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It’s Wild Card weekend, and here at Bankroll Sports, you aren’t going to want to miss out on the best analysis of the NFL odds that you’ll find on the internet!. Below you will find the current list of 2013 Wild Card NFL lines and spreads along with a breakdown of the Wild Card NFL odds. Be sure to check out the free NFL picks from the expert handicappers at Bankroll Sports this week…
Of the eight teams that are playing this weekend, the one that is on the longest winning streak is the Washington Redskins. They’ve claimed seven straight games both from an SU and from an ATS standpoint to resurrect a season that was supposedly lost going into their bye week. They won the NFC East, they’re hosting a playoff game, and interestingly enough, they’re the only team that has opened up as an underdog at home. That’s because the Seattle Seahawks, also one of the hottest teams in football is going to be coming to town. The Seahawks have as long of a road trip to get here to Landover as any team could possibly have for a playoff game, and that is going to make this a tough one, especially in such an odd week of preparation. QB Russell Wilson could definitely be sparking a rivalry here with QB Robert Griffin III, as these two rookies are already set to go head on with one another. Not only is Washington getting 2.5 points from the oddsmakers on the NFL betting lines, but that number has already risen from one right when the de facto NFC East Championship Game went final against the Dallas Cowboys.
From the game with the shortest NFL pointspreads to the one with the biggest we go, as we go across the NFC playoff bracket to find the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers. This is the third meeting of these arch rivals in the last six weeks, and this should be a remarkable rubber match. In both games, QB Aaron Rodgers went nuts, but RB Adrian Peterson went more nuts. Now, the two are going to be sharing the field once again. The oddsmakers are showing a heck of a lot of faith in Rodgers in spite of the fact that he has absolutely no running game to work with whatsoever. Green Bay has to be irked to be forced to play in this game, but it isn’t going to forget how it crashed out of the playoffs last year in the lone game played here at Lambeau Field. Minnesota completed one of the biggest turnarounds of the year this season, going from a three-win team to one that made it to the playoffs by beating two of the best teams in the entire league in back to back weeks just to get here. Still, the NFL betting odds suggest that the time the Vikings spend in the playoffs will be short, as they are eight-point underdogs, the biggest of the weekend.
From one rookie to another, we’ll head to the AFC, where QB Andrew Luck is going to try his hand in the playoffs for the first time with his Indianapolis Colts against the Baltimore Ravens. This is a big time game for Baltimore, knowing that its window of opportunity is really starting to close quickly, if it isn’t already slammed shut. There is a real chance that this might be the last game for LB Ray Lewis, and potentially some of the other members of this once illustrious defense, and it would be a bit shocking to see a team led by a slew of rookies on offense come into M&T Bank Stadium in beat up this unit. The oddsmakers are thinking right along the same lines as well, as the Colts are the bigger of the two underdogs in the AFC playoff bracket at +6.5.
It seemed like a given a few weeks ago that the Houston Texans were going to be the top seed in the AFC playoffs. They just had to win one of their final two games to get the job done, but they couldn’t do it and are paying the price as a result. Not only do they have to play in the first round of the playoffs and ultimately have to win four games instead of three to win the Super Bowl, but they have an opening round game that is by no means a freebee against the Cincinnati Bengals. This is a rematch of last year’s first round playoff game, and though a lot of the faces are the same, there are some crucial additions that weren’t on the field at that point such as QB Matt Schaub for Houston and RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis for the Bengals. That being said, the handicappers think that this is a game that is approximately in the same boat as last year, as Houston is once again favored by 4.5 points, which is just a half point off of where last year’s game closed.
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Regarding ‘totals’ this week, there really isn’t all that much in the way of variance. The weather at Lambeau Field might ultimately be a bit of a concern, as temperatures are expected to be brutally cold, especially for a night game that doesn’t kick off until 8:00 ET on Saturday night. That might push this ‘total’ down just a bit, though for the time being, it is the highest number on the board at 46. This is the same ‘total’ that has been put up for the Ravens and the Colts in the AFC, while in the other NFC up the road in DC, the Redskins and Seahawks are chiming in at 45. The lowest number of the weekend is the game featuring the Texans and the Bengals, with the number opening up the weekend at just 43.5.
AFC Wild Card Betting Odds
101 Cincinnati Bengals +4.5
102 Houston Texans -4.5
105 Indianapolis Colts +6.5
106 Baltimore Ravens -6.5
NFC Wild Card Betting Lines
103 Minnesota Vikings +8
104 Green Bay Packers -8
107 Seattle Seahawks -2.5
108 Washington Redskins +2.5
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