NFL Wild Card Betting Guide: Live Odds And Playoff Predictions

Written By Staff on December 31, 2019 - Last Updated on January 5, 2020

Once the Seahawks’ Jacob Hollister was stopped inches from the goal line by the 49ers Sunday night, the final piece of the 2019 postseason puzzle, the NFC’s final wild card team, was decided. San Francisco’s victory Sunday night garnered them the NFC West and No. 1 seed in the conference, while Seattle’s fourth home loss of the season sent them tumbling to the No. 5 spot.

Below you’ll find the opening spreads at DraftKings Sportsbook for the two AFC games on Saturday and two NFC games on Sunday. All four games this coming weekend have a fair amount of intrigue attached.

NFL Wild Card odds

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Wild Card betting breakdown

Bills at Texans (Saturday at 4:35 p.m. ET)

This game will feature two teams with well-rested starters after key players on both squads took Week 17 off. Buffalo’s stingy defense allowed the sixth-fewest yards per road game (323.1), but it will be challenged by a Texans offense averaging 370.4 yards per home contest. After the Texans opened as a three-point favorite on Sunday, the line quickly moved to 3.5 before settling back to 3. It moved to 2.5 on Monday. Look for more of that movement on and off the key number throughout the week.

FRIDAY NIGHT UPDATE: The line has subsequently held steady at 2.5 points at both FanDuel and DraftKings Sportsbooks in favor of the Texans after the initial fluctuation. Houston will be at nearly full health at minimum, with DeAndre Hopkins overcoming the illness he was dealing with last week, while Will Fuller has a chance to return from his groin injury after logging limited practices all week. J.J. Watt is also back in the fold for Houston after overcoming the pectoral injury that put him on injured reserve earlier in the season. Of note from a betting trends standpoint is Buffalo’s NFL-best 6-0-2 mark ATS as a road team this past regular season.

READ MORE: Texans vs. Bills Betting Preview

Titans at Patriots (Saturday at 8:15 p.m. ET)

This Patriots team’s offensive concerns are completely legitimate after yet another lackluster showing in Week 17 versus a Dolphins team they’d steamrolled earlier this season. Whether New England can flip the postseason switch remains to be seen; however, their standout defense will be tested by a well-balanced Titans attack that features a workhorse in rushing champion Derrick Henry that has the patience and size to pound away at New England’s extremely stout front seven.

FRIDAY NIGHT UPDATE: The Patriots retain 5.5-point favorite status on DK Sportsbook and are favored by five points on FD Sportsbook. Both teams will essentially come in at full health, as Julian Edelman‘s knee and shoulder injuries are not expected to keep him from playing Saturday night. New England’s offense has been challenged by even mediocre-to-poor defenses of late. Therefore, Tennessee’s above-average unit could prove to be a particularly thorny challenge. The Titans also posted a solid 5-3 mark versus the number as a road team this past regular season, while the Pats were just 3-4-1 versus the number as a home squad.

READ MORE: Patriots vs. Titans Betting Preview

Vikings at Saints (Sunday at 1:05 p.m. ET)

The Vikings will actually be the more well-rested squad in this spot after sitting key pieces in Week 17. The extent of Dalvin Cook’s health will be key, as will the ability of a Minnesota secondary that’s been much more vulnerable on the road to try and contain the damage Michael Thomas can typically cause. Books opened this around the key number of seven and it still hasn’t settled; keep an eye on the movement throughout the week.

FRIDAY NIGHT UPDATE: The Saints have seen their projected advantage climb slightly over the course of the week — they’re now favored by 7.5 points on both DK’s and FD’s sportsbooks. New Orleans will be missing starting cornerback Eli Apple (ankle), but that’s hardly been blip on the public’s radar screen, apparently. Then, both Cook and backup Alexander Mattison are free of injury designations, giving Minnesota a fully healthy backfield for the first time in weeks. Fro a betting trends perspective, New Orleans was actually only a modest 4-4 ATS as a home team, but the Vikings matched that pedestrian mark as a road squad. Then, four of the Saints’ six home wins were by seven points or fewer.

READ MORE: Saints vs. Vikings Betting Preview

Seahawks at Eagles (Sunday at 4:40 p.m. ET)

Due to injury, the Eagles are ill-equipped to exploit the porous Seahawks secondary, and a possibly limited or absent Miles Sanders (ankle) would deplete the offense even further. Meanwhile, Seattle has actually been a much better road team (7-1 straight up) and already owns one win (17-9 on Nov. 24) at Lincoln Financial Field this season.

Oddsmakers were all over the place when this line opened. DraftKings Sportsbook posted Eagles -3 at open before moving with the rest of the pack to Seahawks -1.5 late Sunday evening and to -2 on Monday.

FRIDAY NIGHT UPDATE: The line has settled back in at -1.5 for the Seahawks as of late Friday night. Sanders does not carry an injury designation heading into the weekend, but Nelson Agholor (knee) has already been ruled out. That leaves Philadelphia with another week of Greg Ward, Deontay Burnett and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside as the top three wideouts for Carson Wentz. Then, Zach Ertz (ribs/back) remains questionable heading into the weekend. His status will reportedly come down to tests that he’ll undergo Saturday. Those will determine whether he’s cleared for contact, and by extension, Sunday’s game. Philly managed just a 3-5 record ATS as the Linc this season, a sample that includes the aforementioned eight-point loss to the Eagles. Meanwhile, Seattle was 5-2-1 versus the number as a road team, including 2-1-1 as an away favorite.

READ MORE: Seahawks vs. Eagles Betting Preview

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