What? No NFL games until Sunday? The Kansas City Chiefs opened the season with a 34-20 triumph over the Houston Texans on Thursday night, and we have to wait for more?
Actually, the time between now and Sunday’s kickoff is important for bettors to assess a wave of late promo activity, line movement and betting trends.
FanDuel Sportsbook brings some new plays into the betting “huddle” for New Jersey online gamblers.
But first, let’s start with a look at Sunday Night Football.
FanDuel promo for Sunday Night Football
FanDuel enjoyed enormous success with its Spread the Love promotion for the NBA restart. As bets on the Los Angeles Lakers increased, so did the line movement in the team’s favor.
And the Love is back.
The LA Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night will be highlighted for FanDuel customers with another Spread the Love offer. For every 5,000 bets placed on the Spread the Love market, FanDuel will move the spread one point in the Rams’ favor. Let’s see how far that spread can go.
That could be worth a couple of touchdowns and at least gives the impression that it will be a difference-maker.
Now, all users can take part in this promo, it’s only available on the app and the max bet is $50, but it’s a win-win. How? Well, let’s look at an example based on a 3-point spread.
If 100,000 users bet on the Rams, the line will close at Rams +23 (-110). And no matter when you placed that bet, you’ll get the enhanced spread.
So far, the Cowboys are getting the bulk of the support, with 63% of the bets. The Cowboys also have 71% of the moneyline action, and the over 51.5 is enticing over bettors to the tune of 65% of the money.
FanDuel and the Eagles, Jets, Giants
How about a sneak peek at nationwide betting sentiment? How do FanDuel bettors around the country view New Jersey’s favored teams?
Here are some key nationwide betting percentages for teams most followed by New Jersey NFL fans. The Philadelphia Eagles visit the Washington Football Team as a 5.5 favorite, and they have major backing.
- 83% of bets and 87% of the money are for the Eagles to cover the spread.
- 74% of bets and 77% of the money loves the Eagles on the moneyline.
- 59% of bets and 41% of the money are on the over of 42.5.
The New York Jets invade the Buffalo Bills as a 6.5-point underdog in the AFC East. But the public loves the Bills.
- 80% of bets and 79% of money are on the Bills to cover.
- 60% of bets and 70% of money are on the Bills for the moneyline.
Bettors see this as a low-scoring game, typical for these teams. Gamblers logged 57% of bets and 65% of money on the under 39.5. Both games between these teams went under the total last year.
Percentages are still being tabulated for the Monday Night Football showdown between the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers. But it is known that Pittsburgh was generally getting 75% of the bets and handle and had gone from a 4.5-point favorite all the way up to -5.5 or -6 across all the major New Jersey online sportsbooks.
Cincinnati Bengals + Joe Burrow = a fighting chance?
There is one stat and betting trend that sparks my interest. It may have already gotten your attention.
The Cincinnati Bengals won all of two games last year. They face the LA Chargers, who won five games in the 2019 season, on Sunday.
However, the Rams are getting the betting support connected with the hope of new quarterback Joe Burrow, the Heisman Trophy Winner and top NFL draft pick. He starts for the Bengals at quarterback.
Cincinnati is getting 59% of the bets and 60% of the spread money at +3. They also have 76% of the bests and 58% of the handle for the moneyline.
Apparently, there are many Bengals Believers in this game.