NFL Playoffs Lines & Betting Predictions: Wild Card Winner Picks

NFL Playoffs Lines & Betting Predictions: Wild Card Winner Picks

Written by on January 10, 2023

With the regular season in the rearview mirror, it is time for the NFL Playoffs to begin. There are just six NFL games this weekend as a result, but there are still plenty of betting opportunities on playoff football. Let’s examine the Wild Card weekend matchups and take a look at the sure winners so you can bet against the NFL Playoffs Odds

Who Are the Sure Winners in Wild Card Round of NFL Action?

Baltimore Ravens vs Cincinnati Bengals (-6.5)

It has been a rough stretch for the Baltimore Ravens (10-7) as they lost three of their last four games of the NFL season, including being without star quarterback Lamar Jackson since early December. But if Jackson is able to recover and is at full strength, he has the playmaking ability to carry the Ravens to the Divisional Round of the postseason by himself.

Be that as it may, Cincinnati Bengals (12-4) are now riding a historic eight-game winning streak into the postseason after winning the AFC North for the second consecutive year. The Bengals are arguably the most dangerous club entering the NFL playoffs with a well-oiled offense, a well-balanced defense, and postseason experience, thanks to their march to the Super Bowl the previous year.

Cincinnati has covered the number in 12 of their last 14 contests, while Baltimore has covered the spread in only one of their last four contests. The Bengals will move their winning streak to nine games and walk away winners in the Wild Card round.

Seattle Seahawks vs San Francisco 49ers (-10)

The San Francisco 49ers (13-4) have made a case for themselves as the hottest team in the NFL as they finished the year on a ten-game winning streak. Despite having a rookie quarterback under center since 13, all the 49ers have done is win and cover the spread in seven of their last eight overall. 

While Pete Carroll and the Seahawks (9-8) clawed their way into the playoffs, Seattle doesn’t stand much of a chance against the 49ers. Not only did the Seahawks lose both of their regular season matchups against the 49ers, but they also finished the year poorly, losing five of their last eight contests and failing to cover the spread in seven of those matchups.

Meanwhile, San Francisco plays solid football on both sides of the ball. Kyle Shanahan has done a tremendous job giving Brock Purdy valuable game experience as the rookie seventh-rounder finished with 11 touchdowns and two interceptions over his last five games. Additionally, the defense finished the year ranked first in yards allowed per game (300.6) and scoring defense (16.3). 

Miami Dolphins vs Buffalo Bills (-10.5) 

Damar Hamlin’s return to Buffalo will aid the Buffalo Bills (13-3) mentality this week as they begin their postseason journey against the Dolphins. The Buffalo Bills should cruise to an easy win and walk away victorious in the opening round of the playoffs. 

The Miami Dolphins (9-8) are dealing with a plethora of issues, and they have not played good football to end the season. Not only did Miami barely squeak into the playoffs, but it looks like they will turn to their third-string quarterback in this matchup. Miami has faltered down the stretch losing five of their last six straight up, while the Bills finished the year on a seven-game winning streak.

As a result, the Bills are an easy choice to support to get the win on Sunday. Miami has scored fewer than 22 points in five of its past six games, while Buffalo has scored at least 32 points in each of its last three games. In addition, the Bills have covered the spread in each of their last two contests, and they should push their winning streak to eight games. 

 
 

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