Teaser bets remain a popular option with many NFL bettors. But you must use caution when selecting which teams you’ll tease, as you can’t win long term without a sound strategy. At TheLines, we’ll go over each week’s NFL slate to see which teams fit best in teasers. Today, we look at options for NFL playoff teasers.
Last week, the obvious NFL playoff teasers came home as both the Chiefs and the Eagles covered. And Chiefs backers needed the bought points since Jacksonville hit a backdoor cover on the full game line.
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The Best NFL Playoffs Teasers, Conference Championship Round
In a rarely seen stroke of NFL playoff betting, the conference championships round does feature a potential teaser play despite the presence of just two games.
49ers (+2.5) At Eagles
While the 49ers were projected as favorites here in some spots, ultimately the market spoke immediately. The Eagles got hammered until they were just shy of -3 favorites, leaving the 49ers squarely in the ideal teaser zone with a very modest total. That makes this the clear anchor play for any NFL playoffs teasers on conference championship weekend.
San Francisco hasn’t so much as lost a game since Oct. 23, never mind losing by nine points or more. Given the immense talent on this roster and Kyle Shanahan’s success as a playoff coach, plus the fact that both teams prefer to run the ball, this sets up well for a teaser bet.
The only fly in the teaser ointment comes in the form of rookie QB Brock Purdy. Purdy did not have his best game against Dallas, throwing several passes into harm’s way that Cowboys defenders got their hands on. If those start to become interceptions, things could go south in a hurry for the 49ers.
Other Potential NFL Playoffs Teasers
Chiefs (+1.5 or better) OR Bengals (+1.5 or better)
This is an odd one because while the Chiefs now find themselves in the teaser zone — the consensus line remains +1.5 at the time of writing — that comes after a move through zero. Prior to that, bettors could have actually gotten the Bengals at a teasable number as high as +2.5.
While normally that move means these numbers on the Bengals are long gone, that’s not necessarily the case here. The unique situation revolving around Patrick Mahomes’ injury means we should expect further fluidity around this market. If good news leaks about Mahomes’ physical state, then the Bengals may flip back to short underdogs. Then, bettors can pair them with the 49ers. On the other hand, if the market remains as skeptical as it clearly is early in the week, the Chiefs number will only lengthen.
Of course, the inherent nature of the injury means wider error bars than usual around this game. If Mahomes proves unable to play well, or he aggravates the ankle, then the Bengals have a shot to run away with it. That makes this game a bit iffy for a teaser play. Selling points rather than buying may make more sense.