If it’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n roll, it’s an even longer way to the top if you wanna win a Super Bowl.
The AFC gave us the biggest Wild Card stunner last week as the Browns jumped out to a 28-0 first quarter leader in Pittsburgh on its way to a dominating 48-37 win. Cleveland’s reward for knocking off its nemesis is a road contest at Kansas City, and the NFL odds this week most-def are not in the Browns’ favor.
With a pair of intriguing matchups on the near horizon, let’s review five of the best AFC divisional round parlays to make you go “hmmm.”
Editor’s note: This is not wagering advice. Rather, a quick look at unique parlays you may not be aware of. While you’re here, feel free to check out the five best NFC divisional round parlay wagers as well.
Lamar Jackson to score and Ravens win: +230
Jackson shredded the Tennessee Titans last week for 136 yards on 16 carries, good for 8.5 yards per attempt, and an electrifying 48-yard run late in the second quarter to tie the score before halftime.
Assuming Jackson finds paydirt again Saturday night, the Ravens probably possess the best chance at an upset all weekend (+2.5), considering the Buffalo Bills were fortunate to escape last weekend’s Wild Card affair versus the Indianapolis Colts, 27-24.
Tyreek Hill to score and Chiefs to win: -300
If you thought the juice was flowing with Davante Adams to score and the Packers to win at -140 over in the NFC, try a Tyreek Hill TD combined with a Kansas City win on for size.
In what seems like a no-brainer on paper (famous last words, I know), you’ll have to pony up $300 to win $100 to nail this bad boy.
Patrick Mahomes to score and Chiefs to win: +350
Is an AFC sports article really an AFC sports article without mentioning Mahomes?
While the QB threw for 38 TDs this season, he only found the end zone with his legs twice. Then again, he ran for one score in the 2018 postseason and twice in last year’s playoffs.
Baker Mayfield to score and Browns to win: +2800
While the Browns to cover the +10.5 is looking more delicious by the hour, an outright win might be too much to ask, even for a team that smashed the Steelers last week as +6.5 underdogs.
If you’re feeling the Browns to keep the magic going with an outright W, Mayfield ran for three scores two seasons ago and once this year.
In the words of the great philosopher Lloyd Christmas, “So you’re telling me there’s a chance. Yeah!”
Stephen Carlson to score and Browns to win: +6600
There are long-shot parlays, and then there’s this wager.
Tight end Stephen Carlson was apparently injured in practice this week in a season in which he caught one pass for 11 yards against Jacksonville in late November. That reception doubled his final total for targets during the regular season.
On a positive note, $10 will win you $660, so there’s always that.
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Andy Coffaro is a sports journalist and managing editor with published work in USA Today, MSN, HERO Sports, The Mercury News, East Bay Times, Phil Steele’s College Football Preview magazine, and more. He graduated from San José State University with a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Kinesiology. Follow him on Twitter @andycoffaro.