The NFL's 32 teams have been reduced down to just 12, six seeded sides from each of the two conferences and the wild card round that takes place over this coming weekend.
Here's a look at the latest NFL standings, alongside a look at the wild-card chances of teams fighting to make the playoffs. From the best NFL games to bet, to the ones you should steer clear of, check out our guide to get you through the week a winner.
It’s one of the best pro football weekends of the year and will feature several mouth-watering matchups, with some intriguing betting lines. The NFL Wild Card round officially begins with two games on Saturday and could give way to endless possibilities for all four teams involved.
This season's NFL Wild Card Weekend begins on January 5-6, 2019, to decide which teams advance to the NFL divisional playoff Games, that will be followed up by the NFL Conference Championship games that will be played the following Sunday - Super Bowl 53 will take place February 3, 2019, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia home of the Atlanta Falcons.
Now it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty, starting with four NFL wild-card playoff games this weekend.
We've waited for over four months to get to this point. The field of 32 teams has been whittled down to just 12, and one of the 12 is going to ultimately hoist the Lombardi Trophy in a few short weeks in Minneapolis.
The road to Super Bowl starts on Saturday with the Titans and Chiefs matching wits at Arrowhead Stadium.
Tennessee got into the playoffs without really playing much of a schedule this year. The AFC South didn't provide much in the way of challenges, and the Titans found a way to ride two wins over Jacksonville into the playoffs.
This is the biggest moment in Marcus Mariota's career, but it's also one of the bigger moments for Alex Smith, too. Smith knows that he's at the end of the road, and after watching Patrick Mahomes play well in Denver in Week 17, it's only a matter of time until he takes over as Kansas City's starter. This is probably Smith's last chance to cement his legacy with the Chiefs.
The Falcons are trying to reverse some history of their own on Saturday night. The team that loses the Super Bowl rarely has a chance to get back so soon. Atlanta is trying to rewrite that script starting on Saturday.
Few will really believe that the Falcons have the better team over the Rams in this one, but this is the first time the city of Los Angeles has hosted a playoff game in eons. Virtually no one on the L.A. roster has seen a playoff game in their careers either, and you never know if this moment is going to be too big for Jared Goff or Todd Gurley.
The first game on Sunday is certainly a head-scratcher. The Bills and Jaguars were both amongst the longshots to even get into the playoffs this year. Both teams have had a history of picking in the top-10 in the NFL Draft a lot in recent years, yet both are here fighting for a shot to get into the last eight in the NFL playoffs.
Tyrod Taylor and Blake Bortles aren't exactly household names at the quarterback position, and both know that they are still fighting for their jobs for 2018. There's a chance that the loser of this one will have played his last game for this franchise before moving on to a new destination.
There is no quarterback drama for either the Panthers or Saints. Cam Newton has stats that are almost as good as when he won the MVP two seasons ago while Drew Brees is a future Hall of Famer and is looking to cement his legacy by capturing a second Super Bowl ring.
Brees certainly has the supporting cast around him to make this work. New Orleans hasn't run the ball this well and hasn't played defense this well since it last won the Super Bowl, and there doesn't seem to be anything slowing this team down.
That said, it's really hard to beat the same team three times in a season, and that's what the Saints are going to have to overcome. Newton is a gamer for sure, and he thrives for these moments and usually excels.
Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans - 4:35 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Opening Line: Houston -2.5, 47
Preview: It’s rare that division rivals get to square off against one another three times in the same season, but that’s the reality that faces the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans when they kick off the Wild Card Weekend festivities on Saturday afternoon. These AFC South rivals split their pair of meetings in the regular season with the Texans scoring the 37-34 overtime win as 1 point favorites back in Week 4 while the Colts logged the 24-21 outright win and cover as 4 point dogs at top rated sportsbooks in Week 14. Houston has managed just one win and not a single pointspread covers the last six times it hosted this rivalry. Continue...
Seattle Seahawks vs. Dallas Cowboys - 8:15 p.m. ET (NBC)
Opening Line: Dallas -2.5, 41.5
Preview: Two teams that got off to incredibly slow starts to their 2018-19 campaigns are set to lock horns in a rematch in the Wild Card round when the Seattle Seahawks storm “JerryWorld” looking to hand the Dallas Cowboys a second loss in as many tries at the best offshore sportsbooks. Both teams enter this win or go home matchup on fire with Pete Carroll’s squad rattling off wins in six of its last seven tries and Jason Garrett’s Cowboys coming out victorious seven of the last eight times they stepped onto the gridiron. Seattle has come out on top in each of these team’s last three meetings as well as their last two trips to Arlington. Continue...
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Baltimore Ravens - 1:05 p.m. ET (CBS)
Opening Line: Baltimore -3, 41.5
Preview: The Los Angeles Chargers get a quick shot at redemption over Wild Card Weekend at offshore sportsbooks when they invade M&T Bank Stadium looking to avenge a loss to the Baltimore Ravens from a couple weeks back. Easier said than done however with the Ravens getting the benefit of holding home field advantage this time around knowing full well its come out on top in each of its four games played in front of the hometown faithful since returning from a Week 10 bye. Both teams are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2014 and 2015 respectively, so NFL bettors should get both team’s best efforts. Continue...
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Chicago Bears - 4:40 p.m. ET (FOX)
Opening Line: Chicago -4.5, 41
Preview: The Chicago Bears did the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles a major solid last week by disposing of the Minnesota Vikings to allow Doug Pederson’s squad a shot at defending their title. Matt Nagy’s troops won’t be in as giving a mood on Sunday when the teams collide in the final game of Wild Card Weekend with the Bears looking to tally their first postseason win under the new regime. While the total hasn’t budged since first hitting the board at the best online sportsbooks, the betting public looks to be on Team Trubisky with the Bears jumping up to 5.5 point favorites after opening -4.5. Continue...
The NFL regular season has come to a close and NFL wild-card weekend playoff odds were released earlier this week, plus plenty of other NFL Playoff betting action.
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