The 2021 NFL playoffs have arrived, and there’s wall-to-wall motion with now six video games being performed on wild-card weekend. Between the Saturday and Sunday tripleheaders beginning at 1:05 p.m. ET, there are extra spreads and level totals by way of which to navigate when making picks.
The Seahawks are the slightest favorites, by a area purpose of their rubber match towards the Rams in Seattle. The Ravens are the one AFC highway favorites In Nashville, regardless of dropping twice to the Titans up to now 12 months.
With the 7-9 Washington Soccer Crew and 8-8 Bears making the NFC playoffs, it is no shock they’re the 2 largest underdogs, Washington at residence towards the Buccaneers and the Bears on the highway on the Saints.
For essentially the most half, accidents aren’t a problem. The Rams are hoping Jared Goff will return from his fractured thumb, whereas Washington is leaning on Alex Smith to remain wholesome after returning in Week 17. The Steelers, who rested Ben Roethlisberger in final week’s battle with the Browns, have urged they may have a number of QB wrinkles ready for Josh Dobbs.
The largest storyline considerations the Browns, who’ve had a COVID-19 outbreak, affecting a number of gamers and head coach Kevin Stefanski, who get replaced in his main and play-calling capacities by particular groups coach Mike Priefer and offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt. That state of affairs has prompted the road to lean larger towards to the Steelers.
NFL odds for wild-card playoff video games
Beneath are the most recent NFL wild-card playoff recreation odds, together with level spreads, cash strains and over-under totals for each recreation, in line with the DraftKings sportsbook:
Final up to date: Saturday, Jan. 9
NFL wild-card recreation level spreads
|Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Payments||BUF -6.5|
|Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks||SEA -3|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Washington Soccer Crew||TB -8|
|Baltimore Ravens at Tennessee Titans||BAL -3.5|
|Chicago Bears at New Orleans Saints||NO -10|
|Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers||PIT -6|
NFL wild-card recreation cash strains
|Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Payments||BUF -275|
|Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks||SEA -175|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Washington Soccer Crew||TB -375|
|Baltimore Ravens at Tennessee Titans||BAL -182|
|Chicago Bears at New Orleans Saints||NO -500|
|Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers||PIT -265|
NFL wild-card recreation over/unders
|Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Payments||51|
|Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks||42|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Washington Soccer Crew||44.5|
|Baltimore Ravens at Tennessee Titans||54.5|
|Chicago Bears at New Orleans Saints||47.5|
|Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers||47.5|
NFL greatest bets for wild-card video games
1. Colts at Payments OVER 51
The Colts have an excellent zone protection, constructed upon bending with out breaking. That can assist comprise the massive performs from the Payments, however Josh Allen has their offense scorching going into the playoffs. The Payments are susceptible in the fitting spots defensively, towards the run and vs. the tight finish, to assume the Colts can hold it round a landing with some constant scoring of their very own. That is the second-highest complete of the week, however it’s not fairly excessive sufficient as each groups are inclined to go over of their video games.
2. Rams at Seahawks UNDER 42
After they met within the common season and cut up their NFC West video games, the Rams received 23-16 in Los Angeles and the Seahawks received 20-9 in Seattle. The Rams could must additional modify to a grinding offense, whereas Russell Wilson will not be lighting it up towards that cross rush and secondary. The 39 and 29 totals from earlier than recommend attending to 40 complete will likely be a wrestle.
3. Washington +8 vs. Buccaneers
There’s one thing about that quantity being above a landing and additional level that screams Washington at the least getting a backdoor cowl. The Bucs aren’t the identical group on the highway and might get into ugly defensive-leaning video games, as we noticed with the prime-time loss on the Bears and the prime-time win on the Giants. The below is tempting, too, however that appears to be harder to belief.
4. Saints +10 vs. Bears and OVER 47.5
The Saints’ protection has sprung extra leaks of late and the Bears’ protection is overrated with some key accidents. The Saints received the regular-season matchup, 26-23, in additional time in Chicago. The Bears can not cowl the tight finish and are getting smashed by the working recreation, and each Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray will likely be properly rested for New Orleans. The Bears are inclined to do some second-half rubbish harm and the Saints can permit it by having a large enough lead.
5. Steelers +6 vs. Browns and UNDER 47.5
The Steelers’ offense will likely be firing aggressively towards a Browns’ restricted cross protection with a rested Ben Roethlisberger. They will not have a lot success working per regular, however the matchups throughout the board at vast receiver and tight finish favor them properly. Defensively, they will handle the Browns scoring sufficient to catch up by containing the run and getting strain in Baker Mayfield’s face and from the sides. Mayfield will likely be thrown off by the play-calling adjustment and the Steelers will likely be moviated to slam down their division rivals again at Heinz Area.