2018 NFL Playoffs Wild Card Weekend Preview

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The 2018 NFL Playoffs are finally here and we are set for four massive games this weekend.

Wild Card Weekend is always one of the most anticipated events on the NFL schedule and this year in particular is packed full of massive games.

We have had plenty of success with our NFL Tips during the NFL Regular season and we are confident that will continue in the NFL Playoffs, so don’t miss out on our NFL Playoffs Wild Card Weekend tips below.

Kansas City Chiefs Vs Tennessee Titans

Sunday 7 January, 8.35am, Arrowhead Stadium

The Kansas City Chiefs are the shortest-priced favourites in the opening weekend of the NFL Playoffs.

It has been an up and down season for the Chiefs, but they were able to secure the AFC West with four straight wins to finish the season and on their day their offence is one of the most explosive in the NFL.

The Chiefs have won six of their past nine games as home favourites and they have covered the line in each of these victories.

The Tennessee Titans scraped into the NFL Playoffs with their narrow win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the final weekend of the season and they would need to go to another level to beat the Chiefs.

It has been the Titans defence that has gotten them to this stage of the season and their offence would need to step-up significantly for them to make a deep run.

The Titans have lost their past three games as away underdogs and their record against the line is not much better.

This is a game that Kansas City should win comfortably and they can cover the line in the process.

Back Kansas City To Beat The Line (-6 Points)

Los Angeles Rams Vs Atlanta Falcons

Sunday 7 January, 12.15pm, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

The Los Angeles Rams have been one of the big improvers in the NFL this season and they will start this clash with the Atlanta Falcons as clear favourites.

Los Angeles face the biggest challenge of their season to date against the Falcons and they do look a touch under the odds at their current price.

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum has hardly been a happy fortress for the Rams and they have won only four of their games at home this season, while they are a team that has very little NFL Playoffs experience.

Atlanta secured their place in the NFL Playoffs with a win over the Carolina Panthers last weekend and we saw last season that they are a side that is more than capable of winning in the post-season.

The Falcons have won five of their past eight games on the road as well as their past four games against the Rams.

This is an offence that can be close to unstoppable when they get hot and there is nowhere near as much between these two sides as the current betting market suggests.

Back Atlanta To Win @ $3.60

Jacksonville Jaguars Vs Buffalo Bills

Monday 8 January, 5.05am, EverBank Field

This is a huge occasion for both the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Buffalo Bills.

Jacksonville are back in the NFL Playoffs for the first time since 2007 – after winning the AFC South for the first time – and they will go into this clash with the Bills as clear favourites.

The Jaguars did lost their past two games of the regular season and they have produced some poor efforts this season, but they generally do produced their best football in front of their home fans.

They have won five of their past six games as home favourites for a big profit and they are 4-2 against the line in this scenario.

Buffalo ended the biggest post-season drought in American sports with their emotional win over the Miami Dolphins in week 17 and that may have been their Grand Final.

The Bills have won two of their past six games as away underdogs for a profit, but they are only 2-1-3 against the line in this scenario and they have struggled when they have faced the top sides in the NFL this season.

This is a huge opportunity for Jacksonville to make a deep NFL Playoffs run and they should prove too strong for the Bills.

Back Jacksonville To Beat The Line (-8 Points)

New Orleans Saints Vs Carolina Panthers

Monday 8 January, 8.40am, Mercedes-Benz Superdome

This is a massive game between these NFC South rivals.

The improvement of the New Orleans Saints defence has been one of the most underrated stories in the NFL this season and they could be the team to beat in the NFC.

New Orleans have been particularly strong in front of their home fans this season and they have won all seven of their games as home favourites, while they are 5-2 against the line in this scenario.

Add in the fact that the Saints comfortably beat the Carolina Panthers twice this season and it is easy to see why they will start this clash as clear favourites.

Carolina won six of their last eight games to get back into the NFL Playoffs and they are a team that is capable of brilliance on their day.

The Panthers have won three of their past five games as away underdogs for a big profit and they have beaten some of the best teams in the NFL this season.

The betting play that really stands out in this is the Over in our Total Points betting market.

Backing the Over in games involving either of these teams has been a profitable betting play all season long and 12 of the past 16 games between the sides played at Mercedes-Benz Superdome have gone over.

Back Over 48 Points


2017

The 2017 NFL Playoffs finally get underway this weekend and we are set for four outstanding games of football.

Wild Card Weekend often produces some of the best football of the entire NFL Playoffs and all four games this weekend have the potential to be absolute rippers.

There have been a great deal of upsets throughout the NFL regular season and that doesn’t look likely to end in the Playoffs, which means that there is plenty of excellent value available this weekend.

Houston Texans Vs Oakland Raiders

Sunday 8 January, 8.35am, NRG Stadium

Houston Texans 27 - Oakland Raiders 14

The Houston Texans finished on top of the AFC South, while the Oakland Raiders claimed a wildcard after being narrowly denied the AFC West title.

There is no doubt that the injury suffered by Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr a fortnight ago has completely changed the complexion of this game as the Raiders would likely have started as narrow favourites.

Instead it is the Texans that will start this clash as clear favourites and they are extremely tough to beat in this scenario.

Houston have won all six of their games as home favourites this season for a clear profit and they are 3-1-2 against the line in this scenario.

Oakland won four of their six games as away underdogs this season, but they did so with Carr under centre and I just don’t think that either Matt McGloin or Connor Cook are capable of leading their team to a playoff victory.

Back Houston To Beat The Line (-3.5 Points)

Seattle Seahawks Vs Detroit Lions

Sunday 8 January, 12.15pm, CenturyLink Field

Seattle Seahawks 26 - Detroit Lions 6

The Seattle Seahawks won the NFC West, while the Detroit Lions scored a wildcard after losing to the Green Bay Packers in the game that decided the NFC North.

Seattle have been inconsistent throughout this season, but they are a team that is perfectly suited to Playoffs football and they have an abundance of big-game experience.

The Seahawks will start this clash as dominant favourites and they have won seven of their past eight games in this scenario, while they are 4-1-3 against the line.

Detroit head into the NFL Playoffs on the back of three losses and they take very little momentum into the post-season.

The Lions won three of their seven games as away underdogs this season, but their record against the line is identical for a clear loss.

This is a game that the market looks to have got just about right and I am happy to stay out from a betting perspective.

No Bet

Pittsburgh Steelers Vs Miami Dolphins

Monday 9 January, 5.05am, Heinz Field

Pittsburgh Steelers 30 - Miami Dolphins 12

The Pittsburgh Steelers won the AFC North once again, while the Miami Dolphins produced an outstanding second half of the season to claim a wildcard.

Pittsburgh have won seven games in a row since their loss to the Dallas Cowboys in a thriller and they go into this clash as clear favourites.

The Steelers have won six of their past seven games as home favourites for a clear profit and they are 4-3 against the line in this scenario.

Miami’s transformation in the second half of the season has been fairly remarkable, but that are still up against it in this clash.

The Dolphins have won three of their seven games as away underdogs this season for a narrow profit and they are 4-3 against the line in this scenario.

Pittsburgh should be able to get the job done, but it should be closer than the current market suggests and the Dolphins are a great bet to cover the line.

Back Miami To Beat The Line (+10 Points)

Green Bay Packers Vs New York Giants

Monday 9 January, 8.40am, Lambeau Field

Green Bay Packers 38 - New York Giants 13

The Green Bay Packers beat the Detroit Lions in the final game of the regular season to win the NFC North, while the New York Giants were quick to secure a wildcard.

Green Bay have finally started to find their mojo in the second half of the season and they go into this clash as clear favourites.

The Packers have won five of their seven games as home favourites this season for a narrow loss, but they have proven to be a winning proposition against the line in this scenario.

New York have played some excellent football this season, but they have generally struggled to win as away underdogs and they have taken out just one of their past five games in this scenario.

This game could end up being a shootout and if that is the case I would much rather be on side with Aaron Rodgers than Eli Manning.

Back Green Bay To Beat The Line (-4.5 Points)