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NFL Betting: Which Weekly Specials Stand Out for the Conference Championship Round?

Gabriel Santiago
Gabriel Santiago@gps_onthemic

With only four teams left vying for a chance at the Lombardi Trophy in Las Vegas, both conference championship games this Sunday should offer epic clashes on the gridiron.

First up, we'll see the Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens for the AFC title. Later in the afternoon, the Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers will battle for the NFC crown.

Naturally, what better way to enjoy the upcoming slate than by playing some of FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL Weekly Specials? Pertaining to this weekend's schedule, FanDuel has rolled out 50-plus exclusive markets, many of which are combination props.

Since kickoff is on the horizon, there's no sense wasting anymore time -- see below for myriad creative betting markets exclusive to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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NFL Weekly Specials

2023-24 NFL Championship Specials
Odds
Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes to Combine for 100+ Rushing Yards+105
Lamar Jackson, Brock Purdy, Jared Goff & Patrick Mahomes to Each Complete 20+ passes+350
Either Sam LaPorta or George Kittle to Record 100+ Receiving Yards Individually+360
Any Player to Rush for 150+ Rushing Yards+400
Christian McCaffrey and David Montgomery to Combine for 200+ Rushing Yards+550
A Quarterback to Score 1+ Rushing Touchdown in Each Championship Game+800
Travis Kelce and Sam LaPorta to Combine for 20+ Receptions+800
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Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes to Combine for 100+ Rushing Yards (+105)

As of Friday, the weather forecast at M&T Bank Stadium shows a 35 to 40% chance of rain for the AFC Championship Game. Slick conditions may place more of an emphasis on the running games at hand.

For Baltimore, Lamar Jackson's legs are obviously a focal point of the offense. "Action" Jackson is competing in his first ever conference title game, so I imagine he will come out motivated to make plays by any means necessary. Simply, I believe he and his opposite number this weekend -- the spectacular Patrick Mahomes -- can combine to rush for 100 or more yards.

Notably, Jackson has both game-changing speed and elusiveness when running with the football. En route to likely his second league MVP award, Jackson paced all quarterbacks by averaging 51.3 rushing yards per game (YPG). Through his playoff career, the former Heisman winner has seen an exponential jump in his ground production. In five lifetime postseason contests, Jackson has been good for 93.4 YPG on the ground.

There is an outside chance that Jackson cashes this combo market individually, but we'll likely need some help from the legs of "Showtime" Mahomes. Of course, the two-time Super Bowl champion might not be the fleetest of foot, but he can be a boom-or-bust candidate when it comes to ground production.

As we have all seen by now, Mahomes' big throwing arm forces defenses to respect the downfield threat. In these instances, with all defenders accounted for in coverage, Mahomes frequently squirts away to create chunk yardage with his legs.

Like Lamar, Mahomes' rushing numbers are elevated in the postseason. Through 16 lifetime playoff bids, Mahomes has averaged 5.9 yards per carry and 27.7 yards per game. This Sunday, the Texas Tech Red Raiders alum will be taking on a very sticky secondary (one that gave up the fewest yards allowed per pass attempt and tied-third in interceptions), so perhaps he'll check down to his legs more than usual.

Between both superstar quarterbacks on hand in Baltimore, I am confident in a play on them to combine for at least 100 yards rushing at +105 odds. Given the stage -- a trip to Super Bowl LVIII on the line -- and relative competition, Mahomes and Jackson will leave it all out on the field.

Either Sam LaPorta or George Kittle to Record 100+ Receiving Yards Individually (+360)

Unlike the previous section, this wager does not combine respective player efforts. We are looking at two different tight ends here -- San Francisco's George Kittle and Detroit's Sam LaPorta -- and if one can individually manage more than 100 receiving yards, this market will return residuals at +360 odds.

Two alums of the nation's top tight end factory (aka the Iowa Hawkeyes), it is not out of the realm of possibility that Kittle and LaPorta each provide their team with 100 yards through the air. If that's the case, then great -- we'll laugh all the way to the bank.

Still, combining yards between the two players does nothing for us here. Should Kittle produce 99 yards while the rookie LaPorta also has 99 receiving yards, this will be a losing bet. Simply, we have two separate chances at a starting tight end in the NFC title game going for 100 or more yards. They are two great ones, so I don't mind a sprinkle on a long-shot play such as this.

Transparently, Kittle has never gone for triple-digits receiving in any of his 10 prior playoff games. However, through four postseason bids with Brock Purdy as his quarterback, "The People's Tight End" has produced contests with 95 and 81 yards. Genuinely, that is just a catch away from cashing this market. In the current campaign, Kittle shelled over 100 receiving yards once in his past three games. And he may get more looks Sunday if Deebo Samuel is less than 100%.

After a fantastic rookie season, Lions star tight end LaPorta is hoping his first year in the NFL does not come to a close in Santa Clara this Sunday. The 2023 OROY finalist was fourth among all rooks in receiving yards. Rookie or not, SLP created the fifth-most yardage between all tight ends.

LaPorta hauled in 86 receptions in 2023, which indicates that he has the full trust of Detroit signal-caller Jared Goff. Additionally, we have witnessed early on that LaPorta has big-game capabilities, with him topping out at 140 receiving yards back in Week 13 versus the New Orleans Saints; for this market, we would graciously welcome a performance like that. Considering the rookie has attracted a 20.9% target share, LaPorta could explode on a day that has favorable passing conditions.

To reiterate, this is a long-shot wager. We'll need a dominant showing for either Kittle or LaPorta: not necessarily both. Since these two are competing in the same title game, we will be hoping for tight end production regardless of what offense is on the field. With these two teams playing for the NFC crown, let us hope that Purdy and Goff find security in working the ball to their star TEs.


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