The opening weekend of the NFL playoffs is almost upon us, and it looks a little different that what we are used to. By that, I mean that we will have a Monday night primetime game for the first time ever in the playoffs. All told, we will have 6 games set to go on the Wild Card Weekend, with the Green Bay Packers and the Tennessee Titans getting the weekend off after nabbing the #1 seed in their respective conferences. We are going to take a look at all 6 games and try to determine if the NFL Playoffs Betting picks we make for each are a lock or a bit risky. With that in mind, let’s get to it.
2022 NFL Season Wild Card Lock Picks to Bet On
Las Vegas Raiders at Cincinnati Bengals
The Raiders punched their ticket to the playoffs in OT in the final game of the regular season. Their reward is a trip to Cincinnati to face the AFC North winning Cincinnati Bengals. This will be the second meeting of these teams this season, with the Bengals winning 32-13 on the road in Vegas earlier in the year. With that in mind, it is perhaps no real surprise that the Bengals are in as a 6-point favorite. I think this one will be closer, but I still like the Bengals to win.
New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills
The Bills pipped the Patriots to win the AFC East and secure a home game in the opening round. These two split their season series, and oddly enough, it was the road team who won each time. The Bills are in as a 4-point favorite, but this one is a little too close to call for my liking. A slight edge to Buffalo at home, but the bet I would go with here is the UNDER.
Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
What we have here is what I would consider to be the first lock of the weekend. The Eagles are something of a surprise playoff team this season, but a road trip to Tampa Bay to face the defending champions means that it’s likely to be an early exit for the Eagles. The Bucs are favored by 8 ½ at home, which might be a bit of a risk, but the SU is a lock, in my opinion.
San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys
I am a little reluctant to mark this one as a lock, but all signs seem to point to Dallas winning this one on home field. The Cowboys have won 6 of the last 7 meetings with the 49ers, but San Francisco has also been good on the road of late, going 7-3 SU in their last 10 games played on the road. Dallas is in as a 3-point home favorite and I am looking at this one as too close to call, although I am leaning towards the Cowboys at home.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs
This one has the potential to be another lock, as I think the Chiefs should be able to move on without too much effort. The Steelers have been a great story over the final few weeks of the season, and while they are a 12 ½ point dog here, they have a defense that can change games quickly. The Chiefs look like a SU lock after hammering the Steelers earlier this year.
Arizona Cardinals at LA Rams
Another tough one to call, as it’s another divisional matchup, with these teams splitting their regular season series. Again, it was the road team who won both regular season games, but the Rams are in as a 4-point home favorite. If I was playing this one, I would be leaning towards the OVER 50 points.
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