The NFL playoffs are finally here!
And there is an intriguing first-round matchup because the Dallas Cowboys play on the road against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday. The Cowboys are looking for their sixth Super Bowl title but their first because the 1995 season. Brady is after his eighth Super Bowl title.
From a betting perspective, the Bills are the biggest favorites for the opening weekend of the playoffs. Here’s every part it’s worthwhile to know concerning the NFL odds for Super Wild Card Weekend — the purpose spread, moneyline and total Over/Under (odds via FOX Bet).
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Point spread: 49ers -10 (49ers favored to win by greater than 10 points, otherwise Seahawks cover)
Moneyline: 49ers -500 favorites to win (bet $10 to win $12 total); Seahawks +300 underdogs to win (bet $10 to win $40 total)
Total scoring Over/Under: 43.5 points scored by each teams combined
Quarterback Geno Smith and the Seahawks were the surprise team of the primary half of the season, bolting to a 6-3 record. Seattle slumped by losing five of its next six games but rebounded to shut out the regular season with two wins. The Seahawks are within the postseason for the primary time because the 2020 season.
Quick: Name the most well liked team entering the playoffs? It is the 49ers, who’re on a 10-game winning streak and won the NFC West Division for the primary time since 2019.
The 49ers have thrived despite losing their top two quarterbacks to injuries and counting on rookie Brock Purdy, the ultimate pick of the NFL Draft.
With injuries on the skill positions, San Francisco pulled off a blockbuster trade for Carolina’s versatile running back Christian McCaffrey in October. The 49ers began that win streak within the second game after the trade.
McCaffrey finished third within the NFL in yards from scrimmage (1,139 rushing, 741 receiving). He led NFL running backs in receiving yards.
Remember about San Francisco’s defense. Defensive end Nick Bosa and the 49ers allowed the fewest points per game this season (16.3).
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Point spread: Chargers -1.5 (Chargers favored to win by greater than 1.5 points, otherwise Jaguars cover)
Moneyline: Chargers -125 favorites to win (bet $10 to win $18 total); Jaguars +100 underdogs to win (bet $10 to win $20 total)
Total scoring Over/Under: 47 points scored by each teams combined
The Jaguars shook off a five-game losing streak to win their last five regular-season games and 6 of their last seven to assert the AFC South Division title. Six of Jacksonville’s losses this season were by one rating.
It is a rare playoff berth for Jacksonville, which last appeared within the postseason after the 2017 season. Before that, the Jaguars’ previous playoff appearance got here after the 2007 season.
The Chargers might be seeking to avenge the 38-10 home loss to the Jaguars on Sept. 25. Their last 4 losses were all by one rating.
Los Angeles is within the postseason for the primary time because the 2018 season. A four-game win streak starting Dec. 1 helped push the Bolts into the postseason. Quarterback Justin Herbert finished second within the NFL in passing yards (4,739).
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Point spread: Bills -10.5 (Bills favored to win by greater than 10.5 points, otherwise Dolphins cover)
Moneyline: Bills -556 favorites to win (bet $10 to win $11.80 total); Dolphins +375 underdogs to win (bet $10 to win $47.50 total)
Total scoring Over/Under: 44.5 points scored by each teams combined
The AFC East rivals tee it up in the primary round after the teams split in the course of the regular season. Miami won 21-19 in Week 3 and Buffalo won 32-29 in Week 15. The Dolphins lead the all-time series, which dates to 1966, 62-55-1 however the Bills have won eight of the past nine.
The Dolphins are beat up heading into the postseason. Starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (concussion protocol) and backup Teddy Bridgewater (knee) are injured and their status for the Bills game is unknown.
Miami snapped a five-game losing skid to win the regular-season finale and qualify for the playoffs.
The Bills enter on a seven-game win streak after a two-game skid dropped their record to 6-3. Buffalo had scored 32 or more points in its last three games.
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Point spread: Vikings -3 (Vikings favored to win by greater than 3 points, otherwise Giants cover)
Moneyline: Vikings -154 favorites to win (bet $10 to win $16.49 total); Giants +120 underdogs to win (bet $10 to win $23 total)
Total scoring Over/Under: 47.5 points scored by each teams combined
There should not be many surprises when Latest York and Minnesota meet for the second time in three weeks. The Vikings beat the Giants 27-24 on Greg Joseph‘s career-best 61-yard field goal on Christmas Eve.
The Vikings lead the all-time series 18-12, winning the past 4 contests.
The Giants sat all but three starters and the Vikings pulled a few of their starters at halftime last week.
Quarterback Daniel Jones had a breakout season, posting career-bests in passing yards (3,205), rushing yards (708), rushing touchdowns (seven) and completion percentage (67.2) and a career-low five interceptions.
Minnesota won 13 games but only two wins – within the season opener and within the finale – were by multiple rating. And get this – the Vikings went 13-4 but gave up more points (427) than they scored (424).
The Giants need to seek out a solution to do something few teams did this season – stop Minnesota receiver Justin Jefferson, the favourite goal of QB Kirk Cousins. Jefferson had 12 catches for 133 yards and a touchdown in the primary meeting.
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Point spread: Bengals -6 (Bengals favored to win by greater than 6 points, otherwise Ravens cover)
Moneyline: Bengals -278 favorites to win (bet $10 to win $13.60 total); Ravens +205 underdogs to win (bet $10 to win $30.50 total)
Total scoring Over/Under: 43.5 points scored by each teams combined
Because of the playoff seeding procedure, the Ravens and Bengals will meet after playing Sunday in Cincinnati. The Bengals won that game 27-16, but Baltimore rested several key players and began its third-string quarterback.
The Ravens and Bengals have one of the crucial even rivalries within the NFL, with Baltimore winning 28 times, Cincinnati 26 times. They’ve split the past six meetings.
All eyes are on Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, who sat out the ultimate five games with a knee injury. An official injury report might be released Wednesday. Including the sport the 2019 NFL MVP left with the knee injury, the Ravens scored 17 or fewer points in all six games.
The Bengals are out to prove last season’s Super Bowl appearance wasn’t a fluke. After an 0-2 start, the Bengals recovered and won their final eight games of the regular season (the Jan. 2 game against Buffalo was canceled after Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed on the sphere).
Cincinnati’s offense features quarterback Joe Burrow, who finished fifth in passing yards (4,475) and tied for second in TD passes (35, a profession high).
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Point spread: Cowboys -3 (Cowboys favored to win by greater than 3 points, otherwise Buccaneers cover)
Moneyline: Cowboys -154 favorites to win (bet $10 to win $16.49 total); Buccaneers +120 underdogs to win (bet $10 to win $22 total)
Total scoring Over/Under: 45.5 points scored by each teams combined
Dallas is looking for its sixth Super Bowl championship. Tom Brady is looking for his record eighth Super Bowl trophy. Just one will still be in contention for that after Monday night’s showdown.
The Cowboys are playing on the road despite having 4 more wins than the Buccaneers, who earned the house game by winning the NFC South Division.
Dallas opened the season with a 19-3 win over Tampa Bay on Sept. 11. The Cowboys didn’t lose consecutive games this season and twice won 4 in a row.
Cowboys third-year receiver CeeDee Lamb had a breakout season with 107 catches, 1,359 yards and nine touchdowns, all profession bests. He produced 67 first downs on his 107 catches.
One other breakout player was fourth-year running back Tony Pollard, who supplanted Ezekiel Elliott as Dallas’ top rusher. Pollard ran for 1,007 yards and nine touchdowns (each profession bests) while Elliott ran for 876 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Brady, 45, continues to defy logic and Father Time. Brady was third within the NFL in passing yards (4.694) and threw only nine interceptions, the fewest amongst QBs with not less than 310 attempts.
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