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FanDuel Sportsbook PA Weekend Betting Preview: Eagles, Steelers, and Penn State

Austin Petolillo - October 4, 2019

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)

Total: 43.5

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)

Total: 44.5

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)

Total: 56

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) 

Total: 48 

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.

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Rams vs. Seahawks Betting Preview: Odds, Predictions, and Picks

Bob Wankel - October 3, 2019

Not all Thursday Night Football matchups are created equal. Let’s get into it in our Rams-Seahawks betting preview.

After enduring the Tennessee at Jacksonville slop fest two weeks ago, we were treated last week to a classic shootout between the Eagles and Packers, a game that wasn’t decided until the final moment. Undoubtedly, the result of that one pleased bettors who backed the local team and the over at PA online sportsbooks.

This week, we get another marquee matchup when the Rams travel north for an important early-season NFC West showdown with the Seahawks.

Both teams enter with identical 3-1 records. The winner will have a chance to close the weekend atop the NFC West standings, depending on the outcome of Monday night’s 49ers-Browns game, while the loser will fall two games back in the division’s loss column when the curtain falls tonight.

Gather ‘round, friends. For this is a most delightful autumnal treat bequeathed upon us by the scheduling gods!

Will it be Seattle that avoids taking a second straight “L” at CenturyLink Field, or will Los Angeles rebound after a shocking loss to Tampa Bay last week?

Let’s get into it with our Rams vs. Seahawks betting preview.

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Matt Klentak and Andy MacPhail Cannot Expect Gabe Kapler to Fall on the Sword

Coggin Toboggan - October 3, 2019

When the Phillies finally announce their decision on Gabe Kapler (most likely at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday afternoon in the most Phillies way possible) it could mean the end of a grand experiment. Kapler, the GM hand-picked new age manager who was destined to lead a squad of talented athletes to the promised land on the back of analytic strength and old-school managerial hunches, could be out of a job if Phillies Managing Partner and Principal Owner John Middleton tires of yet another year of deluded expectations and pulls the plug on the controversial manager.

If he does relieve Kapler of his duties he then should take a long, hard look at his front office and yank the cord out of that life-support system as well.

If Kapler is canned there is no way Phillies President Andy MacPhail and GM Matt Klentak should expect to keep their jobs either.

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The Flyers’ Future Looks Bright Ahead of the 2019-20 Season

Russ Joy - September 29, 2019

If you haven’t followed the team’s preseason, don’t feel bad. On the results side, they finished the NHL portion of their preseason 1-2-3, with Monday’s game against Lausanne HC in Switzerland standing between them and the Chicago Blackhawks. In addition to Kevin Hayes’ stellar play, the biggest story to come out of this preseason has been the development of a number of young players. Here’s what you might have missed:

Carter Hart’s Been a Stud in Net

He stopped 56 of 57 shots faced in the preseason, one that began with fans and pundits wondering aloud if he’d be able to follow up an impressive rookie campaign. His pregame routine was also a highlight of NHL Network’s Behind the Glass: Training Camp with the Philadelphia Flyers:

Morgan Frost: Down, but (maybe) not out

Morgan Frost is one of the most highly-touted prospects in the Flyers’ system, and -especially following Nolan Patrick’s migraine disorder diagnosis– one who fans wanted to see make the team. However, he saw his preseason get cut short due to a groin strain. He’s been since sent down to the AHL to begin the season with the Phantoms, though I’d say there’s a chance he gets called back up when healthy, especially if Nolan Patrick’s absence continues further into the regular season than anticipated. Frost’s biggest asset is his vision, which some have compared to a young Claude Giroux. He racked up 37 goals and 72 assists a year ago for the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, as well as eight points (4G/4A) in five games with Canada’s U20 squad at World Juniors. He put that same skill on display this preseason and figures to do the same this year with the Phantoms and/or Flyers.

Despite 0 Points, Joel Farabee Backs Up the Hype

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FOX Bet Is Essentially Offering $25 Free If Carson Wentz Throws a Touchdown Tonight

Kyle Scott - September 26, 2019

FOX Bet, our currently recommended PA sports betting site, is going all in on the Eagles-Packers game tonight. They are essentially offering $25 free if Carson Wentz throws a touchdown pass.

It’s the best Eagles-related betting offer we’ve seen so far this year.

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FOX Bet in Pennsylvania and New Jersey is offering boosted odds on Carson Wentz to throw a touchdown at +100 (or even) odds. This is boosted from -400. This means the max bet of $25 would pay out $50 total if Wentz throws a touchdown pass vs. the Packers.

But the math behind the offer gives you a 96% chance of doubling your money if you place the bet .

Over his last 27 games, Carson Wentz has thrown a touchdown pass in 26 of them. This is about as close to a no-brainer bet as you will get.

What’s more? This offer is not limited to new users.

Current players can also take advantage as well.

And for new users, it comes in addition to FOX Bet’s standard $20 free offer + $100 deposit match. Which means if you’re a new player, you can sign up for the app (Pennsylvania here and New Jersey here ), get $20 free into your account instantly, get your first deposit matched up to $100, and then bet $25 on Carson Wentz to throw a touchdown tonight and then likely double that money for a total potential value of $145 in bonus credits, if Wentz throws a touchdown and you make the full $100 deposit.

What is the fine print? Well, you won’t be able to use the $20 in free credits to bet on Wentz, most likely. So that will have to come from real funds you deposit. Additionally, all bonuses with any legal sportsbook come with a play-through requirement, which means you have to bet any bonus money you receive or win at least once before it is eligible to be withdrawn as cash. Pretty standard, however.

 

Eagles and Betting

We’ve spoken with FOX Bet, and they recognize the significant opportunity in PA and New Jersey right now, particularly in Pennsylvania. With not too much competition in the market, as DraftKings Sportsbook PA looms around the corner, FOX knows that targeting Eagles and Steelers fans early in the NFL season will help them gain a large betting audience.

So in addition to the headline Wentz offer, they’re offering other significant odds boosts tonight:

  • Cousin Sal is boosting a Geronimo Allison touchdown + 70 receiving yards on the Packers’ side from +400 to +500
  • Nick Wright is boosting Zach Ertz to score a touchdown from +125 to +175
  • and Chris Carter is using an Eagles win + Nelson Agholor touchdown boost from +450 to +550

So there are four Eagles and Packers centric offers, with three of them built around the Eagles including the Wentz promo.

With a primetime game and the Eagles in the spotlight, sportsbooks in PA are doubling down on gaining a local audience, the large local audience that will be tuned into the game. FOX Bet’s offer takes the cake. Free money upfront, deposit bonus, and a 96% chance of doubling a $25 bet on Carson Wentz to throw a touchdown pass.

“Unlike Agholor,” Philly Resident Catches Babies Thrown From Window

Kevin Kinkead - September 23, 2019

CBS 3 Executive Producer Steve Lindsay is right; this is the most Philly soundbite of all time:

“My man just started throwing babies out the window. But we was catching ’em, unlike Agholor.”

Lmaooo! I almost spit out a Quaker oatmeal square while watching that video clip.

Read the full story on what happened at CBS Philly.

Fans Aren’t Thrilled with the Eagles’ Decision to Partner With Goose Island

Kevin Kinkead - September 20, 2019

The Philadelphia Eagles, via Facebook and Twitter posts:

We teamed up with Goose Island Philadelphia to launch a custom brew for Eagles fans! FLY-PA drafts will be available all season long at Lincoln Financial Field and Goose Island Brewhouse.

I like Goose. The Brewhouse is across the street from SugarHouse Casino and has a nice big outdoor area and a pretty diverse beer list.

It’s not local, though, and people complained about this. Goose is a Chicago-based brewery but owned by AB InBev (Anheuser-Busch), which is the reason for the ire. If you go through the Facebook and Twitter comments you’ll see a lot of annoyance with the fact that the Eagles did something with a big corporation instead of one of the regional craft joints.

This was one of the complaints:

And here was another one that jumped off the page and slapped me right in the face:

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Jeopardy Contestant Wagers $4133, Becomes Instant Legend

Russ Joy - September 19, 2019

This is absolutely glorious. On Thursday evening’s episode of Jeopardy!, contestant Adam’s selection of “One-Word Book Titles” for $1,600 triggered a Daily Double. That’s when the magic happened. Adam, never one to shy away from a moment to flaunt his fandom, wagered $4,133. When host Alex Trebek asked if there was any significance to the oddly-specific wager, Adam dropped this nugget LIKE A BOSS:

Adam: I will wager $4133.

Trebek: Is there a significance to that?

Adam: It’s the Eagles’ Super Bowl victory score.

Take that, Tom Brady.

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