Action Network NFL analyst C Jackson Cowart is in his first season with The Post’s Bettor’s Guide. Here are his best bets for the wildcard round.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (-9.5) over Seattle Seahawks (BetMGM)
I’m less bullish on this bet than I am with the Jaguar below, but only because of the price. I’d be surprised if San Francisco messes with a team they know well.
The 49ers easily dispatched the Seahawks in these teams’ first two games and won 10 straight to finish the season by an average of 16 points per game – tied for the largest scoring margins in NFL history if it spanned an entire season. San Francisco boasts the best defense and most talent-rich offense in the league, which should be enough to pull off another convincing win at home.
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JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (+2) vs Los Angeles Chargers (BetMGM)
This is the easiest bet of the entire weekend, and I’m surprised the line hasn’t moved more in the Jaguars’ favor after some action earlier in the week.
Jacksonville has emerged as the better team in nearly every metric over the past 18 weeks and clearly looked like the superior team in a 38-10 win over the Chargers in Week 3, as well. Any talent gap the betting market sees between these two teams is also mitigated by the myriad of injuries for the Chargers, who have to travel cross-country for short rest before Saturday night’s drink. I smell a complete disturbance here.
Last week: 2-0 Falcons (W), Steelers (W)