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Wild Card Saturday: Betting Preview

Wild Card weekend kicks off on Saturday with two intriguing NFL betting matchups as the Cincinnati Bengals visit the Houston Texans and the Detroit Lions visit the New Orleans Saints.

Here’s a look at some of the props for each of these games available to bet on at Bovada as well as NFL line movement updates. [ See the latest Wild Card props listings as well ]

No. 6 Cincinnati Bengals at No. 3 Houston Texans

No line movement has taken place in this matchup as the Houston Texans opened as a 3-point favorite at home at Bovada and are still -3.0. There has been a slight movement on the total, which opened at 38 and is now at 38.5. In their previous matchup this season Houston won 20-19 on a late touchdown drive in Cincinnati.

With two rookie quarterbacks at the helm, most of the prop bets around this game are focused on how the quarterbacks will fare against one another. Bettors can bet on which quarterback will throw for more yards (Andy Dalton -9.5 at -115 or T.J. Yates +9.5 at -115), who will throw more touchdown passes (Dalton +160, Yates +160, Tie +190), and who will throw more interceptions (Dalton +150, Yates +170, Tie +190).

No. 6 Detroit Lions at No. 3 New Orleans Saints

After opening as a 10-point favorite at home, the New Orleans Saints are now an 11-point favorite at 5Dimes over Detroit. This line movement was somewhat predictable considering New Orleans is 8-0 SU and ATS at home and in their last eight games, and Detroit is coming off of an ugly defensive performance against Green Bay. The total has also moved from 58 to 59 as bettors love the OVER this Saturday; the last time these two teams played in December, the score was 31-17 New Orleans as the total stayed UNDER 55.5.

Drew Brees set the all-time record for passing yards in a single season with 5,476 passing yards and Matthew Stafford also joined the exclusive 5,000+ club with 5,038 passing yards. Who will have the bigger day on Saturday? Will Drew Brees go over or under 330.5 passing yards (Over -125, Under -105)? Will Matthew Stafford throw over or under 2.5 touchdown passes (Over +125, Under -155)? These props and many more are available at Bovada.