Eagles Vs. Bills: NJ Sportsbooks Giving Philadelphia Tons Of Respect

Coming off an ugly loss, the Philadelphia Eagles are getting a surprising amount of respect from New Jersey sportsbooks for NFL Week 8 vs. Bills.

Coming off an ugly loss against the Dallas Cowboys, the Philadelphia Eagles are getting a lot more respect from New Jersey sportsbook apps than they’ve earned.

In fact, the Eagles are just slight road underdogs against the 5-1 Buffalo Bills this week.

Tight lines for this NFL Week 8 marquee inter-conference matchup aren’t that shocking.

However, a Philadelphia team looking to get back on track should probably be bigger underdogs against a Buffalo squad trying to keep the ball rolling and prove they are a real threat in the AFC this season.

Perhaps the fact the Bills barely survived Sunday against their AFC East rival Miami Dolphins is impacting oddsmakers’ thinking.

NJ sportsbooks may be showing a bit of an NFC over AFC bias.

The 5-1 Buffalo Bills

The Bills got their fifth win of the season Sunday posting a 31-21 victory over the winless Dolphins.

Although, Buffalo was down 14-9 to the hapless Dolphins at the half and needed the fourth-quarter offensive explosion quarterback Josh Allen provided to secure the win.

Allen went 6 for 14 in the first half. Then he got hot late, going 7-for-7 with two TD passes on two fourth-quarter drives to give Buffalo the 10-point win.

The question coming into the Eagles game will be if the second-year QB will stay hot against Philadelphia or start as slow as he did against Miami.

Questions also surround the Bills defense for the first time this season. Second-year cornerback Levi Wallace was burned repeatedly against Miami.

Plus, the Bills’ pass rush was less than impressive.

A 27-point Eagles loss in Dallas

In the meantime, the Eagles got down early against the Cowboys on Sunday night and were never really in the game. Philadelphia ultimately fell 37-10 to a Dallas team that had previously lost three in a row.

Eagles QB Carson Wentz went 16 for 26 for just 191 yards and a TD in the loss. He also threw an interception and fumbled a snap late, ending any hope of an Eagles comeback.

Plus, the defense could not stop Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott or wide receiver Amari Cooper. Elliott rushed for 111 yards and a TD on 22 carries and Cooper caught five balls for 106 yards.

Now, the suspect-looking 3-4 Eagles have suddenly lost two in a row.

Plus, they’ll head into a game against a Buffalo team whose only loss so far this season was to the undefeated New England Patriots.

Yet still, NJ sportsbooks aren’t even forcing the Bills to give up the standard three-point spread most home teams have to.

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Eagles vs. Bills lines at NJ sportsbooks

Below is a look at the point spread, moneyline, and over/under lines at the top three NJ sports betting apps.

This includes DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook, and William Hill NJ Sportsbook. Opening lines are in brackets as there has been some movement since Sunday night. Updated on Oct. 24.

Eagles vs. BillsDraftKingsFanDuelWilliam Hill
SpreadBUF -1.5 PHI +1.5BUF -2.5 (-1) PHI +2.5 (+1)BUF -2 (PICK) PHI +2 (PICK)
Over/Under43 (42.5)43.5 (42.5)43.5 (42)
MoneylineBUF -121 (-125) PHI +106 (+104)BUF -128 (-116) PHI +112 (+102)BUF -125 PHI +105

Eagles vs. Bills history

The history between the two teams couldn’t have informed oddsmakers too much, simply because there isn’t much of one.

The Eagles and Bills have only met 13 times in the NFL’s 100-year history.

The Eagles won all four meetings in the 1980s. Then the Bills won four straight in the 1990s.

The Eagles have won three out of four this millennium. This included a 23-20 win the last time the two teams met in 2015. It ended on a 30-yard game-winning field goal with just 3:26 left in the game.

However, both the Eagles and Bills rosters have turned over considerably since then.

Only time will tell if oddsmakers are right in giving the Eagles so much respect this week.

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET at New Era Field in Orchard Park, NY. Fox will provide TV coverage of the game.

Eagles Vs. Cowboys: Tight Lines At NJ Sportsbooks Are No Surprise

Another Eagles vs. Cowboys bitter NFC East rivalry game is the marquee Sunday Night Football matchup on the Week 7 NFL schedule. Here are the current odds.

Another Eagles vs. Cowboys bitter NFC East rivalry game is the marquee Sunday Night Football matchup on the Week 7 NFL schedule.

It’s the first of at least two meetings between the two teams as the 3-3 Philadelphia Eagles visit the 3-3 Dallas Cowboys.

Battle for the NFC East lead

The New York Giants and Washington Redskins have proven so inept this season that Philadelphia and Dallas actually share the NFC East lead at 3-3.

However, both teams limp into this Sunday Night game coming off losses.

In fact, the Cowboys have lost three in a row after a 3-0 start. Dallas actually lost to the previously winless New York Jets on Sunday, falling behind early and failing on a two-point conversion that would have tied the game in the final minutes.

The Minnesota Vikings beat the Eagles, 38-20, on Sunday. Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs torched a depleted Eagles secondary posting seven catches for 167 yards and three touchdowns.

The Eagles offense didn’t wake up until they were down 24-3 in the first half. Philadelphia got within four points in the third quarter, but the team was plagued by turnovers and miscues late as the Vikings ran away with it.

Based on that, and the history between the two teams, it was no surprise to see some very tight lines for this game at the top NJ sports betting apps.

Eagles vs. Cowboys odds at NJ sportsbooks

Here’s a look at the point spread, over/under, and moneyline odds posted at DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook, and William Hill Sportsbook (updated on Oct. 16):

Eagles vs. CowboysDraftKingsFanDuelWilliam Hill
SpreadDAL -3 PHI +3DAL -3 PHI +3DAL -3 PHI +3
Over/Under49.549.549
MoneylineDAL -148 PHI +130DAL -152 PHI +132DAL -150 PHI +130

Eagles, Cowboys and recent history

The two teams have met 120 times, including four times in the postseason, and a lot of those matches turned into memorable battles. Dallas owns the all-time Eagles vs. Giants series with a 68-52 record.

The tight spread for this week’s game indicates oddsmakers are expecting a close one. Recent history would suggest they’re right.

In fact, three out of the past seven Cowboys-Eagles games have gone to overtime, and the last three matchups were all decided by a touchdown or less.

The Cowboys won 29-23 in an overtime thriller the last time the two teams met.

It was December 2018 in Dallas. The Eagles tied the game with a touchdown in the final two minutes. However, the Cowboys ended it in overtime with a 15-yard TD pass from Dak Prescott to Amari Cooper.

Winning on a touchdown rather than a field goal meant Dallas covered the 3.5-point spread. The over (45.5 points) also came in.

The Cowboys also beat the Eagles 27-20 in Philadelphia on Nov. 11, 2018.

The Eagles tied the game at 20 in the fourth quarter. However, an Ezekiel Elliott rushing TD with less than four minutes to play won it for the Cowboys.

Philadelphia was 7.5-point favorites at home. The over came in with the teams combining to score more than the 45.5-point line.

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Injuries may be a factor on Sunday

Injuries are likely a factor in the Cowboys having to give up less than the standard three points at home this week.

Dallas was down two starting offensive lineman and wide receiver Randall Cobb against the Jets this week. Three-time Pro Bowl receiver Cooper also aggravated a quad injury against the Jets. He left the game in the first quarter and did not return.

Thankfully, it appears Cooper’s injury is not as worrisome as originally thought.

Further news on these Cowboys players could move the lines later in the week.

On the flip side, Philadelphia has some injury troubles of its own and will likely be playing with the same depleted secondary that Vikings QB Kirk Cousins threw for 330 yards and four touchdowns against Sunday.

Kickoff is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. ET on Oct. 20 and the game will air on NBC.

Jets Vs. Patriots In NFL Week 7: NJ Sportsbooks Cut The Opening Spread In Half

The New York Jets posted their first win of the season Sunday, but they’ll face the undefeated New England Patriots on Monday Night Football for NFL Week 7.

The New York Jets posted their first win of the season Sunday. But before fans start planning the NFL championship parade, they should take note of the fact the Jets will have to face the undefeated New England Patriots on Monday Night Football on Oct. 21.

The Patriots moved to 6-0 after covering a big 16.5-point spread on Thursday night against the New York Giants.

However, Monday Night’s Jets game is at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. Plus, the now 1-4 Jets just beat the Dallas Cowboys 24-22.

This begins to explain why oddsmakers at the top NJ sports betting apps are giving the Jets far fewer points than they did the Giants.

Jets vs. Patriots lines at NJ sportsbooks

Here’s a look at the opening point spread, over/under, and moneyline odds posted at DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook, and William Hill Sportsbook (updated Oct. 18):

Patriots vs. JetsDraftKingsFanDuelWilliam Hill
SpreadNE -9.5 NY +9.5NE -10 NY +10NE -10 NY +10
Over/Under4443.544
MoneylineNE -385 NY +325NE -400 NY +330NE -450 NY +350

The Patriots beat the Jets in Week 3

This is the second game between these two AFC East rivals already this season. The Patriots pummeled the Jets 30-14 in Week 3.

However, New England failed to cover what was a massive 20.5-point spread in that game. Although, the two teams combined for the over (43 points).

Oddsmakers’ prediction for a tighter game this time around may be due to the fact Sam Darnold is back at QB for the Jets. Last time around, Luke Falk went 12 for 22 for just 98 yards for the Jets. Darnold sounded pretty positive about the matchup.

Various Patriots injuries may also be a factor. Fullback Jakob Johnson, receiver Josh Gordon, and a handful of defensive players limped off the field against the Giants on Thursday.

Although, the recent history between the two teams only suggest the Patriots will win and win big. Sharp sports bettors who pay attention to such things could force NJ sportsbooks to move these lines significantly ahead of the game.

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Jets Vs. Patriots history

The Jets and Patriots have met 121 times in history, including three times in the postseason. New England has an edge in the series with a 66-54-1 record.

However, it’s not nearly as close in recent years.

The Patriots are currently on a seven-game win streak against the Jets. However, it would be as much as 17 games if not for two overtime wins by the Jets in 2013 and 2015.

In the past four games between the two, the Pats have won by 16, 35, 14, and 20. This suggests the Patriots and legendary QB Tom Brady will have few problems covering 10 points against the Jets.

Big money backing the Pats -10 this week could have a significant impact on the line before kickoff.

To find out if oddsmakers are justified in cutting the spread in half for this second Jets-Patriots game of the season, tune in to Monday Night Football on ESPN. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET on Oct. 21.

Giants vs. Patriots: Now That’s A Huge Spread, But Is It Warranted?

NY Giants are getting no respect from New Jersey sportsbooks heading into the NFL Week 6 Giants vs. Patriots matchup on Thursday Night Football.

The New York Giants are getting zero respect from oddsmakers as they head into a Thursday Night Football matchup with the vaunted New England Patriots this week.

NJ online sportsbooks have posted huge lines for the latest Giants vs. Patriots game this Thursday, Oct. 10.

Of course, that may have more to do with the Patriots being 5-0 heading into the game than anything else.

Giants vs. Patriots NFL Week 6: Where things stand

The Giants dropped to 2-3 this week after a 28-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Rookie quarterback Daniel Jones came back down to earth to post his first loss in three starts. Jones went 21 for 38 for 182 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the game.

What that stat line doesn’t say is that the Giants offensive line had difficulty protecting the young QB, giving up four sacks. Plus, the Giants defense was even more porous. They gave up more than 200 yards on the ground and 300 in the air.

In the meantime, the Patriots pummelled the lowly Washington Redskins 33-7 to stay undefeated. Legendary QB Tom Brady threw for another 348 yards and three TDs. Plus, running back Sony Michel put up 91 yards and a TD on just 16 carries.

The Pats defense was even more dominant. They held the otherwise terrible Redskins offense to under 150 yards on the ground and under 120 in the air.

Therefore, it’s really no surprise to see the defending Super Bowl champs as big favorites against a Giants team that finished with just five wins last year.

It’s just the size of the lines that seem shocking.

Giants vs. Patriots odds at NJ sportsbooks

Here’s a look at the current odds posted at three of the top NJ sports betting apps for the Giants vs. Patriots NFL Week 6 game on Thursday Night Football (updated on Oct. 10):

Giants vs. PatriotsDraftKingsFanDuelWilliam Hill
SpreadNE -16.5 NY +16.5NE -16.5 NY +16.5NE -16.5 NY +16.5
Over/Under42.541.542.5
MoneylineNE -910 NY +700NE -1250 NY +830NE -1200 NY +750

First of all, what if Giants star running back Saquon Barkley returned for the game from the ankle injury he suffered in Week 3?

Barkley was projected to miss four to eight weeks. However, he told NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport and Kimberly Jones he thinks he’ll be able to play on Thursday. That scenario changed on Wednesday when it was reported he’d miss Thursday’s game, however.

Secondly, the Giants will be visitors in Foxborough, Mass. An underdog on the road against the undefeated Patriots makes sense, too.

Giants vs. Patriots history

But the Giants famously ended a Patriots unbeaten streak once upon a time. Even if it was more than a decade ago.

The 2007-08 Patriots finished the regular season 16-0, then rolled through the playoffs and into the Super Bowl. However, the Giants beat them 17-14 in Super Bowl XLII.

This week’s big lines also belie the entire history between the two NFL clubs. The Patriots and Giants have met 12 times and the series is tied at six wins each.

The teams are 3-3 in this millennium. Plus, all five games since 2007 have been decided by four points or less.

In fact, the last time the two teams met was a one-point win by the Patriots, 27-26 in 2015. The last game before that was Super Bowl XLVI. It marked a second Giants upset Super Bowl win over the Patriots 21-17.

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Will the Thursday Night Football lines move?

Sixteen points begins to look like an awful lot when you consider all that.

The Giants vs. Patriots spread may move by game time if the betting public looks at the historical data and gets behind the idea the game will be closer than oddsmakers think.

The moneyline odds at DraftKings, William Hill and FanDuel should definitely move as well.

Most sharp gamblers will be laying off the Patriots. That’s because the bet offers very little reward for the size of the risk. That should mean significantly more money bet on the underdog Giants.

Ultimately, that will force New Jersey sportsbooks to move the line to reduce exposure.

You might be as convinced as oddsmakers are that the Patriots are a lock to win the game outright this year. However, it’s the smart play to wait for the moneyline to come down before betting it.

You might also like the Giants in an upset. Therefore, locking it in at the massive opening moneyline is the way to go.

This has become a classic matchup between the NFL clubs that represent the East Coast’s two most populous regions.

To find out what happens with the Giants vs. Patriots game, tune into Thursday Night Football on FOX, the NFL Network, or Amazon Prime Video. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. ET at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

Updated Week 5 NFL Lines: There’s Not Much To See Here Unless You’re An Eagles Fan

Here’s a look at the updated Week 5 NFL lines at New Jersey sportsbooks heading into this week’s Thursday Night Football game.

New Jersey sportsbooks had most of the Week 5 NFL lines posted Sunday night, and there have been only a few minor changes heading into this week’s Thursday Night Football game.

It’s the Los Angeles Rams visiting the Seattle Seahawks tonight at 8:20 p.m. ET. You can watch the game on FOX, the NFL Network, or Amazon Prime Video.

The home team opened as slight favorites Sunday and most NJ sportsbooks have kept the line right there.

Updated Week 5 NFL lines

Below is a look at the updated Week 5 NFL lines at the top three NJ sports betting apps as of Wednesday night.

If there has been a change since Sunday, the opening line is posted in brackets.

NFL Week 4DraftKingsFanDuelWilliam Hill
Rams
@ Seahawks
48.5
-2
48.5
-1.5 (-1)
49
-1.5
Jaguars
@ Panthers
41
-3.5
41
-3.5
41
-3.5
Patriots
@ Redskins
-15
42.5 (43.5)
-15
42
-15
42.5 (43.5)
Bills
@ Titans
No line
-3
38.5
-3 (-2.5)
38.5
-3 (No line)
Ravens
@ Steelers
-3
45 (44)
-3.5
44
-3.5
44.5
Cardinals
@ Bengals
47
-3
46.5
-3 (-3.5)
47 (47.5)
-3
Bears
@ Raiders
-5 (-4.5)
40.5 (40)
-5
40.5
-5.5 (No line)
40.5
Falcons
@ Texans
49
-5
49
-5
49 (48.5)
-5
Buccaneers
@ Saints
46.5
-3
46.5 (47.5)
-3
46.5 (47)
-3
Vikings
@ Giants
-5.5 (-5)
43.5
-5.5
43.5 (45)
-5 (-5.5)
43.5 (44.5)
Jets
@ Eagles
44
-13.5
43.5 (44.5)
-13.5
44 (43.5)
-13.5
Broncos
@ Chargers
44.5
-6.5
46.5 (44.5)
-6.5 (-6)
44.5
-6.5
Packers
@ Cowboys
46.5 (46)
-3.5
46.5
-3.5
46.5 (46)
-3.5
Colts
@ Chiefs
56
11 (-10.5)
56 (57)
-11
56
-11
Browns
@ 49ers
46.5 (48.5)
-3.5
46.5
-3.5
46.5
-3.5

Eagles and Jets, oh my!

Most NJ sportsbooks took a cautious approach to setting lines for the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets Week 5 matchup.

Major injuries in the Eagles secondary appeared to be a factor.

However, most have now decided the winless Jets are so bad it doesn’t matter, giving them at least 13.5 points on the road in Philadelphia.

The Jets are coming off a bye, but third-stringer Luke Falk will start at QB and lacks the experience to take advantage of those filling in at corner for a depleted Eagles secondary.

Injuries continue to impact NFL odds

Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen entered the NFL’s concussion protocol in Sunday’s loss to the New England Patriots.

By Wednesday, he had progressed to stage four of five and practiced with the team on a limited basis.

The final step is full football activity and clearance to play from an independent neurological consultant. The Bills are getting Allen and backup Matt Barkley ready to play versus the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

There is no final word yet on who will start.

Most NJ sportsbooks took that familiar cautious approach to setting a line on the game early in the week. As you can see above, most have now set the spread at Titans -3. DraftKings Sportsbook continues to lay off setting a totals line until Allen’s status for the game is finalized.

Bears QB Mitch Trubisky dislocated his shoulder against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday and will miss the Bears versus the Oakland Raiders in London, England, this week.

Again, oddsmakers hesitated, but most have now made the Bears favorites regardless. The truth is the Bears go as the defense does.

Plus, oddsmakers don’t put too much stock in the Raiders’ chances this year at all. Therefore, the impact of Trubisky’s injury on the odds appears less severe than Allen’s.

Big movement?

As you can see from the chart above, the Week 5 NFL lines have moved very little since Sunday. That’s an indication there’s been nothing in the way of heavy betting on one side of any particular line.

Most of this week’s movement so far has been restricted to a half-point here or there.

However, DraftKings did adjust its totals line on the Cleveland Browns at San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football game down two points to 46.5.

It would appear gamblers have more confidence in the 49ers defense than DraftKings does in the Browns vaunted offense.

NBA Locks In Another Sportsbook Partner With William Hill Deal

A newly-announced William Hill NBA partnership proves states mandating sportsbooks buy official data from leagues is redundant and unnecessary.

The value of official data for sportsbooks is more in the cross-promotional opportunities it entails than the data itself. A newly-announced William Hill partnership with the NBA is proof of that.

On Wednesday, Oct. 2, the two parties announced they were joining forces. And it’s a win for both.

William Hill is named an “authorized sports betting operator of the NBA” and the NBA gets its official data in the William Hill spotlight.

“William Hill is a globally respected brand that has set an early standard for sports betting in the US market,” said Scott Kaufman-Ross, senior vice president and head of Fantasy & Gaming for the NBA. 

“We are delighted to partner with William Hill as they grow their business throughout the US and are excited to work together to provide a world-class experience to our fans.”

Why the William Hill-NBA deal works both ways

For William Hill sportsbook, the partnership adds power to its brand.

The NBA will promote William Hill on its digital properties, including its app, social media accounts, and website.

The NBA gets some of the same treatment on William Hill’s digital properties, in addition to whatever fee the sportsbook paid to enter the sponsorship deal.

New Jersey sports betting fans won’t notice much difference in the app or retail locations. The same goes for all 10 states that William Hill is currently active.

The bigger win for the NBA is that it has convinced one of the nation’s biggest sportsbooks that official data is worth paying for.

Given how the league has largely failed in its lobbying efforts on that front, it’s a good consolation prize.

How the NBA lobbied for official data mandates

In several states, the NBA hired lobbyists to convince legislators to include desired language in bills regulating sports betting. For the most part, those efforts have failed so far.

The NBA’s official data is provided by Sportradar, an international company that provides data collection and reporting services. Other companies offer similar services, but Sportradar has an exclusive deal with the NBA.

There are some states, such as Tennessee, which will require sportsbooks to purchase official data to set in-game bets. The NBA tried to get mandates like that for all bets, however, and in more states.

The NBA’s lobbying fell short because it failed to establish that official data was in any way superior to unofficial data. It also never firmly explained how they would use the funds to improve the product.

In short, it was simply the NBA trying to get as big of a cut of sports betting revenue as it could.

NBA + sports betting deals

While those lobbying efforts have fallen short, the NBA has resorted to competing with other data providers on the open market. The result is that the pro basketball league has deals in place with MGM Resorts, Fox Bet (The Stars Group), and FanDuel.

The partnership with William Hill is another major victory for that mission.

Unlike Sportradar’s partnership with the NBA, this sponsorship deal has no exclusivity to it either way.

The NBA is free to offer similar deals to other sportsbooks (which it has already done), and William Hill can promote other leagues, even other basketball leagues, on its digital properties.

It also shows why it’s redundant if not unnecessary for state governments to mandate sportsbooks to purchase the NBA’s official data. If the product does have greater value than its competitors, sportsbooks will buy it on their own.

The real value in the William Hill-NBA partnership

While the data itself may essentially be the same product, the cross-promotional opportunities are what set partnerships like this apart.

Other sportsbooks could feel disadvantaged by not having their brands in front of the eyes of NBA fans. That’s what they may be willing to pay for, not the data.

Either way, it’s new revenue for the NBA. And if the exposure William Hill gets from the NBA’s digital properties leads to more wagers being placed at its book, the investment will have paid off.