Six games kick off the NFL’s expanded playoffs in 2022, and the Bills vs. Patriots showdown in Buffalo is drawing heavy bets for Saturday’s nightcap. The same goes for the Bengals against the Raiders in Cincinnati to start the NFL Playoffs.
Leading up to the Super Wild Card weekend, there was a lot of line movement in the point spread and totals market. Here are the consensus lines of the four major online sportsbooks operating in New York following the state’s launch of mobile sportsbooks on January 8, 2022.
- DraftKings Sportsbook
- FanDuel Sportsook
- sport bets
- BetRivers Sports Betting
All four have online sports betting apps with great sign-up bonuses and promotions.
NFL Wild Card Weekend Report
Find out what bettors are saying about each game.
Saturday January 15th
- Las Vegas at Cincinnati (-5.5) and Total 48.5. Kicks off at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC
- New England at Buffalo (-4.5) and Total 44. Kick off at 8:15 p.m. ET on TSTIME
Sunday January 16
- Philadelphia at Tampa Bay (-8.5) and Total 45.5. Kicks off at 1:00 p.m. ET on TSTIME
- San Francisco at Dallas (-3) and Total 50.5. Kicks off at 4:30 p.m. ET on TSTIME
- Pittsburgh at Kansas City (-12.5) and Total 46. Kicks off at 8:15 p.m. ET on NBC
Monday January 17th
- Arizona vs. Los Angeles Rams (-4) and Total 49.5. Kickoff 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN
Sportbook Apps coming soon in New York: Bally Bet NY – PointsBet – Resorts World – WynnBet and BetMGM, which will become the fifth online sportsbook operator in New York on January 17.
New England in Buffalo
There is no doubt that New York is attracting more interest in betting towards Buffalo. Bills are a very popular bet with both spread and moneyline generating 75% of the FanDuel Sportsbook handle. More money could snowball the Bills before kickoff.
“I think you’re going to see a lot of cash on the bills,” said John Sheeran, director of trading for FanDuel Sportsbook.
Johnny Avello, director of sports operations for DraftKings, expects another huge handful from New York sports betting after last weekend’s state kickoff produced an “incredible” handful and betting action with “exceptional figures”.
The Bills-Patriots game “will be one of the biggest bets, certainly for Saturday and maybe for the whole weekend,” Avello said. DraftKings is a legal and licensed sports betting operator in the United States in 15 states and growing.
New York bettors are also confident in the Bills. The betting data is adjusting throughout the day ahead of kick off with even more betting on Saturday. DraftKings now pays 65% of the spread handle (bet money) and 60% of bets are on the bills to cover the point spread. The moneyline on the Bills has increased to -220 (bet $22 to win $10) as 66% of moneyline bettors like the Bills to win while 34% prefer the Patriots (+180) to win the game ($10 to win $18).
“This game has been everywhere,” Avello said. “We opened the Bills -4.5 and went to -4 and as low as -3.5 before we had a big push from the Patriots. We were now back at -4.5.
More money continues to come in under the total with 60% of the money supporting a lower scoring game. However, the DraftKings promotion drops the total to near kick-off temperature (5 degrees) to make it an easy and winning bet on the total.
This Bills-Patriots game was the most popular of the weekend’s playoff games and drew the highest percentage of handles at Caesars Sportsbook. Buffalo generated 75% of total tickets and 76% of total dollars wagered – the most of any team this weekend.
“Interestingly, Bills-Patriots is the spread with the biggest disparity, I wouldn’t have guessed,” said Adam Pullen, assistant director of trading at Caesars Sportsbook. “At the start of the season, the Bills were considered one of the top Super Bowl contenders, and they came late in the season, including managing the Patriots in New England. That’s a small number for a team. who expected to play a Super Bowl all season long, when the Patriots didn’t have that many.
Two interesting futures bets have arrived at WynnBet by Julian Edelman. The former Patriots wide receiver is betting on coach Bill Belichick and QB Tom Brady to reach the Super Bowl.
Edelman bet $50,000 on the Patriots (+750) to win the AFC for a potential return of $375,000. Edelman also bet $50,000 on the Buccaneers (+340) to win the NFC for a potential return of $170,000.
FanDuel Sportsbook is a legal and licensed US sports betting operator in 11 states and growing. FanDuel Sportsbook has already signed up as the official mobile sports betting partner of the Buffalo Bills. And if you’re braving the sub-zero temperatures to catch the Buffalo Bills’ home game on Saturday, FanDuel Sportsbook has Zippo electric hand warmers for you. The first 5,000 customers to view their FanDuel Sportsbook app on their phone (Section 123) will receive a free electric hand warmer.
“The Bills pride themselves on being a culture that’s built on genuine connection with their fans, and we’re absurdly fan-centric at FanDuel, which makes it a natural collaboration,” said Mike Raffensperger, CMO of FanDuel Group. “As we prepare to bring America’s #1 sportsbook to New York State, we will partner with the Bills to bring unique content and experiences to one of the sport’s most loyal fanbases.”
BetRivers is supporting sports betting in New York with a Bills boost bet this weekend.
A Bills win combined with a Chiefs win over the Steelers on Sunday will send Buffalo to Kansas City next weekend for the most anticipated game of the Divisional Round and a rematch of the AFC Championship Game of the Year. last.
I would put my 50 bucks on the Bills and double up when Buffalo wins for the New Yorkers.
You can bet on it.