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Saints vs Lions NFC Wild Card Odds

Detroit couldn't beat Green Bay's backups in Week 17 and as punishment their first playoff action is many years is a tough road test against the red-hot New Orleans Saints in Wild Card betting action Saturday.

Drew Brees broke Dan Marino's passing yardage record and the Saints reeled off 8 straight wins (and ATS covers) to end the season. The opened as 10-point home chalk here against a Detroit team that may be happy just to make the playoffs.

The Lions lost 31-17 here a month ago and have lost the past 3 against New Orleans. Lions bettors should be wary of a recent trend that has seen NFC road teams going 10-4 ATS in the past 14 NFC Wild Card games.

The Saints however are 11-1 ATS at home recently, while Detroit is 0-4 ATS lately on the road. The Lions have been OVER machines on the road, going 9-1-1 past 11 trips away from Ford Field. [ See NFL playoff bonus offers and perks like free BCS bowl game wagers at TopBet ]

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Bengals vs Texans AFC Wild Card Odds

An AFC Wild Card battle of two teams that limped into the playoffs kicks off Saturday when the Cincinnati Bengals visit the Houston Texans.

Houston clinched the AFC South three weeks ago, then lost three straight while injuries hammered the roster. The Bengals meanwhile lost three of five to slump to 9-7 and needed tiebreakers to beat Tennessee for this Wild Card spot.

Houston is 4-0 ATS in the past four meetings with the Bengals and opened as 3-point home chalk here on the NFL odds menu at most online sportsbooks. Watch the injury situation during the week for line moves.

Of note, AFC road teams are 5-1 ATS the past 3 Wild Card weekends and 6-2 SU overall. Check out our story on Wild Card betting trends this week and see the latest playoff bonus offers at Bovada.

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Wild Card Betting: Lines and Injuries

The NFL's regular season has finally come to a close as we move into NFL playoffs betting this week.

 

Four interesting Wild Card matchups leave bettors with plenty to consider this weekend.

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Wild Card Weekend Betting Picks

For the first time in eight weeks, the Odds Shark NFL scores predictor had a losing record, going just 7-8 ATS on the week (the Pittsburgh-Cleveland game was not counted due to the late posting off odds for that game).

But in six of those eight weeks, it produced a winning record and points itself at Wild Card Weekend where the odds are intriguing and the handicapping regime changes. [ See the latest Wild Card props listings as well ]

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Cowboys vs Giants for NFC East title

The NFC East and a playoff spot is on the line in the final regular season game of the year as the Dallas Cowboys visit the New York Giants.

The Giants upset the Jets last week to give themselves the inside track, while the Cowboys shut down in Week 16 to save themselves for this game. Of note, the Cowboys are 2-8 ATS past 10 Week 17 games.

On the Giants side, the OVER has been the best bet, as they are 9-2 past 11 Week 17 matches. The past 5 meetings of these NFC East rivals have all played OVER the total.
So far, about 65% of the betting public are siding with the Giants in this one according to the NFL consensus data here at OddsShark.com.

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NFL Props: Who will make the playoffs?

Down to the last week of the NFL betting season, all eyes are on the few remaining playoff spots and who will earn them; the NFC East’s division winner and the AFC’s final Wild Card spot. This week’s prop bets revolve around these key games.

Here’s a look at the props available at Bovada for Week 17, including the matchup between Tony Romo and Eli Manning.

Tony Romo vs. Eli Manning?

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NFL Odds Sunday Setup: News & Notes

Down to the last week of the NFL betting regular season, plenty of playoff spot and playoff seeding implications are still on the line.

 

The general theme among this week’s injuries seems to be that if a player is healthy enough to play, he’ll play, even with a playoff spot already secured. Here’s a look at some key injury updates . . .

Ben Roethlisberger and Troy Polamalu listed as probable

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NFL Week 17 Line Moves

After weeks of few games with big line movements, this week half of the games on the board had a line movement of at least one full point.

 

Week 17 is challenging for bookmakers and bettors alike as playoff teams tend to mask their plans on how much their starters will play or rest.

Here’s a look at the biggest NFL line moves in Week 17. And our preview on Week 17 predictions and links to the NFL playoff picture as well.

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NFL Betting Injury Update: Week 17

Down to the final week of the regular season, some coaches have tough decisions to make regarding NFL injuries. Teams headed for the playoffs must decide who to rest and who to start, while teams out of the playoffs don’t want to risk long-term injury. Here’s a look at this week’s NFL injury report.

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Week 17 NFL Predictions

It’s the most unpredictable week for betting NFL games but that doesn’t mean Week 17 odds are not ripe for making a profit.

You’ll see strange odds like the 14-1 Packers underdogs at home to Detroit. That point spread means Green Bay will be resting their starters in a game that doesn’t mean anything to them, except the chance of getting injuries.

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