Each day, one of our experts will offer up a best bet (or two or three) that mobile sportsbooks are offering. It might be a traditional spread bet, a player prop or one of the various odds boosts that books offer.
Here are our best bets for Sunday, Dec. 18:
The play: NFL moneyline parlay, Cowboys over Jaguars and Eagles over Bears
The odds/bet: -117 ($46.80 to win $40)
The book: FanDuel
Time/TV: Both games Sunday at 1 p.m. (FOX)
Our take: The Cowboys are one of my plays this week in my NFL picks column to cover the 4-point spread, and the reason is simple: Not only does Dallas need this game in the worst way to remain alive in the race for the NFC East, but there are highly ticked off after the scare last week vs. Houston.
Jacksonville has been hit or miss the past five weeks after a five-game losing streak, but we mentioned how Doug Pederson wasn’t very good against the Cowboys in his days coaching the Eagles with a 4-6 record with some big-spread losers in there.
Meanwhile, it’s tough to lay the nine points with Philadelphia, because they are not only due for a letdown game, and they very well could be looking ahead to Dallas next week.
That being said, I am not sure the Chicago defense has any answers for Jalen Hurts and AJ Brown, and they should be able to score plenty enough points to win straight up.
NFL PLAYER PROP
The play: NFL player prop, Chiefs running back Isaiah Pacheco to combined for more than 80.5 total offensive yards
The odds/bet: -114 ($11.40 to win $10)
The book: FanDuel
Time/TV: 1 p.m. (CBS)
Our take: Pacheco quietly has taken over the No. 1 running back spot over Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who has been banged up for much of the season.
And in this one, we can expect the Chiefs to hold a fairly big lead, which opens up the way for Pacheco to have a nice day. Oh, and did we mention the Texans have the worst rushing defense in the NFL – by far – and have allowed the fifth-most points on the ground?
When Kansas City has a two-touchdown lead in the second quarter, they are going to feed the ball to Pacheco, and you can benefit by making this play with us.
HOW WE’VE FARED
College football, LA Bowl: Fresno State -4 over Washington State (WON $30)
NFL teaser: Colts-Vikings over 41.5 and Bills -1 over Dolphins (WON $20)
Editor’s note: We accidentally typed in our bet to be $140 to win $10 for the World Cup bet, but it was clear we meant $14 with odds of -140.
Saturday’s profit/loss: +$50 (2-0)
Total for the week: -$47 (6-6)
Total for December: -$42.50 (8-12)
Total for 2022: +$329.90 (322-342)
NOTE: If a line or odds are minus, it considers the juice one must lay to place the bet. Ex: Team A is -160 on the money line, one would have to bet $160 to win $100 (or $16 to win $10). OR Team B is a 5-point favorite at -110, one would have to bet $110 to win $100 (or $11 to win $10.)
Conversely, on positive lines, if Team C is +140 on the money line, a $100 would bring in $140 (or $10 to win $14).