NFL Wild Card Lines: Spreads And Totals At NJ Sportsbooks

Marco Cerino December 31, 2018
NFL Wild Card Lines

Congratulations! We made it to the end of 2018. Contrary to what league commissioners told Congress in the past, we haven’t seen the world end or the fabric of society torn asunder because sports betting has expanded.

For those who follow our family of sites and made legal wagers in New Jersey and elsewhere, thank you. Handle for the four months of the NFL season will easily eclipse a billion dollars in the Garden State and grow as the calendar turns to January.

Now we get to the fun part: 12 teams, 11 games over four weekends, and one shiny Tiffany silver trophy for the Super Bowl champ. We begin with Wild Card Weekend, four games which all look competitive.

(Odds updated 12/31/18)

 DraftKingsBetStarsFanDuel888sportSugarHouse
Indianapolis
Houston
48.5
-1
48
-1
48
-1
48.5
-1
48.5
-1
Seattle
Dallas
43
-2
43
-2
42.5
-2.5
43
-2
43
-2
LA Chargers
Baltimore
42
-2.5
41.5
-3
42
-3
42
-2.5
42
-2.5
Philadelphia
Chicago
41
-6.5
41.5
-6.5
41.5
-6.5
41
-6.5
41
-6.5

Colts at Texans (-2.5)

This will be the rubber match between two division rivals. Both road teams won exciting games this season.

Colts QB Andrew Luck enters 2-1 in the Wild Card round but lost his only road start to Baltimore in 2013. DeShaun Watson will make his playoff debut for the Texans, who have won three of four Wild Card games in franchise history, all at home.

There was some value discrepancy on this total at NJ sportsbooks when the lines were released.early value at DraftKings, 888Sport, and PlaySugarHouse all offer a half-point extra value to the under.

Seahawks at Cowboys (-2.5)

Seattle defeated Dallas earlier this year at home, winning 24-13 and covering the short spread. The game switches to Texas and the hosts are favored.

Russell Wilson has won all three of his Wild Card starts for Seattle, including two on the road, beating Washington and Minnesota. Dak Prescott lost his only playoff start in the 2016 Divisional Round to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.

This is a very balanced offense Dallas has put together over the past two months, going against a defense that is a shade of the former Legion of Boom.

Bettors can find value with the totals early in the week. William Hill and PlayMGM offered a half-point extra value to the over on Monday, while BetStars gave that half-point to the under. Caesars gave the under a full point extra value.

Chargers at Ravens (-2.5)

Baltimore hosts this game largely due to their win in SoCal two weeks ago. The Ravens upset the favored Chargers 22-10 and gets the early kickoff despite LA’s superior record.

Philip Rivers enters 3-0 in the Wild Card round, including a 2014 win at Cincinnati. Rookie Lamar Jackson has replaced Super Bowl champion Joe Flacco under center in Baltimore and will make his postseason debut.

Like the other two games, there was some early value on the total. William Hill and BetStars offered a half-point extra value to the over.

Eagles at Bears (-6)

The only game that isn’t a rematch from the regular season pits the defending Super Bowl champs against the NFC North winners. Philly has won each of the last two seasons handily over Chicago, including last year where the defense stymied the Bears.

Nick Foles lost his lone Wild Card start against the Saints in 2014. Mitchell Trubisky makes his postseason debut for Chicago.

This game has seen early line movement for Chicago, which suggests some recency bias against the Eagles and the first real test this year of the local fans’ resolve. While Philly looks like they’ve found the magic from last January in winning three straight to qualify for the postseason, Chicago’s defense has been stout and defeated top offenses, including stymying Minnesota to keep them out of the playoffs in Week 17.

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