NFL Picks & Handicapper Report Card

Steven Suarez

Monday, January 6, 2014 3:08 PM UTC

Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 3:08 PM UTC

Just because we're reached the playoffs doesn't mean we're done judging our handicappers. Here's how everyone fared during Wild-Card Weekend.

Kansas City Chiefs (44) vs. Indianapolis Colts (45)

What a game this was.

The Chiefs were in the driver's seat and held a 38-10 lead early in the third quarter. However, the Colts kept their composure and Andrew Luck masterminded another improbable comeback to give the home team the one-point win. Boos transformed into wild cheers and another historic playoff game was in the cards.

Jordan Sharp had a pick on both the spread and the total for the matchup. On the spread, he got a great line (Kansas City +2.5), which ended up cashing in the narrow Indianapolis win.

The total selection, however, wasn't successful, as he predicted the UNDER 46 would come through at the sportsbooks. Still, a split is hardly something to complain about, especially when the NFL betting lines are so tight during the playoffs.

New Orleans Saints (26) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (24)

Another great game here, with Drew Brees and company holding on for the road win in the cold weather. Shayne Graham hit the game-winning field goal as time expired.

Brees didn't have his best game by any stretch of the imagination (250 passing yards, 1 TD, 2 INT) but still made enough plays for the win, especially down the stretch. Mark Ingram filled in for Pierre Thomas admirably and ended up with 18 carries for 97 yards and a score.

Again we had Jordan Sharp analyzing the NFL odds for both the spread and the game's total. When it came down to it, he liked Philadelphia to cover the 2.5 points at home (closing lines had the Eagles favored by a field goal), but New Orleans had other ideas.

Jordan was able to get another slit though as he was on the money with his UNDER 54 play. A huge portion of the public loved the OVER given how explosive both of these offenses are, but it was the UNDER that was the right call on Saturday. Fellow capper Swinging Johnson also had the UNDER as one of his premium weekend picks.

San Diego Chargers (27) vs. Cincinnati Bengals (10)

Another read team in San Diego spoiled the party for the hosts, and this time it was the Chargers taking care of business against the Bengals.

Cincinnati certainly had their chances and it's not as if they weren't able to move the ball. However, Andy Dalton had three crucial turnovers and San Diego was able to capitalize. Philip Rivers (12-of-16 for 128 yards and a TD) managed the offense well and avoided mistakes, while Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown combined for 181 yards and two touchdowns.

The Bengals' loss means Marvin Lewis is now 0-5 in the playoffs, with Dalton at 0-3.

Jordan Sharp selected the Chargers (+7) as his favorite pick for the game and clearly that was the way to go. He astutely pointed out that this game was riding on Dalton's arm and the third-year quarterback's mistakes ended up costing Cincinnati.

San Francisco 49ers (23) vs. Green Bay Packers (20)

Wild Card weekend closed out with a bang, as the 49ers won on a Phil Dawson field goal as time expired at Lambeau Field.

In disgustingly cold temperatures, Colin Kaepernick held his nerve and his late scamper for a first down in the dying minutes essentially won the game for the visitors. Big plays from Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis in the passing game were key too.

It was a disappointing ending for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, who fought valiantly but just couldn't make the necessary stand defensively at the finish line.

With his NFL picks on the spread, Jordan was again on the right side. He believed San Francisco held the better value as 2.5-point favorites (closing lines saw Green Bay getting as many as 3.5 points) and that field goal sealed the ATS victory for early 49ers backers. Swinging Johnson closed out his weekend picks with another total winner, as he nailed the UNDER 45.5 in San Francisco's win.

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