Free NFL Picks: Wildcard Opening Odds Report

Jordan Sharp

Monday, December 29, 2014 3:38 PM GMT

Monday, Dec. 29, 2014 3:38 PM GMT

The NFL playoffs have finally arrived, and there are four great games this weekend. The NFL Odds have finally been released for the games, and I am here to let you know if there are any of them that have early-week NFL Picks value. 

Cardinals vs. Panthers
The NFL Odds at 5Dimes have opened up this game in favor of the Panthers at -4, with a total of 38 points. If you can get it out of your mind that the Panthers are hosting a playoff game with a below .500 record, Carolina might not be a bad play here. The Cardinals’ defense has been faltering some recently, and the Panthers’ defense is starting to turn things around. While the Cardinals’ offense has been looking better, if this line shrinks any before Saturday I might have to jump on the Panthers.

 

Ravens vs. Steelers
The AFC North gets a third dose of Ravens versus Steelers here on Wildcard weekend, and with both teams seemingly down on defense, this could be an offensive game. The NFL Odds still have the Steelers as only -3 favorites, but the total of 47 is interesting. Normally these two teams would command a total far less than 47, however with the Steelers’ offense, and the Ravens’ defensive issues, this could easily be the highest scoring game of Saturday, or the weekend. I don’t expect the NFL odds to change much from -3 in favor of Pittsburgh, but this is one I will have my eye on throughout the week.

 

Bengals vs. Colts
As we move over to Sunday, the Bengals and Colts are set to hook up in Indianapolis. The NFL Odds have the Colts as -4 favorites, with a total of 49 ½ points. Indy looked good this past week, but it’s easy to look good against the Titans’ defense. Against the Bengals defense will be another story, as they have been playing better in the second half of the season. This game will likely come down to defense, and if that’s the case, as long as Andy Dalton doesn’t throw three picks (which seems like a possibility) the Bengals might not be a bad play here at +4. If these NFL Odds go up any throughout the week, it’s going to be very hard to ignore the Bengals if they get up to +4 ½ or +5 underdogs.

 

Lions vs. Cowboys
The final game of wildcard weekend should be a good one, as the Lions head into Dallas to play the Cowboys. The NFL Odds have the Cowboys as the biggest favorite of the week at -7, with a total of 48 ½ points. Detroit did put up a nice fight against the Packers this week, but to no avail. Now they have seemingly just as tough of a game, and if they can’t stop Green Bay’s running game, they likely won’t be able to stop the Cowboys’ Dallas’ offensive line might be able to solve that nasty defensive front from Detroit, and if they can do that, Tony Romo is going to pick apart this secondary. It’s not a great value NFL pick, but Cowboys -7 looks like the play early in the week. 

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