ESPN's New NFL Gambling Expert Is Still Red Hot -- Here Are His Picks For Week 16

Sal Iacono, a writer for “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and better known as “Cousin Sal” on Bill Simmons’ podcasts, is ESPN’s new NFL gambling expert and he hasn’t lost a pick on his weekly “SportsCenter” segment in over a month.

Last weekend Sal went 1-0-2. But over the last four weeks he is 10-0-2 and he is 14-2-2 on his picks over the last six weeks.

That’s pretty good.

So let’s take a look at who Cousin Sal likes in week 16:

First up is his “crooked line” pick.

  • Cleveland Browns +4 (@ Carolina Panthers)  — “76% of those betting this game are picking the Panthers … Why is everybody in love with this 5-8-1 team? We’re going on Johnny Football’s bandwagon again.”

His second pick is his 2-team teaser (must pick both games correctly, but you get a more favourable point-spread in each game). Cousin Sal is 6-1-1 on teasers over the last eight weeks.

  • Detroit Lions -6.5 (@ Chicago Bears)  — “[The Bears] have quit on their coach. They have no fire. And they are up against a Detroit team that needs to keep winning to make the playoffs.”
  • Atlanta Falcons +12.5 (@ New Orleans Saints)  — “It’s no secret, [the NFC South] is the worst division in all of sports. If you can get double-digits in an intradivision game, you take it.”

This season, Iacono is 10-3-1 on his “lock of the week.”

  1. Green Bay Packers -11.5 (@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers) — “This is a crazy stat,” Iacono said jokingly. “Tampa Bay is 0-75 in games that they are tanking on purpose for better draft position. That’s very impressive.”

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