NFL Wild Card Saturday Betting Preview
NFL bettors start the postseason with a Wild Card Weekend tripleheader on Saturday, beginning with the Indianapolis Colts at the Buffalo Bills.
The Bills are 7-point favorites at Bovada Sportsbook. Buffalo rolled into the playoffs on a six-game winning streak straight up and an eight-game winning streak against the spread. At home this season, Buffalo was 7-1 SU and 6-2 ATS.
Buffalo favored to end long string of postseason misfortune
It’s been a long time since Buffalo has had any luck in the playoffs. The Bills have lost six straight playoff games while going 2-4 ATS. However, at home in the playoffs, they’re 7-1 SU and 6-2 ATS in their last eight.
The Colts are 4-1 SU and ATS in their last five games, and on the road this season they were 5-3 SU and ATS. As an underdog, the Colts have dropped six straight at 1-4-1 ATS. On the road in the postseason, the Colts are 2-5 SU and ATS in their last seven.
In their last 11 games against the Bills, the Colts are 8-3 SU and 6-4-1 ATS. In the last five matchups between the Bills and Colts, the home team is 5-0 ATS.
Seahawks, Rams have both been routine UNDER plays
In Saturday’s second game, the Seattle Seahawks host the Los Angeles Rams as a 4-point favorite.
Seattle was nearly perfect at home this season at 7-1 SU and 6-2 ATS. The Seahawks have been an easy UNDER play lately at 7-1 UNDER in their last eight. At home in the playoffs, Seattle has won 10 straight at 6-3-1 ATS, and in the wild-card round the Seahawks are 6-1 ATS in their last seven.
The Rams stumbled a bit down the stretch with a 3-3 SU and ATS record in their last six games. They’ve also been a strong UNDER play at 11-2 UNDER in their last 13 games. As road underdogs, the Rams are 6-2 ATS in their last eight. They have had trouble with Saturday games in the past with a 1-6 SU and 2-5 ATS record in their last seven.
In Week 10, Los Angeles defeated Seattle 23-16 as a 3-point favorite, but the Seahawks returned the favor in Week 16, topping the Rams 20-9 as a 1.5-point favorite. The Rams are 5-2 SU and 4-3 ATS in their last seven vs the Seahawks, but in Seattle they’re 3-13 SU and 5-11 ATS in their last 16.
Washington a big home underdog to Tampa Bay
The late game on Saturday has the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Washington Football Team as an 8.5-point road favorite.
Tampa Bay has won four straight and is 4-1 ATS in its last five games. As a road favorite, the Buccaneers are 9-1 SU and 7-3 ATS in their last 10. Tampa Bay has struggled on the road in the playoffs at 1-6 SU in the last seven.
Washington went 5-2 SU and ATS in its last seven games to get into the playoffs. The team has been a healthy UNDER play at 9-2-1 UNDER in its last 12. In the playoffs, Washington has lost four straight both SU and ATS.
In this matchup, the favorite has lost six straight ATS.