information on setting futures bets. Therefore, the better teams perform against the league’s regular-season elite, the shorter those odds become.

The Eagles could shorten their odds tremendously this Sunday by defending their home turf against the Patriots. The regular-season finale against Dallas could be another game that seriously affects the odds.

So OK. New Jersey sportsbooks are none too optimistic right now about any of these three teams winning it all based on various factors.

That could mean a nice payday for brave bettors, however. Everyone loves a risky Super Bowl futures bet, right?

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:

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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.

Giants Vs. Jets: Will A Black Cat Cross The Path Of This New York NFL Battle?

It’s Giants vs. Jets in an NFL Week 10 matchup that is a battle of two lowly New York teams. Will the black cat return? Check out NJ sportsbook odds.

Call it the battle of New York, the battle of New Jersey, or the battle of the inept. It’s Giants vs. Jets. And maybe also a black cat.

The hapless New York Jets meet the lowly Giants in an NFL Week 10 matchup that happens every four years.

The Jets lost to the previously winless Miami Dolphins in Week 9. However, these same Jets actually opened up as ever-so-slight favorites over the Giants on the look-ahead lines posted at some of the top NJ sportsbooks.

At the very least, some NJ oddsmakers were calling this a pick’em game on Sunday night.

Most adjusted the lines to make the Giants the favorite as they prepared to face the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football in Week 9. But New York lost that game, too. Some blame a black cat for the loss:

NJ sportsbooks must have been leaning on the fact the Jets are technically the home side for the Giants vs. Jets in Week 10.

A home game for both?

The thing is, both teams play home games at MetLife Stadium at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford.

So, both sides can really call this a home game. Although, Jets season ticket holders, if there are any left, will have the first choice when it comes to seats.

The Jets fell to 1-7 losing to an awful Dolphins team on Sunday, 26-18. Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, a former Jet, threw for three scores as the Dolphins took a big second-quarter lead and never looked back.

Of course, the Giants headed into the Monday night game with Dallas sporting an almost-as-ugly 2-7 record. Rookie QB Daniel Jones showed promise after taking over for veteran QB Eli Manning earlier this year but has become turnover prone as the season has worn on.

The Giants stayed close to the Cowboys for three quarters on Monday night before Dallas pulled away. The 37-18 loss dropped the Giants to 2-7. However, that’s still twice as many wins as the Jets, which could be why the Giants are road favorites heading into this week’s game.

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Giants vs. Jets lines and odds

Below is a look at the current point spread, moneyline, and over/under lines for the game at the top three NJ online sports betting sites.

This includes DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook, and William Hill NJ Sportsbook. Updated as of Nov. 7.

Jets vs. GiantsDraftKingsFanDuelWilliam Hill
SpreadNYG -2.5 NYJ +2.5NYG -2.5 NYJ +2.5

NYG -2.5 NYJ +2.5

Over/Under44.54444.5
MoneylineNYG -141 NYJ +125NYG -148 NYJ +128NYG -145 NYJ +125

Giants vs. Jets: the rivalry and its history

Even though they play at the same home stadium, the Giants and Jets have only met 13 times in NFL history. The Giants lead the series with an 8-5 record.

The Jets actually won by a field goal in an overtime thriller the last time the two New York teams met in 2015. However, the Giants had won five in a row dating back to 1996 before that.

The Giants have also beaten the Jets in three straight preseason games held the past three summers.

The last Giants vs. Jets regular-season game in December 2015 saw then-Jets QB Fitzpatrick complete 36 of 50 passes for 390 yards and 2 TDs. Manning went 18 for 34 for 297, a touchdown, and an interception for the Giants. Neither team ran the ball effectively.

Fitzpatrick threw a nine-yard TD pass to WR Brandon Marshall with 27 seconds left to tie it at 20.

But in the end, Randy Bullock was the hero for the Jets, kicking a 31-yard field goal in overtime to make the final score 23-20.

Somebody has to win

Unless this week’s Giants vs. Jets game ends in a tie, one team will actually get a win this week, leaving their fans only slightly less disappointed on their New York side than the other.

And who knows? Maybe someone will let the black cat out of the bag on Sunday, too.

The game airs at 1 p.m. ET Sunday on Fox.

Five Of The Best Moments In The Longstanding Giants Vs. Jets Rivalry

They share a stadium in New Jersey, but when the NY Jets meet the NY Giants, sparks fly. Here are five memorable games in the Giants vs. Jets rivalry.

The Jets meeting the Giants resonates like the Olympics. It’s Giants vs. Jets and it carries a lot of history.

It has a special flair and now occurs every four years, including this year on Sunday, Nov. 10. Scheduling arrangements dictate they only meet in years when AFC East teams face NFC East opponents.

But it’s always energized. Two teams with a common stadium and six decades of jockeying for media coverage will find something to fight about.

Forget the rough seasons both teams are having. Bettors will find an angle on the game and history reveals a rich, embattled past.

Familiarity and contempt: Giants vs. Jets

This is a unique NFL rivalry based on contentious sharing — from opposite sides of the ball. Much of it concerns economic and cultural disparity.

The storied Giants were kings of the NFL’s largest market in the early 1960s until the upstart Jets led an opposing AFL that represented younger viewers in the late Sixties.

And then the Jets won Super Bowl III, helping cement the league merge that ensured the Giants would have lifelong competition in New York. Later, both teams moved to New Jersey and kept fighting there.

Sure, the teams occupy the same MetLife Stadium now and essentially obtain an extra home game via the league’s shortest road trip. They have been the only two league teams playing against each other on a common home field since 1984.

Although that changes next year when the Chargers and Rams occupy SoFi Stadium.

Sure, the annual preseason Snoopy Bowl between the teams infers a warm, fuzzy sense of common interest. But it’s also eerie. Giants great Mark Bavaro said, depending on which team actually hosts, “there are boos when there should be cheers.”

Game action, especially when matchups were scheduled late in the season, have impacted whether teams make the post-season.

The Giants lead the series 8-5. Let’s take a look at five matchups, among many, that mattered.

5. Alex ‘Allie’ Sherman gets canned — in pre-season

This Aug. 17, 1969, exhibition game was set in the neutral background of the Yale Bowl in Connecticut. But there was nothing neutral about this.

It unfolded at a cultural crossroad. Young versus old.

The fading Giants, once NFL champions but now mediocre, played in rickety Yankee Stadium. The brash young Jets, bold and outspoken behind quarterback Joe Namath, flashed Super Bowl rings.

The Jets played at five-year-old Shea Stadium, considered state-of-the-art for having escalators. For the first time, they had overtaken the Giants as New York’s team.

What could make the matchup more perfect? It was the weekend of Woodstock. The tabloids had a party.

Who was going to own New York? Joe Morrison of the Giants, Joe Namath of the Jets or Country Joe and the Fish, on stage?

Jets players felt snubbed by the Giants, just as AFL teams had long encountered resentment from the established NFL. 

While the defending Super Bowl champs pummeled the Giants 37-14, the Giants head coach Alex Sherman heard “Goodbye Allie” taunts all throughout the game.

Imagine being canned before the regular season starts. That’s almost unheard of now.

Ironically, Sherman had begged the Giants to draft Namath four years earlier. They said no and Namath gave Sherman the boot.

Jets running back Bill Mathis said the pre-season game was as important as the Super Bowl. And, in a sign of the times, running back Matt Snell said the win was “bigger than the $250 we made from the game.”

Now there’s a number. That’s one bet for some people. Wouldn’t be surprised if someone wagered that exact amount as a show of respect.

Of course, the Giants have had the last laugh here. They have gone on to win four Super Bowls. The Jets? None.

giants vs jets nov. 10 game

4. The Giants’ fab-five run

At one juncture, the teams met every three years. After the Jets won in 1993, the Giants secured the next five, covering 22 years.

In some rivalries, that’s a definition of obliteration. In this one, it meant the Giants seizing hold of a series, going from 3-4 to 8-4 in overall contests before losing the last one.

Post-season implications waned during this period, as games were scheduled in September, October and November. There was one overtime thriller in here, though, as the Giants won 31-28 on Nov. 2, 2003.

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3. Jets end the Giants win streak

Drama personified. Another overtime thriller swung the pendulum back to the Jets.

This Dec. 6, 2015, game enabled the Jets to break the Giants’ stranglehold on the rivalry with a 23-20 victory. It was the last meeting of these teams.

The Jets entered the game at 6-5, desperately chasing an AFC wildcard spot, while the Giants entered 5-6 and were fighting for the top seed in the NFC East.

The game featured a 72-yard Odell Beckham touchdown reception and an 80-yard punt return score by Dwayne Harris, helping the Giants. Ryan Fitzpatrick (not yet known as Fitz-Magic) tossed a game-tying touchdown for the Jets to Brandon Marshall.

After the Jets kicked a field goal in overtime, Josh Brown could have answered with a three-pointer for the Giants, extending the game. He had not missed a field goal all year, which the announcers dutifully noted just before the kick.

You know what happens next. They jinxed him. And he missed.

2. Jets spoil the Giants post-season plans

What’s better than sabotaging a sibling? In this instance, the rivals met on Dec. 18, 1988, the final game of the season. 

The Jets, “hosting” at 7-7-1, had no playoff hopes. The Giants came in at 10-5-1, having won three straight. All they had to do to reach the playoffs was win one more game, on their own field, against a team going nowhere.

It never happened.

The Jets defense sacked Phil Simms eight times and their offense drove a nail in the Giants’ coffin with a late drive and 27-21 win. Heartbreak for the Giants. The Jets converted a fourth down on the game-winning drive and scored the winning TD with 37 seconds left.

The loss for the Giants, combined with wins by the Rams and Eagles, knocked them from the post-season.

For the Jets, it was a post-season outlook of “If I can’t have it, you can’t have it.”

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1. The catch and run: Victor Cruz goes 99 yards in 2011

And the most electrifying moment in the Giants vs. Jets rivalry includes the longest passing play in Giants’ history: 99 yards.

It also kick-started a Super Bowl championship run.

Both teams needed this Dec. 24, 2011, game, the next-to-last of the season. The Giants were only 7-7 and trailed in the game 10-3. It was third and 10 from their own one-yard line late in the first half.

All they wanted, supposedly, was a few yards to create a more comfortable punt. Eli Manning instead tossed a 10-yard pass to Victor Cruz, who darted away from two defenders and streaked down the sidelines for the season-changing 99-yard touchdown burst.

The Giants were a different team from that moment on. They went on to win 29-14, beat Dallas the following week to reach the playoffs, and won four post-season games to take Super Bowl 2012.

Giants vs. Jets: Who will win this round?

Those are (maybe) the top five moments. It’s open to interpretation and memory.

But it will be interesting to see who stokes the fire leading up to this game. The players see each other at charity events, golf tournaments etc. One of the rivalry’s best drivers was former Jets coach Rex Ryan, whose exchange with Giants running back Brandon Jacobs after the 2011 game is still revered.

They went nose-to-nose, when it appeared they would be exchanging well wishes for the holidays.

“Shut the f— up,” Ryan said.

“Time to shut up, fat boy,” Jacobs said.

Aahh… families. Here comes the reunion.

Jersey Sides & Totals: Cowboys Vs. Giants And Monday Night Blues At MetLife Stadium

The Cowboys face the NY Giants on Monday Night Football in NFL Week 9. Here are some of PointsBet sportsbooks best bets and deals for Cowboys vs. Giants.

As we find ourselves at the midway point of the NFL season, all our local teams are looking forward to a better second half.

The Eagles, Jets and Giants do not have a winning record and are a collective 7-16. All three teams will look to their youthful quarterbacks to lead them to a turn around in November and December.

The Eagles return home after three straight road games to host the reeling Chicago Bears. The Jets head to Miami to look for their second win over the winless Dolphins. The Giants host the Cowboys on Monday night for rookie Daniel Jones’ first prime-time start.

Monday Night Football is always a special event and it’s even more meaningful when it’s a Giants rivalry game. For this week’s column, we will take a deeper dive into the Giants-Cowboys match-up.

Saquon Barkley finally looks like he’s back to 100% after missing time to an ankle injury. Giants fans are looking for more moves like this from last week on Monday night as well as in the years to come:

The Cowboys are coming off a bye week after crushing the Eagles and Head Coach Doug Pederson’s “win” guarantee in Dallas:

Let’s get ready for this Monday’s prime-time matchup and look at some potential betting trends for both teams.

Cowboys vs. Giants recent history and trends

The Cowboys opened 2019 by beating the Giants in Dallas, 35-17. The Cowboys have dominated the recent series, having won five straight over the G-Men going back to 2017.

In terms of trends, these are for reference only, particularly in the case of the Giants, as the historical performances below were with Eli Manning at QB:

Giants trends

  • 1-5 Against the Spread (ATS) in their last six home games.
  • 1-7 ATS in their last eight games as a home underdog.
  • 1-4 ATS versus a team with a winning record.
  • Under is 4-1 in the last five Monday games.
  • Under is 4-0 in the last four home games.
  • Under is 4-1 in the last five games as a home underdog.

Cowboys trends

  • 4-10 ATS in their last 14 Monday Night Football games.
  • 7-2 ATS in their last nine road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
  • 13-3 ATS in their last 16 vs. NFC East teams.
  • Over is 7-3 in the last 10 games overall.
  • Over is 4-1 in the last five road games
  • Under is 5-2 in the last seven games as a road favorite.
  • Over is 6-1 in the last seven vs. NFC East teams.

Cowboys vs. Giants point spreads

A look at the 17 NJ online sportsbooks currently has the line at Giants +7 or +7.5 with varying degrees of “juice.”  

From a moneyline perspective, the best pricing for the Giants is currently +290 at Caesars, while for the Cowboys, you can get -340 at FanDuel.

The game total is solid with the majority of the books at 47.5-48 points.

As I do each week, while looking deeper into the Giants-Cowboys matchup, I will also look at the offerings of one of the New Jersey sports betting apps.

This week, I decided to give a more in-depth analysis of the offerings at PointsBet NJ

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PointsBet best bets for Cowboys vs. Giants

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In last night’s 49ers vs. Cardinals game, for example, PointsBet offered more than 200 different betting markets.

Though not fully populated yet across the game betting portfolio, there are still roughly 100 different markets available for Monday’s Cowboys-Giants game.

It’s also important to keep in mind that PointsBet has a season-long promo paying $6 per touchdown on Jets, Eagles and Giants spread bets of $50 or higher:

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PointsBet has all the “traditional” spreads, totals, quarters, and halves well-covered including alternate spreads and totals. PointsBet, however, really shines in the prop and individual player offerings.

There are some interesting props around defensive markets:

The player props are in-depth across the key offensive skill positions. Here are passing yard props for the Giants “Danny Dimes:”

And here are the totals for the Cowboys QB Dak Prescott:

What makes this matchup even more intriguing is the presence of two of the finest young running backs in the NFL.

The Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott got a late start to the regular season after holding out all of training camp. In the season opener versus the Giants, he was clearly on a reduced workload, carrying just 13 times.

For Big Blue, Barkley should round back into peak form after missing four weeks due to an ankle sprain.

Here are the rushing yardage props for Barkley (and note there’s also receiving props around his pass-catching prowess):

Below are the listed yardage props for Elliott:

As mentioned earlier, the props and markets on PointsBet will continue to expand as we draw closer to Monday Night’s kickoff and be sure to check out the PointsBet app as their creative “Name A Bet” prop section will be frequently populated/updated as well.

The NFL local line: Giants, Eagles and Jets

Here are the current local lines as of Friday afternoon via PointsBet:

  • Eagles -4 (-105) vs Bears +4 (-105), Total of 41.5 points
  • Giants +7 (-106) vs Cowboys -7 (-106), Total of 48 points
  • Jets -3 (-121) vs Dolphins +3 (+111) Total of 42.5 points

My three picks from the Jersey Side

I managed to have a decent week 8, nailing my first two early games.

I was left with plenty of time to watch and root on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to try to cover the spread in Nashville. Sadly, after leading the Titans at halftime, the Bucs fell apart in the second half, losing the game by 4 points.

I’m looking to take this 2-1 momentum from last week and build on it for week 9: 

My Week 8 Recap

Week 2-1, Season YTD 11-13

  • EAGLES (+1.5) over Bills (EAGLES  31, Bills 13)
  • RAMS and BENGALS UNDER 48.5 TOTAL (RAMS 24, BENGALS 10)
  • BUCCANEERS (+2.5) over Titans (Titans 27, BUCCANEERS 23) 

My Week 9 selections

In addition to the Cowboys-Giants game on Monday night, there are 12 games on Sunday.

The Bengals, Falcons, Saints and Rams are on their bye week. Also, note that the Texans and Jaguars are in London and will start at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.

The London game will kick off Sunday’s action followed by seven 1 p.m. starts, four 4 p.m. window games, and capped off by a doozy on Sunday night with the Ravens hosting the undefeated Patriots.

Here’s what I like this week:

EAGLES (-5) over Bears 

The Eagles salvaged a win in Buffalo last week to snap a two-game road losing streak. They are back in the friendly confines of the Linc to host the reeling Chicago Bears.

This game has been circled on the schedule since the Bears “Double Doink” loss to the Eagles in the playoffs in January.

Unfortunately for the Bears, they just don’t seem to be the same team. Running back Jordan Howard is now an Eagle and Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky has had an inconsistent and injury-plagued season.

I am looking for the Eagles to win this game comfortably. 

JETS and DOLPHINS over 20 points total in first half

After an ugly loss in Jacksonville, the Jets head back to Florida to face the still winless Miami Dolphins.

I expect the Jets to come out with an aggressive game plan to put points on the board right away. The Dolphins have scored 77 points in seven games this season.

When they do score, it happens in the first half, as evidenced by the fact that 57 of their 77 points have been scored in the first half. I’m taking a flyer that there is a mini-shootout at the Hard Rock Stadium in the first half on Sunday afternoon.

SEAHAWKS (-6) over Buccaneers 

The Buccaneers complete a brutal scheduling gauntlet that has forced them to play only two of their first eight games at home. The Bucs will tack another 5,000 round trip air miles this weekend as they head to Seattle.

Jameis Winston is just too inconsistent to have any confidence that he can put together four consecutive quarters of error-free football. There must be an INT or strip sack-fumble in his future.

The 6-2 Seahawks, while historically tough at home, are undefeated this year on the road and just 2-2 at home. Those losses were to the Ravens and the Saints, and the Bucs aren’t anywhere close to that caliber.

I expect the Seahawks to get the job done this weekend over the Buccaneers.