SLIPS: Chargers, Panthers, Texans Are Verifying Value

SLIPS: Chargers, Panthers, Texans Are Verifying Value

The other Los Angeles, Carolina and Houston might be the most valuable teams in the National Football League right now for attentive bettors and speculators, SugarHouse Online Casino and Sportsbook analyst David Tuchman said.

The value won’t last long at their collective pace.

In holding off the Seahawks, 25-17, on the road on Sunday, Philip Rivers (above) and the Chargers further validated themselves, Tuchman told, as burgeoning contenders, especially considering the key injured players that could return.

The Panthers, too, were systematic in beating the Buccaneers at home, 42-28, and the Texas edged the Broncos, 19-17, on the road, also verifying their status as value plays, he added.

“The middle of the season, I think, often times before Thanksgiving, there’s a tendency for a lot of fans and bettors to write off many teams in the league and anoint champions already,” Tuchman said. “For 10-20 years, you can go through and see who the best team was in the middle of the season and think what happened to them? They fell off the map.

“I always remember, back, in 2011, one of my best plays ever was I was looking for value in the middle of the season and I picked the Giants to win the Super Bowl. I think they were 6-5 at the time.”

This season, Carolina (6-2), Houston (6-3) and Los Angeles (6-2) are more obvious selections, but still outside the confidence boundary established by New England, Kansas City, the Rams and New Orleans.

“I was looking [last week] and they were all in that +1900, +2900 range and I just thought that was just a tremendous amount of value in what is really a wide-open league,” Tuchman said. "There’s this weird perception right now where the only three teams that can win the Super Bowl are Rams, the Saints and the Patriots. Let’s not forget its Nov. 5.”

The returns of defensive end Joey Bosa from a foot injury and tight end Hunter Henry (torn ACL) would be further fuel for a team that has won five consecutive games and lost only to the Rams and Chiefs, who are each 8-1.

"The LA Chargers can play with anybody,” Tuchman said. “The number is going to go down this week and you won’t get nearly a much value this week, but I wouldn’t sleep on them.”

FanDuel Logo To Be First On Playing Surface in New Jersey Deal

Fan Duel announced two National Hockey League partnerships on Monday, becoming the official daily fantasy supplier and an official sports betting partner of the governing body and sponsorship with the New Jersey Devils.

As part of its deal with the Devils, FanDuel will become the first company with gambling interests to have its logo present on a playing surface. The NHL created new advertising space on the ice before this season. The signage will “allow FanDuel to highlight its popular ‘Live In-Play' betting options available on the company’s new FanDuel Sportsbook app, among other branding and messaging,” according to a release.

“The FanDuel Sportsbook user is an educated consumer interested in engaging with multiple sports teams and events in dynamic and interactive ways,” said Adam Davis, chief revenue officer of Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Devils. “Their emphasis on creating innovative platforms and promotions to connect with and galvanize their consumers parallels the fan first mentality at the New Jersey Devils.”

The NHL announced a similar pact with MGM Resorts International last week, but this deal differs in that FanDuel will at least not initially purchased the advanced data the league hopes to debut next season.

The Devils, playing in a state where sports betting is legal and underway, leads the league with gaming sponsorships with Fan Duel, Caesars Entertainment and William Hill.

The Vegas Golden Knights, the only other NHL team playing in a state where sports betting is legal and on-going, has two.

Steelers, Vikings, Chiefs Combine To Wallop Sportsbooks reported that Nevada sportsbooks lost in excess of $10 million in what the Las Vegas Review-Journal called “one of the most lopsided days in state betting history.”

Damage was apparent before the late afternoon games even kicked off as popular bets in mismatches abounded. Kansas City covered the eight points against Cleveland in a 37-21 win, a pick that generated 88 percent of money wagered at William Hill in Nevada and New Jersey. The William Hill figure ballooned from 23 percent at 8 a.m. Sunday morning.

The Vikings easily covered the 4.5 points in a 24-9 romp of the Lions and the Steelers beat the Ravens, 23-16, as a 1.5-point underdog.

Accelerate Wins Classic; Kentucky Man Steals a Horse

Favored Accelerate romped off under jockey Joel Rosario to win the $6 million Breeder’s Cup Classic on Saturday at Churchill Downs.

Nice story.

In saucier news, a Georgetown, Ky., man is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday after police say he was arrested for mounting a horse and attempting to ride it onto the track.

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, Michael Wells-Rody, 24, “was manifestly under the influence of alcoholic beverages” when he “snuck into a restricted area he was not authorized to be in” and took off on a horse.

Wells-Rody, according to the arrest document, rode the horse through a tunnel area and “into the track entrance.”

“When asked to leave the horse and the area, the subject became loud and disorderly by causing an alarm to Churchill staff members,” the Herald-Leader quotes the citation.

Wells-Rody was charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct.