It began with the Rams and Raiders on Thursday Night Football, and the weekend features no shortage of compelling contests.
Today, we are going for the Hail Mary and trying out a five-game NFL parlay. Five-game parlays certainly feature risk, but the reward is plentiful.
And there are a number of games that should provide bettors with a chance to cash in on this major parlay. Without further ado, below are our picks for the weekend.
Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions Prediction
The Minnesota Vikings (10-2) and Detroit Lions (5-7) are scheduled to square off on Sunday. Detroit is listed as a two-point home favorite, which should catch the attention of bettors.
Minnesota has been one of the best teams in the NFL this year. They will go into Detroit feeling like the team to beat despite the odds.
The Lions have won four of their past five games overall and are playing an improved brand of football. But Minnesota has also won four of their past five NFL games and has not shown signs of slowing down.
On the season, both NFL teams are in the top half of the league in points per game. They also both rank within the top 10 in passing yards per game. However, Detroit is 10th in rushing yards per contest, while the Vikings are just 25th.
But looking past the Lions’ defense is difficult. They rank dead-last in points and yards surrendered per game. The Vikings haven’t been much better on defense, but they are capable of holding their own.
In what should be a competitive affair, go ahead and take a chance on Minnesota +2.
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Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers Prediction
The Baltimore Ravens (8-4) travel to Pittsburgh to battle the Steelers (5-7) in a Sunday affair. Pittsburgh enters as 2-point home favorites.
This represents another terrific opportunity for bettors to cash in on an underdog. The Steelers have won back-to-back games, but Baltimore has won four out of their past five overall.
It should be noted that the Steelers haven’t played their best brand of football as of late, despite finding ways to win. And this projects to be a close contest.
Offensively, the Ravens are 12th in points per game, while the Steelers are just 28th. They are both near the bottom of the league in passing yards per game, but the Ravens rank third in rushing yards while the Steelers are 16th.
Baltimore also holds an all-around advantage from a defensive perspective. And their defense has been the driving factor in recent action.
The Steelers will have an opportunity to cover the spread at home. But I like Baltimore’s chances of upsetting the spread and ultimately earning a win.
Take the Ravens +2.
Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals Prediction
The Cleveland Browns (5-7) and Cincinnati Bengals (8-4) will go head-to-head on Sunday. After a pair of upset picks to open our parlay, we will take the home favorites in this one. The Bengals are listed as 5.5-point favorites, and that is a spread they can cover.
It seemed likely that Cincinnati would be listed as a bigger favorite at home. But the 5.5-point spread provides a perfect opportunity to bet on the Bengals.
Cincinnati has won four games in a row. They most recently took care of business against a talented Kansas City Chiefs team.
Meanwhile, Cleveland enters having won two games in a row. Nevertheless, the Browns have struggled to find consistency this year. It will be interesting to see how Deshaun Watson fares in his second game back from suspension.
Nevertheless, Joe Burrow has led the Bengals to a top-tier ranking on offense in the passing attack. And if the run game offers productivity as well, the Bengals could cruise to a victory.
Cleveland’s defense was expected to hold down the fort in 2022. But that hasn’t been the case. Unless the Browns’ defense puts up a fight against the Bengals, Cincinnati will easily cover the spread.
Roll with the Bengals -5.5.
Miami Dolphins at Los Angeles Chargers Prediction
The Miami Dolphins (8-4) and Los Angeles Chargers (6-6) will square off on Sunday.
The Dolphins come into this affair listed as 3.5-point favorites on the road. They recently had an impressive winning streak snapped at the hands of the 49ers. Meanwhile, the Chargers have dropped three of their past four overall.
But should we take a chance on the Chargers in L.A.?
We can look at the stats and do a complete breakdown, but the fact is that the Chargers’ backs are up against the wall. They need to win this game.
They are going to come out with no shortage of energy at home. And the Chargers will at least give themselves an opportunity to pull off this victory.
These teams have seen fairly similar results on offense this season. Tua Tagovailoa and Miami’s passing attack has excelled, but Justin Herbert is a threat as well.
In what is a risky proposition, take the Chargers +3.5
New England Patriots at Arizona Cardinals Prediction
Our final pick stems from Monday Night Football, where the New England Patriots (6-6) battle the Arizona Cardinals (4-8).
New England is listed as just a one-point underdog. In all reality, this is practically a moneyline pick’em game. So can New England cover this extremely narrow spread on the road?
The Patriots have dropped consecutive games heading into MNF. However, the Cardinals have also lost back-to-back games and four of their last five overall.
Arizona’s defense has fallen apart as of late. They rank just 31st in points allowed, while the Patriots are seventh in points against.
Both the Cardinals and Patriots are average offensive teams, but New England’s defense will carry them to a win on Monday Night Football.
Roll with the Patriots -1.
Final NFL Week 14 Parlay
Parlays hold their share of risk, but with a decent mix of upset picks and favorites on the board, this parlay will net a quality return if it cashes.
Take a chance on this Week 14 five-game NFL parlay.