It’s a great weekend to be a football fan, as we have Wild Card Weekend coming on Saturday and Sunday, as well as the College Football National Championship Game on Monday. We will take a closer look at the NCAAF in another post, but for this piece, we are going to be focusing solely on the NFL playoffs. There are 4 games on tap this coming weekend, which means there are multiple options to play some winning parlay tickets. Rather than playing individual tickets here, I am going to post my betting picks for SU, ATS, and O/U in those games, and then you can mix and match them to make some great winning parlay tickets. Let’s get right to it.
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Wild Card Weekend SU Picks
The Tennessee Titans made the playoffs by the skin of their teeth, winning their final game of the season to get in. They will be on the road to face a Kansas City Chiefs team that has rediscovered their early season form. I like the Chiefs to get the win at Arrowhead and move on to the Divisional Round.
The Atlanta Falcons against the LA Rams may well be the game of the weekend, as both teams have the ability to play explosive offensive football. The Rams have been brilliant this season, and have the weapons to go out and win this one. The easiest pick of the weekend, on paper at least, is the Jacksonville Jaguars at home to the Buffalo Bills. The Jags defense is fantastic, and I just don’t see Buffalo being able to consistently move the ball on them. Jags to win SU. Wild Card Weekend closes out with an NFC South match-up, as the Carolina Panthers go on the road to face the New Orleans Saints. Two very good teams here, but the Saints running game and home field advantage tips things in their favor.
Wild Card Weekend ATS Picks
The Kansas City Chiefs are a rather lofty 9-point favorite against the Titans on Saturday, but it’s a number that I think they can cover. The Chiefs went 6-2 ATS at home this season, and I like them to win by double-digits in this one. The LA Rams are in as a 6 ½ point favorite to beat the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday, and I think that is very good value. While LA has been better on the road than at home this season, I still think they win and cover versus the Falcons.
The Jaguars are in as a 9-point favorite against the Bills, and while I was a little on the fence at first, the news that LeSean McCoy may not be available for the Bills has made this pick a straightforward one. Let’s go with Jacksonville to cover. The Saints are a 7-point favorite over the Carolina Panthers, which makes this one a bit of a coin flip. I like the Saints to win, but I have them winning by 7, which would mean a push. If I was pressed to go one way or the other, I would take the Saints to cover.
Wild Card Weekend O/U Picks
Neither the Chiefs or the Titans have lit things up offensively this season, with Tennessee, in particular, struggling to consistently move the football. The point total for this one has been set at 44, and I believe it will fall slightly UNDER. While both of these teams are blessed with offensive playmakers, the Falcons have not really been able to get close to where they were last season. I think the Rams are going to pound the ball with Todd Gurley, which will help keep the total UNDER.
The possible omission of McCoy from the Bills line-up is going to make it tough for this team to put points up on the board. That said, the point total of 39 ½ is a low one and the Jags are going to score, so let’s take the OVER. The point total for the game between that Panthers and Saints has been set at 48 ½. 6 of the last 7 meetings between these two in New Orleans have gone over, but I have a feeling that this one will be a little more on the low-scoring, which is why I am going UNDER.