NFL Best Bets: Wildcard Weekend

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

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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.

Best NFL Bets for Wildcard Weekend Recap:

  • Seahawks/49ers Under 42
  • Jaguars ML
  • Bills (-13.5)
  • Giants/Vikings Over 48
  • Bengals (-8.5)
  • Cowboys/Bucs Under 45.5

Best NFL Bets For Week 16

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

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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.

Best Bets for NFL Week 16 Recap:

  • Lions (-2.5)
  • Commanders/49ers o37.5
  • Cowboys (-4.5)
  • Raiders ML
  • Broncos/Rams u36.5

Best NFL Bets for Week 13

We are back with some more great NFL bets! Last week was a bit rough, but a solid Thanksgiving kept us with a respectable 12-10-1 for the month of November. Let’s see if we can start kick off December by going a perfect 6-0. Here are five of the best bets for this week’s Week 13 NFL action. All lines come via Draft Kings as of Friday evening.

The Best Bets for NFL Week 13

The return of Detroit Lions WR Jameson Williams makes them one of the best bets in the NFL for Week 13
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Jaguars at Lions: Lions -1 (-105)

This is a matchup of two teams who are both trending in the right direction. The Jags have won two out of their last three and are coming off a win against a good Ravens team. They would be the pick here, if not for the fact that the Lions are feeling it right now.

Detroit has won three out of the last five, with two close losses to Buffalo and Miami. They look really good. Add in the fact that they are playing at home, getting Jameson Williams for the first time all season, and only laying point, and this is a no-brainer.

Packers at Bears: Bears Moneyline (+155)

Despite some injury concerns for both teams, it does look like we will see Aaron Rodgers taking on Justin Fields this Sunday. Who does that benefit more? It is hard to say. Getting Rodgers back should be massive, but after last week’s game, folks might be ready to turn the page.

The Bears clearly missed Justin Fields against the Jets last week. Before the injury, they seemed to be on the cusp of finally breaking their losing streak. The return of Fields should be a huge boost in a surprisingly winnable contest. Rodgers and the Packers seem headed for a divorce, and their season looks like it is just about over. I think the Bears drive the final nail into the coffin this week.

Dolphins at 49ers: Dolphins Moneyline (+165)

Here we get the return of Mike McDaniel to San Francisco. This is a great matchup between two good teams that both play similar styles of football. For that reason, the four-point spread is a bit surprising. However, that leaves an opportunity to make some money.

When you have two head coaches who are super familiar with one another, it presents unique challenges. Both coaches will have to make a lot of adjustments to not be too predictable. Right now, I don’t think there is any coach in the league scheming better than McDaniel. For this reason, I would lean Miami in a tight one. Add in the value and you have to take it.

Seahawks at Rams: Seahawks -7 (-110)

The Seahawks need a rebound game desperately. They just dropped their second straight game, this time to the lowly Raiders. Seattle could soon be in danger of falling out of the NFC West title hunt. They need to get right in a hurry.

Enter the Rams. They have lost five straight and are now without Matthew Stafford. This team looks like it is falling apart as we speak. Expect the Rams to get thumped again while the Seahawks get back on track. Take Seattle, despite having to lay seven points.

Chargers at Raiders: OVER 50 (-110)

Given what we have seen from both of these teams, I don’t feel comfortable picking a winner at all. The Raiders have looked solid as of late. However, the Chargers haven’t looked bad, either. Also, they are still the better team on paper. Then again, they are still the Chargers and Brandon Staley has a knack for finding ways to lose.

Here is what we do know for sure: the Raiders have figured some stuff out offensively. Guys are starting to buy in, and Derek Carr is beginning to look comfortable in that offense. The Chargers are very ‘meh’ defensively, but Justin Herbert should pick apart the Raiders’ abysmal defense. I think whoever wins this game is going to need at least 30 to do so. Take the over.

NFL Week 13 Best Bets Bonus Pick

Colts at Cowboys: Colts +10.5 (-110)

As we have established before, it is hard to win by double digits in this league. The Cowboys are on a roll right now, but the Colts are not a pushover. The Jeff Saturday era has not had nearly as bad of a start as we expected.

The Colts are still a tough team that plays great defense. The Cowboys will most likely win this game, make no mistake. Nevertheless, it will be more like a 24-13 game or something like that. The Colts will cover.

NFL Best Bets Week 13 Recap:

  • Lions (-1)
  • Bears ML
  • Dolphins ML
  • Seahawks (-7)
  • Chargers vs. Raiders (o50)
  • Colts (+10)

Best NFL Bets For Week 9

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Time for some more NFL bets! Last week, we were a Packers backdoor cover away from a winning record. Hopefully we can bounce back with this week’s games. We’ll also try to make our own luck with five great NFL bets picks for this Sunday’s Week 9 games. All betting lines come via Draft Kings as of Saturday morning.

Dolphins at Bears: Bears +4 (-110)

I know everyone likes the Dolphins right now, but folks need to be careful this team has not looked dominant all season. They have only won one game by more than a touchdown all season. Most of those wins have come by four points or less. The Bears have been playing their best football as of late.

This one is at home in what appears to be another windy day at Soldier Field. Also, people forget that Chicago’s defense is top-five in passing yards allowed. We might not see the same vaunted Miami passing offense that we have for most of this season.

Look for this one to be closer than expected. The Bears moneyline (+165) is worth a look, but we’re going to play it safe and take the points.

Panthers at Bengals: Bengals -7.5 (+100)

We are getting to that point in the season where teams start to settle in and play closer to expectations. The Panthers are not a good football team. They are completely devoid of talent. On the flip side, the Bengals have too much talent to continue to wallow in mediocrity.

The Bengals have won four out of their last six. In those four wins, three have come by double-digits. For that reason, I like Cincinnati to win by eight or more, and I love the value at +100.

Chargers at Falcons: Falcons Moneyline (+130)

I’m not a huge fan of gambling stats, but the fact that the Falcons are 6-2 against the spread this year. Also, they are 3-1 at home this season. Then, you have to factor in that the Chargers have not played great this year, and that they are coming into this game without most of Justin Herbert’s top weapons.

For all of these reasons, I like Atlanta a lot this week. The spread is only three points, so we’re going to take the extra value here and pick them to win outright.

Colts at Patriots: UNDER 40 (-110)

The injury report for this game is a big reason why I like the under here. The Patriots have a ton of injuries on the offensive side of the ball, especially up front. Offensive line injuries are hard to overcome because the league, as a whole, is just generally not very deep at that position. New England only has an average offense when healthy, playing shorthanded against a very good Colts defense is not conducive to scoring a lot of points.

On the other side, Indianapolis didn’t have much of an offense before they thrust a rookie quarterback into the starting lineup, their star running back got hurt, and they traded their third-down back. It is hard to see any way either team breaks 20 this week. Hammer the under.

Raiders at Jaguars: Raiders -2 (-110)

The Raiders got absolutely embarrassed last week in New Orleans. It was the kind of game that has to elicit a visceral response. The Raiders stayed on the East coast this week for the Jacksonville game, so they have had another week to settle into a routine.

The Jags, on the other hand, have to re-acclimate themselves after playing in London last week. Not having the bye after playing overseas is a tough draw. The Raiders are too talented to lose to two bad teams in a row. Take the Raiders to cover. That’s it for the Week 9 NFL bets. Go out there and make some money, and come back next week for the Week 10 piece!

Best College Football Bets For Week 9

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Another great weekend of college football is almost upon us. Last week was a bit of a setback, but the smell of redemption is in the air. There are some truly generous lines this week. It almost feels like the bookies took the week off. Here are five great college football bets for Week 9. All lines come via Draft Kings as of Friday morning.

Notre Dame at #16 Syracuse: Syracuse -2.5 (-110)

The Week 9 college football bets start off with Notre Dame getting way too much credit. The Orange just went on the road against a top-five Clemson team and took them down to the wire. Meanwhile, the Fighting Irish are just two weeks removed from losing at home to an awful Stanford team. The fact that Notre Dame is getting less than a field goal on the road is insane.

Look for an angry Syracuse team coming off a loss to have some extra motivation in this one. Playing in the Carrier Dome against a still overrated Notre Dame team shouldn’t hurt, either. The Orange still have everything to play for, the Irish do not. I like this one up to about 10, in all honesty. If you can get alternative lines, it might be worth a look.

Florida vs #1 Georgia: OVER 56.5 (-110)

We have a classic rivalry game here at a neutral site. Unfortunately, this is unlikely to be a memorable tilt. Georgia is an absolute WAGON once again this year. Florida… is not, to put it lightly. Expect the Bulldogs to win this one handily. Will they win by enough to cover the 22.5 point spread? That is more difficult to predict.

There is one major reason why I like the OVER rather than the spread here: Junk time. Florida can’t play defense. Georgia is going to score a lot of points. Their defense will likely stifle the Gators’ offense early on in the game. The problem is that we might see Georgia’s starters leave this game early if the game is something like 41-10 heading into the fourth quarter. If that happens, we could see the Florida claw back to 41-24 against Georgia’s backups.

The OVER is the safe play in this one.

Northwestern at Iowa: Northwestern +11 (-110)

With how inept that offense is, one has to wonder how the Hawkeyes can be favored by 11 against anyone. Iowa has only scored more than 10 points in two of their seven games this year. To hell with winning by 11, Iowa will be lucky just to score 11.

Now, this is arguably the worst Northwestern team of the entire Pat Fitzgerald era. Nevertheless, all Fitzgerald teams want to play stout defense and run the football. Both teams will want to play some classic, low-scoring, Big Ten football. A double-digit spread feels massive in a game where it might not take more than 13 to win it.

#19 Kentucky at #3 Tennessee: Kentucky +12 (-110)

I think we should make something clear: There is no chance Kentucky wins this game. The Wildcats are simply not talented enough — and more specifically not explosive enough — to go on the road and beat a Tennessee team that is firmly in the National Championship conversation. However, the methodical style of Kentucky’s offense might be just what they need to cover.

Despite all of the (well-earned) hype surrounding the Vols, their defense is a glaring weakness. They can’t stop anyone. Will Levis and company will have no trouble moving the ball in this game. They should be able to chew enough clock, and score enough points to keep this game within 10.

#2 Ohio State at #13 Penn State: Ohio State -14.5 (-110)

After much deliberation, we are going to round out the Week 9 college football bets column with the biggest game of the week. The Buckeyes are headed to Beaver Stadium in what will be Penn State’s last chance to stay in the College Football Playoff hunt. Can you really trust a team to cover two touchdowns in a rivalry game, on the road, against a top-15 opponent? In arguably the toughest place to play in all of college football? In this case, yes, you can.

This Ohio State team is just built different. They haven’t won a game by fewer than 29 points since their season opener against Notre Dame. Also, it is important to note that this is not the “Whiteout” night game that the Buckeyes typically have to deal with when playing in Happy Valley.

Thanks to Fox, this game kicks off at noon. Penn State actually just played this year’s “Whiteout” game last week against Minnesota. This could leave potential for a bit of a hangover. While these games are typically close, this is not your typical Ohio State-Penn State game. Lay the points.