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Sportsbooks will be Miami fans Thursday Night

by Sam Panayotovich
Updated On: September 25, 2020, 4:04 pm ET

It's a monumental matchup for the facial hair crowd on Thursday Night Football. Gardner Minshew's Jacksonville Jaguars host Ryan Fitzpatrick's Miami Dolphins. 

“We finally get to settle Beard vs. Mustache," PointsBet Sportsbook senior sports analyst Andrew Mannino cracked to NBC Sports. 

All kidding aside, it's a standalone game in the NFL, which means bettors are chomping at the bit to scratch that football itch after two days with no games on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Jacksonville opened PK, now they're a three-point home favorite at PointsBet. The total has been kicked up quite a bit too from 45 to 49.

“We’re rooting for the Dolphins,” Mannino said. “Most of our total bets are coming through on the Over, but we’ve got more significant handle on the Under. It could break either way as we get closer to gametime. On the moneyline, it’s all Jacksonville, so we’ll be pulling for Miami."

I asked Mannino if it was strange to see Jacksonville as a favorite in 2020. Weren’t they supposed to be tanking for Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence?

“Jacksonville has found a way to make both of their games interesting,” Mannino confessed. “They’re 1-and-1, but both games were very well fought. They just look like the better football team right now. If you told me a few weeks ago that they would be favored, I might have been surprised, but they definitely deserve it at this point.”

Elsewhere, the undefeated Chicago Bears are a three-point underdog in Atlanta against the winless Falcons on Sunday afternoon.

“It’s clear that the bettors still don’t believe in Mitch Trubisky,” said Mannino, sounding like a broken record. “That’s been a pattern for us. People just aren’t buying the wins over the Lions and Giants. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.”

Lastly, PointsBet now has the Seahawks on line three in their NFL future book. Seattle (+1100) trails only Baltimore (+450) and Kansas City (+500) on the sheet. Russell Wilson and Co. have leapfrogged the Saints, 49ers and Cowboys in the NFC.

“Russ has been amazing,” Mannino said. “He’s carrying this team on his back and that offense will be tough to slow down. We’ll see if they can shore up the defense, but they’re right there in the mix of contenders.”

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Sam Panayotovich

Sam Panayotovich is a sports betting analyst from the South Side of Chicago. He'll probably pick against your favorite team a lot. Follow him @spshoot