NFL Playoffs Picks Against the Spread: Wild Card Weekend

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A betting preview of each of every game (against the spread) on Wild Card Weekend in the NFL Playoffs.

<p> A betting preview of each of every game (against the spread) on Wild Card Weekend in the NFL Playoffs, including the Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens, Seattle Seahawks at Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers and Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans.</p>

A betting preview of each of every game (against the spread) on Wild Card Weekend in the NFL Playoffs.


Lock of the Week
Win or lose, this is Ray Lewis' last dance in front of the home crowd in Baltimore, expect the city's new team to soar past its former franchise.

Ravens (-6.5) vs. Colts
For all the flak Joe Flacco has taken over the years, he has a 5–4 record in the playoffs with at least one postseason win in each of his four years in the NFL. Andrew Luck is trying to join Flacco, Ben Roethlisberger, Mark Sanchez and Shaun King as only the fifth rookie quarterback to ever win a playoff game.


Straight Up Upset
A rookie starting quarterback is guaranteed a win in this game, as league posterboy Robert Griffin III takes on everyone's underdog Russell Wilson.

Redskins (+3) vs. Seahawks
Seattle was an impressive 8–0 at home this season, but carried a 3–5 mark on the road. Historically, the Seahawks have lost eight consecutive postseason games on the road and have not won a road playoff game since Dec. 31, 1983. Only nine players on the current 53-man roster were even alive then.


Backdoor Cover
These NFC North division rivals are playing for the second consecutive week and for the third time in the past six weeks. These teams are familiar foes.

Vikings (+9) at Packers
In Week 17, Minnesota knocked off Green Bay, 37–34; in Week 13, the Packers beat the Vikings, 23–14. Over the past three seasons, Minnesota has a 4–2 record vs. Green Bay against a similar spread. Plus, Adrian Peterson has run wild for 409 yards and three total TDs against the Packers this season.


Sucker Bet
Stay away completely, unless you are a hometown homer or a degenerate who has to have action on every game in the playoffs no matter what.

Texans (-5) vs. Bengals
Sure, this is a rematch of last year's AFC Wild Card, which Houston won 31–10 over Cincinnati. But the Texans have lost three of its last four contests and quarterback Matt Schaub — who has thrown one TD and three INTs during the 1–3 stretch run — will be making the first playoff start of his career.

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