2021 Bookies Battle, Week 16 Picks: Chargers, WFT Are Top Consensus Christmas Weekend Plays

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Taylor Heinicke and the WFT are the Week 16 pick of two-thirds of the Bookies Battle field (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire)

Chargers -9 (at Texans) and Washington +10.5 (at Cowboys) each garnered two-thirds of contestants’ sentiment in Week 16 of the 2021 Bookies Battle, sharing the honors of Christmas weekend’s top consensus picks.

Laying the 9 points with Los Angeles, our bookmakers are scraping a bit of value, as the line sits between -10 and -10.5 on oddsboards as of Friday morning.

No such line value exists with the Football Team, with the point spread holding steady at 10 plus the hook on Christmas Eve. Washington is seeing its players, including QB Taylor Heinicke, gradually return from the COVID list, but will be on short rest, traveling to Dallas after its 27-17 loss at the Eagles on Tuesday night. This is a rematch of a game two weeks ago, when the WFT closed on a 24-0 Cowboys lead but came up short, 27-20, also failing to get the money as 6.5-point underdogs.

The Lions – typically disappointing to Detroiters but surprisingly rewarding to gamblers this season – come into Week 16 as the third most-popular Bookies Battle pick. Off their second outright win of the season, a 30-12 shocker at home over the Cardinals, Dan Campbell’s men (2-11-1 SU, 9-5 ATS) are catching 5.5 points in Atlanta, as the Falcons cling to playoff hopes.

Here are this week’s top consensus plays, with the contest lines compared to betting market consensus numbers as of Friday morning.

TeamPercentage of picksContest line
(Tuesday)
Market line
(Friday morning)
Chargers66.7%
-9-10
WFT
66.7%+10.5
+10.5
Lions63.3%+5.5
+5.5
Rams60%-3
-3 (-120)
Giants60%+10
+9.5
Jets60%-2.5
pick 'em
Seahawks60%-7
-6.5

Standings Update And A Mea Culpa (Two Actually)

We (I) grade picks in this contest manually, and this was bound to happen. Unfortunately, it happened twice in the same week. Raiders (+6 at Browns) was initially graded as a loss; that impacted only 90% of the field that was on the dog as COVID had this line moving all over the place. Rams -6.5 (vs. Seahawks) was also graded incorrectly. Those errors have been corrected, and all is well again in our Bookies Battle world.

We appreciate those of you who pointed out the mistakes. Please stay on top of us, and email [email protected] if, hopefully not when, we (I) screw up again.

With picks now graded correctly, including Titans +3.5 (vs. 49ers) from Thursday night, Duane Colucci from Rampart Casino leads the pool with 129 winners on the season. He’s followed by Max Schmerin (Rivers Pittsburgh) and Nick Smith (Snoqualmie) with 127 apiece, then Mike Lewis (Suncoast) with 124.

First place in the regular season pays $3,000, second place pays $1,000, and the top 10 finishers advance to compete for another $1,000 in the playoff portion of our contest.

Tied for the ninth and 10th spots, Michael Smoller (Wildfire) and Art Heun (Gold Strike) have picked 114 winners this season, and then there’s a three-game gap to John Lindheimer (Harrah’s) and Richard McInerney (New York New York).

There’s plenty of football to be played and time to make up ground, so keep fighting for your playoff position!

Check out the full leaderboard here.

Also read: Week 16 sportsbook report | Early Week 16 odds moves | Week 17 look-ahead lines

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Marcus DiNitto

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Marcus DiNitto is Senior News Editor for Gaming Today. He has been managing editor at national sports websites SportsBusiness Daily, Sporting News, and The Linemakers, as well as with licensed sportsbook operator USA Sports Gaming. Marcus graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned his MBA from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

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