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NFL Wild Card Weekend: Odds and Predictions

NFL Playoff ODDS

New Orleans Saints

Record: 13-3

Standing: 1st – NFC South

Current Super Bowl Odds: +240

New Orleans ended the season tied with the LA Rams for the best record in the NFL, though they might have finished 14-2 had Drew Brees, who led starting quarterbacks with a 74.4 completion percentage, started their final game. With a first round bye this week, the Saints should be well-rested and ready to go when they next hit the field on January 13th.

Los Angeles Rams

Record: 13-3

Standing: 1st – NFC West

Current Super Bowl Odds: +425

Despite tying New Orleans for the best record in the NFL, the Saints owned the tie-breaker due to their week 9 victory over the Rams, landing LA at the 2nd seed in the NFC. Pro-bowl quarterback Jared Goff and the Rams high octane offense ranked second in the NFL in yards per game, and the team looks ready to do damage when they next play on January 12th.

Kansas City Chiefs

Record: 12-4

Standing: 1st – AFC West

Current Super Bowl Odds: +470

The Chiefs are the top seed in the AFC as they owned the tie breaker against their division rival LA Chargers. KC had the top offense in the league based on yards per game, and Pro Bowl Quarterback and likely NFL MVP, Patrick Mahomes, had a ridiculous season as he threw for over 5000 yards and 50 TDs. The Chiefs have their first playoff game on January 12th.

New England Patriots

Record: 11-5

Standing: 1st – AFC East

Current Super Bowl Odds: +650

Despite finishing with their worst record since they went 10-6 in the 2009 season, New England features the veteran playoff duo of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. The Pats offense finished 5th in the NFL in yards per game, and Tom Brady, who threw for over 500 yards in last year’s Super Bowl, and mounted a historic comeback after being down 28-3 at the half the year before that, is tough to bet against. The Patriots have their first playoff game on January 13th.

Chicago Bears

Record: 12-4

Standing: 1st – NFC North

Current Super Bowl Odds: +675

Chicago recorded their best record since 2006 this season and won their division for the first time since 2010. Despite ranking 21st in yards per game on offense, the Bears had one of the top defenses in the league, and were one of three teams to allow less than 300 yards per game. Standing at the third seed in the NFC, the Bears play this Sunday (1/6) against the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles. Currently Chicago’s odds to win are -250 with a -6.5 spread.

Baltimore Ravens

Record: 10-6

Standing: 1st – AFC North

Current Super Bowl Odds: +1300

The Ravens had a top 10 offense in yards per game this season, and they boast a stellar defense, allowing the least yards per game in the NFL. The last time they won their division was 2012, when they also had a 10-6 record and ultimately won the Super Bowl. Standing at the 4th seed in the AFC, the Ravens host the LA Chargers on Sunday (1/6) with odds of -240 and a -2.5 spread.

 

Los Angeles Chargers

Record: 12-4

Standing: 2nd – AFC West

Current Super Bowl Odds: +1500

Despite an impressive 12-4 record, rival Kansas City owned the division tiebreaker, relegating the Chargers from a potential #1 seed and a first round bye, to the #5 seed and a wild card match-up against the Ravens top tier defense. The Chargers face the Ravens in Baltimore on Sunday (1/6) with odds of +133 with a +3 spread.

 

Dallas Cowboys

Record: 10-6

Standing: 1st – NFC East

Current Super Bowl Odds: +2500

The fourth seeded Dallas Cowboys will face the Seattle Seahawks tomorrow (1/5), and currently have odds of -122, and a spread of -2. The Cowboys ranked 22nd in yards per game on offense, and allowed the 7th least yards per game in the league. Look for Pro-Bowl running back Ezekiel Elliot, who led the league in rushes, rushing yards, and rushing yards per game to have a big game.

Houston Texans

Record: 11-5

Standing: 1st – AFC South

Current Super Bowl Odds: +2500

The 3rd seeded Texans 15th in offensive yards per game, and 12th in yards allowed per game, and are a relatively balanced team. They take on the Colts tomorrow (1/5), with odds of -113 and a spread of -1.

 

Seattle Seahawks

Record: 10-6

Standing: 2nd – NFC West

Current Super Bowl Odds: +2800

The 5th seeded Seahawks play the Cowboys tomorrow (11/5) with odds of +112 and a spread of +2.5. They recorded the 18th most yards per game this season, while allowing the 16th least yards on defense, making them a balanced team as well.

Indianapolis Colts

Record: 10-6

Standing: 2nd – AFC South

Current Super Bowl Odds: +3000

The 6th seeded Colts, behind Comeback Player of the Year, Andrew Luck, finished 10-6 this season. Luck sat out the previous season and came back from a shoulder injury to throw for over 4500 yards and 39 TDs. The Colts play the the Texans tomorrow (1/5) and have +103 odds and a +1 spread.

Philadelphia Eagles

Record: 9-7

Standing: 2nd – NFC East

Current Super Bowl Odds: +3300

The defending Super Bowl Champs barely scraped their way into the playoffs, with an offense that ranked 14th in yards per game, and a defense that finished 23rd in yards allowed per game. They take on the Bears this Sunday (1/6), and have odds of +240 with a spread of +6.5.

 

 

Dean Hasan
Dean Hasan
Dean blends both disciplines with his extensive knowledge of the NFL and NBA and other sports to consider new ways of approaching the game. His outside the box approach to sports analysis finds himself constantly asking "why?" and "how come?" It is this commitment to alternative thinking that produces unique insight that takes nothing for granted.
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