NFL Football 2023 – Wild Card Weekend Preview. After the last game was played in the regular season, the San Francisco 49ers emerged with the best odds to win the Super Bowl (+225), followed by the Baltimore Ravens at + 325. Outside of the top two, Buffalo clocks in at +600, which is a testament to their comeback this season. Not surprisingly, the Pittsburgh Steelers have the longest odds at +15000. They don’t even have a 1% chance of making it into the Super Bowl.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. The 49ers and Ravens aren’t even playing this weekend. The games are spread out over Saturday, Sunday, and Monday night, so you can catch each separately. This is the time of year when offering props betting can make you a lot of extra profits, but keep your limits in.
NFL Wild Card Schedule and Lines
Saturday, January 13
- Cleveland Browns (AFC-5) at Houston Texans (AFC-4) Browns (-2.5, 43.5)
- Miami Dolphins (AFC-6) at Kansas City Chiefs (AFC-3) Chiefs (-3.5, 43.5)
Sunday, January 14
- Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC-7) at Buffalo Bills (AFC-2) Bills (-9.5, 38.5)
- Green Bay Packers (NFC-7) at Dallas Cowboys (NFC-2) Cowboys (-7.5, 49.5)
- Los Angeles Rams (NFC-6) at Detroit Lions (NFC-3) Lions (-3, 51.5)
Monday, January 15
- Philadelphia Eagles (NFC-5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFC-4) Eagles (-2.5, 44.5)
Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys
During the second half of the regular season, Green Bay’s offense was among the best in the NFL, winning six of their last eight to get into the post-season. They’ll have to be consistently good to break Dallas’ 8-0 home winning streak that has a huge +21.5 scoring margin.
Quarterback Jordan Love might be lacking a number-one receiver. Still, he has a good number of rookies (Jayden Reed, Dontayvion Wicks, Luke Musgrave, and Tucker Kraft) and second-year targets (Romeo Doubs and Christian Watson) who are getting the job done.
Unfortunately, their defense has allowed the most 200-yard rushing games.
The Cowboys’ defense also struggles with the rush, but the power of their offense has been undeniable. Dak Prescott has had his best season with Dallas, along with receiver CeeDee Lamb. Watch out for the OVER in this game, as Green Bay is 7-2 on road games.
Los Angeles Rams at Detroit Lions
The Lions had already won the NFC North (the first time in their history), but they still decided to play their starters against Minnesota in Week 18. In doing so, they lost tight end Sam LaPorta and wide receiver Kalif Raymond to knee injuries. However, both have a slight chance of returning for the Rams game.
The Rams weren’t expected to do much this year, but veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford, running back Kyren Williams, and wide receiver Puka Nacua have turned things around.
Neither team has a great defense. They rely on offense to gain lots of points, which is why they have the highest total of the weekend (51.5). The Rams have the advantage since they are healthier and peaking, while the Lions were better earlier this season.
Whichever way this game goes, I’m excited for Detroit fans who finally get to watch a playoff home game after 30 years. I wonder how they’ll greet Stafford’s return?
Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Not long ago, Philadelphia was considered the top team in the NFL, which would make this matchup look lopsided. However, the Eagles lost five of their six last games, entering the playoffs as a Wild Card team. Jalen Hurts injured the middle finger of his throwing hand, and wide receiver A. J. Brown left the game in Week 18 with a knee injury.
On the flip side, Tampa Bay won five of its last six games. Their 11-6 ATS record is second-best in the NFL, and they are 8-3 ATS as an underdog, which is the best in the league. Baker Mayfield has a 10:2 ratio of touchdowns versus interceptions, while Hurts has only four touchdowns versus five interceptions in that same timeframe.
Philly is still expected to win this one based on their merits earlier in the season, but I don’t see it. The only thing they have going for them is that Mayfield is also hurt with some rib problems. Keep a tight eye on the spread and put your limits in, just in case.
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