FOX sports betting analyst
Well, we’ve reached the point in the season where we have NFL games on Saturdays. That’s how you know it’s almost playoff time.
But not so fast, as we still have a few weeks left in the regular season. There are a ton of huge matchups with potential playoff implications this week, so let’s break down my top Week 15 bets that will hopefully earn us all some cash (with odds via FOX Bet).
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Heads at jeans (1 p.m. ET Sunday, CBS)
The Texans are big underdogs again this Sunday, a week after nearly beating the Dallas Cowboys in Dallas by 17 points.
They’re 14-point underdogs hosting the Chiefs this weekend, and I wouldn’t blame you for rooting for them. The Chiefs routinely play opponents, and this is another prime spot for that. I don’t feel comfortable making that bet because the Chiefs could decide not to play with the food on Sunday and make this a big blowout. Even though I didn’t like the side, I did like a prop for this contest.
Patrick Mahomes is on pace for his best season as a passer. He is averaging 320 yards per game and is on pace for nearly 5,500 yards this season. Last weekend against one of the best pass defenses in the game, he threw for 352 yards but turned it over three times. The three turnovers in the second half were the most turnovers in a game all season.
Knowing how Mahomes operates, I would expect him to have a “right game” against the Texans, a game where he is very efficient with the ball and has monster passing numbers.
He gets his support from passing yards.
TO PICK UP: Patrick Mahomes 304.5+ yards passing (-120 at FOX Bet, bet $10 to win $18.33 total)
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bouquets at packers (8:15 p.m. ET Monday, ESPN)
Baker Mayfield’s story of redemption is what sports are all about. The underdog, with little preparation, takes his team on the field to win the game on the final play. Disney couldn’t have written a better script. Now the Rams, losers of six straight before Thursday night’s miracle, travel to Green Bay for Monday Night Football. Everyone is rooting for the Rams as underdogs.
Not so fast, everyone.
The Rams aren’t good, even with Baker Mayfield at quarterback. They needed 14 points in five minutes to win this game. If the Raiders get a first down, there will be no comeback. The Rams have a battered offensive line, their top receiver (Cooper Kupp) is out and Aaron Donald is on injured reserve. The Rams beat a Raiders team that has blown double-digit leads in four games this season in addition to losing to the Jeff Saturday-led Colts.
The Packers are by no means a good football team, but they have been playing better ball lately. There is also little chance this team can make the playoffs. The Packers are also rested, coming off their bye. I would imagine that some self-exploration happened over the two weeks, and we should see some improved play.
There is nothing the Rams are better at than the Packers. So I’ll take the Packers here, even with the big numbers.
TO PICK UP: Packers (-6.5 at FOX Bet) to win by more than 6.5 points
Geoff Schwartz played eight seasons in the NFL for five different teams. He started at right tackle for the University of Oregon for three seasons and was a second-team All-Pac-12 selection his freshman year. He is an NFL analyst for FOX Sports. Follow him on Twitter @GeoffSchwartz.
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