Wild Card Sunday NFL Betting
It's been more than a decade since Kansas City Chiefs fans have celebrated a postseason win. Could that finally change on Sunday when the Chiefs host the Baltimore Ravens as an NFL betting underdog in the Wild Card round?
More importantly, can backers celebrate a wild card wagering win?
The last time the Chiefs won a playoff game in 1994 Joe Montana started at quarterback and Marcus Allen started at running back. To finally snap the drought the Chiefs will need to upset the Ravens on Sunday as a 3.5-point home underdog at Sports Interaction (which is currently the best Kansas City line).
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The Chiefs shocked everyone and won the AFC West this season behind a better-than-expected defense and the top running game in the league led by Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles. It was an especially successful year for Charles, who was second in rushing in the league with 1,467 yards while averaging a whopping 6.4 yards per carry.
Kansas City also boasted a solid passing attack led by Matt Cassel, but that could be in trouble on Sunday. Cassel's top target Dwayne Bowe, who led the NFL in TD catches, missed practice with an undisclosed illness this week and his status should be watched this weekend.
The Ravens' plan on Sunday should be to slow down Charles and Thomas. And with the No. 5 ranked run defense led by veteran Ray Lewis they could do it. The Baltimore defense crumbled late in games a few times this season, but they were still the No. 3 scoring unit in the NFL. Terrell Suggs (knee) and Ed Reed (ribs) are both battling injuries right now, but are expected to play.
Reed led the league in interceptions this season despite missing six games and he could be a nice NFL prop bet this week as a +145 underdog to pick off a pass on Sunday at Bovada. In all, 60% of the betting community at OddsShark are picking Baltimore.
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Also on tap for Sunday is another clash between Green Bay and Philadelphia. The Packers and Eagles collided in Philly back in Week 1 and the Packers came away with a 27-20 win as 3-point road favorites. One thing to remember about that game is that Kevin Kolb got the start at QB for Philadelphia and the Eagles' offense didn't show any life until he got hurt and Michael Vick replaced him. With Vick set to start this weekend the Eagles are a 2.5-point home favorite at Bovada.
Vick has been dealing with a bruised quad in his last couple games, but according to the Eagles he will be back to 100% on Sunday after sitting out the team's regular season finale in Week 17. On the weekend NFL prop list at Bovada Vick's rushing yards prop total is set at 50.5 after he burned Green Bay for 103 rushing yards in Week 1.
Green Bay has been playing playoff football for a few weeks now. The Packers needed wins in Week 16 and 17 to ensure a trip to the postseason and they got them by knocking off the Giants and Bears.
Just as important as the wins was the play of Aaron Rodgers, who is over a late-season concussion after passing for 633 yards and five touchdowns in the two victories.