NFL Wild Card Weekend -- The Saturday Games

 

NFL WILD CARD ROUND –

WE PREVIEW SATURDAY’S GAMES

AS TITANS-CHIEFS, FALCONS-RAMS BATTLE …

OUR 2017 NFL REGULAR SEASON SPREAD CHART

 

The NFL Playoffs – as you might have heard – feature eight teams that didn’t make it to the post-season a year ago as Buffalo, Carolina, Jacksonville, the Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota, New Orleans, Philadelphia and Tennessee are all part of the mix here in January of 2018.

Any of them making it all the way to the Super Bowl? Hmmm.

We also can tell you that last year the NFL Betting Favorites (all home teams) swept the board on Wild Card Weekend … let’s refresh your memory as here were last season’s Wild Card results:

In order, it was …

Houston (- 4) 27, Oakland 14

Seattle (- 8) 26, Detroit 6

Pittsburgh (- 11) 30, Miami 12

Green Bay (- 5) 38, New York Giants 13

Will the chalk rule the roost again this weekend? We’ll let you know.

 

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NFL WILD CARD – SATURDAY’S GAMES

TENNESSEE (9-7) at KANSAS CITY (10-6) – 4:30 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN

The Las Vegas price for this clash has been banged all the way up to the KC Chiefs minus 9 points – and we remind you that the Titans have not been that large an underdog in some 35 games in a row! Maybe the price is a bit too steep here for favorite-lovers but consider that Kansas City is the king of forcing turnovers (they’ve turned over their opponents 24 times in the Chiefs’ 10 regular-season wins) and QB Alex Smith is going up against the league’s 25th-best pass defense … maybe a couple of Smith-to-WR Tyreek Hill bombs will soften up the Titans’ defense and then rookie RB Kareem Hunt (NFL-best 1,327 yards rushing this year) will finish off the job. How does Tennessee possibly steal this one? Get QB Marcus Mariota to make some big rushing plays on the “RPO’s” – as in run-pass option, folks – and take advantage of KC’s key special teams injuries.

Spread Notes – Tennessee closed with a pointspread flourish as the Titans are 4-1-1 ATS (against the spread) in their last half-dozen games; Kansas City’s 1-4 versus the vig in all post-season games dating back to 2010.

 

ATLANTA (10-6) at LOS ANGELES RAMS (11-5) – 8:15 p.m. ET, NBC

It’s a daunting task for the defending NFC champions:

The Atlanta Falcons must win three consecutive road games in these playoffs just to get back to another crack at the Super Bowl while the loosey-goosey Los Angeles Rams – averaging nearly 30 points per game under first-year head coach Sean McVay – will be banking on a quick slam-dunk of the 6.5-point underdog Falcons here.

No sense in “burying the lead” because Rams’ do-everything RB Todd Gurley (2,093 scrimmage yards and 19 TDs) will be the key as he figures to get 25-plus touches in this tilt against an Atlanta defense that held eight of its last 10 opponents to 21 points or less. Expect Rams’ QB Jared Goff (28 TDs / 7 INTs) to throw some swing passes here to Gurley and then we’ll see if he can make the Falcons’ LBs/DBs miss. On the flip side, there’s no telling what QB Matt Ryan will show up for the Falcons here: Last year’s league MVP has been spotty in 2017 – that’s 20 TDs and 12 INTs and he threw a load of ill-advised red-zone passes this season -- and so wondering if the Falcons get a little conservative here, so maybe RB Devonta Freeman gets his mitts on the ball 25-plus times too!

Spread Notes – The LA Rams are 4-9-1 vig-wise as hosts since returning to SoCal; Atlanta is 2-5-1 ATS in all post-season games the past 10 years.

 

 

THE 2017 NFL REGULAR SEASON SPREAD CHART

 

TEAM             WON      LOST               TIE           PCT

 

Minnesota             11           4              1              .733

New England        11           5              0              .687

Kansas City            10           6              0              .625

Philadelphia          10           6              0              .625

Buffalo                   9              6              1              .600

San Francisco        9              6              1              .600

Chicago                  8              6              2              .571

LA Chargers           8              6              2              .571

NY Jets                   8              6              2              .571

Carolina                 9              7              0              .563

Cincinnati              9              7              0              .563

Jacksonville           9              7              0              .563

LA Rams                9              7              0              .563

Baltimore              8              7              1              .533

Dallas                     8              7              1              .533

Detroit                   8              7              1              .533

Indianapolis          8              8              0              .500

New Orleans         8              8              0              .500

Tennessee             7              7              2              .500

Atlanta                   7              9              0              .438

Green Bay             7              9              0              .438

Houston                 7              9              0              .438

NY Giants              7              9              0              .438

Pittsburgh             7              9              0              .438

Washington          7              9              0              .438

Arizona                  6              9              1              .400

Seattle                    6              9              1              .400

Tampa Bay            6              9              1              .400

Miami                    5              9              2              .357

Oakland                 5              9              2              .357

Denver                   4              11           1              .267

Cleveland               4              12           0              .250

 

 

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