Today's sports betting picks: Why the Commanders-Lions game will go Over, plus more NFL and MLB best bets for Sunday, Sept. 18

The SportsLine crew shares its expert bets for Sunday, Sept. 18, on The Early Edge podcast
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Jonathan Coachman is joined by sports betting experts Mike McClure, R.J. White, Larry Hartstein and Allan Bell on The Early Edge podcast. They give you their best bets for the NFL and Major League Baseball for Sunday, Sept. 11.

Coach starts things off with the SportsLine Play of the Day, which is in MLB: Over 8 runs (-105) in the Orioles-Blue Jays game (1:37 p.m. ET). "Even though (Alek) Manoah's on the mound, there is one play that always comes in. Yesterday, it did, and it will again today," he says. "(Manoah's) been great early in the year, but lately, he's been touched up a little bit."

McClure is up next with a play in the NFL. He likes Over 41.5 receiving yards for Arizona's Greg Dortch (-115) in the Cardinals-Raiders contest (4:25 p.m. ET). "He played 59 of 65 offensive snaps in Week 1, nine targets, caught seven of them. Very electric after the catch as well," Mike says. "He has the upside to literally get this in one play on an 8-yard pass from Kyler Murray. The most important thing is how often Murray looked to him and how much chemistry they had early."

White follows with a pair of NFL plays. First, he likes Over 48.5 points (-110) in the Commanders-Lions game (1 p.m. ET). "This is all about these two defenses," he says. "Washington allowed 6.2 yards per play in Week 1. Detroit gave up 6.3 yards per play. These are two teams that are willing to give up big plays and consistent chunks on the offensive side. … I think we should be targeting Detroit Overs many weeks with the improved offense they have, and bad defense."

R.J.'s second play is Over 34.5 receiving yards for Indianapolis' Ashton Dulin (-131) in the Colts-Jaguars matchup (1 p.m. ET). "Everyone that had at least four targets against Jacksonville last week got to 40 yards," he says. "Dulin had six targets in his game and got to 46 yards. Now he may be the primary receiver with Michael Pittman out, so I think he's going to get at least six targets here. … That Jacksonville secondary is going to allow a lot of busted plays and I think a lot of teams are going to get a lot of passing yards on them."

Hartstein jumps in with two NFL plays of his own. The first is Over 9.5 receiving yards for New England's Damien Harris (-110) in the Patriots-Steelers game (1 p.m. ET). "Ty Montgomery is out, and the only other running back to play on third downs last week was Harris. It wasn't Stevenson," he says. "Harris got more pass routes, he got three targets, he had two catches for 10 yards. … I think he could get this in one catch, but I think he's going to get at least three targets."

Larry's second play is Over 58.5 receiving yards for Jacksonville's Christian Kirk (-115) in the Jaguars-Colts contest. "They spent a fortune on him," he says. "They spent big, they're going to justify it. He had 12 targets, six catches, 117 yards last week against Washington. The Colts' defense is dealing with a lot of injuries. Brandin Cooks just went off for 82 yards against them (last week)."

Bell wraps things up with the AB Pick 3. He likes Over 23.5 points for Cleveland (+100) in the Browns-Jets game (1 p.m. ET), Over 0.5 interceptions for Washington's Carson Wentz (-125) in the Commanders-Lions contest and Over 0.5 interceptions for Tennessee's Ryan Tannehill (-150) in the Titans-Bills game on Monday night (7:15 p.m. ET). "(The Jets-Browns) game will be a little bit tighter than people do think, but the Browns should get themselves to 24 points or more," Allan says. "It could be a bloodbath for the Titans (on Monday). I think the Bills might handle their business."

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