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Cross-Sport Parlay: All-Out Weekend Sale With Four Legs

Parlaying Easiest MMA and NFL Matchups For a 2-1 Payout

It’s a big weekend for both MMA and NFL fans. There is a slew of competitive matchups to whet the appetite. But bettors, our attention is elsewhere: We can pluck for a parlay on the easiest matchups. Bank on these four from the online sportsbook.

Best MMA & NFL Matches to Parlay

Dern (-235) vs Xiaonan (+185)

  • Round Totals: Over 2½ (-125), Under 2½ (-105)
  • Weight Class (Rounds): Women’s Strawweight, 115 lbs. (5 Rounds)
  • Day/Time: Saturday, Oct. 1st, 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Live stream: UFC Fight Pass

On paper, the UFC puts together competitive main events. But in reality, it becomes a showcase fight for one fighter. That’s what will happen for the main event this Saturday as Mackenzie Dern should reach new heights as a star at the expense of Yan Xiaonan. Dern, who has Jason Parillo now sharpening her striking, is hard-sparring, and most notably, she has Yan’s Kryptonite: grappling.

Cross-Sport Parlay: All-Out Weekend Sale With Four Legs
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We give Yan credit. The Chinese fighter has worked extensively on her grappling. She even took Marina Rodriguez down a few times. But Dern is just on another level, Jiu-Jitsu wise. Even with her lack of wrestling, Dern will find a way to lock up Yan. She has 25 minutes to do it, and even if she doesn’t, she’ll force Yan to keep defending. Dern has this in the bag.

    • Pick: Mackenzie Dern -235

Pico (-650) vs Kennedy (+425)

  • Round Totals: Over 2½ (-130), Under 2½ (Ev)
  • Weight Class (Rounds): Featherweight, 145 lbs. (3 Rounds)
  • Day/Time: Saturday, Oct. 1st, 10:00 p.m. ET
  • Live stream: UFC Fight Pass

Moving on to Bellator, Aaron Pico is another rising star ready to shine. He’s got a favorable matchup against Jeremy Kennedy, as his lofty MMA betting line exposes. While Pico has flopped as chalk several times, Kennedy presents little threat to him. The Canadian is also a grappler but not as explosive or talented as Pico.

We foresee Pico keeping this fight standing and lighting up Kennedy. There is a decent chance Pico knocks Kennedy out. But the underdog is durable and will make Pico work a bit. Either way, Pico can’t lose this fight barring an injury.

    • Pick: Aaron Pico -650

Vikings (-165) vs Saints (+145)

  • Total: Over/Under 41½ (-110)
  • Day/Time: Sunday, Oct. 2nd, 1:00 p.m. ET
  • Live Stream: ESPN

The Vikings and the Saints meet in London in what should be an unproblematic ‘W’ for Minnesota. But it’s the Vikings, and we saw how they almost blew the game against Detroit last week. But we digress as Detroit has twice more offensive potency than the Saints, who are down to Andy Dalton at quarterback and are without top receiver Michael Thomas.

Dennis Allen is also a terrible coach. He’s a great defensive coordinator, but as a coach, his vaunted “D” is just 19th in the NFL in points allowed. Minnesota is not perfect by any means. Kirk Cousins tends to choke in big-time games. But even if “bad Kirk” shows up, Minnesota has enough on both ends to warrant a bet online.

    • Pick: Minnesota Vikings -165

Patriots (+350) vs Packers (-450)

  • Total: Over/Under 40½ (-110)
  • Day/Time: Sunday, Oct. 2nd, 4:25 p.m. ET
  • Live Stream: ESPN

This couldn’t be a more wide-open layup for our parlay. We’re not underestimating Bill Belichick and the Patriots, but they have not looked good recently. The Patriots are just 1-4 in their last five games and are 0-4-1 against the spread (ATS) in this span. They visit Green Bay, without starting quarterback Mac Jones, against the Packers who are 9-1 in their last 10 home games.

Aaron Rodgers won’t need to do much here as the defense, which has played like a top-3 unit all season, will shut the Patriots down. Brian Hoyer’s last NFL start went like this: 130 passing yards, zero touchdowns, and one interception for a 59.4 passer rating in 2020. Chalk it up for Green Bay on the NFL odds.

    • Pick: Green Bay Packers -450
    • Parlay: Mackenzie Dern, Aaron Pico, Minnesota ML, and Green Bay ML (+227)

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