NFL Sharp Report: Pros Playing Panthers vs. Patriots, 2 Other Thursday Games

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Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera stands on the sideline during a game at Soldier Field.

  • Using the Action Network's betting tools, we've analyzed how sharp bettors have gotten down on Giants-Bengals (7 p.m.), Panthers-Patriots (7:30 p.m.) and Jaguars-Dolphins (8 p.m. ET).

New York Giants @ Cincinnati Bengals

7 p.m. ET 

Surprisingly enough, the New York football Giants are getting the majority of spread bets on the road … it must be the preseason! It certainly doesn’t hurt that they’re playing the Bengals, either, who own one of the lowest win totals in the league.

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New York has put up 30+ points in each of its first two preseason games, both of which resulted in wins and covers. The Giants have seen particularly strong play at QB (another sign that it’s the preseason) so far, especially from first-round pick Daniel Jones:

  • Overall: 50-67, 646 yards, 6 TD, 1 INT
  • Daniel Jones: 16-19, 228 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT

Our favorite veteran punching bag, Eli Manning, is expected to start, with Jones getting significant playing time, too.

Despite getting 55% of bets, the cash isn’t flowing in on the G-Men like the salmon of Capistrano. In fact, it’s Cincy that’s commanding 70% of the loot. This, along with two Sports Insights Bet Signals on the Bengals, have helped push their line from -1.5 to the key number of -3.

Sharp angle: Bengals (moved from -1.5 to -3)

Carolina Panthers @ New England Patriots

7:30 p.m. ET

Traditionally, Week 3 of the preseason is when we see the most playing time from starters — something that generally even rings true for the great Tom Brady. Brady, who has not seen any playing time yet this year, has played in 10 straight preseason Week 3 games, including last year when he attempted 18 passes.

Cam Newton, who’s also yet to see playing time, is set to play three or four series. But despite the big guns hitting the field for both teams, sharp bettors are not expecting to see a ton of points.


After opening at a fairly standard 44, this total has dropped more than two points. A steam move hit the under shortly after opening, and though the total had remained at 42 over the past couple of days, it fell even further to 41.5 this morning.

Much like the Bengals spread, the under is seeing 70% of the cash. Unlike the Bengals spread, however, the under is somewhat popular in the eyes of the public, getting 63% of bets.

Sharp angle: Under (moved from 44 to 41.5)

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Miami Dolphins

8 p.m. ET | FOX

Jaguars-Dolphins … not exactly a game you want to watch regardless of what month your Cat Wars calendar is showing. This is the type of game most people wouldn’t watch even if it were being played in their backyard, but luckily gambling was invented.

After opening at 36, the lowest opener of the week, this total actually fell down to 34.5. I’m shocked folks weren’t expecting a Foles/Fitzpatrick/Rosen barn-burner of a game!

Though that was initially the case, the over has since seen life. An onslaught of cash (more than 80%) in addition to two bet signals have helped push this total up three points from its low-water mark. It now sits at a very exciting 37.5 — that should reel in the viewers!

Sharp angle: Over (moved from 34.5 to 37.5)

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