Free Wild Card Picks - Saturday Jan. 6th

Craig Tattan

Monday, January 1, 2018 6:16 PM UTC

Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 6:16 PM UTC

The regular season is in our rear window and the postseason is upon us. Let's check out the NFL odds for Saturday's wildcard round and get to cashing those tickets!

4:30 PM ET Titans (9-7 SU, 8-7-1 ATS) vs. Chiefs (10-6 SU, 10-6 ATS)

* Kansas City is 0-4 ATS in their last four games after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game.

* Kansas City is 1-6 ATS in their last seven playoff games.

* Kansas City is 7-12 ATS when playing on a Saturday.

* Tennessee is 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall.

* Tennessee is 6-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.

* Tennessee is 4-1 ATS in their last five games on grass.

The squares will be adding the Chiefs to their NFL picks like there's no tomorrow. Kansas City is the team that stunned the reigning Super Bowl champs in the opening week of the season, settled into a midseason malaise, but rebounded at the three-quarter pole with four consecutive wins and covers to end the season.

Their first-round opponents, the Tennessee Titans, barely eked their way into the postseason with nine wins and won a series of tiebreakers to claim one of two wildcard spots. However, what Tennessee also did was cover the number in five of their last six games and defeat Jacksonville to clinch this playoff berth. Marcus Mariota is running again and appears to be healthier than he has been in a while. He carried a season-high 10 times for 60 yards and tossed for 134 yards and one touchdown in the season finale. That may not seem like much but against a stout Jags' defense, it tells the tale.

In addition, Tennessee's defense has come alive, holding opponents to 17 points per game over its last six contests. We believe the NFL odds are giving us too much value on the road dog here so we will back the Titans to hang tough, and perhaps score an upset, over the Chiefs on Saturday.

Free NFL Pick: Titans +8Best Line Offered: Bookmaker

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8:15 PM ET Falcons (10-6 SU, 7-9 ATS) vs. Rams (11-5 SU, 9-7 ATS)

* Los Angeles is 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a straight up loss.

* Los Angeles is 6-2 ATS in their last eight games as a favorite.

* Los Angeles is 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a double-digit loss at home.

* Atlanta is 0-4 ATS in their last four games as an underdog.

* Atlanta is 1-6-1 ATS in their last eight games after allowing less than 250 total yards in their previous game.

* Atlanta is 0-4 ATS in their last four games as an underdog.

I called for the Falcons to suffer a Super Bowl hangover before the season began and am now predicting an early playoff exit for the Dirty Birds. LA's only goal in Week 17 was to escape unscathed as they had the division crown wrapped up with no hopes of a first-round bye.

The Rams have the No. 1 offense in the league and a defense that, although has had hiccups at times this season, is certainly good enough to shut down the erratic Atlanta Falcons. Don't overthink this one. There is a new power in the NFC with a young quarterback in Jared Goff coming into his own. The only chance the Falcons have of keeping this one close is their defense because Matt Ryan's offense no longer scares anyone this season.

Free NFL Pick: Rams -5 ½Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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