The 2021 NFL playoffs are here, and there is wall-to-wall action with now six games being played on wild card weekend. Between the three headers on Saturday and Sunday starting at 1:05 pm ET, there are more spreads and point totals to navigate through when making picks.
The Seahawks are the smallest favorites, by a field goal in their rubber game against the Rams in Seattle. The Ravens are the only favorites on the AFC road in Nashville, despite losing twice to the Titans last year.
With Washington’s 7-9 football team and the 8-8 Bears reaching the NFC playoffs, it’s no wonder they are the two underdog, Washington at home against the Buccaneers and Bears on the road in the Los Angeles. Saints.
For the most part, injuries are not a problem. The Rams are hoping Jared Goff will come back from his fractured thumb, while Washington leans on Alex Smith to stay healthy after returning in Week 17. The Steelers, who laid off Ben Roethlisberger in last week’s battle with the Browns, They have suggested that they might have a few QB wrinkles prepared for Josh Dobbs.
The most important story concerns the Browns, who have had a COVID-19 outbreak, which affected several players, and head coach Kevin Stefanski, who was replaced in his leadership and play-call capabilities by the teams coach. specials Mike Priefer and offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt. That situation has caused the line to lean more toward the Steelers.
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NFL Odds for Wild Card Playoff Games
Below are the latest NFL wild card playoff game odds, including point margins, money lines, and over-under totals for each game, based on the DraftKings bookmaker:
Last update: Saturday, January 9
NFL Wild Card Game Point Differences
|Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills||BUF -6.5|
|Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks||MAR -3|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the Washington soccer team||TB -8|
|Baltimore Ravens in Tennessee Titans||BAL -3.5|
|Chicago Bears at New Orleans Saints||NO -10|
|Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers||PIT -6|
NFL Wild Card Game Money Lines
|Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills||BUF -275|
|Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks||MAR -175|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the Washington soccer team||TB -375|
|Baltimore Ravens in Tennessee Titans||BAL -182|
|Chicago Bears at New Orleans Saints||NO -500|
|Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers||PIT -265|
NFL Wild Card Game Over / Under
|Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills||51|
|Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks||42|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the Washington soccer team||44.5|
|Baltimore Ravens in Tennessee Titans||54.5|
|Chicago Bears at New Orleans Saints||47.5|
|Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers||47.5|
The best bets in the NFL for wild card games
1. Colts in Bills OVER 51
The Colts have a good zone defense, built on the foundation of bending without breaking. That will help contain the Bills’ big plays, but Josh Allen has his offense on fire heading into the playoffs. The Bills are vulnerable in the right places on defense, against the run and against tight end, to think that the Colts can keep up on a touchdown with a consistent score of their own. This is the second-highest total of the week, but it’s not high enough as both teams tend to review in their games.
2. Rams at Seahawks UNDER 42
When they met in the regular season and split their NFC West games, the Rams won 23-16 in Los Angeles and the Seahawks won 20-9 in Seattle. The Rams may need to adapt even more to a tough offense, while Russell Wilson won’t face that passing attack and the secondary. The totals of 39 and 29 from before suggest that reaching the total of 40 will be a struggle.
3. Washington +8 vs. Buccaneers
There’s something about that number being above a touchdown and an extra point that screams that Washington will at least have a back cover. The Bucs are not the same team on the road and can get into ugly defensive-biased games, as we saw with the primetime loss to the Bears and the primetime win over the Giants. The bottom is tempting too, but it seems harder to trust.
4. Saints +10 against Bears and OVER 47.5
The Saints defense has seen more leaks lately and the Bears defense is overrated with some key injuries. The Saints won the regular season matchup, 26-23, in overtime in Chicago. The Bears can’t cover tight end and are being crushed by the running game, and both Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray will be well rested for New Orleans. The Bears tend to do some junk damage in the second half and the Saints can allow it if they have a big enough advantage.
5. Steelers +6 vs. Browns and UNDER 47.5
The Steelers offense will shoot aggressively against the Browns limited pass defense with a rested Ben Roethlisberger. They won’t be very successful running as usual, but the cross-field matchups between wide receiver and tight end favor them well. Defensively, they can see to it that the Browns score enough to catch up by containing the run and pressing Baker Mayfield to the face and from the edges. Mayfield will miss out on play adjustment and the Steelers will move to defeat their division rivals at Heinz Field.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.