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Wild Card Weekend NFL Picks: Game-By-Game Moneyline Predictions

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Wild Card Weekend NFL Picks: Game-By-Game Moneyline Predictions

Here is our game-by-game look at all four NFL wild-card playoff games, looking at which sides offer the best value on moneylines. With so many games so competitive, sharp football bettors will take out the risk by taking a favorite and pay the juice and confidently wager on underdogs that offer larger paydays.

With each team, we will include how many units each team has made this season on moneylines next to each team. Because moneylines will vary at every sportsbook, whatever is stated is not necessarily what you will find for odds when you go to wager.

Indianapolis (10-6, +4.4 units) at Houston (11-5, +3.6 units)

Saturday, 4:35 p.m. ET (ESPN and ABC)

Free NFL Pick: Colts ML

Best Line Offered: Just Bet

Just four weeks ago, Indianapolis went into Houston and won 24-21, one week after an ugly 6-0 loss at Jacksonville. The Colts arrive back in H-Town wholly confident, being just the third NFL team since the Super Bowl era to start 1-5 and make the playoffs. Andrew Luck has been the catalyst, but first-year coach Frank Reich deserves a great deal of credit along with the GM in building an offense that Luck is most comfortable in, which features tight ends a great deal. Houston QB Deshaun Watson has been less dynamic than he was in his rookie season and the Texans seemed to have lost their edge in being 2-2 in their last four. Indy at about +110 to +115 is worth a strong look.

Seattle (10-6, +3.8 units) at Dallas (10-6. +7.8 units)

Saturday, 8:15 p.m. ET (Fox)

Free NFL Pick: Cowboys ML

Best Line Offered: Sports Betting

If you are making NFL picks, there is value in backing Seattle, as there does not appear to be a great separation in talent between the Seahawks and Cowboys. That is borne out by Dallas not even being a standard -3 playing at Jerry’s World. This season, favorites of 3 points or less were just 46-40 SU. Seattle has the No.1 running game in the NFL, however, Dallas was No.7 in stopping the rush. The Seahawks offense overall was better and more consistent than the Boys, averaging 26.7 vs. 21.2, yet, Dallas moved up to 25 PPG at home where they were 7-1. No question Seattle at +115 to +120 is not something to disregard. Nonetheless, Dallas has a stronger defense and there is at least one person ready to take the Cowboys at -135.

L.A. Chargers (12-4, +4.7 units) at Baltimore (10-6, +3.2 units)

Sunday, 1:05 p.m. ET (CBS)

Free NFL Pick: Chargers ML

Best Line Offered: Sports Betting

Whenever you have teams meet in the playoffs after just having played in the last couple weeks of the regular season, there are many questions. Does the revenge factor really come into play? If a road team won the previous contest, are they in that much better of a position at home? And in the case of this matchup, is Baltimore at 10-6 vs. L.A. at 12-4 and a -135 money line favorite, really the best choice? These are all questions bettors and handicappers have to decide. Another aspect specific to this contest is QB Philip Rivers and the Chargers are 7-1 in true road games this season. Does that matter more or the fact the Bolts have committed a sloppy nine turnovers in their last three outings? This capper will count on the surly Rivers and L.A. South defense having a better idea of how to defend Baltimore.

Philadelphia (9-7, +1.5) at Chicago (12-4, +6.9)

Sunday, 4:40 p.m. ET (NBC)

Free NFL Pick: Bears ML

Best Line Offered: Just Bet

Philadelphia is in the +200 to +210 range. The Super Bowl champs will get a shot at defending their title, but this is strictly one-and-done material against Chicago. The Bears are for real and as long as coach Matt Nagy does not get too aggressive, placing his team in bad spots, it is nearly impossible to imagine Philly winning here. The Eagles’ experience will not matter on the road versus a talented Bears defense and multi-faceted offense.