Betting: NFL Week 16 Saturday Preview
Minty Bets, Mark Drumheller and Pam Maldonado give you their best bets for the NFL Week 16 Saturday Games on Christmas Eve.
MINTY BETS: It is the Eve of Christmas Day and we come bearing gifts. The gift of best bets. I'm Minty Bets joined by Mark Drumheller and Pam Maldonado, and we've got 11 games for Saturday's slate. Now, we're going to give you our favorite match-up and a pick to go along with it. Let's start with Mark here. Mark, what do you have for us for Saturday's slate?
MAX DRUMHELLER: I'm on San Francisco minus 7. I just have to fade the Commanders here. They just seem like a team that's unraveling to me. They failed to cover twice against the Giants, they're turning the ball over and making a lot of mistakes in key situations. And now on top of it all, the coach is threatening to change the quarterback and put Carson Wentz back on the field.
I don't know, but this just sounds like a horrible spot to go on and face the league's number one defense in San Francisco on the road. San Francisco is allowing only 15 points per game. They're the number one rush defense in the NFL, and without a running game, I think Washington's really going to struggle to move the ball.
The 49ers' pass rush should be able to tee off on Heinicke. And, you know, Brock Purdy has done a great job since he stepped in. San Francisco averaging close to 30 points a game since he's taken over. And 7 points is a lot here to lay with the favorite. But the 49ers, when they win, they win by a lot of margin. Out of their 10 wins, 9 of them have been by 7 points or more. So I think there's big blowout potential here. I'm all in on the 49ers. Let's make some coin and cash in on the gold rush.
MINTY BETS: You are right. When the Niners win, they win big. So I like that pick. Pam, what do you have for us for Saturday's NFL week?
PAM MALDONADO: I'm looking to one of the dogs. Bears plus 8 at home to the Bills. Weather is gonna come into play here, 25 mile per hour sustained winds, 35 mile per hour gusts. The Bills, they have won five straight games, but they're only 2 and 3 against the spread in those games. Since playing at Green Bay back in Week Eight, the Bills are actually 1 and 6 against the spread of at least a 6-point favorite.
Bears quarterback Justin Fields, he's an absolute baller. He's a playmaker star with his legs. Chicago has playmaking ability here between Fields, running back David Montgomery, and now running back Khalil Herbert, who was removed from IR earlier this week. That is a solid trio of running backs that could keep Josh Allen not only off the field, but keep within this number. Or at least keep things really interesting.
The Bills defense just allowed the Dolphins, who don't run the ball, nearly 200 yards of rushing offense just last week. 7 and 1/2 yards per rush. The Bills are questionable on defense. That bodes well for the Bears, who can do some damage on the ground. The Bears haven't rushed for less than 127 yards since Week Five. That continues this week. Give me the Bears plus 8 at home to the Bills.
MINTY BETS: Yeah, the Bills have been a little underwhelming this season, even though they do boast a winning record. So I'm with you on the Bears there. Now, I'm looking to a little uglier game here. I'm going Raiders at Steelers, and I'm looking to a first half play. Now, we know the Raiders have been known to blow some big leads here.
The Raiders in the first half are averaging about 12 points, and the Steelers are giving up 12.3 points in the first half. The Raiders have closed the half, leading in 3 of their last 4 games. So I'm on the Raiders first half money line at plus 105. To recap our Saturday NFL picks, Mark has the Niners to cover, Pam is taking the Bears to cover, and I'm going with the Raiders first half moneyline.
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