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A new episode of Ride the Line with Grant Mitchell and Tanner Kern is now live on all WSN platforms!
The boys kicked off Friday’s show by discussing Sean Payton’s failure during his first months as the Denver Broncos’ coach. Grant also shared that he was still upset by missing out on the Broncos +10.5 in an 11-point loss and applauded Tanner for picking the game to go under.
Looking ahead, Grant likes the Chicago Bears at +3 against the Minnesota Vikings. Justin Jefferson is on IR, and that will be a major blow for Minnesota since he’s responsible for more than 38% of their passing offense.
The Bears’ offense started the season slow but has picked up steam, scoring 68 points in the last two weeks. Justin Fields has racked up 699 yards, eight touchdowns, and one interception during that span and gets to go against a Minnesota defense that is 23rd in points scored.
Tanner likes a pick from this game as well and is taking Justin Fields over 191.5 passing yards. The third-year pro from Ohio State has thrown for 210+ in four of five games this season and has played some of the best football of his career in recent weeks. The Vikings are also likely to possess the ball for less time without their best player, Jefferson, on the field.
Grant’s second pick is Cooper Kupp over 88.5 receiving yards. The 2021 Offensive Player of the Year made his season debut last week and brought in eight receptions for 118 yards on 12 targets, all of which were team-highs. He’s recorded at least 100 yards receiving in six of the last nine games he played and finished healthy dating back to last season, and the line is just too low.
Puka Nacua has been awesome in his rookie campaign, but even he took a backseat to Kupp in the latter’s return. The Arizona Cardinals’ defense is 26th in passing yards allowed, and Matthew Stafford and Kupp are one of the best duos in the NFL.
Tanner’s second pick of the Friday session is the San Francisco 49ers -9.5 against the Cleveland Browns. Deshaun Watson is going to miss another game with a rotator cuff injury, leaving P.J. Walker as Cleveland’s starter. That’s not a promising sign going against a Niners defense that ranks first in points allowed per game (13.6).
Brock Purdy is still yet to lose a game that he exits healthy, and the Niners are one of three teams that have gone 4-1 against the spread. It’s a steep line, but Tanner expects continued dominance from the Super Bowl favorites.
Grant’s final pick is the Seattle Seahawks +3 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Grant isn’t buying into the notion that Joe Burrow is “back” after tossing 317 yards and three touchdowns against a terrible Cardinals secondary and believes in Geno Smith to continue playing like a top-10 quarterback just as he did to start the campaign.
The Seahawks score more than 11 more points per game than the Bengals and give up exactly the same amount. They’ll also welcome back Jamal Adams after he suffered a concussion a couple of weeks ago, and Pete Carroll is 48-31-3 (60.4%) ATS as an underdog in his career.
Tanner’s final pick is the Las Vegas Raiders-New England Patriots under of 41.5 points. Both teams are horrendous offensively and have made baffling coaching decisions throughout the year. The defenses are also sloppy, and this is everything an NFL matchup should not be.
Grant made a quick argument for the Patriots’ spread but also likes the under. Mac Jones can’t seem to put anything together, while Jimmy Garoppolo leads the league in interceptions.
Check back next week for more episodes of Ride the Line!
Grant is a sports and sports betting journalist who prides himself on delivering breaking news and insightful analyses of the industry. Grant graduated from Virginia Tech in 2021 and is feverishly pursuing his ambitions in the sports betting field.
In his free time, Grant can be found passionately watching sports, doing a workout, or searching for adventure with his friends.More info on Grant Mitchell
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