NFL Wildcard Playoff Round Betting: some intriguing matchups in first round

Well, we made it.

Not one team had a game that it did not play over the entirety of the 17-week National Football League schedule. Yes, there were more than a few games that were moved into the midweek (Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon football was pretty cool, right?), but all 32 teams played their 16 games, and we are now down to 14 teams in the expanded NFL Playoffs.

Kansas City (AFC) and Green Bay (NFC) got the two Wildcard Round byes, so they will both come in next weekend. The two (obviously) are the two sports books favorites to win Super Bowl LV on February 7: the Chiefs are +220 or around that, while the Packers are +450 or so.

Kansas City has odds of -121 with PointsBet betting offers to win the AFC Championship for the second year running, with the second-seeded Buffalo Bills +350. In the NFC, Green Bay is +175, ahead of New Orleans (+275), Tampa Bay (+400), and Seattle (+450), in what should be a more evenly-matched side of the playoffs.

Of the 48 outcomes for the Super Bowl LV matchup, Kansas City vs. Green Bay (+440), KC vs. New Orleans (+600), KC vs. Tampa Bay (+900), and KC vs. Seattle (+950) are the only four below +1000.

But what does the first round of the playoffs this weekend look like? Here is a look at the schedule, with television coverage as well, for bettors out there.

Check back all week to see previews of the Wildcard action, with odds and some bet boosts, prop bets, and other wagers to key on this weekend.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

  • AFC 7-Indianapolis (11-5) at 2-Buffalo (13-3), 1:05 p.m. EST (CBS
  • NFC 6-Los Angeles Rams (10-6) at 3-Seattle Seahawks (12-4), 4:40 p.m. EST (FOX
  • NFC 5-Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5) at 4-Washington Football Team (7-9), 8:15 p.m. EST  (NBC and Fubo.tv

Sunday, January 10, 2021

  • AFC 5-Baltimore Ravens (11-5) at 4-Tennessee Titans (11-5), 1:05 p.m. EST 
  • NFC 7-Chicago Bears (8-8) at 2-New Orleans Saints (12-4), 4:40 p.m. EST 
  • AFC 6-Cleveland (11-5) at 4-Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4), 8:15 p.m. EST
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