NFL season kicks off with an instant classic

Buccaneers vs Dallas 2021

The NFL season got off to a fun start last night in a game that had sports betters driving up the point spread to the Buccaneers as favorites, only to see Dallas come close to winning the game. It was a good example of how week one can be wild in the NFL as Tampa coughed up the football several times to keep Dallas in the game.

Of course, it’s always fun to bet on the first game, so from a pure entertainment perspective it drove a lot of excitement. But to win at sports betting you need to be selective in where you place your bets. In many ways this game was a sucker’s bet.

The Dak Prescott injury story dominated the news and help drive up the betting line. But he played, and he played well.

So keep that in mind as you look over the week one NFL betting lines. Find games where you really have an edge. Some betters last night probably knew that Dak was healthy and ready to go. Don’t go with the conventional wisdom.

  

Sports gambling in New Jersey?

Legalized gambling is going to get a ton of attention in 2012 with recent rulings on poker and lotteries. Now, with the recent developments in New Jersey regarding sports gambling, the entire issue is set to explode into a national conversation.

New Jersey’s inexorable march toward rectifying a two-decades-old mistake has taken a giant leap forward with a stroke of Gov. Chris Christie’s pen.

The governor’s signature Tuesday on legislation passed by New Jersey lawmakers positions the state for a legal challenge to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which was spearheaded – ironically – by former N.J. Sen. Bill Bradley.

Legalized sport betting at casinos in Atlantic City as well as at four race tracks in the state is now a court decision away. Within weeks, or only as long as it takes to get the paperwork together, New Jersey is expected to file a challenge to PASPA. Supporters are optimistic that Atlantic City casinos will be able to open sportsbooks in time for the start of the 2012 NFL season in September.

“He (Christie) didn’t have much choice but to sign the bill,” I. Nelson Rose, one of the country’s leading gambling analysts and the author of the popular gamblingandthelaw.com blog, told Covers.com in an email shortly after the governor made it official. “Not after voters approved it 2-1 in November.”

The November referendum asked voters if they wanted to put the state on record as endorsing a court challenge to PASPA, and the vote showed that residents were eager to take on the fight. Enabling legislation sponsored by state Sen. Raymond Lesniak, a longtime advocate of the legalization of sports betting, cruised through the legislature, teeing it up for Christie.

This will be a fascinating debate as right now fans can do this online at sites like bwin but states want in on the action. States are looking for new revenues, so old sacred cows are now being attacked.

Also, it will be interesting to see what the NFL has to say about it with the New York Giants and New York Jets playing in New Jersey.

  

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