Top Sports Betting Industry News
1. Online sports betting sites see big success in the first week of NFL season. FanDuel Group said yesterday that the amount of money bet by its users online on Sunday was roughly 12 times the amount spent on the same day a year ago. DraftKings reported that the amount of money bet on Sunday on its sports betting platform was nearly double compared to the same day last year.
2. A Superior Court judge threw out a lawsuit yesterday that was aimed at halting legal sports betting in Rhode Island. Judge Brian Stern ruled that Dr. Daniel Harrop, the former Republican Providence mayoral candidate who brought the suit, wasn’t personally harmed by the state’s move last year to legalize sports betting any more than any other Rhode Islander, giving him no standing to sue.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Carolina Panthers (Under 50) – Thursday 8:20 PM
Jameis Winston looks like the same quarterback he was in his rookie year. He looks lost out on the field a lot and struggles to make good reads of opposing defenses. If he can’t turn his career around this year, he may be on his way out of Tampa Bay following the 2019 season. Tampa Bay had four turnovers in the game against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1. The only good thing in Tampa right now appears to be that defense. Tampa Bay held the 49ers to just 256 total yards and forced two turnovers of their own. They even had one of the team’s two touchdowns.
The Carolina Panthers nearly escaped with a win against the L.A. Rams. Christian McCaffrey is one of the most dangerous players in the NFL and will no doubt have a good game against the Bucs. The Panthers defense looked solid at times, especially early in the game. Cam Newton is a better quarterback than Jameis Winston but he still needs some work in the passing game as well. Neither team, the Bucs or the Panthers, appear to be major threats on offense this season (outside of McCaffrey of the Panthers).
If Tampa can contain McCaffrey as much as possible and force Newton to beat them then the Panthers offense will struggle. Tampa Bay ran the ball fairly well and maybe they will try to run the ball a little more on Thursday Night. Regardless, 50 points is a lot for these two teams. I expect to see a lot of running and short completions, which will eat up a lot of the clock. Tampa Bay was full of big plays last season but I just don’t see it in Tampa right now. Their number one receiver Mike Evans (who was reported as having an illness over the weekend) was virtually not existent in the passing game. There are just too many issues that Tampa has to fix in a short week to get their offense on track. As for the Panthers, they will continue to run their offense through McCaffrey instead of looking for frequent deep passing plays, so expect the clock to run a lot in this one. Neither team looked consistent enough to bet on with a 6.5 point spread. The UNDER looks like the best bet in this one.