Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers Betting Preview

These two teams met two years ago in the NFC Championship Game, and both are trendy picks for this year’s championship game, even after the egg the Packers laid in Week 1 against New Orleans.

Green Bay Packers

“There’s so many overreactions that happen from a week-to-week basis. So it’s nice to come out, have a good performance and get the trolls off our back for at least one week.”

Aaron Rodgers is right, of course. The nature of the NFL is week-to-week, and the reactions, and overreactions, follow suit. And a week ago, the Packers looked like a team in total disarray who should have cut bait with their Hall of Fame quarterback.

Not to overreact too much the other way, but after a Week 2 win, the Packers look exactly like they did last year – like a favorite to win the conference.

Las Vegas oddsmakers, however, are reacting too slowly to the changing narrative surrounding Green Bay and have the Packers as 3.5-point underdogs heading into Sunday’s game. Yes, they are missing a few key members from last year’s offensive line, but this is essentially the same team that was within a score of going to the Super Bowl eight months ago. Monday night, they looked like it.

They shouldn’t be an underdog.

San Francisco 49ers

Niners fans think they are the deserved favorite. They are 2-0 and at home and also put up big points against the Detroit Lions.

The problem is that the Lions countered with big points of their own, and San Francisco was holding on at the end to withstand a furious comeback by Jared Goff. Then the next week, the 49ers struggled offensively, began the game with three consecutive three-and-outs, and had to slug their way to an ugly win in Philadelphia.

Not to overreact to week-to-week results, but the San Francisco offense misses Raheem Mostert and simply isn’t that dynamic with Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback. There are also real doubts that they could keep up with an offense like Green Bay’s if it came to that.

The 49ers are missing last year’s defensive coordinator, Robert Saleh, as well as passing game coordinator Mike LeFleur, who both went to the Jets. Assistant coaching losses are often ignored by fans, but in reality, that can make a big difference, and they are in San Francisco.

Betting Picks

Packers (+3.5)

The real Aaron Rodgers is the guy who threw four touchdown passes on Monday night. And we all know that Rodgers plays with a chip on his shoulder. The very first chip belongs to the 49ers, who all those years ago passed on drafting the local Northern California quarterback, letting him slide all the way to Green Bay.

A still ticked-off Rodgers leads the Packers to the win.

Over 48.5

The Packers will get into the high 20s, low 30s, as Rodgers has another big day. The 49ers will score between 21 and 24 points and put this game over the 48.5 line.

Sports Betting News: NFL Betting Goes Crazy Opening Weekend of 2021

The first weekend of the 2021 NFL season has come and gone, and it was a huge first few days for the US sports betting industry. Betting on the NFL is always the biggest market in the United States, but it was done on a much bigger level in 2021.

Many states launched sports betting either day before or on the start date of the 2021 NFL season. This was obviously done to help create some interest, but even the most established sports betting markets saw a boost as well.

GeoComply Solutions is a company that provides geolocation services to states with legal sports betting, and that company also tracks sports betting activity. The data from the first few days of NFL betting are in, and the numbers were staggering.

GeoComply tracked sports betting activity from 18 states and the District of Columbia and the first weekend produced a massive boost from one year ago. According to the report, there were 58.2 million geolocation transactions from Thursday to Sunday afternoon, an increase of 126 percent from one year ago.

The Thursday Night Football Game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Dallas Cowboys was the most-watched television event since last year’s Super Bowl. There was plenty of anticipation and excitement ahead of the 2021 NFL season, and sportsbooks were ready for it.

It comes as no surprise that New Jersey had 12.5 million pings during the first few days to lead the way when it came to activity. Pennsylvania was next on the list with 11.5 million unique pings, and this is another state that is one of the biggest markets.

The biggest surprise comes from the state of Arizona, as it just launched sports betting on September 9. Over 6 million pings from that state on opening weekend, making in the fourth biggest market in Week 1.

With these numbers, the total sports betting handle numbers for many states in September could shatter previous records.

AGA Predicted a Boom

The American Gaming Association predicted earlier this year that the US sports betting industry was about to see a significant boom when it came to the NFL season. In a study released to the public, the AGA announced that over 45 million Americans planned on wagering on the NFL this season, which is 18 percent of the US population.

This number is certainly eye-opening, but it became an even crazier statistic when the AGA announced that this would represent a 36 percent increase from a season ago. This was partly due to the fact that now over half of the states in the US have legal sports betting in place.

The National Football League was once a major opponent against legal sports betting in the United States, but the league has changed its stance of late. League officials have seen the importance of sports betting in the US and have allowed its teams to partner with sports betting operators.

Sunday Night Football Betting Preview: Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams (-7.5)

With all of the talk about which quarterback will take over the offense in Chicago, it’s easy to forget that not only did this team make the playoffs last season with Mitchell Trubisky as the leading passer, the Bears made the playoffs in two of the previous three years with Trubisky.

The Rams have also made a high-profile change at quarterback, even though their previous signal-caller led them to the playoffs in two of the last three seasons, including the Super Bowl following the 2018 season.

Chicago Bears (+7.5)

The Bears’ defense is still good, even if not quite the same as the previous seasons. And Andy Dalton is an experienced quarterback who can take a team to the postseason. But after a preseason glimpse of what might be from rookie Justin Fields, none of that matters.

The ceiling of Fields, the electric plays he’s capable of making, and the enjoyment he brings to the position, are the only things Bears fans care about. That might change if Dalton is able to play well against the Rams and show that he can keep the team competitive in the NFC North. But nowhere in the NFL does a veteran starting quarterback come with a shorter leash.

Los Angeles Rams (-7.5)

The Rams signaled that they are all-in on getting back to the Super Bowl with their trade for quarterback Matthew Stafford. It turns a team with the best defensive player in the NFL into an offensive showcase.

Aaron Donald is a bit of an afterthought heading into Week 1 (although facing a relatively immobile quarterback in Dalton is likely to put him back in the headlines). All of the hype is Stafford throwing the ball to Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, DeSean Jackson, and Tyler Higbee, with head coach Sean McVay pulling the strings. Even the season-ending injury to running back Cam Akers hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm that this offense brings.

Stafford did play alongside Calvin Johnson, so he knows how to utilize talent at wide receiver. But having spent his entire career in Detroit, he’s never before played for a team with a history of success or the winning culture of the current Rams.

Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams Betting Pick: Rams (-7.5)

For the first time, fans will fill SoFi Stadium, and for the first time, ever Rams fans will have a 5,000-yard quarterback to cheer.

Add in a nationally televised primetime game, and the atmosphere for the Bears at Rams is going to be electric. Aaron Donald will respond, and get to Dalton for at least 1.5 sacks. Overall the Rams might get to him four or five times.

On the other side of the ball, Darrell Henderson and Sony Michel will prove to be fine compliments to the L.A. passing attack. Because of the Bears’ defense, it won’t quite have the fireworks that we’ll see from the Ram offense later in the season. Still, L.A. wins this game by 10 points and justifies their high expectations.

Tennessee sees Barstool Sportsbook Launch

Barstool Sportsbook is live in Tennessee, and this is major news in the sports betting industry. Barstool Sportsbook has been a major competitor in the sports betting industry since launching because of the media company behind the book.

Dave Portnoy has built an empire, and this mentality has translated into sports wagering. The company’s Twitter account that the platform had launched on Wednesday just before 10:30 AM local time. This is the eighth state where Barstool Sportsbook is available to users.

Launching in Tennessee

The Tennessee Education Lottery, which runs sports gambling in the state, approved Penn National at a special meeting earlier this week. Penn National is the company behind Barstool Sportsbook.

Wednesday’s launch means that sports betting will be live in Tennessee for the beginning of the season. The regular season begins on Thursday night, with the Buccaneers and the Cowboys in prime time. Bettors all over the United States will take a chance in this game, so Barstool could not have gone live at a better time.

Barstool Sportsbook should launch in multiple jurisdictions during football season, including Colorado, New Jersey, and Virginia. The site went live in Arizona on Thursday as the industry was just implemented.

Penn National CEO Jay Snowden spoke about expanding Barstool back in May after early success from the platform. His vision is now turning into a reality.

He said, “As the only gaming operator with a fully integrated sports media and entertainment partner, we have the unique ability to attract new and existing Penn National customers to enjoy our retail and interactive gaming, sports betting, and entertainment offerings, as evidenced by our performance to-date in Illinois, Michigan and Pennsylvania. We are eager to leverage the building momentum for the Barstool Sportsbook app with the additional launches we have planned for 2021.”

Barstool Planning to Dominate Tennessee

Barstool is offering a 2 for 1 bonus to new users in the state that’s worth $1,000. If a player’s first bet loses, they can get an equal free bet up to $1,000. New users will also receive $10 for signing up for the book and $5 for customizing their player profile.

You do not need to deposit any money for the two smaller bonuses. At the time of the launch, there were no specific bonuses to TN. Nevertheless, Barstool has been successful by captivating fan bases, so these will likely be added in the future.

Barstool is offering backed bets in all states, which have boosted odds. These are sponsored by the media personalities in the company like Portnoy, Big Cat, and PFT.

This will be the first time sportsbooks are available in TN for a whole football season. Sports betting went live in November of 2020, so half the season was missed for betting. Yet, the industry has performed very well over its lifespan.

The state has collected $1.56 billion in bets and generated $135.6 million in sports betting revenue since the beginning. With a whole football season, the state could become a major competitor in the legal industry.

Numbers were slightly down in the summer, but things will improve massively moving forward.