Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Sunday, September 12

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I've been writing about the NFL and a host of other sports for the UK's top daily betting paper the Racing Post for more than 20 years. An incurable Browns fan (1-31 survivor), I also specialise in all kinds of motorsport betting including F1, MotoGP, IndyCar and NASCAR. For Phil Agius media enquiries, please email contact@pickswise.com.
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Good morning Pickswise Nation and welcome to Wise n’ Shine, your one-stop shop for everything you need to know to bet better today!

Happy NFL Sunday, everyone; it has finally arrived. We have 14 games to enjoy today, plus a full MLB slate and the men’s U.S. Open tennis final. Let’s get straight to it!

About Last Night

Saturday stunners in CFB and tennis
College football provided some stunning results on Saturday, undoubtedly headed by No. 3 Ohio State being taken down 35-28 at home by No. 12 Oregon. Stanford shocked No 14 USC 42-28, Arkansas beat No. 15 Texas, and BYU won at home over No 21 Utah. Oh, and Jacksonville State (+1900 ML) beat Florida State as time expired! No. 1 Alabama unsurprisingly won against Mercer, but the underdogs covered the huge 56.5-point spread. Despite the madness, our CFB handicappers managed to go 3-1 with their best bets.

The Crimson Tide are +150 National Championship favorites with Georgia +400 and the Buckeyes now up to +900 at FanDuel Sportsbook.

In the U.S. Open, British teenager Emma Raducanu completed a sensational run in the women’s event–not dropping a set in the entire tournament despite starting out as a qualifier. Raducanu had opened at +25000 with BetMGM Sportsbook!

Today’s Slate

NFL is back!
Training camp is over, rosters have been set and today, 28 teams play football. Our expert handicappers have picks for every Week 1 side and total — plus same game parlays for every game.

Full MLB slate
There’s a busy afternoon baseball schedule leading up to the latest Mets-Yankees showdown on ESPN at 8pm ET. Check out our picks for the side and total for all of today’s games.

Best Bet of the Day

Tennessee Titans -3 vs Arizona Cardinals
1pm ET, CBS

If the Titans want to show they are Super Bowl contenders this season with Derrick Henry leading their offense, Julio Jones added in free agency and Bud Dupree bolstering their defense, this is the kind of game they need to win–and they should record a home W against the Cardinals. Check out our full preview of Cardinals vs Titans.


What a start for our great new daily betting show Let’s Bet It! Lauren Jbara, Alex Glaze and Jared Smith went 8-1 with their Week 2 college football picks on Friday’s show. Check it out every day as they break down the day’s betting slate. Look out for today’s show on our YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/Pickswise.

Our awesome new weekly NFL betting show Pickswise Playbook also dropped its first episode with Chris Rose, Ross Tucker and Jared Smith helping to make your next bet better! It’s out every Thursday and you can catch the first show right here:


There’s so much awesome NFL preview content on Pickswise this weekend, we had to write an article just to show you where all of them are. Here’s the ultimate betting guide to NFL Week 1 — the hub from which you can access all the content.

There’s also still time to read our 32-page Pickswise Preview of the NFL season before today’s games. Our in-depth guide includes assessments of all 32 teams and all eight divisions and you can either read it online, download it, or even print it out to enjoy as you wish and keep by your side throughout the season.

Stat of the Day

Kansas City failed to cover the spread in 11 of its 19 games last season. The Chiefs are favorites at home against the Browns today in a repeat of their 22-17 Divisional Playoffs win from January.

Boost of the day

Sam Darnold to pass for 2+ TDs and Carolina to win vs NY Jets

Revenge is in the air with this boost as new Panthers QB Sam Darnold returns to face his former club and aims to hand his replacement, Zach Wilson, a loss in his first NFL appearance. FanDuel Sportsbook has boosted the odds of Darnold passing for 2+ TDs in a win from +180 to +230.

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