Wild Card weekend was exactly that….WILD. Three of the four games finished within a field goal and we saw one of the biggest comebacks of all time when the Colts somehow found a way back down 38-10 against the Chiefs. All four of our winners from last week are playing on the road against one of the top 4 divisional winners in these divisional playoffs.
I’m going to run you through the spread and money line odds for each game and then make my personal pick. All of the odds used are from BetOnline.ag.
Indianapolis Colts @ New England Patriots
Colts +7.5 (-105)
Patriots -7.5 (-115)
The Colts showed a lot of heart last week in their big comeback victory over the Chiefs, but let’s not forget that Jamaal Charles went down early in that game and a strong running back is essential for picking up a few first downs to run off the clock late in the game when you have that big a lead. In my opinion the Chiefs easily win that game if Charles stays healthy.
This is still an interesting match up though because both teams finished with similar records (Patriots 12-4 and Colts 11-5) while playing in a couple of the lesser divisions in the NFL (especially true for the Colts who went 6-0 in their division).
Luck showed a lot in the Wild Card game, but Tom Brady has been here before and gives his team a big edge. Add in that the Pats are 8-0 at home, while the Colts are just 5-3 on the road and I think you have to see the Patriots winning this one.
Pick: Patriots -7.5
New Orleans Saints @ Seattle Seahawks
Saints +7.5 (-105)
Seahawks -7.5 (-115)
This is the Seahawks year in my opinion. They struggled a little down the stretch with a couple losses in their last 5 games, but this team is too dominant defensively to lose to the Saints who require a lot of points to win games. The Saints also struggled won the stretch going 2-3 in their last 5 and they are only 3-5 on the road this season.
Look for a fairly easy win for Wilson and the Seahawks on Saturday.
Play: Seahawks -7.5
San Francisco 49ers @ Carolina Panthers
49ers -1 (-115)
Panthers +1 (-105)
In the game that doesn’t really have one big favorite I have to go with the small favorite in San Francisco. Finding a way to beat Green Bay last week on the road was huge for this teams confidence. With Aaron Rodgers under center the Packers are a legitimate Super Bowl contender and San Francisco was able to go to Green Bay and find a way to win.
The Panthers did have a great 12-4 season, but now we will see how Cam Newton does in the post season, and how this team overall performs in the playoffs. The 49ers were also a 12-4 team this year and won 6 games in a row to finish out the season. Kaepernick has confidence right now and I have to give the nod to the 49ers in this one as I think they could be more ready for the pressure of the situation than the Panthers.
Play: 49ers -1
San Diego Chargers @ Denver Broncos
Chargers +10 -115
Broncos -10 -105
The Chargers squeaked into the playoffs after having to win 4 games to close out the season and followed that up with a convincing win over the Bengals. They have matched up well with the Broncos so far this season losing 28-20 in week 10 and then pulling out a huge 27-20 upset in Denver in a must win week 12 game.
The Chargers are playing their best football of the season at the right time. Could this be the choke game for Peyton in these playoffs? I think the Chargers could be this years Baltimore Ravens.
Play: Chargers -10 (I like the money line too)
Where To Bet?
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