NFL – Wild Card Weekend
The Wolf’s NFL Wild Card Weekend Tips. It will be the end of the Super Bowl LII dream for four teams after this weekend, but in the meantime four winners need to be found. The Wolf is making the Titans +8.5 his best bet of the week.
|Tennessee @ Kansas City
|Tennessee +8.5 ($1.91)|
|Atlanta @ Los Angeles Rams
|Over 48.5 ($1.91)|
|Buffalo @ Jacksonville
|Under 39.5 ($1.91)|
|Carolina @ New Orleans
|New Orleans -7 ($1.95)|
Tennessee @ Kansas City – (Sun 8:35am)
The Chiefs made a quick start to the season, winning their first five games before losing five of their next six games, and then winning the last four games of the season to secure the AFC West and book their spot on Wild Card weekend. The Titans have one of the best rush defence units in the league and should be able to contain rookie Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt. The Titans have allowed 1196 rushing yards which ranks 5th best in the league and they rank 1st in TDs conceded, allowing only 4 TDs for the season. The Titans are more vulnerable against the pass which should allow Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce to exploit the Titans secondary and linebackers. Look for the Titans to try and take the game out of the hands of the inconsistent Marcus Mariota and pound the ball through Derrick Henry against the Chiefs weak run defence. Titans No.1 running back DeMarco Murray is dealing with a knee injury and appears extremely unlikely for the clash against the Chiefs. If the Chiefs look to stack the box, the Titans will get enough chances to exploit the Chiefs vulnerable secondary. The Chiefs will be too strong at Arrowhead but the spread looks too high here. The Chiefs are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 playoff home games, while the Titans are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Titans are also 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings against the Chiefs in Kansas City.
Atlanta @ Los Angeles Rams – (Sun 12:15pm)
The Wolf is expecting a shootout here and is making the overs the best play as a result. The Rams have averaged almost 30 points on offence this season, while the Falcons will be relying on their No.1 weapon, Julio Jones to move the chains here. If the Rams can get out to a handy lead early as -6.5 point favourites, it will be up to Matt Ryan to air it out to keep the hot-and-cold Falcons in the contest against the impressive Rams. The Rams secondary also suffered a blow a few weeks back when cornerback Kayvon Webster was ruled out for the season. It’s worth mentioning that it’s the first playoff game for Rams QB Jared Goff. Will he be able to handle the pressure? The Wolf thinks he can. Overs is 5-0 in the Rams last 5 games overall, while the Overs is 5-0 in the Falcons last 5 playoff games.
Buffalo @ Jacksonville – (Mon 5:05am)
The Bills ended their 17-year playoffs drought in the strangest of fashion, courtesy of a last minute touchdown to the Bengals, knocking out the Ravens in the process and securing a Wild Card spot for the Bills. Now that the Bills are there, the biggest concern is the health status of running LeSean McCoy, who suffered an ankle injury in last week’s win over the Dolphins. It appears McCoy will be a game-time decision and The Wolf can’t touch the Bills with that uncertainty lingering. The Jaguars defence looks to have a clear edge across the field, and without Shady, it’s impossible to see how the Bills have enough points in them to challenge Jacksonville. The Wolf is expecting a grinding contest and will take the unders here. The under is 4-0 in the Jags last 4 games following a loss, while the Bills have scored 16 points or fewer in 4 of their last 6 games.
Carolina @ New Orleans – (Mon 8:40am)
The Saints have had the wood over the Panthers this season, winning the Week 3 clash 34-13 and Week 13 encounter 31-21. Saints QB Drew Brees threw for three touchdowns in the first clash, while it was the running backs – Mark Ingram ( 1 TD) and Alvin Kamara (2 TDs) who did the damage second time around. The big concern for the Panthers is their inability to protect quarterback Cam Newton. Newton was sacked two times and threw three interceptions in a shocking performance against the Falcons in Week 17. It’s hardly the ideal preparation for a side who has already beaten you twice this season. The other issue for Newton is his lack of weapons, with Kelvin Benjamin long gone to the Bills, while tight end Greg Olsen has been banged-up all season. We haven’t even mentioned impressive rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who will be all over Devin Funchess like a rash. The Wolf did tip the Panthers to reach the NFC Championship Game before the season started, but they’ll be leaving Mercedes-Benz Superdome with their tails between their legs. The Panthers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meeting in New Orleans and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games against the Saints.