It all depends on a couple of key running backs from a couple of intriguing underdogs. Let’s take a look at some of games that we could potentially parlay together to get much more than traditional 12/5 NFL Odds.
Lions vs. Redskins
As bad as the Redskins have played so far this season, they are still favorites in this game. Their defense has looked awful, and Robert Griffin III is not progressing like they would have hoped. Both sides of the ball hold equal blame, but nonetheless, they are still favored against the Lions coming to town.
I think that is ludicrous, and one player’s status is keeping me from laying big units on the Lions’ moneyline in this one. Reggie Bush did not practice Wednesday because of his knee injury he suffered last week, but if he practices at all this week, it should be a good sign to us that he will play. If that’s the case, I really like the Lions as the first underdog in our parlay. At anywhere from +110 to +120, the Lions hold a lot of parlay value as slight underdogs for our NFL picks.
Texans vs. Ravens
This one is a bit trickier, because the status of Ray Rice is also very much in question. However Rice’s hip injury isn’t considered to be too serious, and if he is set to play this week, I think the Ravens have a lot of value as home underdogs. The NFL Odds have the Ravens at +115, which seems like great value for the champs at home, even with their wide receiver issues.
The Texans are only 1-6 SU in their last seven games against Baltimore. People seem to remember the blowout the Texans handed to the Ravens last year in Houston, but that was before the firing of Cam Cameron, and very early in the 2012 season. Before that Baltimore had won six in a row against the Texans dating back to 2002.
The Sharp Parlay
As long as these two star running backs are starting for their respective clubs this week, I really like these two teams as a parlay this week. Normal NFL Parlay Odds in a straight bet situation would net the winner 12/5 NFL Odds, or +240. However in a parlay with these odds, if you use the NFL Odds from Matchbook, a 2-team parlay between these two teams would net a payout of almost +400, a vast improvement from +240, with not a lot more risk than a normal -110 bet.
These are the ways you should use parlays if you chose to. Finding moneyline underdogs that are close to straight bets are sure ways to radically increase your betting value on Sundays. In Week 3 there are a total of eight games with money lines of -155 or less for the favorites. There are several combinations of teams on the moneyline that would net a much more lucrative payout than two spreads this week in a parlay, especially if they are underdogs.
My Pick: Parlay: Lions +121 and Ravens +124 @ Bet365 (+400)