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.

Nevada Sees Fall in July Sports Betting Handle; not Concerned Going Forward

The July sports betting numbers are in for the state of Nevada, and the slight momentum that was built up in June has ended. After June saw a jump in the handle and revenue for May, things went the other direction in July. 

The total sports betting handle for July was still 409.6 million, but that was a drop of almost 25 percent from July. This was a massive improvement from the July numbers in 2020, but COVID-19 was still affecting the industry at that time. 

Sportsbooks in Nevada brought in more than $33 million in revenue in July, and that was actually a big improvement from June. This is a much more important number to the sportsbooks and the entire state of Nevada. 

One of the biggest reasons for an overall lack of handle was that mobile sports betting saw a significant drop. The handle from online sportsbooks or mobile apps was just $241.9 million last month. 

While most states in the United States see mobile make up at least 90 percent of the entire handle, that isn’t the case in Nevada. Online sports betting represented less than 60 percent, and there was a drop of nearly 25 percent from June. 

Sportsbooks and the state of Nevada are not concerned as there should be a bounce-back coming soon when football begins. 

Closing the Gap on New Jersey

Even though the total sports betting handle in Nevada fell during the month of July, the state was still able to close the gap on New Jersey. Every state that has announced its July sports betting numbers has seen a drop, but Nevada’s drop wasn’t as large as other markets.

Nevada trailed New Jersey by over $221 million in June, but the gap was just $169 million in the month of July. New Jersey has posted better sports betting numbers than Nevada for each of the last 12 months, and that trend is not going to be changing anytime soon. 

Illinois has not yet announced its sports betting totals for the month of July, but it is typical right around Nevada as well. Closing the gap on Nevada is always a step in the right direction, but there is still a ways to go. 

Baseball Brings the Action

Baseball is not usually one of the biggest betting markets in the United States, but it has been attracting plenty of attention in Nevada. For the month of July, baseball accounted for $227.6 million, which made it the most popular sport to wager on.

The NBA was still going on at the beginning of July, and it was a popular betting market as well. The basketball betting handle fell by more than $100 million, but that sport still brought in close to $78 million. 

Other sports helped the state of Nevada put up respectable figures in July as it accounted for nearly $95 million. Football betting handle nearly doubled from the month of June, but that real jump is set to take place in August.  

Ravens and DraftKings Reach Official Deal

The Baltimore Ravens and DraftKings Inc. announced a deal earlier this week that should have massive benefits to both of the partners. DraftKings is now the official sports betting, Daily Fantasy Sports, and Free-to-Play Partner of the Baltimore Ravens. 

The National Football League season is set to begin on September 9, and teams are continuing to look for new ways to get involved in the sports betting industry. DraftKings is a major sports betting operator in the Eastern portion of the United States, and partnering with the Ravens should provide a big boost to the company.

This is the fifth different partnership with an NFL team for DraftKings, and more could be on the way in other states. The NFL has allowed its teams to seek out these partnerships, and it should lead to legal sports betting being offered inside of an NFL stadium at some point.

Ezra Kucharz, Chief Business Officer of DraftKings, said:

“The newly penned relationship offers something for every kind of sports fan and will allow them to engage with DraftKings’ digital content, free-to-play product, daily fantasy sports and, perhaps soon, sports betting, to ultimately bring them closer to the action alongside one of the top teams from the AFC North.”

The Baltimore Ravens play their home games at M&T Bank Stadium, and DraftKings signage will now be visible in and around that field. There will also be a DraftKings suite for each home game this year. 

The free-to-play portion of this deal is set to go into effect immediately, and fans of the Baltimore Ravens can find those games on the team app. DraftKings will be working with the Ravens to provide unique gameday experiences for the most loyal fans. 

The Baltimore Ravens currently host a weekly podcast called, “The Lounge,” and DraftKings will have a huge presence on those airwaves. DraftKings will be in charge of creating unique content, and the company will also be given the naming rights to the Baltimore Ravens pregame show. 

This partnership will continue to grow in the coming years, especially when sports betting is launched in the state. 

Maryland Sports Betting Coming Soon

Sports betting is legal in the state of Maryland, but DraftKings won’t be able to take any bets when the 2021 NFL season starts. The state of Maryland does remain on track to launch sports betting at some point this season.

DraftKings has confirmed that it has applied for a sports betting license in Maryland, and that will be the 15th state in which it operates. The Maryland Lottery is one of the agencies that are in charge of reviewing applications, and that process is currently underway.

M&T Bank Stadium is expected to be authorized for a sports betting license as well, and that should then be transferred to DraftKings. There could be up to 60 different online sports betting licenses available in Maryland, but it’s unclear how many companies will apply for one. 

Maryland is expected to become a large sports betting market, especially in that part of the country. 

Connecticut and Rush Street Partner for Deal

Connecticut continues to move forward with its plans to launch sports betting, and the industry is starting to take shape. There will be three online sports betting platforms available upon launch, and all three of those operators have now been chosen.

The Mashantucket Pequot and the Mohegan Indian tribe have already been approved for a sports betting license by the state. Those two tribes have the ability to partner with an online sports betting operator, and those deals are taking shape.

The Connecticut Lottery has also been given a chance to offer online sports betting, and it has been looking for a sports betting partner. The search is now over as the Connecticut Lottery has reached an agreement with Rush Street Interactive.

Rush Street Interactive is a company that is based out of Chicago, but it is one that has been making some big noise in the US sports betting industry. BetRivers and SugarHouse are two of the biggest names under the Rush Street platform, and this company should become a leader in the Connecticut market.

This deal will span the next 10 years, and it will come with some financial guarantees to the Connecticut Lottery. Rush Street Interactive has agreed to pay at least $170 million over the duration of the agreement, but that number could increase depending on the success of the partnership.

Not only will Rush Street have access to online sports betting in Connecticut, but it can create a monopoly of the retail betting scene. There will be 15 retail locations set up throughout the state, and Rush Street now has the rights to 10 of these spots.

Rush Street is no stranger to the US sports betting industry having already launched in 10 states with legal sports betting. It operates in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and that should help as it looks to launch again in the Eastern part of the US. 

Sportech is also a part of this agreement as it will be the company that powers sports betting at the retail locations. 

When is the Launch Date?

Lawmakers in the state of Connecticut have been pushing for a launch date this Fall, and there was hope that it could come before the start of the 2021 NFL season. That season is slated to begin on September 9, and that date is no longer a realistic goal.

Bettors in the state of Connecticut should be able to place a bet on the Super Bowl in February, but that might be the only NFL game that is available to them. There are still a number of steps that need to take place, and the Connecticut Lottery wants to do the launch in a proper manner.

The US Department of Interior has not yet given the final approval to the two tribal gaming compacts, and sports betting rules have yet to be finalized. Both of these steps should occur in the next few weeks, but it will still take some time before everything is launched.

Wyoming Looks to be Ready for Sports Betting in September

Wyoming could be the next state that is ready to launch sports betting as a target date has been set for September 1. Several states are targeting a launch date of September 9, but Wyoming could benefit from getting to the finish line a bit earlier.

The Wyoming Gaming Commission (WGC) has been put in charge of regulating sports betting in the state, and that group has been working quickly. The WGC unanimously voted to approve two sets of rules on Monday, keeping the state on a path to launch in September.

The first set of rules was initially announced back in June, but then the WGC allowed for a 45-day public comment period. That period ended on Saturday, and the WGC didn’t make any changes to what was previously announced.

If the state is able to get the industry up and running on September 1, it would be one of the fastest timelines in the United States. Wyoming would become just the third state in the US to launch the industry within five months of making it legal.

The House of Representatives in Wyoming initially voted against House Bill 133, but that group decided to hold a reconsideration vote. The next day, HB 133 was approved by a vote of 32-4.

The Senate in Wyoming didn’t waste any time approving this bill as 24 of the 29 voters agreed to send the bill to the governor. Governor Mark Gordon signed the bill into law on April 5, and the WGC immediately went to work. 

All of the sports betting in Wyoming will be done online, making it the second state in the United States to go this route. Tennessee was the first online-only sports betting market back in November 2020, but this has proved to be the most popular way to bet on sports.

What Will Sports Betting Look Like?

Outside of all of the betting is done online, there are some other pieces of information leaking out as to how this market will be set up. For one, Wyoming is going to attract some of the top sportsbooks in the US despite not being a state known for its sports.

Barstool, BetMGM, DraftKings, and FanDuel already submitted a letter of interest to the WGC, and those four operators should be among the first to receive a license. Wyoming must approve at least five online operators, but there is no cap as to how many licenses can be awarded. 

The cost of a license in the state of Wyoming is set at $100,000, and that permit is good for the first five years. The renewal fee will cost $50,000, and that will also allow the sportsbook to operate for a five-year period.

The sports betting revenue will be taxed a rate of 10%, which is right around the average in the US. All of these factors could lead to close to $4 million in revenue each year for the state of Wyoming. 

Tennessee Looks to Hire Sports Betting Executive as Revenue Continues to Rise in State

The Tennessee sports betting industry continues to put up some big numbers, even though there have been some challenges along the way. June was another good month for the industry in terms of revenue, but some big decisions remain for the Sports Wagering Advisory Council. 

There are still just seven online sportsbooks available in the state of Tennessee, but these operators saw a nice month in June. Both the total handle and sports betting revenue jumped last month after a disappointing month of May. 

Last month’s total sports betting handle was $174.5, which was a jump of 8.5 percent from May. This is typically a slow time for the entire US sports betting industry but showing growth is a positive sign. 

The Tennessee Education Lottery (TEL) announced the jump in the handle, and it was also a great month for total sports betting revenue as well. The adjusted gross income was $16.1 million, and that factors in the amount of money paid out for promotions. 

The privilege tax for the state was $3.2 million, which was an increase of more than 18%. All of these numbers reflect a positive month of sports betting for Tennessee. 

Tennessee had seen the total handle drop for three straight months, and snapping that trend was needed. The next major month for betting in Tennessee will come in September, when the NFL season begins. 

Before that happens, the state could see a number of new operators entering the market. The TEL has confirmed that they have received a sports betting application from five different potential operators. 

Three of those applications have already been reviewed, and a decision will be delivered in early August. This should also help the state see a boost in numbers, but the current sports-betting leaders will not be challenged. 

FanDuel, BetMGM, and DraftKings continue to lead the way in Tennessee, and all three operators just had their licenses renewed. 

September Target Date For New Executive 

The Sports Wagering Advisory Council is set to become the top governing body of sports betting on January 1, but this group is still without its top executive. The SWAC has set a target date of September for a new executive to be in place, but there are several steps that need to be taken. 

Applications are currently being accepted for that new position, and those will be accepted all the way through August 11. At that time, the SWAC will begin going through the applications to narrow the field. 

At one point, the SWAC discussed seeking the help of a search firm, but they believed it would take too long. There have already been a large number of applications received, and the SWAC is hoping to update the job description. 

Danielle Boyd was the previous top executive for the SWAC, but she left the position in March. There was hope that the SWAC would receive interest from others in the gaming industry to help this become a smooth transition. 

The Appeal of Sports Betting

When you think of sports, what comes to mind?

Lounging at the house on a lazy Sunday in your favorite pajamas as your hometown heroes take the field— going out to a local restaurant for food and drinks with your high school friends that you get to see once a year— taking a trip with your family to go cheer on your team against their archrivals— no matter what your idea of a typical day of sports is, it has probably produced a few of your favorite memories.

Sports Gambling in America

In May 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of the state of New Jersey and said that the 1992 national ban on sports gambling violated states’ rights; ever since then, sports gambling has exploded.

According to Statista, sports gambling accounted for $1.55 billion in revenue in the USA in 2020, and the market is still rapidly expanding.

Sportsbooks are quickly being introduced state-to-state as more outlets for betting are being created, whether online or in-person, at casinos and racetracks. For those who are new to the betting industry, this can be intimidating— so the question is, why participate in sports gambling?

Why Participate in Sports Gambling?

Simply put, sports gambling is the easiest way to accentuate your fandom and experience cheering on your favorite team or simply getting involved in the world of professional athletics. Every sports fan is a self-proclaimed expert, and gambling provides the opportunity to test your wits against the oddsmakers and see just how smart you are— of course, there are monetary rewards in play if you can outsmart the sportsbooks, which makes sports gambling all the more enticing.

Sportsbooks are set up with user interfaces that are easy to navigate and offer rewards and promotions, which can tempt new patrons to their sites or physical locations. Many states are considering, if not already planning to introduce sports gambling into their states, so the sooner that you can join, the more experience you will gain.

What is Offered in Sports Gambling?

Sports gambling is not limited to any particular sports, discipline, style of bet, or location. Sportsbooks accept bets on anything from Major League Baseball to the Australian Football League, and some sites even allow visitors the opportunity to create their own bets, which will be given odds by the professionals later on.

Different types of bets can be placed on outcomes, future bets on teams or individuals, points scored, individual achievements, and just about everything that you can think of, including fun props like the length of the national anthem, the result of the opening coin flip, or which team will take the field first.

What is the Direction of Sports Gambling?

Sports gambling is on pace to become one of the biggest draws in America, with returns already reaching astronomical heights despite gambling having been legalized just over three years ago. State Governors and other officials are starting to agree that the betting industry can help state growth as well by increasing taxable streams of revenue, meaning that they are likely to legalize gambling at the state level; over 50% of states have legalized sports betting already, and this number is expected to grow quickly.

Sports fans themselves are the huge proponents of these advances, and sports betting creates a new dimension of immersion and competition that is accessible at home or on the go (in places where online betting is allowed). 

Is Sports Betting REALLY Worth It?

Just like with anything else, finding your place in the sports betting industry comes with time and experience, and there is no uniform answer that fits everybody. While certain players may favor taking their team on the moneyline, a straight-up prediction of who is going to win a certain event, others may prefer hunting for props, or fun additives that focus on the decentralized aspects of competition, like which player on the Kansas City Chiefs will finish with the most receiving yards.

Bets can also be taken in real-time in live bets, which adjust odds based on what is happening in the game; this creates an interactive experience that can help sports fans feel like they are helping to influence the outcome, all while having the ability to increase their winnings by reacting to what is happening in the game.

In a way, sports betting is like playing a fantasy sport, in the sense that you can set your lineup of bets for the day, make adjustments on the fly, shop around different areas for the best value, and if you do not like where you are headed, get a fresh start the next day.

Fantasy Sports… Is That A Part of Sports Betting?

Although they are offered everywhere in the United States, fantasy sports can be played in a daily format in states that have legalized sports betting. This is an even greater draw for those who want to assume more control of their situations, as bettors can select what players they want to represent them on that particular day, putting bettors’ skills as a coach and analyst to the test. 

For true sports fans, this opportunity to assert themselves in action is irreplicable.

So, I Should Get Involved in Sports Betting?

If you are a sports fan, looking for excitement, or want an easy way to make money, absolutely. Sports betting is one of the largest and fastest-growing industries in America, offers unique experiences, and is tailored to your individual experience.

Plenty of sportsbooks are available for use, and signing up is easy; a quick Google search will help you find the sites that are available to you, and after a bit of time to explore each and test out their features, you will be able to get started very quickly.

This is one of the best channels for true sports fans to express themselves, so go get registered today and join the biggest draw in modern athletics. Do not miss this train while you still have a chance to ride.