The NFL Playoffs Wild Card Weekend is finally here!
A total of 12 teams (including one with a losing record) will be playing between next Saturday and Sunday, while the Kansas City Chiefs (No. 1 in the AFC) and the Green Bay Packers (No. 1 in the NFC) will be watching (and waiting for an opponent) from the comfort of their homes.
We already have the NFL Playoffs Wild Card Weekend odds fully loaded for all the betting enthusiasts out there. Be sure to check em and pick your sports betting favorites!
NFL Playoffs Wild Card Weekend Matchups Overview
There will be three games on Saturday, starting with the Indianapolis Colts against the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo will be hosting a playoff game for the first time since 1996.
The Los Angeles Rams vs Seattle Seahawks will be one of the two divisional matchups scheduled for the NFL Playoffs Wild Card Weekend. The Seahawks have won their last 10 playoff games when playing at home.
Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be on the road against Alex Smith and the Washington Football Team. The Buccaneers are in the playoffs for the first time since 2007.
Another three games are scheduled for Sunday, starting with the Baltimore Ravens traveling to Tennessee in order to face the Titans. Derrick Henry is on fire, as he just joined the 2,000 rushing yards club.
After missing the playoffs last season, Mitch Trubisky and the Chicago Bears are back. They’ll be facing Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. Last season, the Saints lost at home during the NFL Playoffs Wild Card Weekend against the Minnesota Vikings.
Last but not least, the Pittsburgh Steelers will play host to the Cleveland Browns (that’s the second divisional matchup). The Browns are in the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
We have you covered with the latest news, stats, info and NFL Playoffs Wild Card Weekend Odds for all matchups.
NFL Games of the Week
Of course, all NFL Playoffs games are huge, but divisional matchups have an extra ingredient that we can’t ignore.
The rushing yards, receiving yards, and sacks league leaders will be playing as well.
Without further ado, here are our BetUS Games of the Week for the NFL Playoffs Wild Card Weekend. All game preview odds are as of writing.
Los Angeles Rams (-4½)
The Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks faced each other two times during the regular season. First, the Rams won 23-16 at Los Angeles, and later the Seahawks took revenge at Seattle with a 20-9 victory.
Offensively, the Rams have one crucial doubt: QB Jared Goff missed the last regular season game due to a thumb injury and he remains questionable for next Saturday. John Wolford would be under center if needed, while WR Cooper Kupp should be back.
Defensively, the Rams have one of the best QB-hunters in the league. Aaron Donald finished second in the overall sacks chart with 13.5.
The Rams are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games played on Saturday.
Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks averaged 28.7 points per game (eighth best in the league) during the regular season. Defensively, they have a very vulnerable secondary. But they have been improving, and star players such as Jamal Adams should be even better when it matters most.
The Seahawks are 13-3 SU in their last 16 games when playing at home against the Los Angeles Rams.
Curiously enough, the last time that the Seahawks lost a playoff game at home was against the Rams in 2004 (27-20).
Get in-depth pre-game analysis at our Los Angeles Rams vs Seattle Seahawks matchup page, as well as the latest team & player news, stats, injury & weather reports, and NFL Playoffs Wild Card Weekend Odds.
Cleveland Browns (-4)
Is not Deja-vu. The Cleveland Browns beat the Pittsburgh Steelers (24-22) last weekend, but keep in mind that Mason Rudolph was under center for Pittsburgh.
Cleveland’s offense is complete once again with Jarvis Landry, Donovan People-Jones and Rashard Higgins all healthy and ready to go.
Recently, Nick Chubb has been carrying the load from the backfield (108 yards and one touchdown last weekend against the Steelers), but they’ll need more than that to beat the Steelers again.
The Browns are 1-4 ATS in their last five games against the Steelers.
Next Sunday, Ben Roethlisberger will be back under center for Pittsburgh, giving them a better chance to win it through the air.
T.J. Watt is also expected to be back. He leads the NFL in sacks with 15, and he’ll be crucial in order to stop the Browns running game (Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt).
The Steelers are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games played on a Sunday.
Get in-depth pre-game analysis at our Cleveland Browns vs Pittsburgh Steelers matchup page, as well as the latest team & player news, stats, injury & weather reports, and NFL Playoffs Wild Card Weekend Odds.
Indianapolis Colts (-7)
Buffalo BillsJanuary 9, 1:05pm ET
The Indianapolis Colts have to be grateful with the Buffalo Bills, because they are in the playoffs thanks to last week’s Bills victory against the Miami Dolphins.
Offensively, rookie RB Jonathan Taylor has been sensational; last week he finished with 253 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Also, veteran T.Y. Hilton scored five touchdowns in their last six regular season games.
Defensively, the Colts allow 22.6 points per game. The Colts are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against an opponent from the AFC East.
The Buffalo Bills are practically on fire! They just scored 56 points against the Miami Dolphins (allow 21.1 points per game) and they won their last six regular season games in a row.
Josh Allen has been sensational all season. He’s fifth in the league with 4,544 passing yards, and he has developed quite a chemistry with Stefon Diggs, who leads the league with 1,535 receiving yards.
The Bills finished the regular season with a 7-1 record at home; their only loss was against the Kansas City Chiefs. They are 8-0 ATS in their last eight games.
Get in-depth pre-game analysis at our Indianapolis Colts vs Buffalo Bills matchup page, as well as the latest team & player news, stats, injury & weather reports, and NFL Playoffs Wild Card Weekend Odds.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-8)
Washington Football TeamJanuary 9, 8:15pm ET
Tom Brady led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the playoffs. The veteran QB finished the season with 40 touchdown passes, but of course he didn’t do it alone. He had plenty of support from Mike Evans, Chris Goodwin, Rob Gronkowski, Antonio Brown, Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones.
Tampa Bay’s offense is pretty dangerous, but their defense can also be very good, thanks to Devin White, Jason Pierre-Paul, Ndamukong Suh, among others.
The Buccaneers are one of two visiting teams that are favorites (Baltimore is as well, at Tennessee), and they are 5-0 SU in their last five road games.
Alex Smith is already the Comeback Player of the Year, but he wants to lead the Washington Football Team to their first playoff victory since 2005.
Defensively, they are very good. Rookie DE Chase Young has been sensational, and they allow just 20.6 points per game (fourth-best in the league).
Washington is 4-1 ATS in their last five games played on a Saturday.
Get in-depth pre-game analysis at our Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Washington Football Team matchup page, as well as the latest team & player news, stats, injury & weather reports, and NFL Playoffs Wild Card Weekend Odds.
Baltimore Ravens (-3 ½)
Tennessee TitansJanuary 10, 1:05pm ET
The Baltimore Ravens won their last five regular season games. During that span, they scored at least 27 points in every game, proving that their offense can be dangerous, especially on the ground.
Rookie RB J.K. has been sensational. He ran for 160 yards and two touchdowns in their last regular season game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Ravens are 12-2 SU in their last 14 games on the road.
Derrick Henry led the Tennessee Titans into the playoffs with a historic 2,000+-yard season. He became just the eighth player in NFL history with more than 2,000 rushing yards.
The Titans average 30.7 points per game (fourth-best in the league), but they also allow 27.4 points per game. Last week, they allowed 38 points against the already eliminated Houston Texans.
Tennessee are 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 games against an opponent from the AFC North.
Last season, the Titans beat the Ravens 28-12 in the Divisional Round.
Get in-depth pre-game analysis at our Baltimore Ravens vs Tennessee Titans matchup page, as well as the latest team & player news, stats, injury & weather reports, and NFL Playoffs Wild Card Weekend Odds.
Chicago Bears (-10)
New Orleans SaintsJanuary 10, 4:40pm ET
Despite losing against the Green Bay Packers (Week 17), the Chicago Bears got into the playoffs thanks to the Los Angeles Rams, who beat the Arizona Cardinals.
Mitch Trubisky has been good enough under center, but RB David Montgomery has been sensational from the backfield. He finished the season with 1,070 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.
The Bears are 0-6 SU in their last six games against the New Orleans Saints, and they’ll be looking for their first playoff victory since 2010
According to several reports, this could be Drew Brees’ last run with the New Orleans Saints. The veteran QB is expected to retire at the end of the postseason.
The Saints have too many offensive weapons, including Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas. Both should be back after missing the last regular season game due to COVID-19 implications and an injury.
Defensively, Trey Hendrickson has been sensational; he finished the regular season with 13.5 sacks (third best in the league).
New Orleans are 6-1-1 in their last eight games played on a Sunday.
Get in-depth pre-game analysis at our Chicago Bears vs New Orleans Saints matchup page, as well as the latest team & player news, stats, injury & weather reports, and NFL Playoffs Wild Card Weekend Odds.
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NFL Playoffs Wild Card Weekend Picks
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