NFL Best Bets: Wild Card Weekend

NFL Best Bets: Wild Card Weekend

Ryan Knuppel
1 year ago
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There is a lot of action happening in the NFL this upcoming weekend with two games on Saturday, three games on Sunday and one game on Monday night. The Saturday games include a 4:30 p.m matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers and an 8:15 p.m game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Los Angeles Chargers.

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The Sunday games include early games involving the Miami Dolphins playing in Buffalo against the Bills and the New York Giants facing off against the Minnesota Vikings. The Cincinnati Bengals will host the Baltimore Ravens for the second consecutive week, and the Dallas Cowboys will travel to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night to close out the Wild Card round of the playoffs.

Let’s look ahead at the best three bets for this Wild Card Weekend.

Best Bets

Cincinnati Bengals -7

The Cincinnati Bengals are coming off a 27-16 win at home last weekend in what will be a rematch of the game they just played. Lamar Jackson is still expected to be out, as he missed his 17th practice in a row on Thursday. I highly doubt that the Ravens and Lamar will be comfortable allowing him to play after that extended absence.

Cincinnati is on an eight-game winning streak and playing some of their best football of the season. Despite both Mark Andrews and J.K. Dobbins expecting to play in this game, I think that the Bengals have this one in the bag with the spread.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers +2.5

Even though the Buccaneers are 8-9 on the season, Tom Brady is perfect against the Dallas Cowboys in his career. Brady has not had a good season, but he always manages to win the game he needs to, which is especially prevalent in the playoffs.

I don’t understand how the Buccaneers are underdogs at home, and I think this will play a huge factor in this game. The Cowboys are coming off a disappointing Week 18 loss where they gave up 309 total yards to the struggling Washington Commanders.

Buffalo Bills -12.5

I understand that there are a lot of points in the spread of this game, but the Dolphins, without Tua, have no reason to keep this game close. The Dolphins are planning to start Skylar Thompson, who is a seventh-round rookie. Thompson got a taste of the field in the season finale, where they pulled off an ugly 11-6 win without scoring any touchdowns.

Not only is this game going to be a blowout in general, but this game is also being played in Buffalo, which gives the Bills a huge advantage. Coming off of the recent great news coming from the Damar Hamlin situation, I expect the Bills to take care of business and send a message as they advance to the next round in this year’s playoffs.

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