According to BetMGM this week, the betting public is loving the Green Bay Packers as 6.5-point favorites over the Los Angeles Rams. And by betting public, we mean 81 percent of bettors are digging those NFL playoff odds.
While straight wagers are cool, parlay bets can be cooler, especially if you nail a long shot hardly anyone saw coming. That’s why this weekend is an ideal time to check out five of the best NFC divisional round parlay options currently on the board.
In the modified lyrics of AC/DC, “For those about to bet, we salute you.”
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 AFC divisional round parlay wagers as well.
Davante Adams to score and Packers to win: -140
“You lika da juice, huh? Duh juice is good.”
Yes, the vigorish is a robust -140, but the Pack Attack is well-rested after enjoying a Wild Card bye while the Rams were busy dominating the Seattle Seahawks in a surprising upset.
Floating between -6.5 and -7 this week, the betting public loves Aaron Rodgers at home, and it’s hard to envision Davante Adams failing to find the promised land after hauling in 18 touchdowns in the regular season — second behind only Alvin Kamara’s 21.
Taysom Hill to score and Saints to win: +180
If I recycled my aluminum cans and used the dough to plop down just one NFC divisional round parlay wager this weekend, this would be the one.
Quarterback, running back, tight end, wide receiver. It just doesn’t matter where Taysom Hill lines up. The man finds the end zone. In the regular season, he struck gold eight times on the ground and once through the air. He also tossed eight scores, but that won’t help you with this parlay.
Ironically, the leg of this bad boy that might turn riches to rags is the Saints losing to the golden boy, Tom Brady.
Leonard Fournette to score and Buccaneers to win: +320
Remember when Leonard Fournette found the end zone a whopping 10 times his rookie season with the Jags?
Then again, the Bucs announced today he’ll be the squad’s starting running back.
Cam Akers to score and Rams to win: +375
It’s not until you get to the seventh-best odds at +375 that you find a Los Angeles human being paired with a Rams win, such is Vegas’ love affair with the Pack at home.
If you like LA to pull the upset, Akers could be your best bet after charging through the Seahawks’ D last weekend for 131 yards on 28 carries and a 5-yard-scoring plunge.
Johnny Mundt to score and Rams to win: +5000
If you had to Google who Johnny Mundt is, well, I’m right there with you.
Third on the Rams’ tight end depth chart, Mundt caught all of four passes this season for 53 yards and no scores.
I might’ve been an English major, but even I can understand why Mundt to score and the Rams to win combine for the longest odds on the board by a landslide in this game, including a far second to Van Jefferson to score and Rams to win at +1600.
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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.