The NFL's Wild Card Weekend gets a little more wild on Sunday afternoon when the San Francisco 49ers travel to Dallas for a matchup with the Cowboys.
Not only is this Wild Card matchup the closest projected game of the weekend, it also will be featured on a separate broadcast on Nickelodeon. That means slime cannons firing during touchdowns, wacky graphics, and perhaps everyone's favorite post-game award: The NVP!
Last year, Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (somehow) walked away with the honors, despite going 19-29 for 199 yards and a touchdown in a 21-9 loss. Trubisky, for what it's worth, didn't complete his first touchdown pass until the final play of the game.
While WynnBET Sportsbook has a plethora of options to bet on in Niners-Cowboys today, including prop bets and same game parlay opportunities sadly, odds to win the NVP is not an available option. So let's set the odds and make some picks ourselves!
Here are three of my favorite candidates to walk away with the honors:
Odds to win the Nickelodeon NVP in 49ers vs. Cowboys
- Dak Prescott (-110)
- Jimmy Garoppolo (+140)
- CeeDee Lamb (+200)
- Deebo Samuel (+200)
- Ezekiel Elliott (+240)
- George Kittle (+250)
- Amari Cooper (+300)
- Elijah Mitchell (+325)
- Dalton Schultz (+500)
- Micah Parsons (+550)
- Nick Bosa (+650)
- Trevon Diggs (+800)
- Fred Warner (+1000)
- The Field (+225)
Dak Prescott (-110)
Yes, Prescott would be the odds-on favorite to win with minus-odds on the "board," but the bet makes complete and total sense. All broadcast long, Noah Eagle and Nate Burleson will discuss Prescott's feel good story of coming back from a brutal ankle injury a season ago, leading the Cowboys to the top of the NFC East and likely finishing as the top candidate for NFL Comeback Player of the Year. How could kids not get behind that!
He'll be featured the TV screen more often than almost anyone, and the Cowboys will need a dominant performance out of him to secure the win. The 49ers are also a middle-of-the-pack pass defense via DVOA (16th) relative to how they fare vs. the run (second).
George Kittle (+250)
Kittle is my favorite bet on the board to take home the award. He's a big, goofy personality that kids will want to see more of, especially if he ends up being mic'd up for the game.
He's also really good, despite his recent slump. Before only catching eight balls in his last three games for 60 yards and a touchdown, these were his three games prior:
- Nine receptions on 12 targets for 181 yards and two touchdowns @ Seahawks
- 13 receptions on 15 targets for 151 yards and one touchdown @ Bengals
- Six receptions on six targets for 93 yards vs. Falcons
Kittle is also someone who would willingly be slimed any time, anywhere. For Nickelodeon, that's good for business.
This is the Narrative Street of all Narrative Street fictional bets.
Trevon Diggs (+800)
While Garoppolo is responsible for helping the Niners return to the postseason, in large part due to the 49ers comeback on the road last week vs. the Rams, he also remains very turnover prone. Jimmy G has twice as many interceptions (four) than touchdowns (two) over the last few weeks, and is still taking plenty of deep shots down field, averaging more than 9.5 yards per attempt over the last three weeks.
While Diggs has given up the most yards downfield amongst all corners this year, he also has 11 interceptions. The likely pick of Garoppolo will be discussed far more than the yards given up throughout the course of the game, leading this potential dark horse pick to be an intriguing candidate should the Cowboys win.