NFL Week 7 Odds: NY Jets Are 0-6 And Have Yet To Cover The Spread

With Le’Veon Bell now playing for the Kansas City Chiefs and QB Sam Darnold being questionable, the winless NY Jets have more questions than answers.

Bittersweet irony engulfs the winless New York Jets before NFL Week 7.

At 0-6, he franchise is the only team yet to have won at least one game. As the worst team in the league, the Jets odds of winning Sunday’s game against the 4-2 Buffalo Bills are not good

The point spread as 1:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday was +12.5 at FanDuel Sportsbook, making them the biggest underdogs on the board. And the line jumped to +13.5 by mid-afternoon.

This is with the game being played at MetLife Stadium.

It  underscores the opposite roads both teams have taken since the they last battled in the Meadowlands., which was Week 1 of the 2019 season

And the current NJ sports betting  line is quite different than the Jets -2 that NJ sportsbooks  put out for the  2019 season opener.

Here is a closer look at the current state of the Jets any why their problems will likely continue.

 New York Jets + false hope

It wasn’t all that long ago when there was a fair amount of optimism surrounding the Jets. Prior to the 2019 season, New York  signed Le’Veon Bell, one of the league’s premier running backs,  and paired him with  their own upstart quarterback in Sam Darnold. 

However, after closing the 2019 season with a 7-9 record that included going 6-2 in the last eight games,  the lofty expectations have quickly faded.

Besides being 0-6, they  are the only NFL team that has yet to cover the spread. This includes Sunday’s 24-0 loss to the Miami Dolphins in which they were getting eight points.

Darnold has missed the last two games with a shoulder injury, and as Tuesday, is questionable for Sunday’s game. Veteran  Joe Flacco has started the last two contests, but he hasn’t fared any better.

And now the Jets will be playing the rest of the way without Bell, as the team released the disgruntled running back last week. He is now with the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.

Bell was the last connection between the Jets and the ideology of winning soon. His departure means they have blown up one of the biggest off-season moves in franchise history.

Le’Veon Bell experiment failed badly

With Bell, the Jets gambled  on a player who had sat out a year because of salary squabbles with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and they lost.

Bell tallied a combined 1,200 passing and receiving yards last year, but the Jets envisioned 600 more. The offensive line never provided the holes Pittsburgh did for him, and Bell, who waits until the very last second to pound through an opening, couldn’t produce much on his own.

This season, a hamstring injury sidelined Bell for three games.  Upon his return in Week 5, Bell wasn’t happy with the amount of touches he received in the Jets’ 30-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

The bottom line is Bell underachieved after signing a four-year, $52.5 million contract.  He averaged only 3.3  yards per carry with the Jets – 51st out of 53 qualifying runners in the NFL during that span.

Bell was signed by former general manager Mike Maccagnan, who wanted to add a weapon to help Darnold develop.  But Maccagnan was fired two months later,  and new coach Adam Gase wasn’t a fan of Bell.

This was fiasco number two. In July, All-Pro safety Jamal Adams could not come to financial terms with the Jets. They traded Adams to the Seahawks and Adams was critical of head   Gase’s leadership on the way out.

Whether Gase is still the coach of this team by the weekend isn’t certain. He’s on the to-be-fired watch. The Jets will have to be rebuilt, again, with him or a successor. The team is rudderless.

Jets prop bets may be best plays

The Jets are now a collection of spare parts that don’t fit together.

Bettors can entertain themselves with yardage props, player-to-score possibilities and the final score range for their games, but that’s it. Gamblers don’t know when this team will show up.

Since going ahead of the Denver Broncos late in the fourth quarter of Week 4, the Jets have been outscored 64-10. And it looked like the Dolphins, Gase’s former team, took it easy on them Sunday.

Combine the scoring drought with a  defense that is surrendering 30.8 points per game, and even the Jets at +12.5 is  a risky bet.

Is a coaching change in the Jets future?

The Jets will likely lay it all out there two or three more times before the season ends. It won’t be easy to predict when, except for a coaching change.

Teams that have done that are 2-0 this season. The Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons both  collected their first wins following a coaching change. The New York Giants also secured their first triumph in Week 6, nosing the Washington Football Team 20-19.

That leaves only one winless football team in the entire NFL. And that’s a team awash in optimism when the season started.

That’s life in the NFL.

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Football Five: Giants And Jets Enter NFL Week 6 Desperately Seeking Wins

The NFL Week 6 schedule includes the 0-5 Gants giving 2.5 points against Washington while the winless Jets head to Miami as 8.5-point underdogs,

The season becomes more intriguing and exciting as teams get ready for NFL Week 6.

Several teams are still seeking their first wins of the season. This includes the two franchises who call MetLife Stadium home

And there’s the situation in Dallas in which the Cowboys will be playing without Dak Prescott. More on his season-ending injury later.

Hard to believe as we enter NFL Week 6 that there has already been two coaching changes.

Let’s look at the Football Five.

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 Jets + Giants = zero moneyline payouts

The New York Jets and New York Giants are the latest example of why the NFL should be grateful to legalized NJ sports betting. If the 18 NJ sportsbook apps didn’t exist, imagine what  the lack of interest would be like in the NFL’s largest market.

The two teams are a combined  0-10 on the moneyline.

The Giants at least have a pulse and are 3-2 against the spread. The there are the Jets are so bad that the even the cutouts are staying home.

Looking ahead to Week 6, the Giants are hosting  the Washington Football Team, and are favored  for the first time this year. DraftKings Sportsbook set the opening line at Giants – 3.5 prompted, which  enough Washington money to move it down to -2.5  early Wednesday morning. .

This line could move throughout the week, so timing will be important.

The Jets are +8.5 against the host Miami Dolphins, who just plastered the San Francisco 49ers, 43-17.

And New York will be playing without  running back Le’Veon Bell, who was released on Tuesday.

Trusting  Justin Herbert + the Chargers

Justin Herbert, the rookie signal caller for the Los Angeles Chargers,  was brilliant against the New Orleans Saints Monday night. Unfortunately, his efforts were undermined by kicker Michael Badgley.

Herbert took the Chargers into the end zone in the fourth quarter and into position to win on the last play of regulation.  But Badgley’s game-winning field goal hit the upright.

In overtime, after the New Orleans Saints  kicked a field goal, the Chargers were stopped half a yard shy of a first down at midfield. Los Angeles nearly beat the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs and now the Saints.

They are a deceiving 1-4, and should be strong when they return from the bye week. The Chargers  will put a hurting on somebody in the not-too-distant future.

Cowboys +the  Prescott factor

The NFL has been sending get-well wishes to Dallas superstar Dak Prescott, who was lost for the season in the team’s 37-34 triumph over the Giants on Sunday.

What does the loss of Prescott  mean to the line? Nearly six points. The Cowboys were -3 against the Arizona Cardinals in early betting for Monday Night’s game. Now they are + 2.5, a swing of almost a touchdown.

Dallas is looking smart for signing Andy Dalton in the off-season.  The former Bengals quarterback had hit a ceiling with that team and could not get them past the early round of the playoffs.

Now he inherits a Cowboys offense loaded with talent. Zeke Elliott is a premier runner, rookie CeeDee Lamb has emerged as a star receiver, and Dalton himself is a veteran.

Prescott’s injury does remove the Cowboys mystique, however. Opponents know they are facing Dalton and will pressure a quarterback who is far less mobile than Prescott.

Oddity upon oddity. The Cowboys, at 2-3,  lead the NFC Least. Dallas has scored a whopping 163 points, the second highest total in football behind the Seattle Seahawks (169 points).

With all that offense, guess how many times the Cowboys have covered the spread?

None.

Dallas has also given up 180 points, which leads the NFL.

Super Bowl champs come back to earth

The Las Vegas Raiders not only knocked the Kansas City Chiefs from the unbeaten ranks, but manhandled them in Sunday’s 40-32 win. At +10.5 no less. Las Vegas removed some of Patrick Mahomes’ crossing patterns, making him work for everything he got.

The Chiefs are showing some holes. They have had significant stretches of offensive inactivity during three of their games and the defense is shaky.

They looked to be on another planet  after defeating the Baltimore Ravens, 34-20 in Week 3.

Now they are on this one.

Looking at NFL Week 6 point spreads

The Green Bay Packers are the only team to cover the spread in every game (based on the DraftKings Sportsbook lines at  kickoff). In NFL Week 6,  the Packers are giving 2.5  points to Tom Brady and the hosting Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In Week 5, the Bengals suffered their first loss against the number, being pounded 27-3 by the Ravens. They are still a big +8 in visiting the Indianapolis Colts.

Pittsburgh Steelers bettors are  encountering  late game drama on a weekly basis.  This team plays close to the number every week and with two minutes left, the spread is usually up for grabs.

Take last weekend’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. The score was 31-29 Pittsburgh for a good chunk of the fourth quarter. The line was Steelers -7.5 points. The home team put the game away with 2:59 remaining when Chase Claypool scored his fourth touchdown of the day,

The Steelers are -3.5 against the visiting Cleveland Browns, winners of four straight overall and three in a row against the spread. Cleveland has hit 30 points on four consecutive weeks for the first time in over 50 years.

The Steelers are 3-1 against the number and are 4-0 for the first time since 1979.

Sportsbook operators will tell you that coaching changes rarely impact the line. But I think they impact performance, as players respond from fear of losing their jobs.  The Texans earned their first win and cover of the season under new coach Romeo Crennel on Sunday.

This week, the Atlanta Falcons finally fired coach Dan Quinn and replaced him with Raheem Morris.  Will the players react?

Atlanta, 0-5 and 1-4 against the spread, is +3.5 when facing the host Minnesota Vikings.

It will be interesting to see if the Falcons show up. Their season is over and the Vikings are in must-win mode at 1-4, including two losses by a single point.

Bettors note: There are no teams giving double-digit points this week.

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Super Bowl Odds: Tampa Bay, Tom Brady Get All The Attention Before NFL Kickoff

Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers command 25% of DraftKings Sportsbook’s total Super Bowl 2021 futures bets. Why? It’s Brady. Need we say more?

Tom Brady continues to be the bait on the end of a sportsbook fishing rod as the NFL season prepares its Sept. 10 launch.

Bettors are biting on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, his new team, as a favorite to win the Super Bowl. The Bucs account for nearly 25% of the DraftKings Super Bowl futures betting handle despite missing the postseason last year.

Brady’s move from the New England Patriots electrified the futures betting market in March. He propelled the Bucs from 50-1 to 14-1 to win the Super Bowl this season across New Jersey online sportsbooks.

It is one of the largest, if not the largest, off-season odds moves for any team in NFL history. The Bucs were 7-9 last season. They did not make the playoffs but, astoundingly, have become shorter-priced than eight teams that did.

Let’s examine some top contending teams in the Super Bowl futures big picture as we near NFL kickoff.

Top 10 teams and 2021 Super Bowl odds

To begin, here are the Super Bowl futures odds for the top 10 teams at NJ sportsbooks (odds as of 12:30 p.m. EST Sept. 4).

FanDuel Sportsbook odds are similar to DraftKings’ for a Super Bowl championship. Some odds shift slightly on longer-shot teams.

TeamDraftKings OddsFanDuel Odds
Kansas City Chiefs+600+600
Baltimore Ravens+650+650
San Francisco 49ers+900+900
New Orleans Saints+1100+1200
Tampa Bay Buccaneers+1400+1500
Dallas Cowboys+1500+1500
New England Patriots+2000+2300
Philadelphia Eagles+2000+2000
Seattle Seahawks+2000+2000
Indianapolis Colts+2200+2300

Tampa Bay Buccaneers + Tom Brady = Super Bowl?

Tampa Bay received a league-leading 25% of the DraftKings Sportsbook handle and 17% of the bets, according to end-of-August tabulations.

The belief is that Brady will add stability to an offense that was formidable but turnover-prone last year. The Bucs have an excellent offensive line and numerous weapons, such as receiver Mike Evans. And just today, they signed Leonard Fournette to a one-year contract as running back.

They were undone by Jameis Winston’s dubious first-ever 30-30. He was the first NFL quarterback to throw 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in one season and cost the team with a number of interceptions that were returned for touchdowns.

The Bucs talked Brady’s favorite target, Rob Gronkowski, out of retirement. That’s a help to Brady but neutral as far as the Bucs offense overall because they were already strong at tight end.

Nonetheless, New Jersey sportsbooks are grateful for the interest Brady pumped into the NFL offseason. Bettors also love the value this futures prop would bring.

Kansas City Chiefs are tops in Super Bowl futures

How about the team that actually WON the Super Bowl last year, the Kansas City Chiefs? They are +600 at DraftKings, where they have 11% of the handle and 8% of the bets.

What’s not to like about this team? If quarterback Patrick Mahomes is not hurt, they can score at will. Fans get to see them again in the first game of the NFL campaign Sept. 10.

It’s a tantalizing rematch of their AFC semifinal championship game against the Houston Texans.

Remember that barnburner, when your over bet was cashed at halftime?  The Chiefs stormed back from a 24-0 deficit to win 51-31. It was the first time in NFL history that a team both trailed and led the same game by 20 points.

One delirious PointsBet NJ backer, a high-money gambler who preferred to remain anonymous, recalled doubling down on the Chiefs in-game, time and again.

His final bet was a capitulation. And it led to exhilaration.

“By the time it got to 24-0, I said, ‘The heck with it’ and went all-in with the rest of my budget,” he recalled. “I just figured I was beaten.”

The Chiefs, original 10-point favorites, were an astonishing +300 by that time in the game.

This bettor was “chasing,” a strategy that’s not recommended in general, especially for gambling novices. But in this case, it provided a hall-of-fame memory for him.

Ravens, Saints, 49ers are in the running

The Baltimore Ravens, who had a terrific season before being too tight in a playoff loss to the Tennessee Titans, are +650 with 11% of the handle and the third-most bets, 8%.

The New Orleans Saints, who suffered a surprising first-round upset loss to the Minnesota Vikings last season, have 6% of the handle at +1100. The New England Patriots without Brady have 6% of the Super Bowl action at +1800.

And the San Francisco 49ers? Remember them? They had the Super Bowl in their pocket before collapsing in the last few minutes against the Kansas City Chiefs last year. The Niners are +900 and have 6% of the action.

One could suspect that the Brady hoopla in the NFC shifted some of their betting support to Tampa Bay.

Who can win the AFC and NFC conferences?

FanDuel and DraftKings have the same Top 5 to win the AFC and NFC:

AFCDraftKings OddsFanDuel Odds
Kansas City Chiefs+600+600
Baltimore Ravens+650+650
Indianapolis Colts+900+900
New England Patriots+1100+1200
Buffalo Bills+1400+1500
NFC
San Francisco 49ers+450+450
New Orleans Saints+550+600
Dallas Cowboys+700+750
Tampa Bay Buccaneers+750+750
Philadelphia Eagles+1000+1000

NFL division champs are almost a sure thing … almost

The projected numbers you see on possible Super Bowl and Conference-winning teams logically carry down to negative numbers for the division races.

Kansas City and Baltimore are prohibitive, in the range of between -200 and -450 at New Jersey books to win their divisions. Rightly so.

But some of the other divisions are up for betting grabs and can appeal to line shoppers for different teams. Take a look:

NFC East

In the NFC East, the Philadelphia Eagles are a good-value +150 at DraftKings. The Cowboys are favored at -121.

FanDuel has Dallas at -130, the Eagles at +130. An Eagles backer who is line shopping goes to DraftKings.

For Big Blue fans, the New York Giants are +1500 at FanDuel, +1100 at DraftKings.

Find out more about the Eagles’ 2020 season here. Find out more about the Giants’ 2020 season here.

NFC South

The Brady Bunch, the Bucs, are still an underdog in the NFC South. They are +150 at DraftKings, while New Orleans is -125. FanDuel has New Orleans at -115, Tampa Bay at +160.

Is a changing of the guard coming? How sweet it is that these teams meet in the first game and we can get a perspective.

NFC North

In the NFC North, the Green Bay Packers, who went to the finals last year, are +180. The Minnesota Vikings are slightly favored at +160, both at DraftKings. Minnesota is +165 and Green Bay +190 at FanDuel.

The Pack as an underdog here is a bit of a surprise. It reflects a sentiment that Aaron Rodgers could get hurt and miss time.

NFC West

San Francisco is -115 in the ultra-competitive NFC West because of the Seattle Seahawks, who are +230 on the FanDuel ticket. The Niners are -106 and Seattle is +220 at DraftKings.

Their division race, decided by perhaps one foot last year when the Seahawks were stopped just shy of the Niners goal line on the final play of the season, was one of the best ever.

AFC East

The AFC East is exciting because, for the first time in many years, the New England Patriots are not favored. Buffalo has a slight edge, +120 vs +130, according to DraftKings.

FanDuel has the teams exactly deadlocked at +125. If you are thinking longshots, the NY Jets are +800 at FanDuel and +850 at DraftKings.

Click here to learn more about Jets odds in the 2020 season.

AFC South

Indianapolis, at +100, and Tennessee, at +160, are expected to wage a dogfight in the AFC South at DraftKings. FanDuel has Indianapolis at +125 and Tennessee at +165.

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What A Ride: Winning And Losing Bets From Super Bowl LIV

The NFL betting season ended as NJ sports betting customers wanted, with nothing tainted or controversial marking the Super Bowl outcome.

The NFL season ended as the purists wanted, with nothing tainted or controversial marking the Super Bowl outcome.

Bettors experienced numerous highs and lows, from the game outcome and field-goal props to the first punt versus the longest touchdown.

What a ride.

The San Francisco 49ers were a couple of plays shy of putting this game in its pocket. They were ahead 20-10 and were forcing Kansas City into third and 15, deep in its territory with only half of the fourth quarter left.

That’s when the Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who had been playing poorly, lofted the game-changing bomb to Tyreek Hill that set up the first of three game-ending touchdowns.

A look around NJ sportsbooks

PointsBet Sportsbook reported that some of its major action came from the kickers.

About 90% of NJ sports betting customers wagered “Yes” for a missed extra point but lost. The 10% who said “No” gained a +210 return.

The public loved the over in the field goal prop of 3.5, but the final total was three.

The sharpies took the under, and they benefitted by three different things going their way when this prop was one play away from becoming an over.

A pass interception, pass interference call, and then a touchdown pass all occurred at different times, one play before another field goal would have been attempted.

FanDuel Sportsbook: A game of inches

So, the Travis Kelce touchdown making the game 20-17 late in the fourth quarter rewarded bettors at FanDuel Sportsbook on a promo that not only paid for the score but awarded money for every point the Chiefs got. That’s a multiplier of 31.

Why a game of inches? One play earlier, Mahomes threw an incomplete pass, and a field goal was likely. But out came the flag for pass interference, and the Kelce TD occurred on the next play.

Sometimes, you’re just living right.

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William Hill: A  betting potpourri

Some of those crazy plays impacted a neat William Hill prop that each team would connect on a field goal of more than 35 yards.

Robbie Gould did it for San Francisco in the first quarter. Kansas City’s Harrison Butker was twice ready to kick one in the 40-yard range but was denied because of the interception and pass-interference calls.

The longest touchdown of the game was 38 yards, losing to the first punt, which was 50, in a yardage prop.

A costly offensive pass interference penalty on George Kittle wiped out the probable field goal that would have provided the split of San Francisco winning the first half, Kansas City the second.

You knew Mahomes had to throw an interception sometime, right? His streak of 163 straight passes without a pick ended, and then he threw a second. Turnover props of over 1.5 were rewarded.

One bet had an over/under of 9.5 players running the ball, and the total was nine.

Under players cringed when Kelce was supposed to get a first down on a completion, but tried to spin away for more yardage and came up short. On the next play, there was a direct snap to him. He was the ninth player to run the ball.

And then it ended right there.

SugarHouse: Chiefs come through as the chalk

SugarHouse Sportsbook rewarded bettors who predicted a halftime tie. It seldom happens, and that’s why it paid +950 here.

The book reported Kansas City surging from 49% to 60% moneyline handle in the last two days before the game. Kansas City also held 70% of the spread volume at -1.5.

SugarHouse moved the over/under line to 53, down from 54.5 over the weekend. But the savvy bettors understood the defenses would play well enough to keep the total below that. Under bettors accounted for just 24% of the tickets.

Kansas City: By the numbers

The Chiefs covered their last nine games they played, including the playoffs.

Kansas City also became the first team ever to overcome double-digit deficits to win all of its championship games.

The Chiefs rallied from 24-0 down to beat the Houston Texans 51-31, from 17-7 down to topple the Tennessee Titans 35-24, and they dug out of this 20-10 hole.

It was Kansas City’s first Super Bowl victory in 50 years and head coach Andy Reid’s first-ever.

DraftKings: Where’s Brady?

Bettors have some speculation to bring into the off-season.

DraftKings Sportsbook has a novelty prop about who New England quarterback Tom Brady’s next team will be. Rumor mills have incorporated everything from Brady retiring or resigning with the Patriots, provided they put some talented players around him.

The Patriots reached the post-season on fumes but bowed out against the Tennessee Titans in the first round. Brady looked ordinary all year.

The board has him as -305 to return to New England. The Patriots are the only favorite on the list. The Las Vegas Raiders are next +350.

Some intriguing longshots include the Washington Redskins at 66-1 and the New York Giants at 50-1. The Seattle Seahawks lead the oh-no brigade as a 250-1 longshot.

It is doubtful Brady would move anywhere he would not be able to call the shots but, interestingly, a prop emerged anyway.

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Wait till next year

You may be counting down the days until next year, but NFL betting begins now.

Odds are up for betting on the Super Bowl 55 champion.

The Chiefs are listed at +650 to repeat as Super Bowl winners. But that’s a rare feat. It hasn’t been accomplished since 2004 and 2005 with the Patriots.

The Baltimore Ravens are an attractive choice at 7-1. Teams that underachieve in the playoffs tend to bounce back. The Chiefs looked ready to make the Super Bowl last year, but an offsides call negated the interception that would have sealed the game for them.

This year, they came on like gangbusters and won it all.

The board includes 49ers at +900, good teams like the Los Angeles Rams at 20-1, several choices in the 50-1 range and the Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins and Cincinnati Bengals at 150-1.

It’s Almost Game Time: The Latest Super Bowl Betting Trends At NJ Sportsbooks

Super Bowl 54 betting options escalate as the Big Game nears. Here are the latest betting trends at New Jersey sportsbooks.

Here comes betting’s version of all you can eat. Super Bowl 54 betting options escalate, luring professional bettors and novices for Sunday’s showdown.

The serious wagering indicates the Kansas City Chiefs are starting to edge away from the San Francisco 49ers on the moneyline, if not the spread.

The Chiefs had edged up to a high of -128 Thursday morning at FanDuel Sportsbook and -127 at SugarHouse Sportsbook.

Other major books like DraftKings, William Hill and PointsBet sportsbooks had Kansas City in the -120 range. This was the first crack, albeit subtle, in the betting-line logjam, which has remained solitary for nearly two weeks.

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The latest Super Bowl betting trends

Kansas City remains a 1.5 point-spread favorite at most books and 1.0 at William Hill Sportsbook, as the calm begins to give way to the betting storm. The over-under remains lodged in the 54-55 range across the books.

The moneyline and spread payout have gained center stage because of a line that’s near pick-em.

DraftKings Sportsbook lists San Francisco at +1.5 with a spread payout of -110 and a moneyline of + 108.

Why would a Niners’ backer take the spread? San Francisco presumably will either win outright or lose by more than one point, creating a big percentage change for a payout. The difference between -110 and +108 is nearly $20 on every $100 bet, an important matter to a big gambler.

Bettors figure the game won’t be decided by exactly one point. Only one Super Bowl ever has ended that way, when the New York Giants beat the Buffalo Bills 20-19 in 1991.

A Chiefs’ backer may be more inclined to take the spread because it’s generally -110 Kansas City on the spread and now up to -128 on the moneyline.

FanDuel Sportsbook has the 1.5 point spread at -105 and +112 on the moneyline for San Francisco. Kansas City is -115 on the spread and -128 on the moneyline, suggesting the book is looking for more San Francisco wagers.

William Hill remained consistent at Kansas City giving one point, with San Francisco becoming even money and Kansas City -120 with a victory on the moneyline. It was also the first establishment to push the over-under to 55. That number had been stuck on 53.5 and 54 for much of the past two weeks.

Super Bowl novelty bets

Over the last 10 seasons, the winner has also covered the spread. The last dog to cover without winning was the Arizona Cardinals against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009 at +5.5. Arizona lost the game 27-23.

Favorites and dogs have gone 3-3 in the last six Super Bowls.

Kansas City ends a 50-year drought to appear in the game, having won Super Bowl IV.

San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan would complete the first-ever father-son duo to capture a Super Bowl. His father, Mike Shanahan won with the Denver Broncos in 1997 and 1998.

The Niners would join the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers with the most Super Bowl championships, six, by winning.

Prop Bet Potpourri at NJ sportsbooks

Super Bowl prop betting has become its own entity, just like the halftime commercials. The menu becomes more fun, off the wall and diverse each year.

PointsBet Sportsbook sports one the most unique prop wagers. Who will the game MVP thank first:

  • Teammates (+150)
  • God (+275)
  • Family (+350)
  • Fans (+400)

Gambling has now entered an age where a bet is hanging on every word. All three will probably be mentioned immediately, but only one can be first.

PointsBet reported some prop market waves throughout the week. They included the under 12.5 penalties and no team going wire to wire.

The Sammy Watkins prop for under 53.5 receiving yards has been popular, along with Raheem Mostert rushing for under 82.5. yards.

PointsBet says it has reached 513 markets and has over 3,000 outcomes on the event.

Sports betting options are being added around the clock

SugarHouse Sportsbook has more than 600 wagers, reflecting a steady climb for the last two weeks.

It reports that Kansas City has 68% of the tickets to cover at -1.5, while the 49ers obtain 60% of moneyline support, preferring to take the better payout of the moneyline than a little less with the short spread.

Early signs show bettors favoring a high scoring affair, as the over-under at 54 has 70% of tickets on the over.

Patrick Mahomes has the most ‘MVP Winner’ tickets of any player, with just over 30% of total ‘MVP Winner’ bets. Mostert and Travis Kelce are the next most popular options, each receiving around 12.5% of total tickets.

Some player props are simply a nice stab. Will:

  • Tyreek Hill record the game’s longest reception from scrimmage?
  • The last play of the game be a quarterback kneel?
  • Either team down a punt inside the 2-yard line?
  • The ball ever be spotted exactly on the 50-yard line?

William Hill has props including whether more than 2.5 players will throw a pass, 9.5 players will run the ball and whether the score will ever be tied after 0-0.

Draft Kings has an interesting score-first prop. San Francisco tight end George Kittle is +900. New England tight end Travis Kelce is +700.

Will the 2-minute warning in the first half come exactly at 2:00? The no is +330.

Know before you bet

What about the actual matchup?

Kansas City led the league with 24 touchdowns of 20 or more yards and Mahomes delivered a league-high 13 deep touchdown passes, despite missing part of the year because of injury.

The reigning MVP has recaptured last year’s form and has thrived on several factors. Offensive line protection is excellent, which he supplements by scrambling and throwing on the run.

Hill is a constant deep threat and Mecole Hardman may be even faster than Hill. Tight end Travis Kelce is in sync with Mahomes and drifts into open territory once Mahomes extends the play, which is often.

The Niners are a ball-control team, rushing the ball three-quarters of the time. They have exceptional blocking up the middle and speedster Mostert was a late-season find, exploding through holes faster than his predecessor Matt Breida.

The latest betting odds from NJ sportsbooks

Land Of 1,000 Bets: William Hill Sportsbook All In On Super Bowl Wagering

Are you still sorting through your Super Bowl betting options? William Hill shares a breakdown of the betting trends and popular wagers.

Super Bowl betting is big at the 100-plus William Hill sportsbooks across the country.
Including at Tropicana Atlantic City, where NJ sports betting customers can grab a 14-page packet.
There are so many ways to wager on the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers that there are special instructions:
Please help keep the line moving. Have the betting number(s) ready when you get to the counter.
Unless you are wagering by using the William Hill NJ app.
Are you suddenly feeling overwhelmed? Relax.
We offer a closer look at the big game betting trends and popular wagers.

Super Bowl betting trends

Besides the app and the Trop, William Hill operates the NJ sportsbooks at Monmouth Park and Ocean Casino Resort.

When you factor in legal betting states NevadaIowaIndiana and West Virginia on Feb. 2, it is going to be an extremely active day.

So, where is the money going?

William Hill sent out a press release earlier this week that provides an early breakdown of the national figures.

Point spread (Chiefs +1)

  • 58% of total tickets on the Chiefs.
  • 68% of the total money wagered on the Chiefs.

Moneyline 

  • 77% of the total number of tickets on the 49ers.
  • 77% of the total money wagered on the 49ers.

Total points (55) 

  • 84% of the total number of tickets on the over.
  • 86% of the total money wagered on the over.

49ers and Chiefs futures tracker

The 49ers are the NFC’s No. 1 seed. The Chiefs finished the regular season as the AFC’s No. 2 team.

The Niners are an even bet to win the Super Bowl. If we go back to Jan. 21, 2019, the Niners opened at 30-1. The odds shifted to 40-1 in mid-August.

The Chiefs head into Sunday’s game at -120.  The line opened at 7-1 and jumped to 15-1 in late October.

And, on Sunday,  it all comes down to the final score.

William Hill + popular big game props

A significant amount of money is bet on props.

William Hill is tracking the most popular props based on total dollars and number of tickets.

The five most popular wagers by total dollars:

  1. Alternate game total: Over 40.5 (-600)
  2. Will there be a safety in the game? No
  3. Point spread proposition: 49ers +10.5 (-350)
  4. Will the game go to overtime? No
  5. Rushing yards by Patrick Mahomes: Over 30.5 (-110)

Five most popular by total tickets:

  1. To win the pro football championship 54 MVP: Nick Bosa 
  2. Rushing yards: Mahomes over 30.5
  3. Will the game go to overtime? Yes
  4. Will an interception be returned for a touchdown? Yes 
  5. Result of the opening coin toss: Heads