NFL Wild Card Betting Preview – Lines | Odds | Predictions

NFL Wild Card Betting Preview - Line | Odds | Predictions

It’s time to separate the men from the boys. The NFL playoffs wildcard weekend is upon us with four exciting matchups. This is the first wildcard round in a long time we don’t get the usual bad game, especially in the AFC. Before jumping on to to see the betting odds for every game, don’t forget to fill out your 2018 NFL Playoff Bracket. Let’s show the friends and family how much football knowledge you have by choosing the Super Bowl champ right from the first playoffs matchup. Let’s do this.

Indianapolis Colts +1.5 (-110) at Houston Texans -1.5 (-110) | Total: 47

This is the third time these AFC divisional opponents clash this season. Each got a win, but the Colts should have won both or at least tied one of them. The betting line opened with the Texans as a 2.5-point favorite but 59% of the betting public quickly jumped on the Colts bandwagon. Indianapolis already played kind of a playoffs game in Tennessee last Sunday winning on the road. They have won nine of their last ten outings.

The Colts are +2800 to win the Super Bowl. It’s a long shot, but the value is there. Houston won the AFC South, but I don’t think many believe they closed out as the best team in the division. The Texans are +2500 at to win the Super Bowl.

Seattle Seahawks +1 (-110) at Dallas Cowboys -1 (-110) | Total: 43

Seattle Seahawks vs Dallas Cowboys wild card gameDown from 2.5-points, the Cowboys are now one point favorites at home. Seattle and Dallas are mirrors of each other. Both are teams with a solid running game and a great defense. What makes the Seahawks better in the eyes of many is the difference between QB Russell Wilson and Dak Prescott. Wilson is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL while Prescott is still trying to prove his doubters wrong. Seattle is +2800 to win the Super Bowl while Dallas is +2500.

Los Angeles Chargers +2.5 (-105) at Baltimore Ravens -2.5 (-115) | Total: 41

Just two weeks ago the Chargers were upset by the Ravens in Los Angeles. This game is now in Baltimore and with a win or go home situation. The betting line opened with Baltimore as a field goal favorite but 59% of the betting public is taking LA with the points. Chargers QB Philip Rivers hasn’t been in a playoff game since 2013.

He’s actually 4-5 in his postseason career. Ravens rookie QB Lamar Jackson will try to win his first postseason game. Both teams are highly capable of getting hot and running out with the AFC. Both are also capable of setting themselves on fire with dumb turnovers. LA is +1800 to win Super Bowl LIII and Baltimore +1400.

Philadelphia Eagles +5.5 (-105) at Chicago Bears -5.5 (-115) | Total: 42

The champs’ mystique is back with Nick Foles taking them into the playoffs for the second straight year. This wildcard challenge, however, seems like a huge task to overcome. The betting line on this game hasn’t moved at all, but 53% of the betting public likes the Bears to win and cover the spread. Philadelphia needed a considerable effort and some help to enter the postseason.

They are now +3300 to repeat as back-to-back Super Bowl champions. Theirs are the worst odds of the 12 postseason teams. The Bears were 7-1 at home this season and are for many the dark horse team in the NFC. Chicago’s value is at +950 to win the Super Bowl. If you believe they have a SB winning form, this is the time to bet on them. For more about NFL Playoff Betting visit our guide.

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Alonzo Solano

Alonzo Solano

Sports Analyst and Content Writer

Alonzo is a Sports Betting Analyst and casino games enthusiast who has covered Football extensively at SBS, but don’t be surprised if you read him on other sports. He's the host of the NFL Latino TV podcast.

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