Giants head coach Pat Shurmur has said it’s “very likely” that Manning will start on Monday night.
#Giants coach Pat Shurmur tells reporters that QB Daniel Jones is in a walking boot with a mild high-ankle sprain… and Eli Manning will “very likely” start on Monday. So, Manning gets a potential farewell tour, after all.
This is his 16th season, the majority of which has been spent watching from the sidelines. The team decided to go in a new direction following 28-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 2.
It was about seeing what Jones, their first-round pick, could do.
Manning has led the Giants to two Super Bowl titles (one of them spoiled the New England Patriots’ perfect season). His 116victories rank No. 1 all-time among franchise quarterbacks.
But if we are talking just passing yards, he averaged 268.7 per game last season.
He passed for more than 280 yards in both games against the Birds last season, but Philadelphia won both.
Eagles vs. Giants Monday Night Football odds
Eagles still have NFL playoff hopes
From a Philadelphia perspective, besides the NFC East rivalry factor, their playoff hopesare on the line.
At 5-7, winning their final four games is key. Losing 37-31 to the 3-9 Miami Dolphins on Sunday did not help their cause. But with the Dallas Cowboys sitting at 6-6, the division is still a two-team race.
The Eagles have been inconsistent all season, including on the defensive side of the ball. They took the field in Miami as a 10-point favorite. Then Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick ended up throwing for 365 yards and three touchdowns.
So, the Birds will likely take the field with extra motivation to turn things around. They head into this matchup as losers of three-straight games.
When the Dallas Mavericks invade the Garden on Thursday, New Jersey sportsbooks expect a Knicks loss at the hands of Luka Doncic and the Mavs.
The Dallas Mavericks are in playoff position at 6-4 and forward Luka Doncic is having a stellar sophomore campaign. NBA betting odds for Dallas’ Thursday night game against the New York Knicks expect Doncic to continue to propel the Mavericks to success.
Although the lines don’t predict a blowout for Dallas, the odds at New Jersey sportsbooks favor them across the board.
That doesn’t mean there’s zero opportunity to make some money on the Knicks tonight, however.
Mavericks vs. Knicks odds at NJ sportsbooks
Tonight’s game, which is scheduled to tip at 8 p.m. ET on TNT, carries a few interesting storylines.
Can Doncic build on his 28.3 points per game average, which is good for fifth in the NBA right now, against New York?
New Jersey sportsbooks expect the Mavericks to get the win whether Doncic has a career night or not. The following odds are accurate as of 6 p.m. ET on Thursday, Nov. 14.
FanDuel and PointsBet have several prop bets involving Doncic. For instance, FanDuel offers odds of +430 on Doncic scoring the game’s first point, and PointsBet has a parlay of the Mavs to win and Doncic to go over 26.5 points with a line of +130.
PointsBet offers a similar parlay on Dallas winning and Knicks rookie RJ Barrett going over 15.5 points that would pay out +158. Barrett is +1400 to lead all scorers during the game on FanDuel.
Looking at the matchups, the parlay on a Mavs win but Barrett having a good night nonetheless is attractive. Dallas hasn’t necessarily been a defensive stalwart so far this season.
The Knicks have dropped seven of their last 10 home games against the Mavericks, including the last two. That streak is likely to extend to three on Thursday.
This will be the fifth home game of the season for New York. The Knicks are 1-3 in Madison Square Garden so far this season.
Dallas has played five road games in 2019-20 to this point and played the spoiler in four of those instances. Their only road loss to date came on Monday in Boston.
On the injury front, the Knicks expect to be without guards Reggie Bullock and Elfrid Payton along with center Mitchell Robinson. No Dallas players are listed on the injury report for Thursday.
Dallas comes into the game fifth in the league in rebounds per game. The Mavericks also currently rank second in offensive rating.
Much of that offensive success is because of Dallas’ depth. In terms of bench net rating, no team in the NBA tops the Mavericks right now.
Why Barrett is a good bet for Thursday
Dallas ranks just 20th in defensive rating, however. Only four teams in the league have a lower turnover percentage than the Mavericks.
That all points toward a good possibility that Barrett could surpass 15.5 points despite ending up on the losing side of this game. The forward is coming in averaging 16 through his first 11 games in the NBA.
Unless Barrett has the game of his life, however, this game will likely end in the Mavericks’ seventh win of the season. The battle between Barrett and Doncic could be worth the price of admission regardless of the final score.
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.
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.
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.
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?
The Philadelphia 76ers may play without starting point guard Ben Simmons on Friday in Denver, and NBA betting odds at NJ sportsbooks reflect that absence.
The Philadelphia 76ers got a taste of what life was like without Ben Simmons on Wednesday in Utah. NBA betting odds predict another loss on Philadelphia’s road trip without their starting point guard.
Varying reports have Simmons missing anywhere from one to three games because of his sore right shoulder. The consensus is that X-rays showed no damage to the joint, and Simmons should return to action soon.
For Friday’s game, however, that isn’t much consolation.
76ers vs. Nuggets odds: Denver favored by NJ sportsbooks
The Nuggets are a slight favorite at most sportsbooks. The lines swung drastically after the news broke that Simmons would likely miss the game.
This should be a temporary setback for Simmons this season, but for the 76ers in Denver on Friday it’s a devastating loss. New Jersey’s oddsmakers expect that to translate into a loss on the scoreboard as well.
NBA betting guide to Ben Simmons’ injury and Friday’s game
Simmons has been very successful at staying healthy since the 2016-17 season that he missed completely, so there isn’t much data to look at regarding how Philadelphia fares without him.
Simmons has only missed three games due to injury over the past two seasons.
What’s apparent is that the 76ers will have a lot of offense to replace. Simmons finished Wednesday’s game averaging more than 13 points and nearly seven assists per game.
Bettors should expect Raul Neto to get the bulk of the minutes at the point for Philadelphia. Josh Richardson will likely spell him for Philadelphia.
Neither is a real replacement for Simmons in terms of dexterity in running the offense, however.
76ers vs. Nuggets: History of the series and team stats
Philadelphia has split its last 10 games in Denver going back to the 2008-09 season but has won four of the last six road contests against the Nuggets.
The 2019-20 76ers should be well-accustomed to traveling already, as five of their seven games so far are of that variety.
This is the fourth home game of the season for Denver, which has won two of the three previous engagements. Especially without Simmons to help fuel the offense, Philadelphia should build on its defensive success to drop the Nuggets down to .500 at home.
Through games played on Wednesday, Nov. 6, the 76ers lead the league in steals per game with 11. Denver currently ranks 24th out of 30 teams in points scored per game, although the Nuggets have a lower turnover average per game than all but seven other teams in the league.
The main culprit for Denver’s relatively-poor offensive output is their shooting. The Nuggets are shooting just 43.3% from the field, good for 25th in the NBA.
If Philadelphia can force Denver into a few more turnovers than the Nuggets usually commit and exploit the Nuggets’ pedestrian interior defense, they should get win number six.
New Jersey sportsbooks don’t expect the 76ers to do so, however.
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:
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.
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.
PointsBet has established itself in the US as an innovative, cutting-edge sportsbook. From “Good Karma” refunds to customizing a bet through their #NameABet feature, there really is something for everyone.
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:
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.
Six winless teams (Cardinals, Bengals, Broncos, Redskins, Jets, and Dolphins)
13 teams sitting right in the middle at 2-2.
Last year, heading into NFL Week 5, there were two undefeated teams (Rams, Chiefs) and only one winless team (Cardinals).
The eventual Super Bowl champion Patriots were of the seven teams sitting at 2-2. So, while the haves and (especially) have nots have been established for 2019, who will emerge from their 2-2 start to make their mark in the division and then the playoffs?
Looking at Week 5 also brings newly added factors into the handicapping and NFL betting mix, namely the impact of bye weeks and London games.
Looking at bye weeks, the Jets and 49ers were idle last week, and this week’s schedule gives the Lions and (mercifully) Dolphins the week off.
The Bills, Bears, Colts, and Raiders are in action on Sunday and are heading into a bye week next weekend.
Each week, this column highlights up to three New Jersey sportsbook apps and takes a deeper dive into their promos, props, and specials that you should be aware of heading into the weekend’s NFL football action.
PointsBet continued its local promo with a $6 bonus for TDs by the Jets, Giants, and Eagles. A $50 spread bet unlocks the promotion:
Also, every Thursday and Monday night, a $100 wager will qualify as a winner if your team scores the first TD of the game:
I won’t go into specifics on the futures markets, but suffice it to say that PointsBet NJ has it covered with division winners, AFC, NFC, and Super Bowl winners.
They also have individual player futures ranging from MVP to offensive and defensive rookies of the year.
The individual game offerings are copious, to say the least. Noting that there are 210 different markets (wow!) posted for Thursday’s Rams versus Seahawks game.
Here’s a snapshot of the PointsBet “Name a Bet” prop categories, with individual props listed in a drop-down menu under each category:
A further peek behind the curtain on these props shows some innovative and unique props that PointsBet is offering:
Will there be a fourth-quarter comeback?
How many touchdowns will be scored?
How many interceptions will Russell Wilson or Jared Goff throw?
After sifting through all the available bet and prop options, if you don’t see something that you have a wagering angle on, you can tweet to @PointsBetUSA to suggest ideas for any props that you don’t see currently offered.
Well done, PointsBet.
The NFL local line
All three local teams are back in action this weekend. Here are the current lines as of Thursday via PointsBet:
Giants +5 (-105) vs Vikings, Total of 43.5
Eagles -13.5 (-105) vs Jets +13.5 (-105), Total of 44
NFL betting picks from the Jersey side
I certainly wasn’t on the sharp side last week as both the Falcons and Colts lost straight up at home. Ugly.
Speaking of ugly, it was a brutal Monday night game, but the Steelers did win to cover the 4-point spread to allow me to post a 1-2 mark.
My Week 4 recap
Last week 1-2, Season YTD 7-5
STEELERS -4 over Bengals (STEELERS 27, Bengals 3)
FALCONS -4 over Titans (Titans 24, FALCONS 10)
COLTS -7 over Raiders (Raiders 31, COLTS 24)
NFL Week 5 picks
Sifting through pre and post-bye week games and a game in London adds a little extra layer of thought to this weekend’s games.
Here’s what I like:
Raiders vs Bears (Under 40.5)
The Bears’ defense is fierce. You can bet that Khalil Mack is fired up to meet his former team. Chase Daniel takes over from Mitchell Trubisky at QB for the Bears.
While this isn’t necessarily a downgrade at QB, Daniel is more of a game manager than a big-play threat. All of this adds up to the Raiders and Bears playing an UNDER the total from jolly old England.
CHARGERS -6.5 over Broncos
The Broncos defense finally registered their first sack of the season last Sunday. Joe Flacco has been ineffective, to say the least.
It’s tough times in the Mile High City right now.
Unless new Broncos coach Vic Fangio can pull some miracles out of his fanny-pack, this could be another challenging Sunday for the Orange Crush as they travel to LA.
The Chargers come off a “free square” win in Miami last Sunday and now welcome Melvin Gordon into their offensive schemes. I see a controlling win for the resurgent Chargers.
TITANS -3 over Bills
It’s a challenge to figure out which Titans team will show up week-in and week-out.
While the T’s have been all over the place, they should have enough in the tank to handle a Bills team coming off a physical home loss to the Patriots last week.
I grabbed this at Titans -3 while the status of Bills QB Josh Allen is still in doubt (concussion protocol) for this Sunday in Nashville. The Bills alternative at QB is Matt Barkley if Allen can’t go.
I will take my chances here on the Titans laying the points.