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NFL Playoff Odds, Bracket & Super Wild Card Weekend Schedule

Check out Odds Shark's breakdown of Super Wild Card weekend's NFL playoff odds.

With the NFL’s Super Wild Card Weekend upon us, it’s time to look at the schedule and how it affects the NFL playoff odds for all the matchups in the postseason.

This is the second consecutive season in which the NFL has used a 14-team playoff with just one team in each conference getting a bye week.

That means there are six games on Super Wild Card Weekend, with the lowest-ranked winner from each conference advancing to take on its respective No. 1 seed in the divisional round, and the other two winners in each conference squaring off against each other.

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Here’s a look at this year’s bracket:

NFL Super Wild Card Weekend Playoff Bracket

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When betting on NFL playoff odds, analyzing the schedule is an important part of the process. The NFC appears to be the much harder side of the bracket, so it will be tough for a lower seed such as San Francisco or Philadelphia to have to win on the road against top teams to reach the Super Bowl. But on the AFC side, a team like Cincinnati theoretically has an easier path to the conference final and beyond.

Read below for NFL playoff odds breakdowns for all the matchups and how they could be affected by the schedule, and make sure to check out all the latest Wild Card Weekend odds and analysis, including popular Super Bowl prop bets, Wild Card Weekend prop bets and our NFL Wild Card Weekend expert picks.

AFC Bracket

Let's take a look at each Wild Card Weekend matchup on the AFC side of the playoff bracket. 

Pittsburgh Steelers (7) at 2 Kansas City Chiefs (2), Sunday, Jan. 16, 8:15 p.m. ET

TeamCurrent SpreadOpening SpreadTotal
Pittsburgh Steelers+13 (-120)+13.546 (-110o)
Kansas City Chiefs-13 (EVEN)-13.546 (-110u)

Odds as of January 13 at BetUS

Frankly, the Steelers are lucky to even be in the playoffs. If the Colts hadn’t choked against the lowly Jaguars in Week 18, the Steelers would be watching from the couch this weekend. Instead, they go on the road here to take on maybe the best team in the AFC. As the seventh seed, it’s tough sledding for Pitt, who would have to play in Tennessee next weekend if they win, with a trip to Buffalo or Cincinnati (most likely) after that.

For the Chiefs, a win means they will host the Bills next weekend if Buffalo wins. But if New England beats the Bills, the Chiefs would host either the Raiders or Bengals. KC would also get a home playoff game in the AFC championship if the Titans lose next weekend, and would travel to Tennessee if not.

KC is the biggest favorite of the weekend for good reason.

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New England Patriots (6) at Buffalo Bills (3), Saturday, Jan. 15, 8:15 p.m. ET

TeamCurrent SpreadOpening SpreadTotal
New England Patriots+4 (-110)+4.544 (-110o)
Buffalo Bills-4 (-110)-4.544 (-110u)

Odds as of January 13 at BetUS

As we mentioned earlier, a Bills win means they go to Kansas City next weekend (assuming KC wins). But a Patriots upset makes things interesting. The Pats have a decent draw here as a win in Buffalo, where they’ve already won this season, sends them to Tennessee for the divisional round to take on the Titans, whom they have also already beaten this year.

That’s not a bad path to the AFC championship game. The tough part is all three of those games would come on the road.

Las Vegas Raiders (5) at Cincinnati Bengals (4), Saturday, Jan. 15, 4:30 p.m. ET

TeamCurrent SpreadOpening SpreadTotal
Las Vegas Raiders+5.5 (-110)+6.549 (-110o)
Cincinnati Bengals-5.5 (-110)-6.549 (-110u)

Odds as of January 13 at BetUS

It’s a dream draw for the Bengals, who ended up with a home playoff game after Week 18 shook out. And a second-round matchup at Tennessee (assuming KC/Buffalo win) is about as good as you can hope for. It’s hard to say the Titans are much better than the Bengals, so a home win and a victory in Nashville is all that stands in the way of Cincy playing in the AFC title game in that scenario.

However, Cincy could play at KC or at Buffalo depending on what happens in the other two games. The Bengals would also host the Patriots next weekend if both the Pats and Steelers won.

Vegas’ path is essentially the same as Cincy’s, except they have to play on the road for all their playoff games and would have to beat the Bengals first, of course.

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NFC Bracket

Now, we'll shift gears and break down the NFC's Wild Card Weekend contests.

Philadelphia Eagles (7) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2), Sunday, Jan. 16, 1 p.m. ET

TeamCurrent SpreadOpening SpreadTotal
Philadelphia Eagles+9.5 (-125)+1046 (-110o)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers-9.5 (+105)-1046 (-110u)

Odds as of January 13 at BetUS

Getting the No. 2 seed in the NFC was a pretty big deal for the Bucs, who are now guaranteed to play only home playoff games leading to the Super Bowl unless they get the Packers in the NFC title game. The NFC seems much harder to predict, but a Bucs win over Philly here could have them hosting any of Dallas, Arizona or Los Angeles in the next round.

The Eagles’ path is, on paper, maybe the most difficult of any team in the playoffs as a win over the defending champs would earn them a trip to Lambeau Field next weekend before another road game in San Fran, Dallas, Arizona or Los Angeles. It’s an uphill climb, to be sure, but the Eagles are playing some of their best football of the season right now.

San Francisco 49ers (6) at Dallas Cowboys (3), Sunday, Jan. 16, 4:30 p.m. ET

TeamCurrent SpreadOpening SpreadTotal
San Francisco 49ers+3 (-105)+351 (-110o)
Dallas Cowboys-3 (-115)-351 (-110u)

Odds as of January 13 at BetUS

It’s a tough road for the Niners as well because a win sends them to Green Bay next weekend if the Bucs also win. If the Bucs lose, the Niners would head to either LA or Arizona.

The Cowboys head to Tampa next weekend with Wild Card Weekend wins for them and the Bucs, but an Eagles win would have Dallas hosting either the Rams or Cardinals.

This might be the hardest game of the weekend to handicap in NFL playoff odds and next week’s games change drastically depending on the outcome.

Arizona Cardinals (5) at Los Angeles Rams (4), Monday, Jan. 17, 8:15 p.m. ET

TeamCurrent SpreadOpening SpreadTotal
Arizona Cardinals+4 (-110)+4.549 (-110u)
Los Angeles Rams-4 (-110)-4.549 (-110u)

Odds as of January 13 at BetUS

Both of these teams limped into the postseason and end up playing each other after both had a legitimate shot at the No. 2 seed at different times in the year.

They split the season series with both teams winning on the road, and the winner will head to Green Bay next weekend if the Bucs and Cowboys win. If the Niners and Bucs win, the winner here heads to Tampa. And if both higher seeds lose, the winner of this game would host San Francisco.

Lots of different options on the table for these NFC West rivals.

Check back after this weekend’s games for updated NFL playoff odds and a breakdown of the NFL divisional-round games!

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