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NFL Playoff Handicapping: Wildcard Weekend
(12-4) Los Angeles Chargers vs. Baltimore Ravens (10-6)
Date: Sunday, January 6th
Time: 1:05 PM
Venue: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland
Wildcard ATS Betting Lines: Ravens -135, Chargers +115
NFL Wildcard Moneyline Odds: Ravens -2.5
Wildcard NFL Betting Total: 41.5
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The Chargers have the better record but have to it the road for this one. They closed the season with a win at Denver but still got the Wild Card spot.
Baltimore closed the season really strong winning 6 of 7 to steal the division from the Steelers. They are a very interesting team right now.
Los Angeles Chargers
Just a couple of weeks ago the Chargers were in Baltimore and lost. It is easy to argue it was their worst loss of the season as they scored only 10 points. It is going to take at least double that if they are going to advance.
During the regular season the Chargers were one of the better offensive teams in the league, scoring 26ppg – 6th. They have balance and in Philip Rivers an underrated quarterback who is just itching to prove he can be a champion.
They want to have balance so hopefully Melvin Gordon is healthy. He has an ankle thing but is listed as probable. He had his highest average per rush this season and they like to use him once they have the lead. Austin Ekeler is also a great weapon too.
San Diego has had one of the best defenses this season ranking in the Top Ten in most categories. In this one they are going to have to control Lamar Jackson like they did in that regular season loss.
The Ravens are fascinating. It is not often that a team decides to switch quarterbacks to a rookie mid season and then rides that player all the way to a division title. Usually those kinds of opportunities only open up when a team is terrible.
I hope I am right when I say that Lamar Jackson is 6-1 as a starter for the Ravens. He is still very unpolished in the passing game but he opens up the running game with his ability to run and the threat of doing so on every play. Gus Edwards, another rookie is suddenly a viable option in the backfield too.
The Ravens finished the regular season first in yards allowed and second in points allowed. They have a great defense and it played very well when they beat Chargers in the regular season. Top pass rusher Za’Darius had 1.5 sacks that day.
The key for the Ravens is going to be staying on schedule so they do not have to ask Jackson to do too much. The more he has to throw the worse off they are.
NFL Betting Trends:
- LAC are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 playoff games.
- LAC are 21-8-1 ATS in their last 30 road games.
- Under is 20-8 in LAC last 28 vs. AFC.
- BAL are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games in January.
- Under is 6-1-1 in BAL last 8 Wildcard games.
- Under is 6-2-1 in BAL last 9 games in January
4* Free NFL Betting Prediction: Chargers ML
The line is saying the home field advantage is key for this one. I think a rookie QB might struggle in this situation.
NFL Free Wild Card Score Prediction: Los Angeles 24 – Baltimore 20
You could go with the spread here but in games where the line is a FG or less you might as well go for the better payoff
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