For the other 12 teams, the journey to Super Bowl LVI begins this Saturday in the Wild Card Round. No, that’s not a typo, the rules changed prior to the start of the season. From now on, seven teams, per conference, qualify for the NFL Playoffs.
Anyway, we already have the Wild Card Playoffs odds fully loaded. Every game is crucial now, so be sure to check ‘em and pick your favorites!
NFL Wild Card Playoffs Preview
So…the Indianapolis Colts lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars to give Ben Roethlisberger one last chance to win another Super Bowl. What a great gesture. It’s not going to be easy, but don’t underestimate the effect that knowing it’s his last detour can have. Remember Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens?
The first round of the postseason also includes two divisional matchups and the resurrection of an old, hectic rivalry.
The NFL Wild Card Playoffs odds are ready and waiting as we look through each game.
NFL Games of the Week
Las Vegas Raiders
Cincinnati Bengals (-6)Saturday, January 15th
The Las Vegas Raiders’ season has been like riding a rollercoaster. Luckily for them, and their fanbase, the ride ended in the NFL Wild Card Playoffs zone. The Raiders defeated the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 18 by a field goal to get in. That also allowed the Steelers to secure their ticket.
Josh Jacobs led the offense with 26 carries for 132 yards and one touchdown. Looks like he finally left all injuries behind. Darren Waller returned and had a modest performance but having him ready for the postseason is huge.
The Raiders are 10-4 straight up in their last 14 games on the road.
Beating the Cincinnati Bengals on the road isn’t going to be easy, though. Joe Burrow threw for 971 yards and eight touchdowns in his last two regular season games. The Bengals secured the AFC North in Week 17, that’s why Burrow and other starters didn’t play in Week 18.
Joe Mixon (1205 yards, 13 touchdowns) and Ja’Marr Chase (1455 yards, 13 touchdowns) are also highly motivated. Now it’s time to prove it when it matters the most.
Cincinnati is 6-0 against the spread in its last six games when playing at home against the Raiders.
New England Patriots
Buffalo Bills (-4)Saturday, January 15th
This is going to be the third round between the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills. New England won the first one, while Buffalo got revenge a few weeks later. Winning their last four games in a row, including that rematch, allowed the Bills to win the AFC East.
Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs closed the regular season with great performances. Allen threw for 239 yards and two touchdowns, while Diggs finished with nine receptions for 81 yards and one touchdown. If in sync, we’re talking about one of the best duos in the league.
Running back Devin Singletary also deserves some praise. He scored at least one touchdown in each of their last four games. Now there’s no doubt about who’s the starting RB.
New England has found a new franchise quarterback in Mac Jones. The rookie doesn’t need to throw much as their backfield is very good. However, he has done a great job when needed. Hunter Henry and Jakobi Meyers have been his best allies.
Damien Harris is the starting RB, but Rhamondre Stevenson and Brandon Bolden can also carry the load.
The total has gone over in eight of the Patriots’ last 10 games against an opponent from the AFC.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-9½)Sunday, January 16th
The Philadelphia Eagles didn’t earn a bye week, but several starters already had one. Jalen Hurts, Jordan Howard, Boston Scott, and Dallas Goedert didn’t play in Week 18. The coaching staff wanted fresher legs to face Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Philly played host to the Buccaneers in the regular season and fought bravely, but it wasn’t enough. They lost 28-22. Hurts scored three total touchdowns, two through the ground. He has become one of the best dual-threat QB’s in the league.
The Eagles are 5-0 ATS in their last five games against an opponent from the NFC South.
Tampa Bay won its division without too much trouble. Their real season begins on Saturday. No more Antonio Brown, but Leonard Fournette, Shaq Barrett, and Jason Pierre-Paul are expected to return for Sunday.
Brady closed the regular season in sync with Rob Gronkowski and Mike Evans. Those three names together will always sound scary. Head coach Bruce Arians believes the veteran QB deserves to win MVP. What about you?
The Buccaneers are 10-1 SU in their last 11 games at home.
San Francisco 49ers
Dallas Cowboys (-3)Sunday, January 16th
Not only the Fresh Prince is coming back. The San Francisco 49ers vs Dallas Cowboys will be back as well.
San Francisco defeated the Los Angeles Rams, and a bunch of injuries, to secure a spot in the Playoffs. I’m not sure Jimmy Garoppolo is the way to go under center. However, Eli Mitchell and Deebo Samuel could be enough to pull off the upset.
Brandon Aiyuk and George Kittle also had a strong regular season finish, so watch out.
The Niners are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games on the road.
What a great regular season for the Cowboys, now it’s time to take the next step. They became the first team in NFL history to have a 4000-yard passer, 1000-yard rusher, and 1000-yard receiver. That’s not all, the combo also includes a player with 10+ sacks and a player with 10+ interceptions.
Michael Gallup is out due to injury. Nevertheless, Cedrick Wilson already proved that he can be the third wheel alongside Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb.
The total has gone over in seven of Dallas’ last eight games when playing at home against San Francisco.
Kansas City Chiefs (-13)Sunday, January 16th
As I mentioned before, Ben Roethlisberger is going to have one last chance to win a third Lombardi trophy.
Pittsburgh won three of its last four games to get in, including a huge victory over the Titans. The thing is that the defeat was against the Kansas City Chiefs (36-10). Roethlisberger threw for 159 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in that game. He needs to do a lot better on Sunday. Expect Najee Harris to be heavily involved.
The Steelers are 2-4 SU in their last six games played in January.
Kansas City won four of its last five games, losing only to the Cincinnati Bengals. They should have won that game. If Patrick Mahomes keeps playing at an MVP level, the Chiefs will always have a chance.
Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill are back. Both were limited in Week 18 but are expected to be at 100 percent to welcome the Steelers at Arrowhead.
The Chiefs are 6-0 SU in their last six games at home.
Los Angeles Rams (-4)Monday, January 17th
Another third round, this time between the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams. The Cardinals won the first one 37-20, while the Rams won the second one 30-23. That’s right, you can expect fireworks.
Regarding the Cardinals, DeAndre Hopkins is expected to return. However, he hasn’t played since December 12. If he’s not at 100 percent, Zach Ertz, Christian Kirk, and A.J. Green needs to step up.
Chase Edmonds is also expected to return. Edmonds and James Conner can become a real headache for Aaron Donald and company.
Arizona is 8-1 ATS in its last nine games on the road.
Regarding the Rams, Cooper Kupp is a beast! He and Matthew Stafford developed good chemistry to become the best one-two punch in the league. As if that wasn’t enough, Odell Beckham Jr, Tyler Higbee, and Van Jefferson are also in the mix.
The Rams expect RB Cam Akers to be at 100 percent. He returned last week but was limited.
Los Angeles is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games when playing as the favorite.
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NFL Playoffs Wild Card Weekend FAQ’s
Which teams will be on bye during the NFL Playoffs Wild Card Weekend?
Green Bay Packers
Which teams have the home advantage heading into NFL Playoffs Wild Card Weekend?
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kansas City Chiefs
Los Angeles Rams
Which players are being considered for MVP heading into NFL Playoffs Wild Card Weekend?
Aaron Rodgers -550
Tom Brady +450
Joe Burrow +2000
Jonathan Taylor +4000
Josh Allen +5000