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NFL Playoffs: Wild Card Betting Preview

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NFL Playoffs Betting Preview

This year’s NFL Playoffs are shaping up to be one of the most competitive in recent memory, with strong teams coming out of both conferences. With 12 teams alive, here’s a quick look at each of their Super Bowl Odds: 

Baltimore Ravens +220 

San Francisco 49ers +400

Kansas City Chiefs +450 

New Orleans Saints +600

Green Bay Packers +1000

New England Patriots +1200

Seattle Seahawks +2500

Philadelphia eagles +3000

Houston Texans +3300

Minnesota Vikings +3300

Buffalo Bills +4500

Tennessee Titans +5000

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Bills vs Texans

Bills @ Texans (-3)

Saturday @ 3:35 PM CT

TV: ESPN

Both of these franchises took a conservative approach to Week 17, both opting to rest most of their key players on both sides of the ball. The most compelling aspect of this game will be how Deshaun Watson can challenge Buffalo’s stout defense, which has allowed the sixth fewest yards per road game (323) of any team in the NFL throughout the year. 

Titans vs Patriots

Titans @ Patriots (-5)

Saturday @ 7:15 CT 

TV: CBS

After an up and down year, the Ryan Tannehill led Titans enter the playoffs with the longest odds of any team to win the Super Bowl. It remains unclear what version of the defending champion New England Patriots will show up this Saturday, after Ryan Fitzpatrick absolutely torched what was supposed to be one of the top Patriots defenses in recent memory. 

Vikings vs Saints

Vikings @ Saints (-8) 

Sunday @ 12:05 PM CT 

TV: FOX

The Vikings also opted to rest all their starters against the Chicago Bears during Week 17, and enter the playoffs coming off a two-game losing streak as a result. A critical concern heading into the game will be the workload Dalvin Cook will receive, as he has been battling a nagging shoulder injury that limited him significantly down the stretch. Furthermore, a big question will be if the Saints have enough firepower to make a deep postseason run. Despite Michael Thomas’s record breaking season, the Saints have the largest gap between their #1 and #2 options of any team in the league. This shortcoming has been heavily focused on by the national media, due to their recent workout of troubled star Antonio Brown. 

Seahawks vs Eagles

Seahawks (-2) @ Eagles 

Sunday @ 3:40 PM CT

TV: NBC

There is no question the main storyline in this game will be if the Eagles will be able to overcome the onslaught of injuries that have dramatically hampered their team down the stretch. It is unclear whether or not Miles Sanders, Zach Ertz, and the rest of Philadelphia’s skill players will even be on the field with the season on the line, which has resulted in a large impact on Vegas bookmaker’s approach to this matchup. The line opened at Eagles -3, which has swung almost completely around to Seattle’s side. Keep a close eye on this one right up until kickoff.

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