It’s a new season. We’ve separated the pretenders from the contenders. Overall, it’s been a fruitful year of football betting for us. But now we want to take it up a notch and really earn some scratch. Without further ado, here are the wildcard weekend NFL Playoff picks.
Wildcard Weekend NFL Playoff Picks
Oakland Raiders at Houston Texans (-3.5)
It’s Brock Osweiler against rookie Connor Cook at the quarterback position. This is going to be must-watch football. While the Raiders D isn’t exactly lights out, we do expect the 72 million dollar man to throw a pick or two their way. The question is – what will the rookie Cook do? Remember, the Cowboys actually wanted Cook ahead of Prescott, but Oakland took him first. Cook looked okay in limited action last week. He’s got a great offensive line and a solid running game. All told, I believe that Oakland can keep this game close in what will be a low scoring game (bet the under, too). Give me the Raiders and the points.
Detroit Lions at Seattle Seahawks (-8)
Let’s not beat around the bush here – if the Lions win this game it’ll be the biggest upset of these playoffs. Period. Seattle has pedigree, incredible home field advantage and more talent. It was a miracle that Detroit even hung on to this playoff spot. I expect a major blowout. Give me Seattle and lay the points.
Miami Dolphins at Pittsburgh Steelers (-10)
The Steelers have Super Bowl aspirations while the Fins are mostly just happy to be in the playoffs for the first time this decade. The key here will be the running games of both teams. If Pitt can stack the box and slow down Ajayi without the Miami QB beating them too much then this thing will not be close. However, Miami has defied expectations all season and a double digit spread seems excessive here. I have been wrong on the Dolphins too much to count them out now. The Steelers will win but Miami will be competitive. Give me the Dolphins and the points.
New York Giants at Green Bay Packers (-4.5)
Everyone and their mom are already punching the divisional round ticket for Green Bay. Not so fast. This Giants team can play defense, even on the road. There is experience and swagger here. Did you see how the G-Men foiled Washington last week on the road in a meaningless game? They have pride and play hard. They also have a playoff history of winning in Lambeau. This is Eli’s time of year. Give me the points and the Giants, please.
Matthew Ross is a sports commentator and a radio host on TSN 690 Radio in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Follow him @MatthewWords.