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Best Bets: Full Weekend Slate (Sunday Open Thread)

How to bet this weekend’s games

Jacksonville Jaguars v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images

The biggest game of the week for Chicago Bears fans isn’t taking place at Soldier Field. The Jacksonville Jaguars host the Carolina Panthers this weekend and if the Jags right the ship, the Bears will own the #1 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. It would solidify one of the biggest storylines of the 2023 season.

The Jaguars enter this week losers of four straight, including a 30-12 drubbing at the hands of the Bucs last week. They desperately need a get right game. The Panthers, on the other hand, are arguably the hottest they’ve been all year. A thrilling 9-7 victory over the Falcons followed by a frantic comeback a week ago against the Packers that fell short in the end.

This isn’t the cake walk for the Jags we all projected a month ago. Still, the Jags are a much better team on paper and they absolutely have to have this one. Because of the losing streak, the line in this one isn’t double digits. I think we look back at this one and think it’s easy money.

Picks: Jags -6.5, under 38

Numbers courtesy of our partners at DraftKings Sportsbooks

Note that Monday Night Football is played on Saturday night this week. Check out what the rest of our writers think and make your picks below.