It’s an all new episode of my sports betting podcast Wise Kracks with cohost Jon Orlando. This week is all about the NFL playoffs – results from last week’s games and our picks for this weekend’s divisional playoffs. It’s chock full of NFL picks and betting strategies, you don’t want to miss it!
Bills Beat Belichick And The Cowboys Flame Out
It’s no surprise that most sports fans were happy to see the Buffalo Bills dominate the New England Patriots the way they did on Saturday night. The result, especially for many square bettors, was a bit of surprise as the Patriots were dominant in the two teams’ previous matchups. Discussing the Patriots loss, I think it was a bit of “payback” for how Bill Belichick treated Tom Brady when he left the organization. A truly commanding performance by the Bills, the Patriots were never able to get plays going during the game.
It’s important to note that temperatures were below freezing with a severe wind in this game, so it actually impacted the offense’s ability to get plays started. Earlier this year, I explained that one of the most significant factors when looking at games in outdoor stadiums is the weather. Given the conditions in this game, the under was a definitely favorable, especially based on their previous outdoor meeting in December in Buffalo.
The loss of his beloved Cowboys this week profoundly saddened Jon. Like, seriously. Dallas took several bad penalties that contributed to their loss. In addition to the penalties, there was controversy over the “slow” nature of the umpire during the game. His lack of hustle resulted in the Cowboys not snapping the ball before the play clock ran out on two separate occasions. Many Cowboy fans attacked the referees with garbage following the team’s loss. While the fans assaulting the referees with waste is unacceptable, many in the media also feel that the umpire’s professionalism was seriously lacking. Furthermore, images indicate that the umpire was out of position on the final play.
Bills Over The Chiefs
I don’t bet sides often so when I’m willing to take a position, it’s worth paying attention. In this episode, I broke from tradition by liking the Bills over the Chiefs this weekend. An advantage sports bettor typically won’t bet on an NFL side as the edge is usually more on the bookmaker’s side, but that wasn’t the case this week. Coming off of the Bills’ dominant defeat of the Patriots, many are leaning towards Buffalo. However, Kansas City cannot be ruled out as they’re only a few years away from winning the Super Bowl.
Final UFC Fight For Ngannou?
Moreno takes on Figueiredo in the rubber match for the Flyweight Title. Jon likes Moreno in this fight, and a lot of fans feel the same way. However, Figueiredo struggles to make 125 pounds, and he was beaten easily in their last match.
Ngannou takes on Gane for the Heavyweight Title. Interestingly, Francis Ngannou is the underdog going into this fight even though he is the champion. It’ also rumored this is the last fight on Ngannou’s contract which could be a factor. Ngannou came under fire by fans by his constant criticism of Stipe Stipe Miocic for not fighting in a timely fashion. However, Stipe had severe injuries following his past two fights causing delays in his ability to fight. He was unable to fight due to eye pokes that caused permanent damage to his eye in his fights with Daniel Cormier.
When Francis won the title, he refused to defend his title timely even though he was healthy. As a result, the UFC held an interim heavyweight championship fight very quickly, which upset Francis. Fans were quick to call Ngannou out for being a hypocrite. Adding fuel to the fire was refusing to fight someone he had lost to in Derrick Lewis. Ngannou has struggled to cope with his criticism over his career. Saturday night could potentially be the last time we see him fight in the UFC.