Minty Bets, Ariel Epstein and Pamela Maldonado break down their best bets for Sunday's slate of Wild Card games.
MINTY BETS: It's Wild Card Weekend. I'm Minty Bets joined by Ariel Epstein and Pam Maldonado. And we're here to give you our best bets for Sunday's games, starting with me and the Eagles and Bucs. Now my first instinct is not to say Tom Brady, especially when Tampa's got one of the best rushing defenses going up against the best rushing offense in the Eagles.
Now the Eagles faced a similar situation in week 11 against the New Orleans Saints, the great rushing defense versus a great rushing offense. Who will prevail? Well Philly prevailed. And they won by 11 points. Tampa has struggled against mobile quarterbacks. And Tom Brady ever since joining the Bucs is 1 in 5 against the spread versus NFC east opponents. Now Bucs win, Eagles cover, simple as that.
Ariel, what do you have for us for the Niners, Cowboys game?
ARIEL EPSTEIN: In the 49ers and Cowboys game, I'm taking the point for the 49ers. San Francisco's the better defense. And they're getting points. San Francisco is top 10 all year against the pass and against the run. In total yards allowed, the 49ers have allowed the third least total yards to their opponents. When looking at the Cowboys defense, the Cowboys defense has been bottom 10 in receiving yards allowed to wide receivers. The 49ers have one of the best and most versatile wide receivers in the league in Deebo Samuel.
He can run, he can throw, and he can catch. I mean, he does it all. And that's why with the 49ers having enough weapons on the offensive side of the ball, plus being the better defense, it's just more worth it for me to take the points this week.
MINTY BETS: OK, finishing off with Pam and the Steelers, Chiefs game. What do you have for us?
PAMELA MALDONADO: You know I love my totals. So I'm hitting it once more for the Steelers for the Chiefs. I'm looking at the under and 46 and 1/2. The Chiefs, they are top five in time of possession. If you look at the drives in the last few games, the Chiefs have started out with an eight minute, eight minute, six minute, six minute drive. Draining the clock can keep the totals low. Pittsburgh offense, 31st in first half scoring, averaging just 7 points in the first half of games this season.
And the KC defense, they're fifth best in opponent scores in the second half. So you have Big Ben who can't score in the first half, and the Chiefs who do really well of limiting points in the second half. In the last 10 games, the Chiefs have held opponents at 10 points or less in 8, 7 points or less in 6. All the respect to Big Ben and Mike Tomlin. But the Steelers have scored 20 points or less in five of their last seven games. And Big Ben Roethlisberger, he has thrown for three passing touchdowns total in his last four.
The Chiefs, they are a little bit banged up in this spot. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Tyreek Hill, and Daryl Williams all questionable as of now. So you have a Steelers defense that has been the strength of this team versus the Chiefs coming into this a little bit banged up. Under 46 and 1/2 is all I see.
MINTY BETS: To recap our picks, I'm on the Eagles to cover, Ariel has the 49ers to cover, and Pam is on the under in the Steelers, Chiefs game. Bet $1.00 on any game and win $100 free. Sign up now at betmgm.com/yahoospecial.