NFC Wild Card Weekend Betting Preview
The wild-card round in the NFC begins Sunday with the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicking off their title defense at home against the Philadelphia Eagles.
At Bovada Sportsbook, the Buccaneers are 8.5-point favorites. Tampa Bay was 13-4 straight up and 9-8 against the spread this season. At home, the Bucs are 10-1 SU and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games. They’ve won four straight in the playoffs at 3-1 ATS, and as a playoff favorite they’re 4-3 SU and 2-5 ATS in their last seven.
Philadelphia was 9-8 SU and 7-10 ATS this season. The Eagles have won four of their last five at 2-2-1 ATS and six of their last eight with a 4-3-1 ATS record. As an underdog, they’re 1-7 SU and 2-6 ATS in their last eight. However, as an underdog in the playoffs, the Eagles are 10-1 ATS in their last 11.
In Week 6, Tampa Bay defeated Philadelphia 28-22 as a 7-point favorite. The Buccaneers have won three straight against the Eagles, and at home against Philadelphia they’re 3-4 SU and ATS in their last seven.
Cowboys posted NFL-best 13 covers this season
Also on Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers visit the Dallas Cowboys as 3-point underdogs.
San Francisco was 10-7 SU and 9-8 ATS this season. By upsetting the Los Angeles Rams 27-24 as 3.5-point underdogs in Week 18, the 49ers improved to 7-2 SU and ATS in their last nine games. The Niners are 4-2 SU and 5-1 ATS in their last six games as an underdog, but as an underdog in the playoffs they’re 1-9 SU and 2-8 ATS in their last 10.
Dallas was 12-5 SU and 13-4 ATS this season. The Cowboys are 5-1 SU and ATS in their last six games and 10-3 SU and ATS in their last 13 games when favored. In the playoffs, Dallas is 3-10 SU and ATS in its last 13.
In this matchup, Dallas is 6-1 SU and 4-2-1 ATS in the last seven games.
NFC West rivals meet in maiden Monday nighter
In the first wild-card playoff game to be played on Monday night, the Los Angeles Rams host the Arizona Cardinals as 4-point favorites.
The Rams were 12-5 SU and 9-8 ATS this season. Their Week 18 loss to the 49ers snapped a five-game winning streak during which they were 4-1 ATS. The Rams are 3-4 SU and ATS in their last seven playoff games, and as a playoff favorite they’re 1-3 SU in their last four.
The Cardinals were 11-6 SU and 10-7 ATS this season. That included going 1-4 SU and ATS in their last five games. On the road, Arizona is 8-1 SU and ATS in its last nine, and as an underdog the Cards have won six straight.
The Rams and Cardinals split the season series with the road team winning each game as the underdog. Los Angeles is 9-1 SU and 8-1-1 ATS in its last 10 vs Arizona.