Welcome to the Pennsylvania Sports Betting Brief for NFL Week 10. In this column, we’ll review some recent sports betting news in the Keystone State and spotlight some potentially advantageous betting opportunities as well.
This week is all about the DraftKings Sportsbook debut in Pennsylvania. After three days of mandatory testing, the latest entrant into the online sports betting space in Pennsylvania made its debut Thursday. We’ll look further into DK’s outlook in the state, the latest on the Live! Casino Philadelphia project and close out with betting takes on the Steelers‘ Week 10 matchup and one particular Eagles futures bet just past the midway point of the regular season.
Pennsylvania Sports Betting Industry News
DraftKings Sportsbook Now In Full Swing for Pennsylvania Residents
The momentum for DraftKings Sportsbook had been building for several weeks heading into November. It really began to pick up steam when DK received approval for a conditional sports wagering license on Oct. 30. Soft launch then began Monday, Nov. 4 and extended through Wednesday, Nov. 6. The three-day testing period having unfolded without setbacks, DK Sportsbook began full operations in the Keystone State on Thursday. The company is the sixth online sports betting operator in the state. DK is operating through Penn National’s license in Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania version of DK Sportsbook offers an overwhelming majority of the same features as the highly successful New Jersey version. A full overview of pertinent details, including deposit and withdrawal options, can be found here. The good news for Pennsylvania users is there is little in the way of steps to follow to gain access for the first time. There is no need to create a separate DK Sportsbook account for Pennsylvania if you already have one. And, your current available balance is usable across state lines.
As customary, geolocation services will be utilized to confirm an individual is legitimately located within Pennsylvania’s borders before they can bet. Once DK gains some traction in the state, it’s expected to battle FanDuel Sportsbook for supremacy. That scenario would be akin to what has unfolded in neighboring New Jersey. The two companies sit atop the heap in the Garden State online sports betting space.
Live! Casino Potential Debut Starts Coming Into Focus
The long talked-about Live! Casino project received preliminary approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) earlier this week, another key step in bringing it to fruition. The property will be located within walking distance of venues such as Wells Fargo Center (home to the Flyers and 76ers), Citizens Bank Park (home of the Phillies) and Lincoln Financial Field (home turf of the Eagles). Owner Cordish Company, which does not yet have a sportsbook partner, is on record as stating it hopes to have one by the end of next fall. If that timeline holds, it will at least give Live! a piece of the action during the 2020 NFL season.
This Week’s Best Bets at PA Sportsbooks
NFL Week 10
Los Angeles Rams at Pittsburgh Steelers — 1:00 p.m. ET
- DraftKings Sportsbook Point Spread/Odds: +3.5 (-110)
- FOX Bet Point Spread/Odds: +3.5 (-110)
- FanDuel Sportsbook Point Spread/Odds: +3.5 (-110)
- Rivers Casino Point Spread/Odds: +3.5 (-110)
The Steelers have seemingly been fighting an uphill battle all season. Lately, they’ve been winning their fair share of them. However, personnel attrition threatens them once again in Week 10. Running back James Conner miss a second straight game with a shoulder injury. JuJu Smith-Schuster also came down with a foot injury in Friday’s practice. He’s now listed as questionable. If Pittsburgh were forced to play the Rams without both, they’d be devoid of their two most explosive offensive weapons.
Jaylen Samuels and Trey Edmunds proved to be solid replacements for Conner in Week 9 against the Colts. However, the Steelers now draw a well-rested Rams squad that’s had a bye week to prepare for the likelihood of facing the Samuels-Edmunds duo. Los Angeles will be missing Brandin Cooks (concussion) for this game. However, the speedy veteran has surprisingly been a non-factor for most of the season. And, replacement Josh Reynolds has proven a capable fill-in before. Last season, while spelling Cooper Kupp for two separate stints due to injury, Reynolds put together a 29-402-5 line.
The Steelers’ pass rush will be a concern here for Jared Goff, who’s taken multiple sacks in four games this season and also has six fumbles (four lost). But, Los Angeles particularly well prepared following the bye and Pittsburgh will be short-handed even if a likely limited Smith-Schuster suits up. Consequently, I see the Rams doing enough to pull away for a victory of at least four points.
The Lean: Rams -3.5
Philadelphia Eagles Futures
Under 9.5 wins
- DraftKings Sportsbook Odds: +137
Prior to the season, this price would have raised eyebrows. Philadelphia, a postseason team a year ago despite an injury-shortened season for start quarterback Carson Wentz, was stocked coming into the new campaign. However, things haven’t exactly been smooth since the opening kickoff of 2019, despite Philly’s acceptable 5-4 record. Wentz, for one, has underwhelmed at times. He’s thrown for under 200 yards in four separate games already. That’s fairly difficult to do in this pass-happy era of the NFL that is structured to favor offense. Deep threat DeSean Jackson‘s constant injury woes could have a part to play in that. It appears Jackson will only have played one full game for the Eagles by the time the curtain falls on the 2019 campaign thanks to an abdominal tear.
The running game has been solid with Jordan Howard and rookie Miles Sanders. Yet, a secondary that was besieged by injury for the first several weeks of the campaign led to Philly’s defense not being anywhere as effective as one would have initially assumed coming in. Cornerbacks and safeties have started to regain health for Philadelphia, so there’s hope in that area. But, the rest of the schedule could contribute to the Eagles falling short of 10 wins.
Philly has the Patriots and Seahawks coming out of the Week 10 bye before tangling with the Dolphins (road), Giants (home/road), Redskins (road) and Cowboys (home). Naturally, the Eagles, Seahawks and Cowboys could all result in losses for the Eagles, even with all three games being at Lincoln Financial Field. Doug Pederson‘s crew has forged a 3-1 home record thus far, but competition has to be taken into account — the Eagles have beaten a bad Redskins team by just five after a multi-quarter struggle, a hapless Luke Falk-led Jets team, and a hapless Mitchell Trubisky-led Bears squad. Meanwhile, the Pats, ‘Hawks and ‘Boys currently own a combined 10-3 road mark.
Then there’s the less-likely-but-still-very-conceivable scenario that the Giants jump up and get the best of Philly in at least one of the two meetings. Or, perhaps Washington manages to build on its Week 1 close call and pull an upset on its home field. Overall, the path to 10 wins looks a bit thorny for Wentz and company, even with them already being halfway there. A wager at plus money is therefore an intriguing one to consider at this stage.