Minty Bets, Pamela Maldonado & Mark Drumheller give you their best plays for a 3-team 6-point teaser for the Week 17 slate of the NFL season.
MINTY BETS: We're in the final two weeks of the NFL regular season, and things are getting a little tricky to handicap. I'm Minty Bets, joined by Pam Maldonado and Mark Drumheller, and we're giving you our week 17 Tasty Teaser. We each pick our favorite bet on the board and throw it in a 6.3 leg teaser. So let's kick things off with Pam first. Who is our first winner, Pam?
PAM MALDONADO: I'll be teasing the Seahawks from 1 and 1/2 up to 7 and 1/2. Geno Smith, the quarterback for the Seahawks and company, this offense has played a really tough slate of opponents as of late. You had the Raiders offense, a tough Rams defense, a strong rushing offense against the Panthers, and then in back to back weeks, arguably, the Seahawks played the two toughest teams in the NFL in the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs. Now, during that stretch, Seattle didn't have at wide receiver, Tyler Lockett for the Chiefs. They didn't have running back Kenneth Walker III against the Panthers.
And in the last two games, they've been without defensive tackle, Al Woods. There's a potential here that all three are going to be in the lineup. It is still a banged up team, but there is optimism coming from head coach, Pete Carroll, that all players will be in attendance, including wide receiver, Marquise Goodwin. So that spells good news. Now, the Jets defense has been pretty solid, but they have allowed, still, an average of 22 points per game, and there has been some holes in the last few, giving up 86 rushing yards to the Vikings running back in Dalvin Cook. They forced zero sacks to the Lions quarterback in Jared Goff, and allowed 7 and 1/2 yards per pass from Trevor Lawrence of the Jags.
The Jets offense, it's not a threat to me, whether it's Zach Wilson or Mike White. They are last in the league in points per drive, and they've only converted four on 15 attempts inside the red zone into touchdowns. So the Jets defense is a little bit lacking as of late, and the offense, it's not a threat. Give me Seattle plus 11 and 1/2 on a teaser.
MINTY BETS: All right, Mark, who's your pick?
MARK DRUMHELLER: I'm teasing the Chargers down to where we just need them to beat the Rams. We're catching the Rams off a massive win against a Denver team that was clearly unprepared to the point where it cost Nathaniel Hackett his job. The Chargers are getting healthy at just the right time, and their defense has been really dialed in lately. The last three weeks, they've been best in the NFL in points and yards allowed per game. Sure, it helps when you're playing Nick Foles, but they also held Tua and Miami to only 145 yards passing.
Head Coach Brandon Staley showed no indication of taking his foot off the gas, so it's hard for me to imagine they don't get the job done here in the Battle of LA. Tease the Chargers down to a 1/2 point.
MINTY BETS: I like it. All right, I'm heading to Sunday Night Football between the Steelers and the Ravens. I love the Steelers as underdogs, especially with how underwhelming Baltimore's offense has looked, especially in the last three games. They're really slumping in the second half here, averaging only 2 points per second half in that time span. On paper, both of these defenses are pretty similar, so this should be a really close game. Although, the Steelers are 1 and 3 against the spread against AFC North opponents, they're 4 and 2 against the spread as underdogs this season.
So I'm going to play it safe. I think they keep it close, but I'm going to tease them from plus 2 and 1/2 to plus 8 and 1/2. To recap our picks, Pam's teasing the Seahawks. Mark's teasing the Chargers, and I'm teasing the Steelers. Bet $10 and win $100 when you wager on any event. Sign up at BetMGM.com/Yahoospecial. New customers only, must be 21 or older.