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Every NFL season, Action Network Chief Content Officer Chad Millman and professional sports gambler Simon Hunter analyze every matchup to select their best bets from the NFL slate. Utilizing Action Network's data-driven analysis, the latest injury news and insider info from Simon's network of professional bettors, together they craft their betting card for the weekend, along with moneyline parlays, totals, survivor pool picks and so much more. For the 2023 NFL season, The Favorites will have new episodes every Sunday night, Tuesday and Thursday. Proudly presented by bet365, the world's favourite sportsbook brand.

526 Episodes
Summer Mailbag Part 1

Summer Mailbag Part 1


Every year loads of listener questions arrive for our two hosts, Chad Millman and Simon Hunter. In the first part of our two-part annual summer mailbag series, Chad and Simon answer a number of your questions, and shed light on the men behind the mics. How have the guys' early NFL betting changed over the last 5 years? What is the worst curated meal they could serve their co-host? All these and even more burning questions answered today! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The NBA continues to dominate headlines this week, with the NBA Finals, the passing of legend Jerry West and LA Lakers rumor beef between the league's most famous insiders. Here to join Action Network hosts Chad Millman and Simon Hunter to talk all things pro hoops is former NBA former Chandler Parsons. He started as a high school state champion in Florida,  became the first Florida Gator to win SEC Player of the Year in college, and enjoyed a nine-year NBA career for the Rockets, Mavericks, Grizzles and Hawks. Today he's a co-host on Run It Back, the NBA show on FanDuelTV. He joins the program to talk about his own wild NBA free agency stories, his unique experience as an NBA rookie during the 2011 lockout, the influence of Jerry West and so much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
One of the most popular podcast hosts in NFL media, Robert Mays has steered The Athletic Football Show for four long years. Today he joins our own Action Network hosting duo of Chad Millman and Simon Hunter to discuss his recent interview with Damien Harris, his take on Mac Jones, his experience as Grantland's very first employee and so much more. Plus, Mays and Millman talk Bears-fans-to-Bears-fan about Caleb Williams and what is takes to be a pro's pro. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Friend of the program Chris Long returns, joining Action Network hosts Chad Millman and Simon Hunter to discuss NFL season win totals and the NBA Finals between the Celtics and Mavericks. The 2-time Super Bowl champion and 11-year NFL veteran also plays a game of Explain These Coaching Cliches, and explains why players don't care about their teammates' personal lives. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Major League Baseball is embroiled in another betting scandal, with yet more players implicated in illicit baseball betting behavior. Joining Action Network hosts Chad Millman and Simon Hunter to discuss the latest MLB storylines and his new book on Clayton Kershaw is Andy McCullough of The Athletic, one of the most respected journalists in baseball today. Together they cover the idiocy of violating MLB's betting policies, the greatness of Clayton Kershaw, and so much more. And be sure to check out Andy's excellent new Clayton Kershaw biography THE LAST OF HIS KIND: CLAYTON KERSHAW AND THE BURDEN OF GREATNESS available wherever books are sold. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
What is a "Welcome to the NBA" moment? Our guest Josh Richardson of the Miami Heat has two of them, as he explains to our hosts Chad Millman and Simon Hunter of Action Network. The trio discuss the looming NBA Finals, his time on the Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks, life as a NBA veteran and the most competitive environments in the league. Plus, later in the show Simon shares the Sharp Calls he received from our NFL Week 1 episode, including some surprising love for Chad Millman's favorite bet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
With a preeminent quarterback and a host of recent titles and Super Bowl appearances, the Kansas City Chiefs have grown to become the epicenter of today's NFL. Here to discuss the incredible resurgence of Chiefs and the town of Kansas City is author Rustin Dodd, whose new book is titled KINGDOM QUARTERBACK: Patrick Mahomes, The Kansas City Chiefs and How a Once-Swingin’ Cow Town Chase The Ultimate Comeback. With Action Network hosts Chad Millman and Simon Hunter, the trio covers the raucous mafia and gambling history of Kansas City, the impact of Taylor Swift, and what makes Patrick Mahomes a special figure even among elite NFL quarterbacks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
NFL Week 1 Lines

NFL Week 1 Lines


Kickoff of the 2024 NFL season is 105 days away. But despite such a distant time horizon, Action Network experts Chad Millman and Simon Hunter are happy to go up and down the NFL Week 1 slate to see what opening value remains. And while it is never fun to tie your money up for months, it IS fun to dive into the same matchups we'll all be drooling over after Labor Day. How much has Pittsburgh improved? How easy a pick are the Philadelphia Eagles? And is now the buy low moment on the Arizona Cardinals? All of these answered and more as the NFL offseason marches on. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Did the NFL hand the Baltimore Ravens a huge advantage this season? Will the San Francisco 49ers' schedule hamstring them? Fresh from his exhaustive annual deep dive into the NFL schedule is friend of the show Warren Sharp of Sharp Football Analysis, who joins Action Network hosts Chad Millman and Simon Hunter to talk all things NFL schedule. With 101 games this season featuring one team on a distinct rest disadvantage, schedule equity is at an all-time low. Together this trio talks about the NFL's drive to sell sizzling matchups across an expanding variety of broadcast and streaming partners, while maximizing interest and minimizing competitive inequalities. Can they succeed in this effort? And has Taylor Swift and her army of followers become a new factor the NFL must consider? As Simon Hunter points out, "this feels like the first time they are selling quarterback matchups more than team matchups." And for more NFL schedule information and to pre-purchase Warren's annual book at a huge discount only for our listeners, be sure to check out and use promo code SHARPBOOK Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
How has the NFL become a 12-month-a-year business? How big are American sports betting partnerships going to become? Was the Jontay Porter scandal a good thing for the NBA? Today's guest is Huddle Up newsletter kingpin and social media maven Joe Pompliano, a sports business expert with strong opinions on all these questions and more. He joins Action Network hosts Chad Millman and Simon Hunter to talk NFL schedule release, the booming financial pathway of pro sports leagues thanks to private equity, the global reach of American sports leagues and so much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Can you make 2400 free throws in one day? Today's guest can! Action Network's Chad Millman and WNBA betting enthusiast Simon Hunter talk to Indiana Fever play-by-play voice and legendary women's basketball figure Debbie Antonelli about her impression of the WNBA's development, the increased exposure that's come from Clark, and her absolutely Herculean fundraiser for Special Olympics this weekend. Antontelli was a key part of the 1984-1985 NC State basketball team that went undefeated in the ACC regular season and tournament, and she'll be making 2400 free throws in 24 hours as part of her 24 Hours Of Nothing But Net effort. A favorite among inveterate gamblers for almost 30 years, the WNBA tips off tonight. It will be the professional debut of Caitlin Clark for the Indiana Fever, and Antonelli talks Caitlin Clark, her own career as a beloved basketball broadcaster, her longtime passion for Las Vegas, and more. And those interested in donating to Antonelli's Special Olympics fundraiser, all of us here at the Favorites encourage you to visit now to support this wonderful cause. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Are the Philadelphia Eagles bound to rebound? How badly will the Dallas Cowboys disappoint? And are the Chicago Bears destined for glory with Caleb Williams? Joining hosts Chad Millman and Simon Hunter to answer questions like these across the NFC is a beloved Chicago media figure, and holder of "the only job Chad wants more than his own." Guest Danny Parkins is the drive-time kingpin at 670 The Score on Chicago's airwaves, and has strong opinions across the conference for gamblers and non-gamblers alike. Together they also touch on the preponderance of D3 veterans in the NBA, the chances Chicago has a superstar quarterback, and the value left on the New York Giants. And for fans of the NBA, be sure to check out Danny Parkins' terrific new book PIPELINE TO THE PROS: How D3, Small College Nobodies Rose To Rule the NBA, available now! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
"Hey Patriots fans: welcome to hell!" Action Network's Simon Hunter starts the show with a bang, as he and host Chad Millman run through the betting status of every team across the AFC. Are the New York Jets ready to soar? Are the Tennessee Titans preparing for rock bottom? And can the Bengals rally behind Joe Burrow and make another Super Bowl run? Our dynamic duo answers all these questions and many more, including a dive into the AFC South and a dissection of the Chiefs' biggest adversaries out west. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
An gambling rite of spring, the 150th renewal of the Greatest Two Minutes In Sports is this Saturday at Churchill Downs. The Kentucky Derby is a favorite among casuals and inveterate gamblers alike, and Action Network hosts Chad Millman and Simon Hunter welcome horseracing expert Sean Zerillo for his favorite picks in the Run for the Roses. We hear about his top win contenders, longshots, track conditions and so much more. Plus, Simon gets to ask him his most probing baseball questions, especially about his beloved (and red-hot) Philadelphia Phillies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
In a jaw-dropping move for NFL fans everywhere, the Atlanta Falcons drafted quarterback Michael Penix Jr with the 8th overall pick in the NFL Draft. This was one of many surprises in Detroit last week, and here to break it all down is special guest Johnny Manziel. He joins Action Network hosts Chad Millman and Simon Hunter to talk Penix, Bo Nix, Jayden Daniels, and more. Plus, we hear about the experience prospects experience on draft night, the best long-shots to win the next Heisman trophy, and what it's like to have Kyle Shanahan breath down your neck in a film room. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Calling all gamblers: you're on the clock! The 2024 NFL Draft is just hours away, and Action Network NFL betting experts Chad Millman and Simon Hunter return to give their favorite picks for the first round, including their long-awaited Sharp Calls, Executive Decision and Big Balls Bet of the Week! So dig in, hunker down, and get ready for all the madness to unfold in Detroit this evening. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
With the NFL Draft just days away, Johnny Football himself joins Action Network hosts Chad Millman and Simon Hunter to talk 2024 QB Class, the ups and downs of the Draft circuit, his time as a one-time NFL problem child, and so much more. Plus, we hear more about Franchise Mode, the video series he recently completed on Action with fellow ex-NFL QB Kurt Benkert. And what is the latest on the #2 overall pick? Is JJ McCarthy worth a trade up? Can Drake Maye succeed without the perfect conditions? Simon happily jumps in with his opinions on all of these. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Today's guest is in a league of his own as an NFL offensive lineman. David Bakhtiari has made five NFL All-Pro teams as tackle for the Green Bay Packers. He became a Wisconsin folk hero for his public beer chugging antics. He even got himself a cameo in a major motion picture. Action Network hosts Chad Millman and Simon Hunter dive deep into anything and everything with Bakhtiari, including his experience as an NFL Draft prospect, his relationship with Aaron Rodgers, his thoughts on NFL refereeing, fancy underpants, and so much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
With the moon no longer obstructing sunlight here on Earth, it's back to the business of betting here on The Favorites Podcast. Action Network hosts Chad Millman and Simon Hunter welcome back NFL Draft celestial powerhouse and friend of the podcast Nate Tice of The Athletic Football Show to the show, previewing his latest Draft rankings and focusing on the quarterback position. Tice has a hotter take on UNC prospect Drake Maye than most experts, and has plenty of opinions on Brock Bowers, Caleb Williams, Jayden Daniels and lots more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
One of the greatest spectacles in sports entertainment is this weekend, as Philadelphia hosts WWE Wrestlemania 40. And on today's bonus episode we have a VERY special guest, one of the most recognizable figures in the world of professional wrestling, and one of the sport's true workhorses. In his own words, he is The Visionary. He is The Revolutionary. He is Seth freakin' Rollins. Action Network hosts Chad Millman and Simon Hunter are thrilled to talk to Rollins before one of his busiest and most brutal weekends. On Saturday, he and partner Cody Rhodes are main event underdogs against The Rock and Roman Reigns. Then on Sunday, he defends his World Heavyweight Championship against Drew McIntyre, again as a massive underdog. Together the trio discuss Wrestlemania, Rollins' favorite team the Chicago Bears, his love for the state of Iowa, and so much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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