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NFL Wild Card playoff betting
NFL Wild Card Weekend is upon us and we get some of the best matchups here. Wild Card Weekend will feature The defending NFC Champs and Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers and Lambeau Field, two cinderella type stories in the Chiefs and Texans, and the AFC North going at it.
Things kick off on Saturday with the Chiefs taking on the Texans, followed by the Steelers and Bengals. On Sunday, the Seahawks and Vikings kick things off followed by the final Wild Card game in the Packers against Washington.
NFL Wildcard Playoffs
Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) vs. Houston Texans (9-7)
NFL Betting Line: Kansas City -3.5; 40.5
Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6) vs. Cincinnati Bengals (12-4)
NFL Betting Line: Pittsburgh -2.5; 46.5
Seattle Seahawks (10-6) vs. Minnesota Vikings (11-5)
NFL Betting Line: Seattle -5; 40
Green Bay Packers (10-6) vs. Washington Redskins (9-7)
NFL Betting Line: Green Bay Packers -1; 45.5
The most intriguing matchup on the Wild Card Weekend will either be the Steelers vs. Bengals or the Seahawks vs. Vikings.
Seattle and Minnesota will be two of the more interesting teams as the Seahawks come in after falling one yard short of the Superbowl last season. They are linked as the 2nd Wild Card, going against the surprising division winners in the Minnesota Vikings.
Regardless, all 4 games will be fun and entertaining, making this one of the best weekends.
Kansas City vs. Houston
Kansas City comes in the hottest team in the whole league. They have rattled off 10 straight wins to close the season out and have been dominating teams on both sides of the ball. Over their 10 wins, the Chiefs allowed 17 points or more just 2 times.
Look for the Chiefs to use Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West, who combined for over 150 yards in the season finale.
On the Houston side of things, they had to overcome a lot of QB adversity to get here. Through many injuries, they saw Brandon Weeden and Brian Hoyer hold the fort down during the stretch of the season. Houston was looking at a division where a .500 record could have honestly won it, but they pulled away with their strong finish.
The Chiefs actually beat these Texans during the regular season 27-20.
Prediction: Houston +3.5
The home team catching more than field goal is a nice move here. Houston has the ability to win the game defensively and should be able to manufacture enough with Hoyer under center.
Houston Texans 23- Kansas City Chiefs 17
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals
The AFC North gets featured in the 2nd of 4 Wild Card games as the Steelers and Bengals meet.
Cincinnati had their chance at a first round bye, but a loss to Denver in Week 16 really doomed their fate and put them in this game.
Both teams have dealt with QB injuries as Ben Roethlisberger and Andy Dalton both went down this season and missed series periods of time. While Roethlisberger is back, Dalton remains OUT and could return should the Bengals advance.
The two teams split their season series, with both teams taking a game in the other’s house.
Prediction: Pittsburgh -2.5
The Steelers lay points on the road, but this Bengals team just isn’t as dangerous without Dalton.
Pittsburgh Steelers 30- Cincinnati Bengals 20
Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings
The defending NFC Champs, who were just 1 yard away from a Superbowl last season, will have a longer trek to the title game as they are forced to participate in Wild Card Weekend.
The Seahawks started slow, but eventually got their offense absolutely rolling behind Russell Wilson as they finished the season strong.
The Vikings may be the most surprising team in the NFL. They went into Lambeau Week 17 and defeated the Packers for a division title. They lean heavily on Adrian Peterson, but QB Teddy Bridgewater has done enough to really get the job done.
Prediction: Seattle -6
Seattle has hit their stride at the right time. This team has the ability to put up points rather quickly.
Seattle Seahawks 34- Minnesota Vikings 21
Green Bay vs. Washington
Washington finished the season on a 4 game winning streak and grabbed the NFC East after it seemed like nobody wanted the division.
Green Bay on the other side of things fell to the Vikings in the season finale as this season started extremely hot and then really tapered off. It almost looked as if either Aaron Rodgers had something wrong with him or teams just schemed really well for him.
Regardless, Kirk Cousins and him will battle it out here in the Wild Card Weekend finale. Cousins was given the job preseason and really took it off with it.
Prediction: Green Bay -1
The Packers have the experience here to do damage. Aaron Rodgers hasn’t played all that well as of late, but that doesn’t mean when the bright lights are on him and the Packers they won’t perform.
Green Bay Packers 27- Washington 24
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