NFL Wild Card Odds: First Round Game Lines, Props And More

Written By Juan Carlos Blanco on January 15, 2023
NFL Wild Card odds

The pro football postseason has arrived and two games are already in the books. The 49ers blasted the Seahawks, 41-23, and the Jaguars staged an epic comeback to topple the Chargers, 31-30. We now turn the page to Sunday and NFL Wild Card odds for those three games are available to bet on now. The Dolphins will face the Bills in Orchard Park, the Giants will be at the Vikings and the Ravens will play at the Bengals.

Below are live lines for all of those games as well as betting information.

NFL Wild Card odds

View NFL Wild Card odds here. Bettors can compare point spreads, moneylines and totals for each first round game below.

Wild Card round lines

Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills

The Dolphins squeaked into the postseason by about the narrowest margin possible, edging the Jets 11-6 on Sunday while receiving some outside help. The fact that third-string quarterback Skylar Thompson was under center certainly gives the Dolphins an excuse for a middling offensive performance to an extent, but the reality is that Thompson will draw another start in this unenviable matchup if Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) or Teddy Bridgewater (knee/finger) remain out of action.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Tagovailoa has officially been ruled out, and head coach Mike McDaniel has said he’s prepping Thompson for a second consecutive start given that Bridgewater is still considered very questionable.

The Bills were able to channel their rollercoaster of emotions into a hard-fought 35-23 victory over the Patriots that clinched the No. 2 seed. Buffalo’s win was a total team effort that included two special-teams touchdowns on Nyheim Hines returns, and the team appears primed for the postseason.

Despite the fact the two clubs split the season series and the pair of contests finished with single-digit margins of victory for the winners, the Bills are huge favorites. In the immediate wake of Wednesday’s news, Buffalo’s projected advantage jumped up to 13.5 points at multiple sportsbooks, while the total dropped to as low as 43.5.

New York Giants at Minnesota Vikings

The Giants rested many key starters against the Eagles in Week 18 yet almost pulled out the win despite Philly gunning for the NFC East and No. 1 seed. The Vikings redeemed themselves for a Week 17 embarrassment versus the Packers by handling a Justin Fields-less Bears team, 29-13. 

New York will have the luxury of going into this matchup with a well-rested group of skill-position players as a result of Brian Daboll’s Week 18 strategy, and that could certainly pay dividends against a Vikings team that’s shown it’s capable of some bizarre breakdowns.  

The Vikings were able to sit their starters in the second half as well Sunday, so the disparity in rest won’t be too drastic. Kirk Cousins also looked exceedingly sharp in what a confidence-building effort for the postseason, going 17-for-20 for 225 yards and a touchdown.

The G-Men nearly pulled off a victory over Minnesota as well in Week 16 before a Greg Joseph 61-yard field goal enabled Minnesota to squeak out a 27-24 win. Both Daniel Jones and Cousins were able to thrive against the opposing defense in that game, throwing for a combined 633 yards and four touchdowns (three by Cousins).

Notably, the Vikings are only three-point home favorites on NFL Wild Card odds as the week begins. 

Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals

The two teams met in a Week 18 matchup that meant more to the Bengals, which notched a 27-16 win. Anthony Brown drew his first NFL start with both Tyler Huntley and Lamar Jackson sidelined, and Baltimore’s quarterback situation has been the most pertinent storyline this week. 

Jackson took to Twitter Thursday night, saying that he “suffered a PCL Grade 2 sprain, on the borderline of a strain 3.” Baltimore will now have to start Brown or Huntley against the Bengals.

The teams split the season series, with Cincinnati missing Tee Higgins in its Week 5 road loss and Baltimore without Jackson, J.K. Dobbins and Mark Andrews this past Sunday. If Baltimore was at full health, this would be a pretty tight line but the Bengals were a -9.5 favorite as of Friday afternoon. Cincy opened as a -5.5 favorite but the Jackson news – which became more dire by the day this past week – has the Ravens as a huge underdog.

Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Cowboys put a worrisome Week 18 performance together against a Commanders team with nothing but pride to play for and starting a rookie at quarterback, taking a 26-6 loss in which Dak Prescott completed well under 50 percent of his throws and passed for just 128 yards. 

The Buccaneers also finished the campaign with a defeat, but there was a certain pre-planned component to it considering Tampa Bay primarily wanted to get its starters some good work in before heading into the postseason. The Bucs dropped a 30-17 decision to the Falcons yet saw Tom Brady throw only four incompletions and toss a touchdown pass in about a quarter and a half of work. 

Dallas and Tampa Bay met to open the season on Sunday Night Football and the Buccaneers dominated in a 19-3 win that saw Prescott sustain a multi-week thumb injury. The rematch will see each club still running its offense on the same fundamental principles they opened the campaign with. Consequently, both talented backfield tandems should enjoy solid roles, and each defense, despite its pass-rushing prowess, has shown weakness against the run at certain points. 

Despite the outcome of the first meeting and the Bucs’ homefield edge, it’s Dallas that opens the week as a three-point road favorite when looking at NFL Wild Card odds.

Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers -9.5

The 49ers covered the -9.5 spread and the game went well over the 42-point total as 64 points were scored in the 41-23 Niners victory.

LA Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars +1.5

Chargers first half bettors certainly came away happy but pre-game spread-wise this one was a nightmare for LA backers. The Jaguars staged an epic comeback Saturday night, winning 31-30. This game also went well over the total as 61 total points were scored in the 31-30 Jacksonville victory.

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How NFL Wild Card odds are changing

All six NFL Wild Card games will be heavily dissected throughout this coming week. Below we will look at how NFL Wild Card odds are changing in the days leading up to kickoff of each contest.

DateNFL Wild Card Odds: January 8NFL Wild Card Odds: January 9NFL Wild Card Odds: January 11NFL Wild Card Odds: January 12NFL Wild Card Odds: January 13NFL Wild Card Odds: January 15
Saturday, January 14Seahawks +9.5 at 49ers -9.5Seahawks +10 at 49ers -10Seahawks +9.5 at 49ers -9.5Seahawks +9.5 at 49ers -9.5Seahawks +9.5 at 49ers -9.5OTB
Saturday, January 14Chargers -2.5 at Jaguars +2.5Chargers -1 at Jaguars +1Chargers -2 at Jaguars +2Chargers -2.5 at Jaguars +2.5Chargers -2.5 at Jaguars +2.5OTB
Sunday, January 15Dolphins +10 at Bills -10Dolphins +10.5 at Bills -10.5Dolphins +9.5 at Bills -9.5Dolphins +13 at Bills -13Dolphins +13.5 at Bills -13.5Dolphins +14 at Bills -14
Sunday, January 15Giants +3 at Vikings -3Giants +3 at Vikings -3Giants +3 at Vikings -3Giants +3 at Vikings -3Giants +3 at Vikings -3Giants +3 at Vikings -3
Sunday, January 15Ravens +5.5 at Bengals -5.5Ravens +6.5 at Bengals -6.5Ravens +7 at Bengals -7Ravens +8.5 at Bengals -8.5Ravens +9.5 at Bengals -9.5Ravens +8.5 at Bengals -8.5
Monday, January 16Cowboys -3 at Buccaneers +3Cowboys -3 at Buccaneers +3Cowboys -2.5 at Buccaneers +2.5Cowboys -2.5 at Buccaneers +2.5Cowboys -2.5 at Buccaneers +2.5Cowboys -2.5 at Buccaneers +2.5

NFL Wild Card round schedule

Here is the NFL Wild Card round schedule. For the second year in a row, two games will be played Saturday, three games will be played Sunday and one game will be played Monday night.

  • Saturday, January 14, 4:30 p.m., FOX: Seahawks at 49ers
  • Saturday, January 14, 8:15 p.m., NBC: Chargers at Jaguars
  • Sunday, January 15, 1 p.m., CBS: Dolphins at Bills
  • Sunday, January 15, 4:30 p.m., FOX: Giants at Vikings
  • Sunday, January 15, 8:15 p.m., NBC: Ravens at Bengals
  • Monday, January 16, 8:15 p.m., ABC/ESPN: Cowboys at Buccaneers
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Juan Carlos Blanco has served as a freelance writer for a wide variety of online publications and websites, with an intensive focus on fantasy sports. Juan has provided analysis and comprehensive coverage of the MLB, NBA, NFL, CFL, AAF and AFL while also reporting on news and developments in the daily fantasy sports and online gaming industries.

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