Another week of football is here in the great state of Pennsylvania is set to get underway this weekend. Both the Eagles and Steelers will look to build momentum off of their Week 4 victories, while Penn State and Pitt look to keep their winning streaks alive. Let’s see what FanDuel Sportsbook PA thinks of the these teams.
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Eagles vs Jets Odds at FanDuel Sportsbook
Spread: Eagles (-14.5)
Moneyline: Eagles (-770), Jets (+540)
14.5 favorites for the Eagles heading into Sunday’s contest against the winless New York Jets who are coming off of their bye week. The Jets will still be without Sam Darnold at QB as he recovers from mono, so they’re rolling with Luke Falk again this week who amongst healthy Quarterbacks, ranks second to last in QBR in the NFL (Cam Newton is last, but played with a Lisfranc injury. Kirk Cousins is last amongst healthy QB’s).
The 2-2 Eagles are looking to build off of their entertaining Week 4 victory over the Green Bay Packers last Thursday night. It’s been a bit of a rocky season for the Eagles so far, especially considering their injuries. As of Thursday, Wide Receiver DeSean Jackson (Abdomen), defensive tackle Tim Jernigan (Foot), Avante Maddox (Neck, Concussion), and Ronald Darby (Hamstring) all were DNP for Thursday.
The 0-4 Jets, on the other hand, have looked like an awful football team that has also been dealing with injuries. As of thursday, linebacker C.J. Mosley did not practice (Groin), along with guard Kelechi Osemele (Shoulder/Knee). First-round pick Quinnen Williams has been limited in practice with an ankle injury as well.
With the point spread being at 43.5 at FanDuel Sportsbook, the under looks like a good bet here at -110 when you take into consideration the Jets offense. The Jets rank dead last in the NFL in total offense and second-to-last in scoring offense, amassing only 33 points in four games.
It’s hard to see the Jets going into the Linc all banged up and covering this 13.5 point spread let alone winning the game outright.
Steelers vs Ravens
Spread: Ravens (-3)
Moneyline: Ravens (-175), Steelers (+150)
It’s going to be another classic rivalry showdown when the Steelers and Ravens meet up on Sunday at Heinz Field.
The 1-3 Steelers got off the schneid on Monday night after taking down the Bengals 27-3 while the 2-2 Ravens took a tough loss at home to the Cleveland Browns last Sunday.
Just like most NFL teams, the Steelers have their share of injuries to manage through. As of Thursday, starting RB James Conner (Ankle), star WR Juju Smith-Schuster (Toe), and starting TE Vance McDonald (Shoulder), were all DNP’s. The Steelers are already without starting QB Ben Roethlisberger for the season after having elbow surgery so there is a chance that the Steelers will be without their #1 options at QB, RB, WR, and TE for Sunday.
Surprisingly, the Ravens come into this one pretty healthy. Only CB Jimmy Smith and Center Matt Skura were DNP’s for Thursday.
The 2-2 Ravens bring their #1 ranked total offense, #1 ranked rushing offense and #2 scoring offense to Heinz Field which should fare well against a Steelers defense that ranks about middle of the pack in most defensive categories. On the other side of the ball, the Steelers offensive ranks are near the bottom of the league in most categories while the Ravens defense is also nothing to write home about, other than their 9th ranked rushing defense.
If Pittsburgh is without Conner and Smith-Schuster for Sunday’s game, Baltimore -3 at FanDuel Sportsbook PA looks like a steal.
Penn State vs Purdue
Spread: Penn State (-28.5)
Moneyline: Penn State (-5000), Purdue (+1500)
Penn State looks to build off of their 4-0 start after obliterating Maryland last Friday night 59-0 and it looks like they’ll likely enter Saturday night 5-0 after this matchup against a Purdue team that will be without many key offensive pieces.
The Boilermakers will be without starting QB Elijah Sindelar after he broke his clavicle. Star receiver Rondale Moore will be missing this one with an injury, and starting receiver Jared Sparks will be absent in this one as well.
When you look at the statistics, Penn State ranks extremely well across the FBS. Now, you can say that it’s because they’ve played inferior opponents, but the Nittany Lions are still putting up impressive numbers. They come into this one ranked 14th out of 130 in total offense, 16th in passing offense, and 5th in scoring offense. While that is impressive, the thing that might be more impressive is their defense. They rank 14th in total defense, 7th in rushing defense, and second in scoring defense.
This is one of the rare games to take place in two legal sports betting states– Pennsylvania and Indiana. Those of you in Indiana can bet with DraftKings Sportsbook IN. And obviously those of you in PA can get with FanDuel Sportsbook.
I don’t think Purdue stands a chance in this one, even if it was played at Purdue. Penn State -28.5 looks to be the play here if you’re placing money on it.
Pitt vs Duke
Spread: Duke (-5)
Money Line: Duke (-200), Pitt (+163)
When looking at the ranks of each team and their numbers, this one looks pretty evenly matched on paper, and both teams have three wins, so looking at a spread of five is pretty surprising.
Both teams are only separated by six spots when it comes to scoring offense and while Duke is ranked 47th in rushing offense, Pitt ranks 17th in rushing defense and while Pitt ranks 36 in passing offense, Duke ranks 38 in passing defense, so both categories that one team has an advantage in over the other offensively, is automatically canceled out by the opposition’s defensive rank. The only real advantage one team has over another is scoring offense, where Duke ranks 46 and Pitt ranks 100.
It’s tough to bet against Pitt +5 here considering both teams are so evenly matched and I get that the game is at Duke but for them being a touchdown favorite here is surprising.