NFL Wild Card Weekend Betting Preview
All four home teams are favored this weekend as the NFL playoffs begin with the wild-card round.
First up on Saturday the Tennessee Titans visit the Kansas City Chiefs as a 7.5-point underdog at Bovada Sportsbook. Tennessee was a disappointing 3-5 against the spread on the road this season and the Titans finished the regular season 1-3 straight up and 3-1 ATS in their last four games. The Chiefs have been a disaster in the playoffs with a 1-10 record SU and ATS in their last 11 postseason games. In their last six versus the Titans, the Chiefs are 2-4 SU and ATS. Those trends continue in Kansas City, where the Chiefs are 1-4 SU in their last five versus Tennessee and 1-5 ATS in their last six.
Saturday’s other matchup features the Atlanta Falcons at the Los Angeles Rams as a 6-point underdog. The Falcons enter the postseason with a 6-2 record SU and 5-3 ATS mark in their last eight games, and for totals bettors they’ve posted five straight UNDERs. On the road, Atlanta is 1-5 ATS in its last six games. The Rams were much better on the road than at home this season. In seven home dates, they were 3-4 SU and ATS, and looking back further they are 3-10 SU and 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 games at home.
On Sunday, first on the slate is the Buffalo Bills at the Jacksonville Jaguars as a 7.5-point underdog. The Bills were 3-5 SU and 3-4-1 ATS away from home this season and have dropped eight straight January road games both SU and ATS. The Jaguars have five consecutive victories at home with a 4-1 record ATS. In their last six at home versus the Bills, the Jaguars are 4-2 SU and 5-1 ATS.
Finishing off Wild Card Weekend is an NFC South matchup between the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints. The Saints, a 6-point home favorite, have won seven in a row at home with a 4-3 record ATS. Carolina has gone 6-2 ATS in its past eight as an underdog while posting a 7-3 ATS record in the last 10 road games. This season New Orleans was 2-0 SU and ATS against the Panthers and in their last nine hosting the Panthers the Saints have gone 6-3 SU and 5-4 ATS.