We are back with some more great NFL bets with the playoff field narrowed down to eight teams! Last week, we went three for six on the Wild Card games. Let’s see if we can get above .500 this week. Here are the best NFL bets for each game of this weekend’s Divisional round. All lines come via Draft Kings as of Friday afternoon.
NFL Best Bets: Divisional Round
Jaguars at Chiefs: Chiefs -9 (-110)
The Jags have no business playing in this round of the playoffs. They lucked out by having last week’s game given away by the incompetence of Brandon Staley. Jacksonville simply doesn’t have what it takes to keep up with Kansas City.
This game reminds me of the Tim Tebow Broncos team that snuck by the Pittsburgh Steelers only to get curb-stomped by the New England Patriots. Take the Chiefs to win this one by double digits.
Giants at Eagles: Giants +7.5 (-110)
This is going to be a great game. The Giants are playing great football right now. However, they are running into a phenomenal Eagles team that has had a couple weeks to get healthy. The Eagles should certainly be favored in this one, but this spread is a little steep. At the end of the day, this is still a divisional battle. Philadelphia should win, but it will be by less than a touchdown.
Bengals at Bills: OVER 48.5 (-110)
This game is impossible to pick. This is, by far, the most even matchup this weekend. One thing is certain, we will see a ton of offense. Both of these teams have great quarterbacks, fantastic receivers, and okay defenses. That is a recipe for a high-scoring affair. The winner of this game will need to get to at least 30. Take the over.
Cowboys at 49ers: 49ers -4 (-110)
This could be a great game. Both of these teams have a ton of talent on both sides of the football. However, there are some concerning mismatches. The Cowboys have had a lot of success this year relying on a two-pronged rushing attack with Ezekiel Elliot and Tony Pollard. That won’t work against this San Francisco defense.
Unfortunately, Dallas does not have the wide receivers to take advantage of this suspect 49ers secondary. In the end, the 49ers will get enough stops on defense, control the ball on offense, and win somewhat comfortably. Dallas is good enough to keep it interesting, but they won’t keep it within four points.
The NFL playoffs are finally upon us! We’re going to give a pick for each game this week. Last week, we went two for five, so hopefully things will turn around here in the postseason. Here are six great NFL bets for Wildcard weekend’s action. All lines come via Draft Kings as of Friday afternoon.
NFL Wildcard Weekend’s Best Bets
Seahawks at 49ers: UNDER 42 (-110)
The playoffs are when great defenses flex their muscles. Both of these teams are great on that side of the ball. Their offenses are solid as well, but neither one is explosive enough to put up big points in the playoffs. This should be a tight, low-scoring affair. You could take Seattle +9.5 here, but you just never know if this is going to be a week where they do nothing. The under is the safer pick.
Chargers at Jaguars: Jags Moneyline (+120)
With the Jags hosting a playoff game for the first time in five years, Duval is going to be crazy. More important than home field advantage, Jacksonville has a huge edge at head coach. People forget that Doug Pederson is a great coach who has a Super Bowl win under his belt. On the other sideline, you have Brandon Staley, who soils himself in crunch time even in the regular season.
This will be a tight game, but the Chargers will give it away in the end. Take the Jags to sneak into the next round.
Dolphins at Bills: Bills -13.5 (-115)
The oddsmakers should really just take this one down. Even with a healthy Tua Tagovailoa, the Dolphins would have probably been close to 10-point underdogs in Buffalo. With Skylar Thompson at the helm, this could be a bloodbath. Hammer the Bills here.
Giants at Vikings: OVER 48 (-110)
This might be the toughest game of the week to pick. These teams met a few weeks ago and played a tight game, which the Vikings won by a field goal. Both of these teams have seemingly been on “fraud alert” all season. It’s anyone’s guess who comes out on top in this one.
The safer play is to pick the total. In that case, I think both teams are likely to sniff around 30 points. The total should comfortably eclipse 50.
Ravens at Bengals: Bengals -8.5 (-115)
These teams just played each other last week, and now they are running it back immediately. This one is tricky. While the Bengals did win that game pretty handily, the Ravens won the second half. Regardless, that momentum is only going to do so much for a Baltimore team quarterbacked by Tyler Huntley. They might be able to keep it within 20, but that’s about it. Take the Bengals to cover.
Cowboys at Buccaneers: UNDER 45.5 (-110)
This is another game where it is just impossible to feel good about either team. Both the Bucs and the Cowboys played their starters last week in an attempt to build some momentum for the playoffs. They were humiliated by teams led by Desmond Ridder and Sam Howell, respectively. Expect this game to be an exercise in futility. Take the under.
It is time to for the final week of the NFL season and that means it is time for some more great bets! Last week was a little rough, but we have some much better matchups this week. Here are five great NFL bets for this weekend’s action. All lines come via Draft Kings as of Friday evening.
NFL Week 18 Best Bets
Chiefs at Raiders: Raiders +9 (-110)
This spread would have been a lot more reasonable a week ago. Now that we have seen the Raiders with Jarrett Stidham, it seems a little generous to spot Las Vegas nine points. The Raiders took a good 49ers team to overtime last week, and their offense moved the ball well against the vaunted San Francisco defense.
While the Chiefs do have more to play for as far as the postseason goes, the Raiders are going to show up. Josh Jacobs, Jarrett Stidham, and Foster Moreau are all up for new contracts this offseason. Also, Josh McDaniels wants to prove himself without Derek Carr. The Raiders are invested in putting on a good showing. The Chiefs just need to win, even it if it is ugly. The Raiders will keep this one within a score.
Browns at Steelers: Steelers -2.5 (-110)
The best way to stay awake during this game might be to get heavily invested in it financially. It should be pretty fruitful as well. The Browns’ offensive “outburst” last week was a fluke powered by Carson Wentz’s picks. They are not going to have the same success in Pittsburgh.
Do we really think this Browns team is going to hand Mike Tomlin his first losing season ever? Not a chance. The Steelers will win this game by a field goal like usual, so make sure that you get this at -2.5. If it goes any higher, you may want to stick with the moneyline.
Buccaneers at Falcons: UNDER 40.5 (-110)
With the Bucs locked into the fourth seed and the Falcons eliminated from the playoffs, this game is meaningless. The only reason Tampa Bay might play their starters is because of how poorly they have been playing. At some point in the game, they may start resting guys.
At best, the Bucs will try to play a safe game and get into a run-heavy rhythm to shorten the game. On the other side, Desmond Ridder is not ready to light up the scoreboard yet — especially if Tampa Bay’s starters are in on defense. Expect this game to be a race to 20. Take the under.
Giants at Eagles: UNDER 43 (-110)
This one might be ugly. The Giants have nothing to play for, as they are locked into the sixth seed. Meanwhile, the Eagles are still looking to secure the top spot. There is a very good chance that we see Philadelphia’s starters taking on New York’s backups.
In that scenario, don’t expect the Giants to get much going offensively. Their first team offense wouldn’t match up that well with the Eagles defense. A unit led by Tyrod Taylor with Saquon Barkley on the bench is going to be lucky to break 10 in this one. Expect the Eagles to get a big lead and shut it down to keep guys healthy. At most, you might see 31-10. Take the under.
Lions at Packers: OVER 49 (-110)
The last game of the regular season may likely determine who gets the final playoff spot. Shockingly that game is between the Packers and [checks notes] the Lions? Even more shocking, this will likely be a tight game. Both teams are playing great football, each having won four of their last five games.
More importantly, both offenses are on fire right now. In their last five games, the Lions are averaging over 31 points per game. In that same span, the Packers are averaging over 30. Even on a cold night at Lambeau Field, expect this one to be a barn burner. Hammer the over.
It is time to ring in the new year with some great bets for this week’s NFL slate. Week 17 is the penultimate week, and our second-to-last chance to hit it big on our best bets this NFL season.
Last week was another tough one, but this week will technically be a new year so we’ve got a chance for a fresh start. Here are the five best NFL bets for this week’s games. All lines come via Draft Kings as of Saturday morning.
Five Best Bets for NFL Week 17
Panthers at Bucs: Panthers Moneyline (+165)
Our first pick comes in an ugly matchup between losing teams — that also somehow has a division title on the line. Tampa Bay can lock up the NFC South with a win, but a win for Carolina would give them the tiebreaker advantage heading into the last week of the season.
In these crucial games, it has never been a good idea to bet against Tom Brady. But that is exactly what we are doing here.
This is not your father’s Brady, or even your older brother’s for that matter. We are talking about a guy who needed overtime to squeak by a Cardinals team led by Trace McSorley. This Bucs team is crumbling before our eyes.
On the other side. The Panthers just routed a surging Lions team. Sam Darnold is doing his best impression of an NFL quarterback and running back D’onta Foreman is a problem for opposing defenses.
This will be a tight one, but Carolina is trending in the better direction right now and they offer more value at +165.
Browns at Commanders: Commanders -2.5 (-105)
This another ugly matchup. Once upon a time, Deshaun Watson and Carson Wentz would have been a marquee matchup between two of the league’s most promising young quarterbacks. That is no longer the case due to both player’s careers being plagued by injuries, Watson being a menace to society, and Wentz forgetting how to play football at times.
Despite all that, Wentz’s return to the lineup does seem to be an upgrade, unlike Watson’s.
While the Commanders were not winning early in the season with Wentz, he was not playing bad. The rest of the offense took significant strides with Taylor Heinicke, but it was not necessarily because he was tearing it up. The return of Wentz gives Washington the best version of their offense.
Washington should be able to do enough to outscore a Browns team led by Watson, who has looked extremely rusty this year. I like the Commanders enough to lay a few points.
Cardinals at Falcons: Cardinals +5.5 (-110)
Another week, another quarterback is starting for the Cardinals. This time around, it will be David Blough. However, do not get fooled into thinking this will be a cakewalk for Atlanta. This one will be a tight matchup.
Since being handed the reigns, Falcons rookie Desmond Ridder has taken longer than expected to get into a rhythm at the NFL level. As a result, Atlanta’s offense has struggled as of late. Meanwhile, Arizona’s defense has played well enough to keep them in games in spite of their quarterback carousel.
Who knows which team will come out on top in this one? One thing you should be able to count on is that it will be a close tilt, without a lot of points. I like the Cardinals to cover here.
Jets at Seahawks: Seahawks Moneyline (+105)
The ugliness continues with the Geno Smith revenge game! Seattle is taking on a Jets team quarterbacked by Mike White, who is replacing Zack Wilson, who was drafted to replace Sam Darnold, who was drafted to replace Smith. Right now Smith is playing better than any of those other guys.
The Seahawks have certainly cooled off as of late. They have dropped four of their last five. However, so have the Jets, who have lost four in a row. Both of these teams are falling apart at the seams. Yet Seattle just looks more promising right now. They are only half a game out of the playoffs compared to the full game that the Jets must make up.
This is a toss-up game that should slightly favor the home team in Seattle. With that, might you might as well take advantage of those +105 odds.
Vikings at Packers: Vikings Moneyline (+150)
Man, the Kirk Cousins hate is real. This is flat out insulting. How many games do the Vikings have to win before they stop being on “fraud alert?” Yes, the Packers are making a strong playoff push, and it is hard to sweep teams in the NFL. Regardless, I still like the Vikings here.
The rationale for this pick is that there is no legitimate reason to bet against Minnesota. If we did this with blind résumés, there would be no question. This might bother some folks, but Cousins is outplaying Aaron Rodgers right now by a wide margin.
During Green Bay’s three-game winning streak, Rodgers has thrown just three touchdown passes to two interceptions. Cousin’s touchdown-interception ratio in that same span is nine to two. At +150, you are crazy if you don’t take the Vikings.
Happy holidays folks! We are back with some more great NFL bets. Last week was rough; we had some bad beats. Here’s hoping that Santa leaves some covers under the tree this year. It’s one of those weird weeks in the NFL where most of the action will take place on Saturday, Christmas Eve, with some bonus games on Sunday, Christmas Day. Here are the five best bets for this weekend’s NFL Week 16 action. All lines come via Draft Kings as of Friday morning.
NFL Week 16 Best Bets
Lions at Panthers: Lions -2.5 (-120)
The Lions are rolling right now. They have won three in a row, including a win over the Vikings. Detroit has also won four of their last five, with the only blemish being a three-point loss to Buffalo. Head coach Dan Campbell has this team surging right now, and it is time to start thinking about the playoffs.
The Lions head to Carolina this week to face a bad Panthers team. Carolina has looked better as of late, thanks to the return of P.J. Walker. Nevertheless, this still feels like a hefty mismatch. Take the Lions here and don’t worry too much about laying 2.5.
Commanders at 49ers: OVER 37.5 (-105)
I know that Taylor Heinicke versus Brock Purdy doesn’t scream “quarterback duel,” but these guys aren’t playing bad football. They both arguably run their respective offenses better than their veteran predecessors in Carson Wentz and Jimmy Garoppolo. Both of these teams have talented wide receivers who can be deadly after the catch. Purdy and Heinicke are both capable of delivering them the ball in space.
Another thing to consider is that while both teams have stout defenses, neither one matches up well against the opposing offense. Washington struggled to defend Saquon Barkley on Monday Night Football last week. Christian McCaffrey will likely give them similar headaches.
On the other side of the ball, San Fransisco’s one weakness on defense is the cornerback position. The Commanders have the receivers to exploit that with Jahan Dotson and Terry McLaurin. I would expect both teams to break 20 in this one. Take the over.
Eagles at Cowboys: Cowboys -4.5 (-105)
All you need to know about this matchup is that Gardner Minshew is starting for the Eagles. Yeah, that Gardner Minshew. The interception machine. Literally, nothing else matters. Minshew replacing Jalen Hurts completely turns this matchup on its head.
Under normal conditions, this would probably be a very tight affair. The Cowboys would possibly be a slight favorite at -1, maybe more like a pick ’em situation. The line only moving a few points is astonishing. Hurts is a legitimate MVP contender. Minshew is barely an NFL quarterback. I like the Cowboys in this one up to about eight points. They should cover 4.5 comfortably.
Raiders at Steelers: Raiders Moneyline (+115)
We’ve got a frigid matchup in the Steel City to cap off Christmas Eve. Both teams are fighting to stay in the playoff hunt, so it should be a tight one. Something to keep an eye on: Kenny Picket is healthy for this one and will be back in the starting lineup. It is unclear as to whom that benefits. One could argue that Mitch Trubisky looked like an upgrade over Pickett last week against the Panthers.
Another important factor is the weather. It is going to be absolutely frigid in Pittsburgh this weekend. The team that wins this game will be the one who runs the ball well, and whose quarterback takes care of the football. Go with Derek Carr and Josh Jacobs to get the job done.
Broncos at Rams: UNDER 36.5 (-110)
This is a cartoonishly bad matchup. On one side, you have Baker Mayfield leading a depleted Rams offense against one of the league’s best defenses. On the other side, you have the hollow shell that was once Russell Wilson taking on a stout Rams defense.
These two offenses each average about 16 points per game. Keep in mind that’s factoring in matchups against lesser defenses. Given the defensive prowess of both teams, points will come at a premium in this one. Expect this game to be a race to 17. Hammer the under.