Bits and Pieces to Help with Wildcard Matchups

The NFL Playoffs start this weekend with four important first round games. There are only 12 games left between now and the cold of post-Super Bowl February and that even includes the now very boring Pro Bowl.

  • As the first playoff weekend approaches, the AFC South champion Indianapolis Colts appear to be hitting their stride at just the right time. The Colts have the longest consecutive ATS streak at three games heading into the postseason. The Colts are also 3-0 SU in those same games. The defense for Indy has played well giving up only 4.7 yards each play. If the defense holds up, Indy will have a strong January.
  • Kansas City is tough to figure out and that is why sites like Bovada, betonline and topbet have them as the underdog against Indianapolis after being the favorite just two weeks ago when they met head to head in Kansas City. The Chiefs lost that matchup 20-7. The Chiefs lost five of their final games during the regular season, but still scored 25 touchdowns during that stretch. Time will tell if their defense returns to form.
  • New Orleans heads to the postseason worried more about its anemic offense late than its defense. Over their past five games on the road, the Saints have combined for just 73 points. In 2013, the Saints have scored 20 points or less in 5 of 8 road games. If the offense for New Orleans sputters Saturday night in their wildcard matchup, they will be easily eliminated. As underdogs in 2013, the Saints are a hapless 0-3 SU and ATS.
  • Philadelphia must being ready for the strong pass rush of New Orleans. If Nick Foles has time to throw for the Eagles, he can make big plays against the secondary of New Orleans. However, if New Orleans can put pressure on the Philly quarterback they could win the game on the road. Foles was sacked by Dallas 5 times last Sunday and has been sacked in the past seven games 22 times.
  • Cincinnati has not won a playoff game since 1990 and is 0-5 SU and ATS in the five games since then in the postseason. However, at home Cincy is 8-0 SU and ATS this season. However, they must guard against the strong offense of San Diego this weekend.
  • San Diego is the biggest underdog this weekend in round one and the biggest long shot to make the playoffs.
  • Green Bay must have to have one of its best offensive days of the season to move on to round two. The defense for the Packers has not been able to come up with answers to the offense of San Francisco. Over the past four games against the 49ers, the defense has struggled against both the rush and the pass. The past six games between these two clubs the OVER has cashed all six times. In the last three games between them, there has been 190 combined points scored.
  • The play of Colin Kaepernick in December has made the chances for San Francisco to have a successful postseason even higher.