Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, as the saying goes. And it certainly doesn’t count when playing a multi-team parlay card. We came close last week hitting on two of our three favorites and correctly playing the underdog Seahawks in their matchup with Detroit. However, one loss ruins everything as the money line parlay card requires all teams to win their games. You would think picking a winner straight up would be easy, but this is the NFL, and nothing comes easy. Just ask the 49ers, who spoiled our party with a loss. A money line parlay card is both fun to play and rewarding when you win. In order to increase our payout on a winning ticket, it’s wise to side with a few underdogs. Let’s take a look at some must have favorites on the Week 9 slate and examine some possible upsets that will give players a better chance at a higher return.
Money Line Parlay Favorites
To improve your odds of cashing a winning money line parlay card it’s always a smart play to pick a few favorites. Going with all favored teams gives you a better a chance to win, however the payout isn’t nearly as hefty as what it would be if there were a few underdogs on the card. To increase the odds of a winning ticket and a better payout, we’re going to look at a five-team money line parlay with three favored teams and two underdogs.
Only game on the docket opened with a spread higher than 7-points, suggesting we should have some close games. That’s always good on the money line numbers, but it also gives bettors a stronger chance at failing on their parlay card picks. The Chiefs were the recipient of the big opening spread for their encounter with the Browns on Sunday. KC opened as 9-point chalk and that was before the Browns cleaned house by firing Hue Jackson and Todd Haley. That caused a slight downturn in the line, but it didn’t send shudders through the Chiefs locker room.
The Dallas Cowboys are ready to show off their new weapon and the Titans are standing in the way. If everything goes according to plan, Amari Cooper should open up the Boys offense and make them less predictable. Relying on Ezekiel Elliott isn’t a bad strategy since he ranks second in the league in rushing yards, but it’s not going to get Dallas anywhere near contender status.
Dallas has an underrated defense and their division is mediocre at best, unless you think the Skins are the class of the group. The Boys went all in with Cooper and he will help them take down Tennessee on Monday night. Both teams are coming off a bye so that should help in the preparation. The Titans are trying to figure out what they can do offensively to get better, short of swapping out Marcus Mariota. To me it doesn’t look like there’s anything that can be done and the Boys have shut down better offensive clubs. That’s why the Boys are another pick on my parlay card.
Finding another easy money favorite isn’t easy considering the light schedule and tight matchups this week, but we’re going with the Bears in their tilt with Buffalo. The Bills have a short week, and though they showed some spunk in a loss to the Pats on Monday night, they aren’t a very good football team. And Sean McDermott played a lot of his cards on Monday night, so a surprise attack isn’t going to work. The Bears stymied the Jets without Khalil Mack last week and they could be without their star linebacker again. But that shouldn’t faze them against a Bills team that hasn’t scored a touchdown in two games.
It’s an odd week when there’s more underdog picks than favorites to choose from. But that appears to be the case in Week 9. Big Ben and the Steelers are hitting a groove and they look like the class of the AFC North after scoring an average of over 30 points in three straight wins to take control of the division. The Ravens have stumbled and their mighty defense has shown cracks. It’s a tough road game, but at +130 on the money line, the Steelers are a solid pick. I also like the Texans on the road against the dumpster fire that is the Broncos. Vance Joseph is coaching for his job, but Bill O’Brien is coaching for a division title, and that trumps everything right now. Take Houston at +125 to pull off the “upset” and give you a winning ticket.
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