NFL Wild Card Weekend Odds - NFL Playoffs Free Picks

Tuesday, December 31st, 2019

By Tom Wilkinson
NFL Wild Card Weekend ODDS - NFL Playoffs FREE PICKS

As we turn the calendar to 2020 we get the first NFL Playoff games of the New Year with four games on Wild Card weekend. The two Saturday games have the Buffalo Bills visiting the Houston Texans on ABC and ESPN and the Tennessee Titans at the New England Patriots on CBS. The Sunday games have the Minnesota Vikings at the New Orleans Saints on FOX and the Seattle Seahawks at the Philadelphia Eagles on NBC. Let’s look at the four games and NFL predictions.

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Buffalo Bills at Houston Texans

  • Date and Time: Saturday, January 4, 2020, 4:35 p.m. ET
  • Location: NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
  • NFL odds at Betcris: Texans -2.5, 43
  • Bills vs. Texans TV Coverage: ABC and ESPN

The first of the four Wild Card games looks like it could be a defensive battle. The Bills feature the NFL’s second-best defense that allowed just 16.2 points per game. Houston was just 19th in the NFL on defense, but the Buffalo offense may not be able to take advantage of Houston’s deficiencies.

Bills vs. Texans Free Picks

This game should be tight throughout and I expect it to be decided late in the fourth quarter. I will go under the total.

Bills vs. Texans ATS Pick: Under 43 at Betcris

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Tennessee Titans at New England Patriots

  • Date and Time: Saturday, January 4, 2020, 8:15 p.m. ET
  • Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
  • NFL odds at Betcris: Patriots -4.5, 43.5
  • Titans vs. Patriots TV Coverage: CBS

The New England Patriots inexplicably lost at home last week to the Dolphins and blew a first round bye. Now they have to play a tough Tennessee team that is very capable of beating them. The Titans run the ball really well and play tough defense. The Patriots no longer look like a Super Bowl team, as Tom Brady is showing his age and the defense is showing some cracks.

Titans vs. Patriots Free Picks

I know that going against the Patriots at home is always risky, but I just don’t think this year’s New England team is that good. I will take the points with the Titans.

Titans vs. Patriots ATS Pick: Titans +4.5 at Betcris

Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints

  • Date and Time: Sunday, January 5, 2020, 1:05 p.m. ET
  • Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
  • NFL odds at Betcris: Saints -7.5, 49
  • Vikings vs. Saints TV Coverage: FOX

The Saints will want revenge for what happened to them two years ago in Minnesota when the Vikings got a miracle play at the end to beat New Orleans. The question in this one is whether or not Kirk Cousins can finally play well in a big game.

Vikings vs. Saints Free Picks

I don’t trust Cousins enough to take the Vikings, so I will lay the points with New Orleans and also play the game over the total.

Vikings vs. Saints ATS Pick: Saints -7.5 and over 49 at Betcris

Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles

  • Date and Time: Sunday, January 5, 2020, 4:40 p.m. ET
  • Location: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
  • NFL odds at Betcris: Seahawks -2, 46
  • Seahawks vs. Eagles TV Coverage: NBC

The Seahawks were inches short of beating the 49ers last week and winning the NFC, but they may have been better off losing, as they get to play a battered Eagles team instead of the Vikings. The Eagles have shown a ton of heart, but Sunday may be where the injuries are too much to overcome. The Seahawks always seem to play close games, but more often than not they find a way to win, especially on the road.

Seahawks vs. Eagles Free Picks

The Eagles have found ways to win the last two weeks against Dallas and the Giants, but the Seahawks are better than either of those two teams. I think this is the week where the Philadelphia injuries are just too much to overcome, so I will take Seattle.

Seahawks vs. Eagles ATS Pick: Seahawks -2 at Betcris

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