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It’s Championship Weekend in the NFL, meaning just two games on the schedule. With just two games to focus on, we decided to put together a parlay for each game. That’s two same-game parlays, allowing you to follow our lead or mix and match however you please. We can’t wait to share with you our picks, so let’s get to it!
|Payout (Increasing with Each Leg)
|$10 to win $15.40
|Gus Edwards Over 34.5 Rushing Yards
|$10 to win $21.20
|Lamar Jackson Anytime TD
|$10 to win $37.20
|Isiah Pacheco Under 63.5 Rushing Yards
|$10 to win $58.50
Obviously, this is the lynchpin of this parlay and a tough call because it’s always tough to bet against Patrick Mahomes in a big game. However, Lamar Jackson is the presumptive MVP, which helps to balance out Mahomes. Plus, the Chiefs have to go on the road and face the best defense in the NFL. The Ravens looked well-rested and impressive last week whereas Kansas City had a challenging and emotional win in Buffalo. We’re not going to play around with the spread in a parlay, but between Jackson and the Baltimore defense, the Ravens should find a way to win.
Nobody should be expecting a huge game out of Edwards, but he's continued to get regular carries late in the season. He’s also rushed for at least 40 yards in four of his last five games. The Chiefs know they don’t want Lamar Jackson to get loose, so they might crash on him and force handoffs to Edwards on running plays. In a parlay, it’s okay to tease this number down a little. But since 40 rushing yards is a safe target for Edwards, this is a good leg to include in a parlay.
It's the AFC Championship Game, so the Ravens aren't going to mess around or hold anything back near the goal line. They’re going to use Jackson's legs if that’s the best play in that situation. Needless to say, that explains his 100 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns last week. Josh Allen scored two touchdowns against the Chiefs last week, so look for Jackson to get one this week as well.
Pacheco has been a menace for opposing teams late in the season. But this Baltimore defense is something else. Pacheco benefited from an injury-riddled Buffalo defense last week. However, he’ll have Roquan Smith and Patrick Queen watching him this week. That tandem will keep him contained while the Chiefs may also want to put this game in Patrick Mahomes’ hands, limiting Pacheco’s rushing yards.
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|Payout (Increasing with Each Leg)
|$10 to win $18.92
|Jared Goff Over 1.5 Touchdown Passes
|$10 to win $26.20
|Christian McCaffrey Over 4.5 Receptions
|$10 to win $43.50
|Jahmyr Gibbs Over 23.5 Receiving Yards
|$10 to win $80
Can the Lions win this game? Possibly, which surely means they can stay within a touchdown. The 49ers failed to cover the spread last week with Brock Purdy looking a little shaky and Deebo Samuel getting hurt. That doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence in the 49ers covering the spread this week. One could argue that Jared Goff is the more trustworthy game, which is why we’ll begin this parlay with Detroit beating the spread.
Speaking of Goff, he looked sharp for long stretches last week. In fairness, he’s only thrown multiple touchdown passes in three of his last seven games. But he also finished the regular season fourth in touchdown passes. The kicker is that the Lions have so many great options in the passing game, including Amon-Ra St. Brown, Josh Reynolds, Sam LaPorta, and two good running backs. Plus, Goff has won the NFC Championship Game before and should be prepared for a big game.
With Deebo Samuel questionable to play, the 49ers are going to put more focus than usual on McCaffrey. In addition to check-down opportunities, they’ll line him up in various spots and find ways to get the ball to him. That should lead to plenty of receptions against a Detroit defense that isn’t that good. After making seven catches last week, McCaffrey has gone over 4.5 receptions in three of his last four games, pointing to him being a key factor in the passing game yet again.
McCaffrey won’t be the only pass-catching back in the NFC Championship Game. Gibbs has caught four passes for at least 40 yards in both of Detroit's playoff games. Not only does he have reliable hands but he always looks dangerous after the catch. Keep in mind one of his four catches last week went for 20 yards. That means Gibbs may only need two or three catches to get over 21.5 receiving yards. His pass-catching abilities are a tool the Lions would be foolish not to use, which is why this is an obvious prop bet to include.
Bryan Zarpentine is a 2008 graduate of Syracuse University and has been working as a freelance writer and editor since 2010. During that time, he has contributed to countless sites while covering baseball, soccer, the NFL, college football, and college basketball.More info on Bryan Zarpentine
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