Hitting Paydirt: Your NJ Online Sports Betting Extravaganza For Super Bowl 2019

Get into the Super Bowl 2019 spirit with a rundown of the odds, lines and prop bets available at DraftKings, FanDuel and SugarHouse NJ online sportsbooks.

Well, what do you know? Another Super Bowl featuring Tom Brady.

On Sunday, when the New England Patriots quarterback takes the field in Atlanta for Super Bowl 53, he will record his ninth appearance in the big game.

No team in league history has made that many appearances.

Against the Los Angeles Rams, Brady and the Pats will aim for a sixth Lombardi Trophy in a rematch of Super Bowl 36 in 2002. Fittingly, that game, won by New England, was the last time the Rams appeared in the Super Bowl.

The biggest game — nay, event — of the year is set to kick off. The two best teams (depending on your perspective) remain.

So, why not have the same approach for New Jersey sports betting?

For what will surely be the largest business day in the short history of NJ sports betting, the spotlight here shines on the state’s industry leaders: DraftKings SportsbookFanDuel Sportsbook and SugarHouse Sportsbook.

(All odds are as of Thursday.)

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Super Bowl 2019 lines

Shortly after the AFC and NFC championships were decided and the Super Bowl matchup was set, the Rams opened up as a 1-point favorite at many sportsbooks.

That line swiftly swayed toward New England, however. And it continues to push that direction. The Pats will be wearing white jerseys, which has done well in the past. Twelve of the past 14 champions wore white.

In addition to these lines, SugarHouse offers a market on the Patriots to win 20-17, which pays +10,000.

 DraftKingsFanDuelSugarHouse
Point spreadNE -2.5NE -2NE -2.5
Over/under56.556.556.5
MoneylineNE -137
LA +118
NE -132
LA +116
NE -139
LA +115

Parlays and props for all

Over the past six Super Bowls, five totals hit the over. Pairing with the moneyline, the over and a New England win pays +225, while a Pats victory and the under holds the same line. LA wins combined with either the over or under pays +290.

Additionally, DraftKings offers an overtime market, which goes for +900 should the game head to extra time. (On the flip side, no overtime holds a -2,000 line.)

The only Super Bowl ever to need more than four quarters: Two years ago, a Patriots win.

FanDuel set the first-quarter moneyline at -120 for New England to lead and +102 for the Rams. A Patriots lead would also lead to a +126 payout, as the opening-quarter spread sits at -0.5 in favor of the Pats. And a combined total over 10.5 points holds a +118 line.

For the game, FanDuel’s lines for total points to be odd or even sit at -130 and +112, respectively. Odd totals have occurred 30 times in Super Bowl history, though each of the past four and eight of the last 10 have been even.

Before kickoff, though, is the coin toss. Will the coin toss winner also win the Big Game? New England doing so pays +250, LA +300. The coin toss victor has also lifted the Lombardi Trophy 46 percent of the time.

SugarHouse allows bettors to take the game one quarter at a time. For example: Will New England (+175) or Los Angeles (+220) score in every quarter?

Two-point conversions apparently will be at a premium Sunday. The sportsbook projects that neither team successfully converts a 2-point attempt with a -278 line. Choosing yes, however, could lead to a +210 payout.

For what it’s worth, 2-point conversions have been attempted at least once in eight of the last nine Super Bowls. Not one was successful last year. In Super Bowl 51, New England went 2-2.

Even more props

This is where the game can really get fun.

Certainly, available are markets for which QB will finish with the most passing yards and which RB will rush for the most yardage.

But will either team score three unanswered times? A +175 line says “no” at DraftKings. The sportsbook also set an over/under at 2.5 for players who complete passes. The over goes for +190. (The over for 2.5 players to throw for a touchdown pays +1200.)

DraftKings’ over/under for jersey number of the player who scores the first or last touchdown sits at 26.5: +100 on the under for each market. A “Fat Man TD Special,” wherein any offensive lineman scoring a touchdown, holds a +8,000 line.

And what about when the 2-minute warning break occurs. Will it happen with exactly 2 minutes on the clock? First-half no pays +400; second-half no goes for +275.

At SugarHouse, the over/under on total coaching challenges sits at 1.5, with the over paying +275 compared with the -400 on the under.

Any field goal or extra-point attempt hitting the uprights or crossbar results in a +350 payday should a bettor take action in that market.

Of course, one of the most popular props surrounds the color of the Gatorade the winning team showers over its coach. At FanDuel, “clear” is the favorite at +100, followed by orange and yellow (+375 each), blue at +500, and red at +600.

Rams RB Todd Gurley provided some insight into what LA quenches its thirst with. But he has been known to not care about betting.

After all is said and done, will Pats coach Bill Belichick retire? Or Brady? Or TE Rob Gronkowski? The Belichick line, at DraftKings, pays +2,500 should he retire and -10,000 if he does not.

Brady calling it quits goes for +1,400 at FanDuel, and Gronk riding off into the sunset pays +400.

MVP! MVP! MVP!

Oh, it’s the last of the futures for the 2018 season.

Quarterbacks have claimed the Super Bowl MVP 29 times in history, and the only non-signal-callers to win the award since 2009 were linebackers. Heck, a running back hasn’t won it since 1998. Three receivers and a safety have done so since the last RB winner.

Anyway, SugarHouse offers a market for bettors to wager on which position will win the MVP, and QB is heavily favored at -286. A running back or fullback pays +500; a defender goes for +800.

Below are the top contenders, according to sportsbooks, for the Super Bowl MVP.

DraftKings SportsbookFanDuel SportsbookSugarHouse Sportsbook
Tom Brady +110Tom Brady +115Tom Brady +110
Jared Goff +200Jared Goff +190Jared Goff +200
Aaron Donald +1400Aaron Donald +1600Aaron Donald +1400
Todd Gurley +1400Todd Gurley +1600Todd Gurley +1400
Sony Michel +1600Sony Michel +1600Sony Michel +1600
CJ Anderson +2200James White +2500CJ Anderson +2200
Julian Edelman +2800CJ Anderson +3000Julian Edelman +2800
James White +2800Julian Edelman +3500James White +2800

Where else to bet online in New Jersey

As it has been well-documented, New Jersey features an array of mobile sports betting options.

To boot, the 10th and 11th mobile sportsbooks hit the Garden State airwaves this week, as Hard Rock Atlantic City soft-launched its online product followed shortly thereafter by Resorts Atlantic City rolling out its platform.

Now a double-digit crowd of sportsbook apps complement what is now 10 retail operations (again, Hard Rock upping that number) in New Jersey:

The list of NJ sportsbook apps includes a deep variety of traditional moneylines, parlays, in-game betting and futures.

Rush Street Gets Fined By NJ Regulators For Illegal Underage Online Gambling

The $30,000 fine on Rush Street, the parent company of SugarHouse online casino, relates to several instances of underage gamblers at its NJ gambling site.

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement fined Rush Street Interactive NJ (RSI) for an underage online gambling incident.

The complaint is dated June 28, 2018. The public record of the civil action order from the DGE is dated Jan. 7.

This is the only violation of this kind in more than five years of online gambling in NJ.

The letter, signed by DGE Director David Rebuck, includes a civil penalty in the amount of $30,000 “as agreed to by the parties in the Stipulation of Settlement.”

On Wednesday, the parent company of SugarHouse online casino issued a statement to NJGS in response to the fine:

“We take this matter very seriously. As soon as our team discovered the misconfiguration, we self-reported it to the gaming commission and took immediate action to correct and prevent recurrence. Responsible gaming is a top priority for us.”

Underage gambling issue dates back to 2016

The Rush Street team declined to elaborate on exactly what went down, but the public record of the complaint offers more detail.

The problem dates back to November 2016 in the early days of SugarHouse online casino in NJ. The incidents ended in January 2018 after a little more than a year.

From the complaint:

“The underage patrons were able to make wagers from November 10, 2016, the registration date of the first underage patron, until RSI successfully deployed an emergency fix on January 30, 2018.”

The report also clarifies how many underage gaming accounts were created:

“Due to a software defect in RSI code discovered on Jan. 29, 2018, thirteen patrons ranging in age from 18 to 20 years old …. were able to create online gaming accounts and place wagers. Three of these patrons also made deposits to their accounts. The other 10 patrons wagered using bonus funds that were issued at the time of registration.”

New Jersey regulations require that gamblers, whether online or at an Atlantic City casino, be at least 21 years of age.

Breaking down the illegal bets outlined in the report:

  • Underage patrons were able to make wagers from Nov. 10, 2016 (the registration date of the first underage patron) until RSI deployed an emergency fix on Jan. 30, 2018.
  • Total wagers from all 13 accounts were $4,977.76.
  • Largest amount deposited by an underage individual was $740 with total losses of $190.

Defect in age verification system at SugarHouse

What exactly went haywire? How did the underage gambling go on for so long before Rush Street raised the emergency flag?

Based on the report, the problem stemmed from an age verification system, or Know Your Customer (KYC) process.

The system requires a date of birth to verify if a user is of legal age. When working properly, the system prevents underage customers from creating an account.

This is where the problem occurred.

Instead of using a patron’s exact date of birth, the software defect in the program code allowed for a three-year variation of the birthdate, thereby causing the KYC process to fail to detect the underage patrons.

Online casino not online sportsbook

It’s clear, based on the timeline, that this underage gambling incident is connected to the PlaySugarHouse online casino and not the sportsbook.

The NJ sports betting portion of the app launched Aug. 23 — almost two months after the complaint was filed.

However, the underage gambling violation is the first such case in NJ online gambling history after five years.

In 2018, illegal sports bets were placed at two Atlantic City casinos and online sportsbooks. Both Golden Nugget and Caesars were fined or required to refund the bets that were taken on NJ college football games last fall.

As with underage gambling, bets on New Jersey college teams, no matter where the game is played, are illegal as well.

Rush Street + NJ online gambling

While Rush Street may be in its rookie year for offering NJ online sports betting (as is everyone else), it’s not the case with online casino games.

SugarHouse Online Casino launched as part of the NJ online gambling market back in 2016, via its partnership with Golden Nugget.

In terms of revenue, Golden Nugget continues to be the market leader. The NJ online casino revenue numbers released by the DGE earlier this month show that the Golden Nugget generated $10,178,563 from online gambling for December 2018 (a 67.2 percent increase from the same period last year).

Besides SugarHouse, that number includes Golden Nugget’s online casino and Betfair NJ, both of which launched in 2013.

None of these operators are strangers to NJ gambling site rules.

The SugarHouse Sportsbook was added to the Kambi-powered platform over the summer, just in time for NFL and college football season.

Rush Street rolled it out under the Golden Nugget license, but it’s now one of three online skins being offered under the Monmouth Park license (William Hill and TheScore being the others).

The move was made to allow SugarHouse online sportsbook to offer NBA online sports betting.

Hitting Paydirt: SugarHouse Call For NFL Divisional Round Of NJ Sports Betting

NFL Divisional Playoffs happen this weekend, but SugarHouse Sportsbook has lined up the odds for NFL football betting for New Jersey fans.

Frenzy and pandemonium filled the NFL Wild Card weekend.

All four underdogs covered the spread (depending on the sportsbook), including in Chicago, where a “double-doink” missed field goal attempt allowed the Philadelphia Eagles to slip by the Bears.

Per ESPN Stats & Information, underdogs in the playoffs have now covered the spread in 10 straight games heading into this week’s divisional round, the longest such streak in the Super Bowl era.

A wild Wild Card weekend featured the most heavily wagered-on game (Eagles-Bears) since DraftKings Sportsbook launched in August. It had big wins ($120,000 bet on the Los Angeles Chargers at -120) and bigger losses (a $300,000 wager on the Baltimore Ravens to beat the Chargers).

The craziness kicks up another notch this weekend, with only eight teams remaining in the hunt for the Lombardi Trophy.

This week, the NJ sports betting spotlight shines on SugarHouse Sportsbook. (All point spreads and moneylines are as of Wednesday.)

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Indianapolis Colts (10-6) at Kansas City Chiefs (12-4)

Just think: The Colts finished eight games below .500 last year. Now, they’re a win away from returning to the AFC Championship game.

Indy has quite a hill to climb to get there.

In the Colts’ path stands a team that has torched defenses, led by likely MVP Patrick Mahomes.

The Chiefs lead the NFL in offense, more than making up for a disappointing defense that ranks in the lower tier against the pass. And that is where Luck and Indianapolis can take advantage.

Listed at +195 on the moneyline, Indy comes off a wild-card win in which Luck had two touchdown (TD) passes, though it was running back Marlon Mack stealing the show with 148 yards rushing. So, it appears, the Colts, 5.5-point underdogs, have a two-headed attack to give KC fits.

SugarHouse lists the over/under for Kansas City at 30.5 points, a total it has surpassed 10 times this season but only three times at home. Conversely, the Colts’ over/under stands at 26.5 points, a total Indy has eclipsed nine times overall and only three times on the road.

One prop that intrigues, surrounds the passing potency of Mahomes and Luck. The over/under for both sit at 2.5 TDs. The Kansas City and Indianapolis quarterbacks have topped that total eight and nine times this season, respectively.

On top of this, SugarHouse offers another market: Who has more touchdown passes? Luck +160 (41 TDs this season), Mahomes +100 (50 TDs), or the same +350.

Dallas Cowboys (10-6) at Los Angeles Rams (13-3)

While the Chargers commanded the majority of wagering, including in New Jersey, the Seattle Seahawks drew considerable attention in their wild-card game against the Cowboys last week.

Yet here Dallas stands, in the divisional round, after only the franchise’s third playoff win in 12 games. And now the Cowboys have an opportunity to reach the NFC Championship for the first time since 1995 when Dallas won it all.

Like Indianapolis, though, the Cowboys face a tall order in the City of Angels, sitting as 7-point underdogs who pay out +285 for an outright win.

The Rams have been streaky this season, riding a potent offense headed by quarterback Jared Goff and running back Todd Gurley II. Los Angeles can certainly put up points, highlighted by a 54-point outing against Kansas City; though the Rams can also struggle, as shown in a 6-point showing two games later.

The offense, too, has shown inconsistencies, allowing 15 points against the Bears one week and then 30 points against the Eagles a week later.

With Dallas, running back Ezekiel Elliott has displayed his dominance. And quarterback Dak Prescott seems to have settled in with wide receiver Amari Cooper highlighting the receiving corp.

Certainly, though, the Cowboys will need to put together a flawless effort to slay the giant in LA.

On the road this season, Dallas has led at the half in just two games, winning both. The NFC East champ, though, has gone 10-0 overall when heading to the locker room on top.

On the flip side, when trailing at the break, the Cowboys went 1-4, all on the road.

The Rams, meanwhile, are 5-0 when leading at the half at home, and 9-0 overall. Only once this season has LA trailed at the break when at home, and the Rams won anyway.

SugarHouse Sportsbook lines for the leading at the half/end of the regulation market:

  • Los Angeles/Los Angeles -155
  • Dallas/Dallas +400
  • Dallas/Los Angeles +575
  • Los Angeles/Dallas +1,000
  • Tie/Los Angeles +1,400
  • Tie/Dallas +2,200

Additionally, Dallas sits at +125 to score first compared with LA’s -175 line. For the home team to score first and win, SugarHouse gives LA a +104, and for Dallas to accomplish the feat stands at +420.

For what it’s worth, the Cowboys scored first in 12 of 17 games this season, including four times on the road (during which Dallas went 3-1). The Rams struck first in four home games, and eight times overall, and went undefeated when doing so.

Los Angeles Chargers (12-4) at New England Patriots (11-5)

For the second straight playoff game, the Chargers head on the road as underdogs.

Last week, LA was one of the more popular takes in the NFL Wild Card round. And the Chargers paid out by running over Baltimore early before holding off a rally to win.

In the running for the No. 1 seed until late in the regular season, the 12-win Chargers go on the road again to take on perennial Super Bowl champ New England, which sits as a 4-point favorite. An outright win by Los Angeles pays +165 on the moneyline.

Chargers QB Philip Rivers has put together the best argument of his career to win the MVP, though it will likely go to AFC West rival Patrick Mahomes. With WR Keenan Allen and WR Mike Williams emerging as threats, the Chargers certainly make a case for a second straight upset, even against a Patriots team that annually shows it is at its best during the postseason, making the Super Bowl in three of the past four years.

An intriguing prop bet involves the first-quarter performance of the Chargers and Patriots. SugarHouse lists LA at +205 to win the opening period, New England at -103 and a tie at +310. The Patriots have gone 8-0 in the first quarter when at home this season, compared with the Chargers 3-5-1 road record.

In that same vein, the sportsbook pegs the over/under for first-quarter points at 7.5, with the overpaying -139 and the undergoing for +105. New England has certainly been at its best at home, averaging 6.9 points in the first quarter in eight games. The Chargers, meanwhile, averaged 5.1 points in the opening quarter of road games.

Overall, SugarHouse has two over/unders for total touchdowns: 4.5 (over -177, under +130) and 5.5 (over +130, under -180). With LA averaging 3.3 TDs per road game and New England averaging 4.1 TDs, that total comes to 7.4 TDs.

Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) at New Orleans Saints (13-3)

While the season has been more tumultuous this time around, this Eagles season carries similar storylines.

An underdog throughout the year. Franchise QB goes down with an injury. Nick Foles steps in and leads Philadelphia to a playoff run. Adding to the plot this year is Philly’s attempt to avenge a historic loss in Week 11.

Just after the season’s midpoint, the Eagles went to New Orleans and was drubbed 48-7, the worst loss by a reigning Super Bowl champion in NFL history.

Things are obviously different when the postseason comes around, though. Only in the playoffs can an 8-point underdog, Philly, realistically pull off a noteworthy upset and ultimately pay +300 on the moneyline.

Certainly, with QB Drew Brees at the helm, New Orleans is no slouch. In fact, at most sportsbooks, the Saints stand as the favorite to lift the Lombardi Trophy.

Several props to consider at SugarHouse concern points scored and the team leading at the half/the team that ultimately wins.

First, the sportsbook lists New Orleans’ over/under at 29.5 points and Philadelphia at 20.5. The Saints averaged 34.1 points at home (31.5 overall), while the Eagles scored 22.3 points per game on the road (22.5 overall).

As for the halftime/full-time market:

  • New Orleans/New Orleans -175
  • Philadelphia/Philadelphia +440
  • Philadelphia/New Orleans +575
  • New Orleans/Philadelphia +1,050
  • Tie/New Orleans +1,400
  • Tie/Philadelphia +2,200

On the road, the Eagles led in just three of eight games and went 2-1 in those contests. Conversely, New Orleans posted a 5-0 mark in home games when up at the half, 8-0 overall.

Finally, a moneyline/total points parlay attracts interest. Will New Orleans win and the game hit the over (+145) or the under (+155)? Or will Philly get the upset and hit the over (+500) or under (+525)?

The Saints are 6-2 at home, and in five games they pushed the total to over 50.5 points (going 4-1 in said games). As for the Eagles, four of their past eight games overall eclipsed 50.5 points, including three on the road. Philly is 4-4 on the road, though it has won its past three games.

Divisional Specials + Super Bowl odds at SugarHouse

To begin with, SugarHouse Sportsbook’s updated Super Bowl and AFC and NFC championship odds:

  • Super Bowl: New Orleans +225, Kansas City +400, LA Rams +450, New England +600, LA Chargers +1,000, Indianapolis +1,200, Philadelphia +1,200, Dallas +1,800
  • NFC Championship: New Orleans +100, LA Rams +210, Philadelphia +600, Dallas +775
  • AFC Championship: Kansas City +135, New England +225, LA Chargers +425, Indianapolis +550

Additionally, SugarHouse offers an array of Divisional Round Weekend Specials.

Bettors can wager on which player will finish the weekend with the most receiving yards (Kansas City’s Tyreek Hill, Indy’s TY Hilton and New Orleans’ Michael Thomas lead at +400).

They can bet on the round’s leading rusher (among them, Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott at +175, LA Rams’ Todd Gurley II at +200, LA Chargers’ Melvin Gordon at +450).

And on which players rack up the most passing yards (leading the way are Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes at +225, Indy’s Andrew Luck at +250 and New Orleans’ Drew Brees at +400).

Lastly, markets exist for bettors to wager on which teams score the most and least points during the weekend.

  • Most points: Kansas City +250, New Orleans +275, LA Rams +300, Indianapolis +350, New England +400, LA Chargers +700, Dallas +1,200, Philadelphia +1,400
  • Least points: Philadelphia +150, Dallas +175, LA Chargers +350, New England +1,000, Indianapolis +1,200, LA Rams +1,400, New Orleans +1,600, Kansas City +1,800

Where else to bet online in New Jersey

As it has been well-documented, New Jersey features an array of mobile sports betting options.

Nine mobile sportsbooks complement the nine retail operations in the Garden State:

The list of NJ sportsbook apps includes a deep variety of traditional moneylines, parlays, in-game betting and futures.

Hitting Paydirt: Pour That SugarHouse On Me For NFL Week 16 In NJ Sports Betting

With NFL Week 16 just around the corner, we have the odds and the details on the big games of the week from SugarHouse Sportsbook.

It’s been said before, and it will be said again: What a strange NFL season this has been.

Look no further than the Cleveland Browns, who with their win last week hit the over (six) on their preseason win total at most sportsbooks.

The New England Patriots don’t seem to have the magic anymore. The Los Angeles Rams, who before last season didn’t have a double-digit win total since 2003, are Super Bowl contenders.

And the Kansas City Chiefs, also a popular pick to lift the Lombardi Trophy, could finish with their best record in 15 years.

In the world of sports betting, the New Jersey mobile operation SugarHouse Sportsbook is no longer a one-trick pony. Its Philadelphia-based casino opened the doors to its retail operation last week.

As a result, with Week 16 looming and the homestretch of the NFL season underway, SugarHouse expects a heavy dose of wagering, especially in NJ sports betting.

In a statement from Mattias Stetz, COO at Rush Street Interactive, which operates SugarHouse:

“With the most exciting time of the NFL and college football season approaching, we’re anticipating some of our heaviest action of the year this week at PlaySugarHouse.com.”

With that, for Week 16, we turn to SugarHouse Sportsbook. (All point spreads and moneylines are as of Wednesday.)

Add ’em to your NJ sports betting slip

Kansas City Chiefs (11-3) at Seattle Seahawks (8-6)

The primetime Sunday Night Football game features an intraconference battle of West division teams, including one Super Bowl contender with an MVP-candidate quarterback.

Though Kansas City has dropped two of its last four, it boasts QB Patrick Mahomes, the league leaders in passing yards and touchdowns and the odds-on favorite at most sportsbooks to capture the MVP.

The Chiefs possess a light-em-up offense that has been held to less than 27 points just once this season. And at 8-5-1, Kansas City, a 2.5-point favorite this week, sits behind just four teams with better records against the spread.

One of them is Seattle.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson has quietly emerged as one of the league’s top quarterbacks, ranking third in TDs and fourth in passer rating. Such efficiency will be key this week, though it seems doable, considering the Chiefs rank last in the NFL in pass defense.

As a result, a +112 moneyline bet appears reasonable for an outright Seattle win.

Within this game, SugarHouse offers first-half props that carry intrigue. First is a set of lines on which team will lead at the half and at the end of regulation:

  • Kansas City leads at half, Seattle wins: +700
  • Kansas City leads at half, Kansas City wins: +143
  • Seattle leads at half, Seattle wins: +180
  • Seattle leads at half, Kansas City wins: +575
  • Tied at half, Seattle wins: +1,800
  • Tied at half, Kansas City wins: +1,600

The Chiefs have entered the half on top in 10 games this season, winning nine. (Their lone loss came last week against the LA Chargers).

The Seahawks, meanwhile, have trailed at the break eight times and lost in five of those games. The two teams have combined for just three games in which they went to the locker room tied.

Additionally, a prop exists for first-half over/under totals for each team: Kansas City at 13.5 points, Seattle at 12.5 points. It’s worth noting that the Chiefs average 19 points in the opening half of games, while Seattle averages 12.8 points.

Denver Broncos (6-8) at Oakland Raiders (3-11)

It used to be Thursday games that caused viewers to shrug their shoulders and scoff.

This week, such a reaction belongs to Monday Night Football, featuring two out-of-the-playoff-picture teams.

The upside sits only with the Broncos in this game. (Especially considering the biggest storyline out of Oakland is the team signing interception machine Nathan Peterman.)

Denver RB Phillip Lindsay, the first undrafted offensive rookie to get selected to the Pro Bowl, ranks fifth in the league in rushing, giving the Broncos a glimmer of optimism for the future.

Oakland does not have as rosy an outlook. Two years removed from the franchise’s best regular season since 2000, the Raiders have floundered. In allowing the most points per game in the league, Oakland is surely looking forward to relocation more than winning.

That said, with each team seemingly playing for nothing, an outright win by the Raiders, a 2.5-point underdog with a +120 moneyline, is not out of the realm of possibility. After all, Oakland did defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers just two weeks ago.

Props for this game include races to 1015 and 20 points, areas in which neither Denver nor Oakland has succeeded this year. Only four times apiece have the Broncos and Raiders been the first team to 10 points. In the race to 15 and 20, respectively: Oakland is 5-9, Denver 4-10; Oakland is 2-12, Denver 7-7.

Perhaps it is only the first score that you care about. SugarHouse has you covered there, as well, listing Denver a -136 to do so and Oakland at +100. For what it’s worth, the Raiders have scored first in more games (nine) than Denver (eight) this season.

During games in which they opened the scoring, the Broncos and Raiders have each reached the end zone six times.

SugarHouse lines for the game’s first score:

  • Oakland TD: +235
  • Oakland FG: +390
  • Denver TD: +180
  • Denver FG: +325

Cincinnati Bengals (6-8) at Cleveland Browns (6-7-1)

Hold on to your hats. The Browns remain alive in the playoff hunt.

The franchise with the longest postseason drought in the NFL, Cleveland, which last went to the playoffs in 2002, still has hope. Though it needs plenty of help.

Still behind four teams for the last AFC wild card spot, the Browns not only need to win out but also will likely need at least three teams to go winless these last two weeks of the regular season.

Do not be surprised if Cleveland’s postseason hopes get dashed this week. Despite the fact that the Browns are favored by 8.5 points, the highest spread they have boasted since 2013.

In seven home games, Cleveland has lost just twice, once apiece to the top two teams in the AFC: Kansas City and the LA Chargers. Yes, the Browns have won more games (four) over the past five weeks than in 40 games (three wins) under former coach Hue Jackson.

Still, Cleveland ranks in the lower tier in rush defense, which bodes well for Cincinnati.

While the Bengals have lost five of their last six, Cincy boasts AFC rushing leader Joe Mixon. And despite a 35-20 loss against Cleveland in Week 12, Cincinnati, listed at +310 on the moneyline, has the tools to put away the Browns.

A prop to watch involves this game heading to overtime, which pays +1050. Cincy has not played the extra period since early in the 2017 season. Cleveland, though, has gone to overtime four times this season, trailing only the 1983 Green Bay Packers for the most in one season.

Long shots of the week at SugarHouse

Washington Redskins (7-7) at Tennessee Titans (8-6)

For a matchup of two middling teams, a 10-point spread seems drastic. Yet that is the case in Nashville, where the Titans are heavily favored. Yes, Tennessee has won three straight, and Washington is reeling with four losses in five games.

Yet the Redskins have apparently found a suitable replacement QB in Josh Johnson, who last week picked up his first career win last week after returning to the league following a five-year hiatus.

Washington moneyline: +410.

Buffalo Bills (5-9) at New ENgland Patriots (9-5)

Once again, the Patriots have a chance to secure their 10th straight AFC East title. Perhaps third time’s the charm. Then again, stranger things have happened this season.

And one involved the Bills. New England has lost two straight; Buffalo has somehow won three of its last five.

12.5-point underdog, Buffalo is no stranger to wide spreads. Earlier this season, the Bills defeated Minnesota despite entering as 16.5-point dogs. Could lightning strike twice?

Buffalo moneyline: +550.

Los Angeles Rams (11-3) at Arizona Cardinals (3-11)

The Rams remain heavy contenders for the Super Bowl.

They’ve already locked up the NFC West but still have something to play for, considering LA sits one game back of New Orleans for the top seed in the NFC playoffs and one game ahead of Chicago for the second seed. But the Rams have lost two straight.

Likely it won’t be three consecutive, considering Arizona’s enemic offense has led the Cardinals to what will be the franchise’s worst regular season since 2000. Then again, Arizona, a 13.5-point underdog, would love to play giant-killer.

Arizona moneyline: +600.

MVP, Super Bowl predictions at SugarHouse

The New Orleans Saints may not light up the scoreboard like a Christmas tree anymore. But they’re still winning. That makes QB Drew Brees and company the front-runner to win Super Bowl LIII.

Per the latest odds from SugarHouse, New Orleans will likely face the Kansas City Chiefs in the Big Game, led by odds-on MVP favorite Patrick Mahomes.

Below are the top contenders for league titles and MVP hardware:

  • Super Bowl: New Orleans +275, LA Rams +500, Kansas City +600, New England +750, LA Chargers +800
  • AFC Championship: Kansas City +225, New England +300, LA Chargers +325, Houston +700, Pittsburgh +700
  • NFC Championship: New Orleans +110, LA Rams +210, CHicago +475, Dallas +1200, Seattle +1400
  • MVP: Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes -143, New Orleans QB Drew Brees +120, LA Chargers QB Philip RIvers +1200, Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck +2500, Seattle QB Russell Wilson +4000, Chicago LB Khalil Mack +4000, LA Rams RB Todd Gurley II +4000

Where else to bet online in New Jersey

As it has been well-documented, New Jersey features an array of mobile sports betting options.

Eight mobile sportsbooks complement the nine retail operations in the Garden State. A ninth NJ online sportsbook, PointsBet, is in a soft launch phase:

The list of NJ sportsbook apps includes a deep variety of traditional moneylines, parlays, in-game betting, and futures.

Hitting Paydirt: It’s An NFL Week 11 Rams vs Chiefs SugarHouse Party In NJ Sports Betting

Rams vs Chiefs Monday Night Football game is a must-see, so we break down the SugarHouse Sportsbook NJ sports betting lines and Super Bowl predictions.

Pundits and fans have had Nov. 19 circled on the calendar for weeks.

Back when both the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams still featured undefeated records.

Holidays such as Halloween and Thanksgiving have taken the backseat behind this Monday Night Football showdown in Week 11. Two of the best teams square off. Two high-power offenses in a game boasting the highest over/under total since at least 1986.

Initially, such a premiere game was scheduled to be played on a global stage, with Estadio Azteca in Mexico City playing host. Poor field conditions, however, led to the NFL relocating the game to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the Rams’ home field.

The change of scenery resulted in sportsbooks taking down this game of two 9-1 teams on Tuesday afternoon, though they reposted lines shortly thereafter.

With such a marquee matchup, Chiefs-Rams takes center stage for sports betting in New Jersey.

And SugarHouse sportsbook supplies the numbers. (All point spreads and moneylines are as of Tuesday.)

Add ’em to your NJ sports betting slip

The line and the spread for Rams vs Chiefs

When the game was first posted, when Mexico City still intended to host, Los Angeles stood as a 2.5-point favorite. Other than its standing as an underdog against the New Orleans Saints two weeks ago (the Rams’ lone loss), that line was by far the slimmest this season for LA.

Following relocation to their home field, naturally, the Rams’ advantage moved to 3.5 points at SugarHouse.

The point spread stands to reason. The Rams feature the league’s top offense in terms of yardage gained. They boast the No. 1 running back, Todd Gurley II, and the No. 2 quarterback, Jared Goff.

That attack, bolstered by a receiving corp featuring Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks, becomes more dangerous against a Chiefs defense that has allowed the fourth-most yards per game in the NFL.

Then again, the Rams lost WR Cooper Kupp to a torn ACL. They have struggled of late, though, to its credit, LA has still come away victorious more often than not.

Against Kansas City, though, going shot-for-shot is not an option. The Chiefs sit as the highest-scoring team in the league, featuring the NFL’s leading QB, Patrick Mahomes, and a top-five running back in Kareem Hunt.

That narrow 3.5-point gap suggests a realistic outright win for the Chiefs, which pays out +128.

Alternate lines

Start with the sky-high over/under.

At 63 points, if it holds, this game will become the highest total in 32 years, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The previous high: 62, set in 2009, between the San Francisco 49ers and … the Rams. The total ended up at 58 points.

Kansas City and Los Angeles rank second and third in NFL scoring, respectively. So that over/under seems reasonable.

While the main over/under opened at -110 on either side, SugarHouse offers alternate over/under totals that seem appealing. For example, taking the over begins paying out positively at over-65; on the flip side, beginning at under 61 holds positive payouts.

As for the point spread, the main line stands at -3.5 for the Rams, paying -107 for the home team to cover and -114 for KC to do so. The payoffs lie within the alternate lines.

Consider taking the Chiefs to win outright to start. After all, the positive payouts begin with alternate lines beginning at +1.5 points. They only get better with lines favoring the Chiefs.

Points per game

Los Angeles, over the past seven weeks, have five wins decided by seven points or less. Four of those featured margins of victory of four or fewer points. Three games had wins of three points or less.

Barring an unforeseen Rams onslaught, the major payday of +460 for a 17-point win by the Rams seems illogical.

Kansas City, meanwhile, has averaged 34.5 points per game while allowing just 17 points since its three-point loss at New England in Week 6. Since their five-point victory at Pittsburgh in their second game, the Chiefs have won by an average margin of 18 points against teams not located in Denver.

A more-realistic wager seems to sit with Kansas City at -3.5 points, paying +195. A runaway, though, with KC winning by 10 points or more pays +420.

Props, props and more props

Perhaps this Monday Night Football showdown lives up to the hype. Perhaps it turns into the Game of the Century. Perhaps the Chiefs and Rams, neither of whom have needed an overtime period this season, go blow-for-blow.

Confident in a tie after regulation? Banking on the game to go to OT pays +1,050.

As for other props that catch the eye:

  • Points by away team over/under 29.5 (-125/-108): On the road this season, the Chiefs have averaged a whopping 36.8 points per game. Granted, KC takes on a Rams defense that seemed impenetrable early this season. Since, though, LA has been picked apart. KC on the over.
  • First scoring play — Home TD (+148),  home FG (+440), home safety (+5500), away TD (+190), away FG (+510), away safety (+5500): In eight of its 10 games this season, Kansas City has been the first team to score. Same for four of its five road games. Conversely, overall, the Rams have scored first just four times this season, split between road and home games. The Chiefs will score first, with a TD, which accounts for seven of their opening scores.
  • Score first and win — home (+155), away (+265): As noted, LA has not been the strike-first team this season. Obviously with a 9-1 record, though, the Rams have recovered. In five of six games in which LA fell behind early, it clawed back to win. Only once have the Chiefs scored first and lost this year, their only loss of the season. With a 7-1 record when scoring first, KC seems like a reasonable bet.

Super Bowl predictions and MVP futures

With the NFL season past the midway point, it’s time to check out the front-runners for Super Bowl favorites, as well as for each conference’s champion and league MVP:

  • Super Bowl: LA Rams +350, New Orleans +400, Kansas City +500, New England +600, Pittsburgh +1,000.
  • AFC Championship: Kansas City +185, New England +230, Pittsburgh +450, LA Chargers +550.
  • NFC Championship: LA Rams +175, New Orleans +200, Minnesota +700, Chicago +1000.
  • MVP: Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes +110, New Orleans QB Drew Brees +200, LA Rams RB Todd Gurley II +550, LA Rams QB Jared Goff +1800.

Of note, of the 15 favorites in the MVP race, 13 are QBs, including six of the top seven.

Where else to bet online in New Jersey

New Jersey features an array of mobile sports betting options.

Eight mobile sportsbooks complement the nine retail operations in the Garden State:

The list of NJ sportsbook apps includes a deep variety of traditional moneylines, parlays, in-game betting, and futures.

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PlaySugarHouse Fades The Red Sox Sweep, But Not The GB Cover

In a busy sports weekend, it was the PlaySugarHouse customer and not the sportsbook that came out ahead once games wrapped on Sunday night.

PlaySugarHouse has been one of the most open and transparent New Jersey online sportsbooks. It shares both its successes and some of its tenuous moments.

In a press release from the company this week, SugarHouse reps spoke about sports betting on the World Series and the eighth week of NFL action.

Apparently, sports bettors on the online sportsbook “are smiling” plenty today.

The Fall Classic brings out the bettors

Major League Baseball crowned its new World Series Champions this week, the Boston Red Sox. The victory sent the city into a celebration and sports bettors to the figurative window to collect on their bets.

According to SugarHouse, most of the sports bettors on its site picked the Red Sox to win. In fact, many picked the team to sweep the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series.

Mattias Stetz, chief operating officer of PlaySugarHouse’s technology provider, Rush Street Interactive, talked about the betting in a press release.

“Our biggest risk prior to the first game was actually on the Red Sox sweeping the Dodgers. So Dodgers stealing Game 4 made the fall a little softer, but not much!”

Week 8 of the NFL

The NFL is anything but predictable these days. Just look at your fantasy football team for confirmation.

This week’s Green Bay Packers and Los Angeles Rams game provided a little nail-biting until the very end, especially for sports bettors.

Todd Gurley with an open field ahead of him, allowed himself to get tackled after ensuring the first down and a win for his team.

To be clear, Green Bay bettors did not want Gurley to score. Rams bettors, on the other hand, needed the score to cover the spread. At that point in the game, the score was Rams 29, Green Bay 27.

Where many of the Vegas sports books had the Rams as a 7.5 favorite, SugarHouse had them at -9 and -9.5. A Gurley touchdown would have meant a push for the online sportsbook on its -9 bets. Gurley deciding not to score meant SugarHouse had to pay out Green Bay bettors on both numbers.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Gurley’s decision not to score resulted in about a $1 million swing at Vegas sportsbooks in favor of the bettors.

Fantasy sports enthusiasts were also annoyed at the final play of the game. Gurley’s decision cost fantasy players about six points which definitely can swing the outcome of a matchup.

As for how SugarHouse fared, Stetz said:

“As a matter of fact, almost all of the rest of the NFL results went in favor of our players, so they should be happy today.”

In the end, the objective of the game is to win, and that is what Gurley focused on. His decision, according to several analysts, was the right one.

“Man, forget fantasy,” Gurley said with a grin. “Forget Vegas. We got the win, so that’s all that matters.”

PlaySugarHouse focused on growing NJ market

Ahead of the NBA season, Rush Street Interactive moved SugarHouse’s sports betting platform from Golden Nugget to Monmouth Park.

The decision is the result of the restrictions placed on Golden Nugget to prohibit the sportsbook from accepting NBA wagers. Tilman Fertitta is the owner of both Golden Nugget and the Houston Rockets.

New Jersey sports betting regulations state a sportsbook whose owner has an interest in a sports league cannot accept wagers on the league’s games.

“Local teams and big games always attract more attention in general,” Stetz said in a previous interview with NJ Gambling Sites.

Even though New Jersey doesn’t officially have a basketball team anymore, there are teams in the vicinity:

  • Brooklyn Nets
  • New York Knicks
  • Philadelphia 76ers

With the success of the NFL, and sports betting as a whole in the Garden State, SugarHouse had to do what is right for its customers and its bottom line, so they went shopping around.

The nascent New Jersey sports betting market is growing at an unprecedented speed. Sitting out a sport might mean losing a significant portion of a customer base. The competitive nature of sportsbooks means fighting for every new customer. There is always a chance, and a good one, that once those customers leave, they might not find their way back.

Now that Play SugarHouse is under a new license, the customers SugarHouse has earned can stay put and PlaySugarHouse can focus on finding more of them.

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