Wild Card Round Playoffs Overview, Futures Book Updates

Kevin Stott

Monday, January 1, 2018 1:22 PM UTC

Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 1:22 PM UTC

 A fresh AFC, NFC and Super Bowl Futures Book odds now that we’re down to the final 12 teams and look at opening numbers from BetOnline for this weekend’s four Wild Card contests.

Titans, Bills Slide into Last Two AFC Wild Card Spots on Sunday, Falcons Win Their Way In in the NFC

The 2017/18 NFL Regular Season has come to an end and the New England Patriots (13-3) and Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3) have the Homefield edges and first round Byes in the AFC while the Philadelphia Eagles (13-3) and Minnesota Vikings (13-3 earned that honor and valuable Rest over in the NFC while perennial AFC North doormats, the Cleveland Browns, tidily ended with a winless 0-16 SU Record and have now gone a mind-numbing 4-44 in their L48 Regular Season games, only beating the Chargers in 2016 and the 49ers, Ravens and Titans in 2015 and becoming only the second team to go winless over a 16-game Regular Season besides the 2o08 Detroit Lions. In the AFC, the big news on Sunday was the Cincinnati Bengals rallying for a late 4th Quarter TD Pass on 4th Down to upset the Ravens in Baltimore, 31-27 (BAL -9, 40), in a game the hosts needed to make the Postseason, and, the Tennessee Titans (9-7) defeated the Jaguars, 15-10 (TEN -2, 40½), to snag their own Wild Card spot as the Chargers (9-7) and Ravens (9-7) heading into New Year’s Eve and 2018 wondering what if.

And the Bills (9-7) beat the Dolphins, 22-15 (BUF -3, 41½) to earn a Wild Card Road game in Jacksonville this coming weekend. In the NFC, The big news on Sunday in Week 17 was in the NFC and the fight for the Wild Card spots with the New Orleans Saints (11-5), Carolina Panthers (11-5), Atlanta Falcons (10-6) and Seattle Seahawks (9-7) all vying for the NFC South title, positioning or simply survival in the two Birds’ (ATL, SEA) cases with Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and the Dirty Birds beating the Panthers in Atlanta, 22-10 (ATL -5, 44½) to earn a Wild Card spot while Russell Wilson and the Seahawks lost to the Cardinals, 26-24 in Seattle (SEA -8, 38) to see their shots at an NFC Wild Card berth dissolve, although with Atlanta’s win, it was a moot point.

The defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots (9/5 to win Super Bowl 52, Intertops) grounded the Jets on Sunday in Week 17 to lock down the No. 1 seed in the AFC, Home-field Advantage throughout and a Bye in the Wild Card Round while the Pittsburgh Steelers (6/1 to win Super Bowl, Intertops) played their 2nd Stringers and still painted the aforementioned Browns black to earn the No. 2 seed in the conference and some needed R-E-S-T. In the NFC, the Homefield edge for the coming Playoffs goes to the Philadelphia Eagles (10/1 to win Super Bowl, Intertops), who were shut out by the Cowboys on Sunday 6-0 and will be without starting QB Carson Wentz (ACL) for the playoffs while Case Keenum, Stefon Diggs and the Minnesota Vikings (9/2 to win Super Bowl, Intertops) hibernated the Bears in The Land Of 10,000 Lakes to get the No. 2 spot in the NFC and hopefully a path to Super Bowl LII, to be played at their state-of-the art and still relatively new home stadium.

With Super Bowl LII 33 Earth days from Monday, let’s look at the freshest Futures Book odds numbers from popular Offshore sportsbook Intertops for the AFC and NFC Championships as well as the NFL Championship—Super Bowl 52—which will be held at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 (NBC, 6:30 pm EST/3:30 pm PST). Yep, the Super Bowl will be played in around a month. 2018 is here.

New England Patriots 9/5

Minnesota Vikings 9/2

Pittsburgh Steelers 6/1

Philadelphia Eagles 10/1

Los Angeles Rams 10/1

New Orleans Saints 11/1

Jacksonville Jaguars 16/1

Kansas City Chiefs 18/1

Atlanta Falcons 22/1

Carolina Panthers 22/1

Buffalo Bills 66/1

Tennessee Titans 80/1

New England Patriots 7/10

Pittsburgh Steelers 11/4

Jacksonville Jaguars 15/2

Kansas City Chiefs 8/1

Buffalo Bills 33/1

Tennessee Titans 40/1

Minnesota Vikings 7/4

Los Angeles Rams 4/1

Philadelphia Eagles 4/1

New Orleans Saints 9/2

Atlanta Falcons 10/1

Carolina Panthers 10/1

Home Teams Rams, Saints, Jaguars, Chiefs All Solid Chalks in AFC, NFC Wild Card Games This Coming Weekend

The Wild Card Round of the NFL Playoffs seems like one in which the Defenses could dominate in the AFC with Offenses potentially stealing the show in the NFC’s two games with gunslinging QBs like Matt Ryan, Jared Goff, Cam Newton and Drew Brees all involved. On Saturday (Jan. 6) in the weekend’s first game—the AFC Wild Card game between the Titans and Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City—popular Offshore sportsbook BetOnline has opened Alex Smith and the Chiefs as -7 (-115) Home Favorites with the Total at 44½ (ESPN/WatchESPN, 4:20 pm EST/1:20 PST) while Blake Bortles and the host Jaguars are also 7-point Home Favorites (-120) for their Sunday afternoon (Jan. 7) AFC Wild Card showdown (CBS, 4:05 pm EST/1:05 pm PST) with Tyrod Taylor and the Bills in Jacksonville (40). Send more cheese, please.

In NFC Wild Card action, the Los Angeles Rams will host the Falcons in a game which sees Todd Gurley and the hosts currently as 4½-point Favorites (49½) for Saturday night (NBC, 8:15 pm EST/5:15 pm PST) while the Saints will welcome the Panthers to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for a renewal of their NFC South rivalry in a game which sees Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram, Michael Thomas and the Saints as 5½-point Home Favorites (48½) for their Sunday game (FOX, 7:40 pm EST/4:40 pm PST).

The highest-winning seed in the AFC will head to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers (11/4 to win AFC, Intertops) in the AFC Divisional Round with the lowest-winning AFC seed having to head to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts to face Tom Brady and the No. 1-seed Patriots (7/10 to win AFC, Intertops). The lowest-winning seed in the NFC will play the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia two weeks from now while the highest-winning seed has to head to Minnesota and Bank One Stadium in Minneapolis to face the Defensively-dominant Vikings (16.1 ppg, #1) in the NFC Divisional Round.

NFC WILD CARD ROUND SATURDAY PICK: Rams -4½ -105 over Falcons
Best Lines are at Bookmaker

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NFC WILD CARD ROUND SUNDAY PICK: Panthers-Saints Under 48½
Best Lines are at Heritage

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