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NFL Wildcard Round Betting Odds and Predictions

The Wild Card Round of the NFL Playoffs is set to kick off with a pair of games on both Saturday and Sunday. There are plenty of intriguing matchups and storylines, but all four home teams are favorites this weekend. Let’s preview each game before making a prediction for the winner in each matchup.

Houston Texans -1.5 vs. Indianapolis Colts:

Andrew Luck carried his Colts into the playoffs this season, and they will now take on AFC South rival, Houston Texans. These two teams split their two games during the regular season, and this should be an extremely competitive game. Indianapolis will try to use their quick-strike offense to beat the tough defense of the Houston Texans. J.J. Watt gets plenty of headlines in Houston, but the Texans have a deep and extremely talented defensive front. The Texans will do all that they can to get pressure on Luck in this game, but it won’t be easy. Indianapolis has a great offensive line, and Luck threw for over 4,500 yards behind that stellar group. The Colts beat the Texans in Houston, 24-21, just weeks ago, and they should be able to do it again. Picking road winners is always risky in the NFL playoffs, but the Colts are just playing too well right now. Bet the Indianapolis Colts +1.5 over the Houston Texans.

Dallas Cowboys -1.5 vs. Seattle Seahawks:

Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett will be looking for his second ever playoff win when his team hosts the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday night. This has all the makings of a defensive struggle, as the Cowboys and Seahawks both have terrific defenses. Dallas has been much better on offense since acquiring Amari Cooper, but the Cowboys are still averaging just 21.2 points per game. Running back Ezekiel Elliott ran for a league-high 1,434 yards during the regular season, but you can expect the Seattle defense to be ready for him. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has proven that he can lead his team to playoff wins, and he has had a terrific season. Wilson threw for just 193 yards per game this season, but the Seahawks have been running the ball like crazy. Dallas simply must win this game or Jerry Jones might lose his mind, and they will find a way to score just enough points to get it done. Bet the Dallas Cowboys -1.5 to beat the Seahawks at home in this game.

Baltimore Ravens -2.5 vs. Los Angeles Chargers:

The 12-4 Los Angeles Chargers will be on the road when they take on the 10-6 Baltimore Ravens in the Wild Card Round. Baltimore has been almost unbeatable since rookie Lamar Jackson took over the starting QB job, including 22-10 win over Los Angeles just two weeks ago. The Chargers feature one of the most balanced offenses in the league, with quarterback Philip Rivers leading the way. Los Angeles is expected to get tight end Hunter Henry back for this game, and running back Melvin Gordon is fully healthy as well. There is no doubt that the Chargers offense will be able to score some points against one of the top defenses in the NFL. Baltimore is averaging more than 150 rushing yards per game this season, and their offense does a great job of dominating time of possession. Lamar Jackson did a great job of getting the Ravens to the postseason, but things won’t be as easy for the rookie in the playoffs. Baltimore will be hard to beat at home, but the Chargers just have too many weapons. Take the points and bet the Los Angeles Chargers +2.5 over the Baltimore Ravens.

Chicago Bears -5.5 vs. Philadelphia Eagles:

The surprising Chicago Bears will host the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles in the final Wild Card Game on Sunday afternoon. Chicago has dominated opponents with their relentless defense all season long, while their offense has shown just enough to win games. On the flip side, the Eagles are lucky to be in the playoff field, but Nick Foles has them ready to make another run. The Bears allowed just 17.7 points this season and led the NFL in takeaways and defensive touchdowns. If Chicago is going to advance deep into the postseason, Khalil Mack is going to lead the way. Second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky threw for over 3,200 yards this season, but he still plenty of areas to improve. Philadelphia looks like a much better offense with Foles leading the way, and tight end Zach Ertz caught 116 passes during the regular season. The Eagles don’t have a star running back, and the lack of run game could play a huge role in this game. Chicago has just been too good on defense to pick against them to win the game, but the Eagles keep it close. Take the 5.5 points and bet the Philadelphia Eagles in this game on Sunday.

NFL Week 14 Betting Odds and Predictions

The 2018 NFL season is entering the final stretch, but there are still many playoff races yet to be decided. Let’s take a look at the five best NFL games to bet on this weekend, and make a prediction for each game.

Green Bay Packers -4.5 vs. Atlanta Falcons

The Packers made headlines this week after firing longtime head coach Mike McCarthy. Green Bay brings a 4-7-1 record into this game, and they have been very disappointing this season. Atlanta has been even worse this season, posting a 4-8 record through their first 12 games. This game is a battle of two of the biggest disappointments in the NFL, but there should be plenty of offense in this game. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan are two of the best in the business, and they will try to outduel each other. Expect the weather to be cold and snowy and that is Packers weather. Bet the Green Bay Packers -4.5 over the Atlanta Falcons.

Kansas City Chiefs -6.5 vs. Baltimore Ravens

The top team in the AFC will host a playoff hopeful in an important game in Kansas City. The 10-2 Chiefs will take on a Baltimore Ravens team that has won three straight games to get back into the playoff picture. Baltimore has looked like a different team since rookie Lamar Jackson has taken over the quarterback job. With Jackson in charge, the Ravens lead the league in rushing and time of possession. If the Ravens are able to keep the explosive Chiefs offense on the sideline for much of this game, they might be able to pull off their fourth straight win. Kansas City released running back Kareem Hunt before week 13, but still managed to score 40 points. As long as the Chiefs have Patrick Mahomes at quarterback, they will still score a ton of points. Bet the Chiefs -6.5 over the Baltimore Ravens.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles +3.5

Perhaps the biggest game of the weekend will take place in Dallas when the Cowboys host the Philadelphia Eagles. The winner of this game will take over 1st place in the NFC East, and this is one of the best rivalries in football. The Cowboys have won four straight games to put themselves in a nice position, and they have been riding the legs of Ezekiel Elliott. The Cowboys running back has racked up 1,150 yards and six touchdowns this season. Dallas also features one of the top defenses in the NFL, giving up just 18.6 points per game. Philadelphia is averaging just 21.5 points per game this season, but they are starting to heat up at the right time. Newcomer Golden Tate had a big night in week 13, finishing with 7 catches for 85 yards and a touchdown in the win. The Eagles still have plenty of work to do to return to the playoffs this season, but they have the talent to get the job done. Look for Philadelphia to make a statement against the Cowboys in Dallas. Bet the Eagles +3.5 over the Cowboys in a huge NFC East clash.

Arizona Cardinals +2.5 vs. Detroit Lions

The Arizona Cardinals are fresh off of their third win of the season in a game that cost Mike McCarthy a job. The Cardinals have been a mess on offense all season long, averaging just 14.6 points per game. Against the Packers it was rookie running back Chase Edmunds who was the offensive star, scoring two touchdowns in his first career game at Lambeau Field. Arizona will take on another NFC North team, the Detroit Lions, in this game, and they could find the same success. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has thrown for over 3,000 yards again this season, but Detroit has been riddled with injuries this season. Playing at home should give the Cardinals an extra boost, and I think they get their second straight victory in this game. Bet the Arizona Cardinals +2.5 to beat the Detroit Lions on Sunday afternoon.

Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings +3.5

The Seattle Seahawks will host the Minnesota Vikings with a lot at stake in the NFC Playoff race. Seattle continues to be one of the hardest places to win on the road in the NFL, but the Vikings feature one of the most talented rosters in the league. Quarterback Kirk Cousins has thrown for over 3,400 yards in his first season with the Vikings, and will need to have a big game against the Seahawks. Minnesota has struggled running the ball this season, but should find success through the air. For Seattle, quarterback Russell Wilson has been sharp again this season, but running back Chris Carson has started to emerge as a star. Carson has ran for 704 yards and four touchdowns this season, but he faces a hungry Vikings defense in this game. The Seahawks are a small favorite in this game, but the Vikings will come away with the win. Bet the Minnesota Vikings +3.5 over the Seahawks on Monday night.

NFL Week 11 Betting Odds and Predictions

Just seven weeks remain in the 2018 NFL regular season, and some teams are facing near must-win situations entering week 11. Let’s take a quick look at some of the best NFL games to bet on this week.

Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay Packers +2.5

Week 11 of the NFL season kicks off with a terrific Thursday Night Football matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers. Both the Seahawks and Packers sit just outside of the playoff picture in the NFC, and the loser of this game will likely see their playoff hopes ended. Seattle has been the top rushing team in the NFL this season, and they will look to get their ground game going early in this game. Green Bay will likely let quarterback Aaron Rodgers lead them. Rodgers has thrown 17 touchdown passes this season, and he will need to have a big game against Seattle. The Seahawks have been playing better on defense of late, but Rodgers and company will prove to be too much. Bet the Green Bay Packers +2.5 to beat the Seahawks on TNF.

Chicago Bears -3.0 vs. Minnesota Vikings

Perhaps the biggest game on Sunday will take place in the Windy City between the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings. The winner of this game will take over first place in the NFC North, and will put themselves in great shape to make it to the playoffs. Chicago has been the biggest surprise in the NFL this season, and feature a top-5 offense and defense. Second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has completed 65 percent of his passes and has thrown 19 touchdowns. Khalil Mack leads a reborn Bears defense that is capable of making a big play on every snap. Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has been solid in his first season in Minnesota, especially getting the ball to Adam Thielen. Thielen leads the NFL with 947 receiving yards and has caught seven touchdowns this season. Minnesota was supposed to win this division this season, but the Bears appear ready to take control. This game will be a battle, but Chicago wins with a late touchdown. Bet the Chicago Bears -3.0 over the Vikings.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans +2.0

The red-hot Indianapolis Colts will take on the resurgent Tennessee Titans in an AFC South battle on Sunday. The Colts have won three straight games, while the Titans are coming off of their most impressive wins in recent memory. Quarterback Andrew Luck has been terrific for the Colts this season, throwing 26 touchdown passes to just seven interceptions. The Colts defense has been struggling this season, giving up 26.6 points per game. Darius Leonard leads the team with four sacks and 96 solo tackles this season. The Titans defense has carried them all season long, allowing just 16.8 points per game this season. Tennessee absolutely shut down Tom Brady and the Patriots offense last Sunday, and the Titans are starting to look like a playoff team again. The winner of this game will still have a legitimate chance of catching the Houston Texans in the AFC South, and our bet is that the Titans will be that team. Bet on Marcus Mariota and the Titans +2.0 over Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.

New Orleans Saints -8.0 vs. Philadelphia Eagles

This was supposed to be a matchup of two of the top NFC teams, but the Eagles have fallen on hard times. Philadelphia comes into this game with a 4-5 record, while the New Orleans Saints have won eight straight games to vault to the top of the NFC. The Eagles do feature a top-10 defense, giving up just 20.3 points per game, but they will face a tough test in this game. New Orleans is averaging 36.7 points per game on the season, and quarterback Drew Brees looks like the MVP of the league. The fact that this game is at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome gives the Saints an even bigger advantage in this one. Philadelphia looks like it will miss the playoffs a year after winning the Super Bowl, and they will get blown out in this game. Bet the New Orleans Saints -8.0 over the Eagles on Sunday.  If you are living out east and betting this game, check out some of the top West Virginia sports betting sites to place your bet at.

Los Angeles Rams vs. Kansas City Chiefs +2.5

The Monday Night Football game will be played in Mexico this week, and it is one of the best matchups in recent memory. The 9-1 Los Angeles Rams will take on the 9-1 Kansas City Chiefs in what could be a Super Bowl preview. Both teams are led by young quarterbacks, and this game could likely get into the 40’s. The Rams were dealt a tough blow on Sunday when they lost wide receiver Cooper Kupp for the remainder of the season. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes looks like he can’t be stopped, and running back Kareem Hunt has been running over people this season. This should be a terrific matchup, but the Chiefs have more talent on offense. Bet the Kansas City Chiefs +2.5 to beat the Rams in Mexico City.


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