If you were looking to make Sunday’s game a little more interesting, Michelle Magdziuk and I packed today’s Gold Digger’s podcast with tons of gambling and fantasy advice. Michelle is a researcher for the NFL Network and the Director of Content for Ball Blast Football if you don’t know.
So here are three of the best bets you can make in the 49ers game this week.
Elijah Mitchell over 72.5 yards
Chicago could be without Khalil Mack, Aikem Hicks, and Robert Quinn in this game, which means their defense will be severely compromised. Over the last two weeks, the Bears have given up an average of 139.5 rushing yards per game. Elijah Mitchell, meanwhile, seems to have emerged as the dominant ball carrier for Kyle Shanahan. Last week Mitchell had all but two of the running back carries for the Niners, and the week before that, he had 9 of the 11 RB carries in the game.
Khalil Herbert over 63.5 rushing yards
Since becoming the feature back three weeks ago for the Bears, Herbert has had at least 18 carries and 75 yards in every game. Even with an offense that’s struggling to score points, Herbert has still managed to put up consistent numbers against good competition (Raiders, Packers, Buccaneers). Additionally, this game will probably be close throughout, which means the Bears won’t have to abandon the running game to try and score a bunch of points through the air, either.
Justin Fields under 189.5 passing yards
This is an insanely low number for a quarterback in 2021, but it makes sense based on what we’ve seen from Fields for far in his rookie season. He’s only surpassed that total once all year, and it was 209 yards against the Detroit Lions. Due in part to DPI penalties, the 49ers are a top 10 pass defense this year. Luckily, even if they continue to add to their 14 pass interference calls, that penalty yardage won’t count towards Fields’ individual total. I’d like to see those flags stop just as much as you would, but if the team is going to continue to commit dumb penalties, you might as well make some money off of it, right?