The countdown is on.
College football games have already started. The NFL season begins next Thursday.
Soon, the Eagles will be flying, the Steel Curtain will be raised and football will sweep across Pennsylvania’s fields, filling the autumn air with excitement, intrigue and a good bit of sports betting too.
It’s a good time to be a football fan. And Pennsylvania online sportsbooks are making it even better, with tons of offerings and promotions to celebrate the beginning of a new season. In this week’s installment of Penn Sportsbooks Pick Play, we’ll get you ready for some football with a look at the first games of the NFL season, including a rundown of all the promotions and available wagers in Pennsylvania.
DraftKings offering Chiefs +101 in season opener Thursday
DraftKings is starting the season by building your bankroll.
Next Thursday, the NFL season begins with the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Houston Texans. DraftKings has Kansas City as 9.5-point favorites, but a promotion makes the odds astronomically better.
Players who opt in can get the Chiefs at +101 (points) with a max bet of $50. It’s essentially free money, a guaranteed win to start your football betting season.
FOX Bet is featuring a promotion that gives you $10 for every Mahomes touchdown if you wager at least $10 on the game.
And if that’s not enough, DraftKings is also hosting a $100 Milllion Golden Ticket Giveaway, where customers will win instant money and a chance at $1 million just by entering a DraftKings survivor pool.
Here are the details:
- DraftKings customers must sign into the app and opt-in to the Golden Ticket Giveaway sweepstakes.
- Customers who play in the free to enter $1 million Survivor Pool before Week 1 will receive a free reward ranging from $5 to $25K.
- The prize drawing takes place on September 13.
- One winner of the DraftKings survivor pool will take home $1 million.
BetRivers/PlaySugarHouse has Eagles as six-point favorites
The Eagles are heading south to start the season with an NFC East showdown with Washington. Philadelphia is a 6-point favorite in the game at BetRivers, PlaySugarHouse and DraftKings Sportsbook. The Eagles are -278 on the moneyline and the game’s over/under is set at 43 points. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 13th.
The rest of Sunday’s games and spreads according to BetRivers are as follows:
- Bills (-6.5) vs. Jets
- Patriots (-6.5) vs. Dolphins
- Vikings (-2.5) vs. Packers
- Lions (-3) vs. Bears
- Falcons (+1.5) vs. Seahawks
- Panthers (+2.5) vs. Raiders
- Ravens (-8) vs. Browns
- Jaguars (+7.5) vs. Colts
- Bengals (+3.5) vs. Chargers
- Saints (-3.5) vs. Buccaneers
- 49ers (-7) vs. Cardinals
- Rams (+2.5) vs. Cowboys
If you’d like some action on all the games, FanDuel has a free NFL Gridiron Pick Em each week that pays out a share of $5,000 to each of the winners. For a complete list of promotions and boosted bets, check out this article at PlayPennsylvania.
Steelers are road favorites on Monday Night Football
On Monday of Week One, the Pittsburgh Steelers travel to New York to play the Giants in the first game of a doubleheader. Pittsburgh is a 4-point favorite in the road game at BetRivers/PlaySugarHouse with a moneyline price of -205. The game’s total is set at 47 points.
Later Monday night, the Titans close out the week with a trip to Denver. Tennessee is a 1.5-point underdog in that game.
Visit your local sportsbook to see all the wagers before Week One begins
There are simply so many NFL betting options it’s impossible to mention them all in a single article. Bettors would be wise to simply visit their favorite sportsbook or app to get ready for the NFL season.
Pricing is available on divisions, conference and Super Bowl futures for both the Steelers and Eagles, as well as some odds on season win totals. Prop bets are also posted for numerous players, so there are plenty of wagers to keep you busy until the season begins.
Week One contests are going to make some players super rich
In case there is not enough money already flowing, there are some massive daily fantasy contests posted for the NFL’s opening weekend as well.
A $5 entry can get you into DraftKings’ Fantasy Football Millionaire, which pays out a million dollars to first place. In addition, a $100 entry fee can get you into another contest that has a total prize pool of $2.5 million, with another million-dollar payout for the first-place finisher.
Over at FanDuel, the featured contest is a $4 entry Sunday Million that has a total prize pool of $3.3 million and another seven-figure first place payout.
Certainly, some people are going to get rich in September thanks to Pennsylvania’s sportsbooks and its daily fantasy providers. Perhaps it could even be you.
The NFL countdown is on
It’s almost easy to forget with all the other sports already competing on the airwaves. But the NFL season is starting soon.
Promotions have been posted. Odds are available. And the sportsbooks are ready to roll.
Football season is starting soon.
The Eagles will fly. The Steel Curtain will raise. And everyone will share in the excitement.
The countdown is on.
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