The NFL Playoffs finally get underway this weekend with six massive games! It’s been an up and down season for Total Sports Picks in the NFL and we’ll be looking to cap it off with a strong playoffs campaign!
Check out our preview and betting picks for all six games across the weekend below!
NFL Playoffs - Wild Card Betting Picks
Las Vegas Raiders at Cincinnati Bengals
Saturday 15th January, 4.30pm (ET)
Paul Brown Stadium
The Bengals have not won a playoff game in 31 years. Will this season finally be the year they break the streak? Interestingly, their drought started all the way back in 1991 with a loss to the Raiders.
The Bengals have been one of the best teams in the league against the spread this season, maintaining a 10-7 record, but it’s on the road where they have done most of their damage at 6-2 ATS. At Paul Brown Stadium, they are just 4-5 against the spread.
I think the Raiders cover here. They are riding high after a brilliant OT win over the Chargers which saw them avoid Kansas City in the first round. I think they take advantage of that. They are 5-3 straight up on the road this season.
New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills
Saturday 15th January, 8.15pm (ET)
The Patriots and Bills will square off for the third time this season, having each won away from home in their regular season matchups. The Bills will feel like they have the upper hand, with their win coming just a few weeks ago in a pretty dominant display.
The Patriots have been fantastic on the road this season, racking up an 6-2 record straight up away from Gillette Stadium.
You just know Bill Belichick is going to have something up his sleeve here and the weather probably suits the Patriots run heavy offence which was dominant in cold Buffalo conditions in their first meeting. I think the Pats cover here.
Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sunday 16th January, 1.00pm (ET)
Raymond James Stadium
The Eagles snuck into the playoffs with a 9-8 record, having battled their way through really good patches and really bad patches throughout the regular season. They start as heavy 8.5 point underdogs on the road here, but they have been better away from home, maintaining a 6-3 record straight up.
Much like his time at New England, Tom Brady was almost unbeatable at home this season. The Bucs went 7-1 straight up and 6-2 against the spread in the regular season and Brady will be in contention for yet another MVP award.
They’ll have to deal with the shock departure of Antonio Brown, but I think the Bucs are a class above the Eagles here and I think they cover the 8.5 point line. They have won their last three against the Eagles by an average margin of 13.3 points.
San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys
Sunday 16th January, 4.30pm (ET)
The Cowboys rounded out the season with five wins in their last six games, rolling through the rest of the NFC East with relative ease to lock up the division. They finished with a 12-5 record straight up and a league best 13-4 record against the spread.
San Francisco couldn’t have had a more middling regular season, racking up some impressive wins but also some really mediocre losses. They were marred by injury for the majority of the year and finished 4-4 ATS at home and 4-5 away from home.
The Cowboys start as 3 point favourites here and I’m siding with them. They were fantastic against the spread all season and they have won their last three against the 49ers by an average of 15 points.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs
Sunday 16th January, 8.15pm (ET)
Steelers fans were going crazy when the Raiders pinched a last second win over the Chargers to send them into the playoffs. Their reward? A date with the Kansas City Chiefs, who have won nine of their last 10 games and started to look like the playoffs juggernaut that we have come to expect over the past few seasons.
In my book, the Steelers have looked the epitome of mediocrity this season and I can’t believe they have somehow managed to scrape into the playoffs here. They are just 8-9 against the spread, the lowest total of any team in the playoffs season.
I think the Chiefs absolutely roll through the Steelers here. On any given night, Pittsburgh are lucky to put up 20 points, while the Chiefs have put up 35.4 across their last five games.
Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams
Monday 17th January, 8.15pm (ET)
LA Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford has never won a playoff game in his long career (0-3). Will Monday night football against the Cardinals finally be the game where he breaks through. He’s arguably never had a better chance than with this star studded Rams line-up, and they’ve looked good over the back end of the season, winning four of their last five games.
The Cardinals looked unbeatable at the start of the season, but have since fallen away a touch. They won their first seven games of the season to shoot out to a big lead in the NFC but lost four of their last five.
Tough game to call either way here with the four point line in favour of the Rams. Instead I like the overs. These two teams are two of the highest scoring in the league this year, averaging a combined 53.5 points per game.
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