Thursday Night Football Odds Boosts Put Spotlight On Dolphins-Jaguars QBs

With NFL Week 3 looming, New Jersey sportsbooks break out the odds boosts for the Dolphins vs. Jaguars matchup on Thursday Night Football.

What’s the first sign of the upcoming NFL week, besides the chatter?

Odds boosts. They arrive in time for the Thursday night games and progress closer to Sunday’s kickoffs. They come in varied forms and reach different betting sectors, from individual to team props.

It’s important to know which ones are simply fun and which may entice a strong wager, perhaps one of the most important bets you’ll make this week.

Let’s assess some for the Miami Dolphins vs. Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday Night Football.

DraftKings has a strong odds boost lineup

We’ll start off with a good pick from DraftKings Sportsbook. Jacksonville quarterback Gardner Minshew to throw for more than 250.5 yards and the Jags to win has been boosted from +130 to +150.

This is a good price.

The yards should be attainable, as Minshew threw for 339 on Sunday when the Jags authored a shootout with the Tennessee Titans, losing 33-30.

Minshew Mania was in full force, as he led the Jags back from a big deficit.

Conversely, the Dolphins allowed 417 yards to the Josh Allen-led Buffalo Bills in a 31-28 loss. If you think Minshew’s team can follow with a win, this is the most realistic prop on the board.

What you’ve got for this prop +150 is a moneyline favorite of -157 in the Jags and a yardage total Minshew normally hits.

Worth the attempt.

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A moneyline victory for the Dolphins

Go to the flip side of the moneyline. The Dolphins to win outright and the game to stay under 48 points now pays +355, up from +325.

This is an intriguing prop because a moneyline victory by the Dolphins is feasible. They opened as a 1-point underdog and it became +3 on Tuesday.

Still, being an underdog by a field goal or less represents a realistic win chance.

The tricky part will be keeping this game under 48 points. The Jags-Titans scored 63 points, and the Dolphins and Buffalo Bills clicked for 59 points last week.

Do you think this can go 10 points lower and the Dolphins can prevail? Miami doesn’t win many shootouts, so there is sentiment that if they win, it will be a lower-scoring game.

DJ Chark odds boost

Crap shoot: If you take a stab in the first touchdown department, DJ Chark has been boosted from +900 to +975. A nice payout becomes even nicer.

But how much will he play? Chark is battling a chest injury and will be limited. A chest injury impacts a player’s ability to reach out for the pass.

Will the Dolphins be nursing him on a short week, trying to preserve him for the long haul? First touchdowns are tough calls anyway because they have a limited time frame.

Fox Bet: Money in the TDs

Here’s a good one with a history of coming out.

Fox Bet NJ offers an odds boost if each team scores a touchdown in each half. The odds have been hiked from +125 to +200.

In Week 2, Miami scored touchdowns in each half of a 31-28 setback to the Bills.

Jacksonville tallied touchdowns in both halves in losing one of the week’s most thrilling contests, 33-30, to the Tennessee Titans.

Both teams have freewheeling, talented quarterbacks. Neither team has much of a defense.

PointsBet: Dolphins-Jags boosted to playable

Minshew and Ryan Fitzpatrick combined for 667 passing yards in NFL Week 2. They are presented as a prop of 500 yards between them and reduced from -140 to -110 at PointsBet NJ.

Not attractive at -140 but a play, maybe a strong one, at -110.

This is a sensible number, as you can forecast either quarterback to get hot. If either team falls a few points behind, it’s must-throw. The odds on the prop indicate there is roughly a 50% chance of the yardage being reached.

And they both cleared the number last week. Can they do it again?

The boost brings this wager into play.

This is a nice companion ticket to the over-under 48 play. You are doubling down on hopes of offense and rooting against freak plays, like a deflection that gets picked off in the end zone.

Why odds boosts are a good bet

Odds boosts are a significant benefit for players because a boost often eliminates the effect of the vig.

That’s the 10% premium gamblers pay the books for the privilege of taking their bets. At one time, it was how books made money. They balanced the books on each side, took their cut, and pocketed some revenue.

But the new age of gambling, with high-volume play and quick-betting access, makes book-balancing difficult. Operators now toss out enticements to lure action, especially on isolated Thursday night games.

Players must decide which props and odds boosts have the best value. In budgeting terms, a good feeling on a Thursday Night odds-boosted prop may be more beneficial than a Sunday bet you don’t love.

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NFL Week 3 Odds: Maybe The Eagles Will Finally Nab A Win Against The Bengals

Between the Eagles, Jets and Giants, there are 6 losses and no wins. Let’s hope things change as we look at NFL Week 3 odds at New Jersey sportsbooks.

Week 3 of the NFL season dawns with New York Jets, New York Giants, and Philadelphia Eagles bettors sharing one question.

Which 0-2 team will win first?

It’s a sad but honest question for three teams that started the season on a lackluster note. NFL Week 3 odds show varied chances for all three, but it’s the Eagles that are the best bet to answer affirmatively.

NFL Week 3 odds

Meanwhile, injuries and surprise wins have muddled the Week 3 odds a bit, and the lines will move again before game day.

Here’s a close look at the odds for NFL Week 3 from the top online sportsbooks in New Jersey. Last updated 12:30 p.m. Sept. 21.

NFL Week 1DraftKingsFanDuel Fox Bet
49ers
Giants
-4
40.5
-3.5
41.5
-3.5
40.5
Bengals
Eagles
46.5
-6.5
46
-6.5
46.5
-6.5
Jets
Colts
43.5
-10
43.5
-10.5
43.5
-10
Texans
Steelers
45
-3.5
44.5
-3.5
45
-4
Dolphins
Jaguars
47.5
-2.5
47
-2.5
47.5
-3
Bears
Falcons
48
-3.5
47.5
-3.5
48
-3.5
Rams
Bills
47.5
-2.5
46.5
-2.5
47.5
-3
Titans
Vikings
-2.5
47
-2.5
47
-2.5
46.5
Washington
Browns
44
-7.5
44.5
-7
48.5
-8
Raiders
Patriots
47
-6.5
47.5
-6.5
43
-10.5
Panthers
Chargers
43.5
-7
44.5
-7
44
-7
Lions
Cardinals
54.5
-5.5
54.5
-6
54.5
-5.5
Cowboys
Seahawks
55.5
-4.5
55.5
-4.5
56
-5
Buccaneers
Broncos
-6
43
-6
43.5
-6.5
43.5
Packers
Saints
51.5
-3.5
51.5
-4.5
OTB*
-3.5
Chiefs
Ravens
53.5
-3.5
53.5
-3
53.5
-4

*Off the board at time of publishing.

Bengals @ Eagles

The Eagles are nearly a touchdown favorite against the Cincinnati Bengals this week. But they have flopped so far, including Sunday’s 37-19 pounding from the Los Angeles Rams.

By the numbers: Philadelphia is 0-2 on the moneyline and against the spread. Cincinnati is 0-2 on the moneyline, but 2-0 against the spread.

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49ers @ Giants

The NY Giants get surprisingly few points against the San Francisco 49ers. The line would normally be larger, but the Niners sustained some crippling injuries en route to their 31-13 victory over the Jets at MetLife Stadium.

Watch the health of several players as it will affect the line.

The Niners lost quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, running backs Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman along with defensive tackle Solomom Thomas during the game. All sustained game-ending, lower-body injuries.

If they remain out, the Giants will stay at about +4. If some return, the Niners will give more points.

The G-Men at least rewarded their spread bettors with a winning ticket in their 17-13 setback to the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

New York also suffered a crippling knee injury to star back Saquon Barkley. The fear is he will be out several weeks, perhaps the season.

The Giants are 0-2 on the moneyline, 1-1 versus the spread. The Niners are 1-1 on both counts.

Jets @ Colts

The Jets are almost 10-point underdogs against the Indianapolis Colts. They were listless against the 49ers and gave up both an 80-yard scoring run on the first play from scrimmage and a 55-yard run on a 3rd-and-31.

The Jets are 0-2 on the moneyline and against the spread.

NFL Week 3 odds around the league

What’s it look like around the NFL? If you’re planning to bet, take a look at the following games that have a spark of life heading into Week 3.

Thursday Night Football: Miami @ Jaguars

Jacksonville is favored by less than a field goal against the visiting Miami Dolphins on Thursday Night Football.

Gardner Minshew of the Jaguars and Ryan Fitzpatrick of the Dolphins were stellar in the fourth quarter of their teams’ close covering losses on Sunday.

Jacksonville is 1-1 on the moneyline, 2-0 versus the spread. Miami is 0-2 on the moneyline, 1-1 versus the spread.

Bears @ Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons are slightly favored against the visiting Chicago Bears after a blood-pressure alert for both teams on Sunday. Chicago held off the Giants 17-13 on the last play. Atlanta coughed up a 15-point lead in the final minutes and lost a 40-39 heart-wrencher to the Dallas Cowboys.

Interestingly, the 2-0 Bears are underdogs to the winless Falcons.

Chicago is 2-0 on the moneyline, 1-1 versus the spread. Atlanta is 0-2 on the moneyline, 1-1 against the spread.

Rams @ Bills

The Buffalo Bills opened -3 at DraftKings Sportsbook, -2.5 at FanDuel Sportsbook, to the visiting Rams in what should be one of the week’s most entertaining matchups.

Both 2-0 teams scored more than 30 points in winning road games on Sunday. These are two probable playoff teams. That half-point difference between the books is an incentive to Bills bettors.

The Rams are 2-0 versus the moneyline and spread. The Bills are 2-0 on the moneyline, 1-1 against the spread.

Packers @ Saints

The New Orleans Saints host the Green Bay Packers in a battle of strong offensive teams Sunday night. The Packers have exceeded 40 points in each of their first two games.

Green Bay is 2-0 on the moneyline and against the spread. New Orleans is 1-0 on both and plays tonight against the Las Vegas Raiders.

Monday Night Football: Chiefs @ Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens being a field goal better than the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football will be an interesting number to watch in Week 3 odds.

The Chiefs rallied against a stubborn Los Angles Chargers team to win 23-20 in overtime Sunday. The Ravens throttled the Houston Texans 33-16 in a battle of playoff teams from last year.

Baltimore is 2-0 on the moneyline and versus the spread. Kansas City is 2-0 on the moneyline, 1-1 against the spread.

Texans @ Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers host the Houston Texans. Pittsburgh outlasted the stubborn Denver Broncos 26-21 to become 2-0.

The Texans were thumped by the Ravens 33-16 and are 0-2, but they had to start with the Chiefs and the Ravens. Near must-win time already for them.

Pittsburgh is 2-0 on the moneyline, 1-1 versus the spread. Houston is 0-2 on both.

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NFL Week 2 Odds: Can The Eagles Rebound Against The Rams In A Fanless Home Stadium?

What are NFL Week 2 odds saying about the Eagles vs. Rams? What games are on today as Week 2 unfolds? Here is a look at the early odds for NFL Week 2.

Are you ready for some shopping? NFL Week 2 odds are already up.

This is a time when many New Jersey online sports betting fans see an upcoming spread that jumps out on them.

If they act early, good value can be realized and a bet can be placed before heavier wagering possibly moves that line.

Updated NFL Week 2 Odds

Last updated 12:30 p.m. ET Sept. 14.

NFL Week 2DraftKingsFanDuel Fox Bet
Cincinnati
Cleveland
44.5
-6
44.5
-5.5
44
-6
LA Rams
Eagles
46
-2.5
46.5
-2.5
46.5
-2.5
San Francisco
NY Jets
-7
43.5
-7
43.5
-6.5
43.5
Buffalo
Miami
-5.5
42
-5.5
42
-5
41.5
Detroit
Green Bay
47.5
-5.5
47.5
-5.5
47.5
-6
Minnesota
Indianapolis
47.5
-3
47.5
-3
48
-3
Atlanta
Dallas
52
-6
52
-6
52
-5
Carolina
Tampa Bay
48.5
-8
48
-7.5
48.5
-8
Jacksonville
Tennessee
43
-10.5
43
-10.5
43
-10.5
NY Giants
Chicago
43
-5.5
43.5
-5.5
43
-5.5
Denver
Pittsburgh
43
-6.5
43
-6
43
-6.5
Washington
Arizona
46
-6.5
46.5
-6.5
46.5
-6.5
Kansas City
LA Chargers
-8.5
49.5
-8.5
49
-8
48.5
Baltimore
Houston
-6.5
52.5
-6.5
52.5
-6.5
52
New England
Seahawks
45
-4
45.5
-4
45
-5
New Orleans
Las Vegas
-5.5
50.5
-5.5
51.5
-5.5
51.5

Bengals @ Browns on Thursday Night Football

Before we get into the local matchups and NFL Week 2 odds, your first focus is Thursday night’s Week 2 opener.

The host Cleveland Browns are -6 against the Cincinnati Bengals in the battle of Ohio. Both teams put the spotlight on young quarterbacks.

The Bengals gave a strong effort before falling to the Los Angeles Chargers amid bizarre circumstances on Sunday. Their 16-13 setback provided a push to bettors who took them at +3 and a win to those who had the Bengals at +3.5.

This game was ticketed for overtime, but kicker Randy Bullock missed a game-tying field goal from 31 yards, injured his hamstring and had his streak of 24 straight successful field goals from inside the 40 all happen on one play.

The Browns were thrashed 38-6 by the Baltimore Ravens, who went 14-2 last year and covered this eight-point spread easily. Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, highly touted a couple of years ago, is on the verge of regressing.

Meanwhile, the local teams didn’t have the best of starts for NFL Week 1. But NFL Week 2 odds still give the Philadelphia Eagles some credit.

The New York Giants face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football, so their fate is still unknown.

49ers @ NY Jets

The New York Jets try to rebound from a lackluster season opener in facing the San Francisco 49ers at home. This opened as a generous spread for the Jets, +7, against a team coming off a loss. The Niners, defending NFC champs, were surprised at home as seven-point favorites by the upstart Arizona Cardinals, 24-20.

The Jets, as 6.5-point dogs, were never in their opener against the Buffalo Bills. The defense gave an inspired effort against talented running quarterback Josh Allen. They forced a number of turnovers and kept the Jets on the periphery of the game.

But the offense went nowhere, and star running back Le’Veon Bell left the game with a hamstring injury. The “hammys” are multiweek nuisances.

The Jets will try to build off of two late touchdowns.

Giants @ Bears

New York Giants bettors can make a now-and-later wager for Sunday’s contest against the host Chicago Bears. The line of Chicago -5.5 was up even before the G-Men took on the Pittsburgh Steelers for Monday Night Football.

Should Big Blue prevail, that line may drop. Some gamblers will take this line now and see if it moves after the Monday night contest.

Chicago obtained a victory over the Detroit Lions that may propel its season. The Bears trailed 23-6 in the fourth quarter against the Lions.

Yet despite that 2%-win probability according to NextGen stats, the Bears stole a 27-23 victory. And they were living right as Detroit receiver D’Andre Swift dropped the game-winning touchdown pass in the waning moments.

Rams @ Eagles

The Eagles, who squandered a 17-0 second-quarter lead and lost 27-17 to the Washington Football Team, are an early favorite of 2.5 points against the Los Angeles Rams, who opened the campaign with a nail-biting 20-17 triumph over the Dallas Cowboys.

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz will try to rebound after throwing two picks leading to Washington touchdowns and taking a sack that prompted a field goal to come up short.

Still a lot of love for Tom Brady, Buccaneers

For weekend games, an interesting line surrounds the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Tom Brady Bucs are -8 in their home opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The line may reflect the wagering premium put next to Brady’s name. The Bucs were only 3.5-point underdogs against the New Orleans Saints, who crushed them 34-23 Sunday.

New Orleans also had a touchdown scored and reversed from a couple of inches away in the final seconds.

Contrast Tampa Bay -8 with the fact that Jacksonville just won, as an eight-point dog, against the Indianapolis Colts, 27-20. This line reflects bettors’ love of Brady.

He is going to be overplayed throughout the season. If you can jump on this game early, you will be getting eight points from an 0-1 team hosting a 1-0 club.

NFL Week 2 odds: around the league

Buffalo visits Miami as a 5.5-point favorite. The Bills have won five of the last six meetings.

The Las Vegas Raiders, who whetted the appetite of Nevada bettors with a pulsating 34-30 win over the Carolina Panthers, host the Saints on Monday Night.

The Raiders, formerly of Oakland, are getting 5.5 points for their debut in the gambling capital. Running back Josh Jacobs has energized the team.

The Seattle Seahawks are -4 against the New England Patriots for their Sunday night contest. The Seahawks throttled the Atlanta Falcons 38-25 on Sunday.

This line shouldn’t move much, if at all, to the high side, but Seattle bettors will be waiting to pounce if that spread gets to 3 points.

These are some of the more intriguing lines in the early NFL Week 2 schedule.

It will be interesting to see how betting progresses between now and kickoff.