The Seahawk’s controversial loss to San Francisco ensures they must play this weekend. The Patriots are in a wild card spot for the first time in 10 years after a shock defeat to the Dolphins. The New Orleans Saints are third seed in the NFC and had a 42-10 victory over the Panthers last week. The Ravens rested starters against the Steelers, but still came out on top to finish 14-2 for the season. The Titans got a win against the Texans reserves as they rested their main starters as predicted.
Here are our predictions for the NFL Wild Card weekend below.
Buffalo Bills vs Houston Texans - Saturday, January 4 - 9.35 PM
Both the Bills and the Texans suffered defeats in gameweek 17. Both teams had made the playoff Wild Card spots already. The Bills are coming off losing three out of their last four games. Buffalo has six wins on the road this year. The Bills know how to win away from home. The Bills also put in good efforts against the Ravens and Patriots this season. Buffalo is more battle-tested than the Texans.
Josh Allen is likely to play well against an inconsistent Texans defence. J.J Watt will be returning for Houston, but their defence still averages an allowance of over 120 rushing yards per game. Fans will be hoping for a massive performance from DeAndre Hopkins. Will he have the performance required for the victory? We don’t think so. We believe that Tre’Davious White will keep Hopkins under control in this game.
The Bills are 50/51 against the spread (+2.5). Consistency on the road, combined with a defence that struggles against a running game, we believe the Bills will come out on top in this matchup. Get the Bills at 5/4 with no line on GiveMeBet.
Tennessee Titans @ New England Patriots - Sunday, January 5 - 1.15 AM
The Titans defeated Texans reserves in their last game. The Patriots lost out on the second seed position in a shock loss to the Miami Dolphins. The Patriots dropped from second seed to third seed after the loss. This is the first time the Patriots are playing on Wild Card weekend in the last 10 years. New England certainly is a more experienced side coming into January.
The Titans can put out a solid offensive performance. Can the Titans defence stop a less than convincing Patriots offense? We don’t think so. Tennessee will need star players such as QB Ryan Tannehill, RB Derrick Henry, and WR A.J. Brown.
We believe that the Patriots' first home game in the playoffs will not be their last. Get the Patriots at (-5) against the spread at 25/27 on GiveMeBet. The Patriots also have a powerful defence so there could be value in backing under 44 points at 25/28 on GiveMeBet.
Minnesota Vikings @ New Orleans Saints - Sunday, January 5 - 6.05 PM
The Vikings had a loss to the Bears in the final game week of the regular season. The Vikings rested their regulars and the game meant very little to their overall position. The Saints had a convincing victory over the Panthers in a game where they scored 42 points. The Saints are usually a top two seed team and certainly have a lot of offensive quality.
The Vikings will need some big games from Adam Thielen and running back Dalvin Cook to have a chance against a strong Saints side. Marcus Williams from the Saints has been promoted to full participation in practice on Thursday. Kirk Cousins has the potential to keep up in a shootout with Drew Brees. The offensive power for the Saints will certainly pressure the Vikings defence.
We are picking the New Orleans Saints to win this game. The Saints are (-8) against the spread at 50/51. As the Saints have averaged over 40 points in their last four games, there is more value to bet on over 50 points at 51/50 on GiveMeBet.
Seattle Seahawks @ Philadelphia Eagles - Sunday, January 5 - 9.40 PM
The Seahawks have lost three out of their last four games. Seattle had a couple of openings to lock up the first seed and couldn’t get the crucial results. Defeats to the Rams and Cardinals left it all in their final game against the 49ers which Seattle suffered a five-point loss. The Eagles are coming off a four-game win streak but played in a much easier division than Seattle.
Russell Wilson has had a fantastic year without a lot of protection. Both sides are plagued with injuries and the winner is more than likely going to come down to who gets more players back beforehand. Seattle has a better offense and is more battle-tested than the Eagles. The Eagles' last meeting with the Seahawks saw them lose 17-9 at home.
This will be one of the toughest calls in the playoffs. Anything can happen on Wild Card weekend, but we believe that the Seahawks will go back to Philadelphia to get another victory. The Seahawks against the spread (-1.5) are 10/11 on GiveMeBet.
Super Bowl Winner Odds
Baltimore Ravens 9/4
San Francisco 49ers 4/1
Kansas City Chiefs 9/2
New Orleans Saints 6/1
Green Bay Packers 8/1
New England Patriots 11/1
Seattle Seahawks 25/1
Philadelphia Eagles 30/1
Minnesota Vikings 33/1
Houston Texans 33/1
Tennessee Titans 40/1
Buffalo Bills 50/1