NFL Wildcard Round: Preview And OddsPublished January 7, 2021 by Sol FH
It's NFL Wildcard weekend and we have 6 games to watch starting from Saturday at 18:00 GMT.
Arguably the biggest week of the playoffs is upon us. This year, the format of the wildcard round is a bit different, now boasting six games, with the No. 7 seeds playing the No. 2 seeds, while only one team earns a bye.
Indianapolis Colts vs. Buffalo Bills - Saturday, 18:00 GMT
It would be a major upset if the Colts could somehow stop the No. 2 seeded Buffalo Bills from winning this game. It is hard to argue with that. Buffalo has had as good a season as a team could hope for, going 13-3 in the regular season and a 6-game win streak to end the year. Buffalo has controlled their games this year, only losing to the Chiefs, Titans, and the Cardinals.
The Colts have been inconsistent at best. They are the No. 7 seed and their season will probably end when all is said and done. There is always a chance of a major upset but this game looks like the safest pick of the weekend.
The odds are in favor of the Bills at bet365 Sports to the tune of 1.32. The Colts are back at 3.50 also for the Money Line.
Los Angeles Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks - Saturday, 21:30 GMT
This will be the rubber match between these teams, as they faced each other twice in the regular season. Just a couple of weeks ago, the Seahawks got the better of the Rams and won 20-9, while the Rams beat the Seahawks 23-16 in mid-November.
This is one of the games that feature teams that are evenly matched, and, considering there is only a +4 (for Seattle) point differential from the games they played this season, we should be expecting a very close game. Russell Wilson has incredible experience and that could be the deciding factor in this one.
At 10bet Sports, Seattle is the outright favorite to win, listed at 1.62. The Rams are not too far behind at 2.45 and honestly, this one could go either way. If Wilson is on, he will take the Rams out.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Washington Football Team - Saturday Night 1:15 GMT
It's tough to talk about anything other than a Tampa Bay win in this game. The Buccaneers ended the season at 11-5, while the Washington Football Team ended with a losing record at 7-9. Few people think that Tom Brady will lose, even with the road-game, but, Washington's defense is strong and could pose a threat to his ability on controlling the offense.
You would think that the home team in the playoffs would have a little better odds of winning, but, Washington is far-off in the odds at 4.25 at bet365 Sports. The Buccaneers are at 1.23 for the outright win.
Baltimore Ravens vs. Tennessee Titans - Sunday, 18:00 GMT
One of the toughest games to predict on the weekend has to be this one. The Ravens at the Titans. The Ravens seemed to be out of contention until they turned on the afterburners and surged back to make the playoffs. They both finished the year at 11-5 and they had similar 'points for' with the Titans outscoring the Ravens by only 23-points. On defense, it was a different story. The Ravens were much stronger only allowing 303-points, while the Titans allowed 439.
Tennessee will be depending on Derrick Henry bruising his way through the Ravens' defense to lift the Titans to victory.
The Ravens are outright favorites with 10bet Sports listing them at 1.58. The Titans are competitively listed at 2.50.
Chicago Bears vs. New Orleans Saints - Sunday, 21:40 GMT
If Mitch Trubisky has a good game, the Saints could be in trouble because his on-days are excellent, but, his off-days are brutal. The Saints are the better and more consistent team this season but the hot and cold factor that Trubisky brings to the field could surprise New Orleans.
The Saints have got the knowledge and experience of Drew Brees back in the lineup, which will undoubtedly improve their chances. Many people think this is the Saints team that will reach the Super Bowl, but, that will be clearer after this game.
The Saints are heavy favorites at bet365 Sports, posting odds at 1.19. The Bears need a huge game from their QB, but, that will remain to be seen. They come in at 5.00.
Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers - Sunday Night 1:15 GMT
Wrapping up wildcard weekend is the Browns and the Steelers. The Browns got some bad COVID-19 news that came in. The Browns haven't been in the playoffs in 18 years, and, now they will be without their head coach and 4 other members of the team/staff. Three-time Pro Bowl guard Joel Bitonio and wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge also tested positive.
The Steelers fell off a cliff mid-season and just only made it to the wildcard game. Cleveland is in the playoffs because they beat the Steelers last week in Week 17. If the Browns could hold on to win this game it would make for one great story.
This could be the game that punters take the underdog, as the Browns have proven they can beat the Steelers. At 10bet Sports, the Steelers are in the driver's seat at 1.41. The Browns are at 3.10.
The odds in this article at the bookmakers mentioned above were accurate at the time of writing, Thursday, Jan. 7 at 11:45 GMT.