Wise n' Shine: NFL picks, MLB predictions and soccer best bets for Sunday, October 9

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Good morning and welcome to another NFL Sunday, Pickswise Nation! We have everything you need for the Week 5 games, while there was a ton of MLB drama yesterday and there’s one more elimination game today, plus EPL and MLS soccer and NASCAR. Let’s get straight to making your next bet better.

About Last Night

Guardians win marathon, Blue Jays crumble
Three of the MLB Wild Card series ended in sweeps yesterday, but in very different circumstances. The Guardians came through a 15-inning marathon contest to beat the Rays 1-0, while the Mariners fought back from 8-1 down to beat the Blue Jays 10-9. The Phillies ended the Cardinals’ year with a 2-0 win, leaving only the Mets and Padres still battling today after the Mets won 7-3 in Game 2. Our Cardinals vs Phillies SGP cashed at +372 odds and JutPicks was also on the money with his best MLB player prop bet.

CFB Saturday parlay cashes
Our Saturday college football parlay of Tennessee -3. UCLA +4.5 and Oklahoma State -9 was a winner at +612 odds. Alabama was made to work harder than a 24-point favorite should in a 24-20 win over Texas A&M, while Georgia, Ohio State and Michigan all won. FanDuel Sportsbook now has Ohio State at +190 odds for the National Championship, with Georgia at +200 and Alabama at +250.

2-0 start to NHL season
We’re off to a 2-0 start on our NHL ML picks this season after our 3-star play on the Predators cashed as they beat the Sharks 3-2 in Prague.

Today’s Slate

NFL Week 5 games start early
It’s another London gameday today, so the NFL Week 5 slate stretches right through from Giants vs Packers at 9:30am ET to Bengals vs Ravens on Sunday Night Football. Read all today’s NFL picks.

It’s all on the line for the Mets and Padres 
We have just a single MLB game today, but it’s a huge one, with the Padres and Mets battling for the right to face the Dodgers at 7:07 pm ET on ESPN. Check out our MLB predictions.

There’s soccer and NASCAR, too
Today’s EPL soccer slate includes a big game between Arsenal and Liverpool at 11:30am ET and it’s also a busy day of MLS action. You can read all today’s soccer picks. We also have NASCAR predictions for today’s race, the Bank of America Royal 500.

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Best Bet of the Day

NFL: Arizona Cardinals +5.5 over Philadelphia Eagles
4:25 pm ET, FOX

The Eagles are the NFL’s only unbeaten team, but this feels like a tough spot to take the road team laying so many points. The Cardinals have been battling offensive injuries, but they’ve remained competitive and are slowly getting back to full strength. Kyler Murray has done plenty to carry them this far. The Philadelphia defense hasn’t dealt with a quarterback like Murray who can do what he does both on the ground and through the air. That combination may just allow Arizona to keep this game close. Check out our full Eagles vs Cardinals predictions.


Our comprehensive coverage of today’s NFL action can be accessed via the hub of our NFL Week 5 betting guide, which has links to all our expert analysis, picks, parlays and prop bets including Jared Smith’s NFL Best Bets and our Week 5 mega parlay.

We’ve also got you covered for today’s baseball with our YRFI/NRFI best bet and Padres vs Mets Same Game Parlay.

Looking a little further ahead, our NBA season preview and best bet is also available, while the break in the NHL season until Tuesday gives you a chance to check out our NHL division winner picks. and hockey player futures predictions.

Read all our great sports analysis as it arrives throughout the day on the Analysis tab.


Don’t forget to check out our daily show Let’s Bet It! on our YouTube channel at youtube.com/c/Pickswise at 10:00 am ET.

Lauren Jbara & Jared Smith are your hosts today and they will be joined by our NFL props expert Bobby “Prop Holliday” Stanley, to look at all today’s NFL line moves, prop plays and teasers before revealing their Plays of the Day.

The Week 5 edition of Pickwise Playbook, our weekly NFL preview show, is also available, featuring former NFL star Tank Williams, so be sure to check that out, too!

You can also access the shows at any time through Spotify and Apple Podcasts (search for Let’s Bet It Presented By Pickswise).

Stat of the Day

The Cowboys have won and covered in their last 5 road games.

Boost of the Day

Aaron Rodgers 250+ passing yards and Packers to cover -6.5 vs NY Giants

FanDuel Sportsbook has enhanced the odds of Aaron Rodgers passing for 250+ yards and the Packers covering a -6.5 spread against the Giants in London today from +270 odds to +400.

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