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Free Wild Card Weekend NFL Totals Predictions

NFL Wildcard Weekend Betting Preview

The 2010 NFL Playoffs get underway this weekend with the wildcard round of four games. Three of them are rematches from last week so it may help to look for clues from the past to help you make your picks this week.


Below is a brief preview of each game along with the current odds as supplied by MySportsbook.com.

Saturday, January 9th

4:30 P.M.
New York Jets@ Cincinnati Bengals (-2.5)
Current Over/Under 34.5

New York benefited greatly from the fact that their last two opponents basically stepped out of the way so they could get into the playoffs. Despite the fact that there was nothing on the line last week, Cincinnati has to be a bit concerned just how bad the Jets beat them in the 37-0 loss. Bengal QB Carson Palmer was 1 for 11 for zero yards and their offense had a total of 72 yards on the day. Defensively the Bengals gave up 257 yards on the ground with RB Thomas Jones only accounting for 78 of them. New York will look ride the strength of their #1 ranked defense and rushing offense which will be too much for the Bengals to handle. I’m going with the Jets and the UNDER.

8:00 P.M.
Philadelphia Eagles@ Dallas Cowboys (-4)
Current Over/Under 45

The Cowboys could do no wrong in last week’s 24-0 white wash of Philadelphia. They ran the ball with ease, QB Tony Romo had all day to find his receivers, and their defense completely shutdown Donovan McNabb and Philadelphia’s high flying offense. The big question is; can they do it again? Everyone knows it is very hard in the NFL to beat a team three times, especially a division rival. This combined with the fact that the Eagles have far more playoff experience will help to negate all the momentum that the Cowboys bring into this game. I see this time around being much closer and higher scoring so I’ll take the Eagles and the four points in a game that goes OVER.

Sunday, January 10th

1:00 P.M.
Baltimore Ravens@ New England Patriots (-3.5)
Current Over/Under 43

Baltimore had to scratch and crawl their way into the playoffs, but they are in none the less. New England finally looked like the team we expected to see all year long in their final few games. Normally this would be an easy pick, but a major development has changed all that; the loss of Patriot WR Wes Welker with a torn ACL and MCL. Tom Brady’s favorite receiver went out early in last week’s loss to Houston and is gone for the year. In his place will be rookie WR Julian Edelman who will have Herculean shoes to fill as you just do not easily replace a guy who caught a league leading 123 balls even with missing almost three whole games. That being said, they still have Brady, Randy Moss, and the home field advantage. I’ll stick with the Patriots and the UNDER.

4:30 P.M.
Green Bay Packers@ Arizona Cardinals (-2.5)
Current Over/Under 47

With the exception of Dallas, Green Bay is playing better any other team in the NFC right now. Instead of taking last week off, they came at Arizona with everything they had beating them 33-7 in front of the same crowd that will be watching them again this week. Packer QB Aaron Rodgers continues to light it up as he finished with 4,434 passing yards and 30 TD’s while only throwing seven interceptions. The only major concern is the fact he was sacked a league high 50 times. Cardinal QB Kurt Warner watched most of last week’s game from the bench which helps to understand why this game was so one sided. Warner was no slouch himself this season, throwing for 3,753 yards and 26 TD’s. With these two gunslingers expect an exciting, high scoring affair that should go right down to the wire. This is shaping up as Green Bay’s year to shock everyone and go deep into the playoffs so take the Packers and the OVER.

When it comes to the playoffs do not ever discount the value of experience as the intensity gets turned up to a whole new level. This intensity tends to bring about spectacular plays as well as game changing mistakes. All these teams are good so whichever team executes the best under pressure usually comes away with the win.

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  1. jets shouldnt even have made the playoffs if the colts and bengals hadnt laid down. i dont know how anyone is taking them.