Detroit Lions vs Seattle Seahawks NFL Wildcard Playoffs Betting Preview

Screen Shot 2017-01-05 at 3.44.07 PMThe Detroit Lions have lost their last three games, but they were still able to sneak into the playoffs and now look to move on to the next round when they battle on the road with the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. The 9-7 Lions have gone 3-5 on the road, while the 10-5-1 Seahawks have gone 7-1 at home. This contest has a start time of 8:15 pm EST.

Vegas odds have the Lions listed as 8 point favorites, while the total has been set at 43. This contest will be televised on NBC with a start time of 8:15 pm EST.

Breaking Down The Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions led their division for much of the 2nd half of the season, but then they lost their last three games to end the regular season, including taking a 31-24 home loss to the Packers in a game that was for the division title, and so they ended up finishing 2nd in the Division. Still, they are back in the playoffs and look to move on vs a Seattle team that hasn’t played all that well down the stretch. The Lions have been comeback kids this year, but they couldn’t do it in their loss to the Packers. Matthew Stafford have had another strong season as he has thrown for 4327 yards, with 24 Tds and 10 INTs. He will need to have a big game in this one, but he is just 1-2 in his career vs the Seahawks and has thrown five TDs and six INTs in those games. The Lions come in ranked 21st in total offense, 11th in passing, 30th in rushing and 20th in scoring, putting up just 21.6 ppg. The defense has been very strong for the Lions for much of the year, but they have allowed 73 points in their last two games and they have to turn that around as the Seahawks have the ability to score plenty of points, especially at home.

Trends: The Lions have gone 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games after accumulating less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game, but just 16-33-2 ATS in their last 51 games after allowing more than 30 points in their previous game and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Over is 27-11 in their last 38 games after allowing more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game, while the Under is 10-2 in their last 12 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.

Breaking Down The Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks won the NFC West Division with a 10-5-1 record, but they really didn’t play well down the stretch as they went just 3-3 in their final six games and were nearly beaten in their season finale by the San Francisco 49ers. The Seahawks have just not looked right for most of the year and it begins with their offense and running game, which has really struggled this year. They lost Marshawn lynch in the offseason to retirement and their leading rusher this year was Christian Michael with 469 yards, but he was let go and is now a member of the Packers. Their leading rusher is now Thomas Rawls, who has run for 349 yards, while their 2nd leading rusher is Russell Wilson at 259 yards, which is well down from the 533 yards he had last year and the 849 yards on the ground he put up the year before. Wilson did have a solid season passing as he threw for 4129 yards with 21 TDs and 11 INTs. He leads an offense that ranks 12th in total yards, 10th in passing, 25th in rushing and 18th in scoring, putting up 22.1 ppg. Here at home they averaged 28.4 ppg. The defense was solid as usual for the Seahawks and they have to be careful vs and offense that can put up big numbers in any given game. Seattle comes in ranked 5th in total yards allowed, 8th vs the pass, 7th vs the run and 3rd in points allowed, giving up just 18.2 ppg.  

Trends: The Seahawks have gone 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss and 21-6-2 ATS in their last 29 games after accumulating more than 250 yards passing in their previous game, but just 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight up win and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. The Over is 11-4 in their last 15 vs. a team with a winning record.

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Miami Dolphins vs Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Wildcard Playoffs Betting Preview

Screen Shot 2017-01-05 at 3.44.07 PMSunday NFL Wildcard action and the Miami Dolphins will trek north to rumble with the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. The 10-6 Dolphins are off a 35-14 loss to the Patriots at home, but they have still won nine of their last 11 games, while 11-5 Pittsburgh comes in as the hottest team in the league as they have won their last seven in a row. This contest has a start time of 1:05 pm EST.

Vegas odds have the Steelers listed as 10 point favorites, while the total has been set at 47. This contest will be televised on CBS with a start time of 1:05 pm EST.

Breaking Down The Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins really came out of nowhere this year to grab a playoffs spot. They did it despite the fact that they lost four of their last five games. The Dolphins have won nine of their last 11 games and that includes going 4-1 on the road over that stretch and it also includes a 15 point home win over Pittsburgh. That was much earlier in the year and now the Steelers are the hottest team in the league heading into the playoffs. Miami also had ryan Tannehill for that game, but he is out and Matt Moore has taken over at the QB spot for Miami and he has thrown for 721 yards with eight TDs and three INTs this year so far. The Dolphins will really need to rely on the running of Jay Ajayi, who ran for 1272 yards, which is 4th in the league. He has three 200 yard rushing games this year and the Steelers have struggled against t6he run of late. The Dolphins are 24th in total offense, 26th in passing 9th in rushing and 17th in scoring, putting up 22.7 ppg. On defense, the Dolphins have not been great as they come in ranked 29th in total yards allowed, 15th vs the pass, 30th vs the run and 18th in points allowed, giving up 23.8 ppg. That defense will have to be much better than that, especially vs a Pittsburgh offense that is clicking on all cylinders.

Trends: The Dolphins have gone 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing more than 350 total yards in their previous game and 33-16 ATS in their last 49 road games vs. a team with a winning home record, but just 6-21 ATS in their last 27 games after allowing more than 250 yards passing in their previous game. The Over is 5-0 in their last 5 games following a straight up loss of more than 14 points, while the Under is 7-1 in their last 8 playoff games.

Breaking Down The Pittsburgh Steelers

At the beginning of the year the Pittsburgh Steelers were thought to be the only team in the AFC that had a chance to knock off the Patriots and after a rather slow start, the Steelers have put it all together as they have won their last seven games in a row. The offense was always there for this team, but it is now a more complete offense as their running game has been cranking it up and that have also gotten their defense in order of late as well. That defense allowed just 17.3 ppg over their last seven games and will now take on a Miami team that is using a backup QB. The Dolphins may have to rely on their run game and the Steelers have allowed 134 ypg on the ground over their last three games. That could be a problem for them. The Steelers come in ranked 12th in total yards allowed, 16th vs the pass, 13th vs the run and 10th in points allowed, giving up just 20.4 ppg. On offense, Pittsburgh has been on fire as they have averaged 26.9 ppg in their last eight games. Their run game has been solid with Le’Veon Bell getting hot of late and he could have a strong game vs a weak Miami run defense. He ran for 1268 yards and seven TDs, while also having 616 yards receiving and two more TDs. Big Ben had a strong season again as he threw for 3819 yards with 29 TDs and 13 INTs. This offense is very tough to stop right now. Pittsburgh comes in ranked 7th in total offense, 6th in passing, 14th in rushing and 11th in scoring, putting up 24.0 ppg.

Trends: The Steelers have gone 6-1 ATS in their last 7 playoff home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing more than 350 total yards in their previous game, but just 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-4 ATS the last five games in this series. The Over is 21-5-1 in their last 27 games in January, while the Under is 20-8-1 in their last 29 vs. the AFC.

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New York Giants vs Green Bay Packers NFL Wildcard Playoffs Betting Preview

Screen Shot 2017-01-05 at 3.44.07 PMWildcard weekend will conclude with a battle between the New York Giants and the red-hot Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Giants finished with an 11-5 record, while the 10-6 Packers won the NFC North finishing the season with six straight wins. The Giants were 3-4 in true road games, while the Packers were 6-2 at home. This contest has a start time of 4:40 pm EST.

Vegas odds have the Packers listed as 4.5 point favorites, while the total has been set at 44.5. This contest will be televised on FOX with a start time of 4:40 pm EST.
Breaking Down The New York Giants

The New York Giants dot off to a 2-3 start this year, but have since gone 11-2 and two of their 11 wins overall have come vs the Cowboys. They have been very solid and will now look to take down perhaps the hottest team in the NFC right now. It will not be easy, but if they are to take down the Packers, then it will have to come from their defense, which has turned into one of the best units in the league, especially down the stretch. The Giants allowed 21.8 ppg through their first 6 games this year, but since then they have allowed just 17.0 ppg and in their last four games they gave up just 11.8 ppg. That defense will really have to be on its toes here vs a hot offense and a hot QB. They did allow just 10 points to a very strong Washington offense, so they are capable of shutting down this offense. The Giants come in ranked 10th in total yards allowed, 23rd vs the pass, 4th vs the run and 2nd in points allowed, giving up 17.8 ppg. The Pass defense will have to be far better in this one. On offense, the Giants have yet to score over 28 points in a game and they come in ranked 25th in total yards, 17th in passing, 29th in rushing and 26th in scoring. They went 11-5 with those offensive rankings, which shows just how good their defense has been. Eli has thrown for 4027 yards with 26 TDs, but he also has 16 INTs and he can’t have those kind of mistakes vs the Packers if they hope to win the game.

Trends: The Giants have gone 5-1-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 43-18-2 ATS in their last 63 games after accumulating more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game. The Over is 5-2 in their last 7 games after allowing less than 15 points in their previous game, while the Under is 10-4 in their last 14 games in January.

Breaking Down The Green Bay Packers

The Packers were just 4-6 on the year at one point and Aaron Rodgers was being booed, but those boos have now turned to cheers as the Packers have won their last six games in a row and have taken the NFC North Division title for the 5th time in their last six years. This is a hot team and Aaron Rodgers is a hot QB and that could be too much for the Giants to overcome, but that Giants defense is tough so anything is possible. Rodgers has thrown for 4428 yards with 40 TDs and just seven INTs on the year and he is 3-1 with a 98.2 QBR in four games vs the Giants in his career. He has thrown 11 TDs and just four INTs in those games. The Packers come in ranked 8th in total offense, 7th in passing, 20th in rushing and 4th in scoring, putting up 27.0 ppg. The Packers have scored at least 30 points in each of their last four games. On defense, the Packers have not been great this year and they have allowed 25.3 ppg over their last three games. The Giants have not been great on offense, but they do have enough weapons to do damage vs this defense. Green Bay comes in ranked 22nd in total yards allowed, 31st vs the pass, 8th vs the run and 21st in points allowed, giving up 24.2 ppg. That pass defense really has to step up vs Eli and Beckham, who can put up big numbers.  

Trends:  The Packers have gone 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win and 41-19-3 ATS in their last 63 games after allowing less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game. The Over is 5-1 in their last 6 games after allowing more than 250 yards passing in their previous game, while the Under is 10-4 in Packers last 14 home games.

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New York Giants vs Philadelphia Eagles NFL Week 16 Betting Preview

Screen Shot 2016-12-22 at 10.36.40 AMThursday night NFL action from the NFC East as the red-hot New York Giants visit the slumping Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Giants have won eight of their last nine games and are off a 17-6 home win over Detroit, while the Eagles are off a 27-26 road loss to Baltimore, which was their 5th consecutive loss. This contest has a start time of 8:25 pm EST.

Vegas odds have the Giants listed as 2.5 point favorites, while the total has been set at 41.5. This contest will be televised on NBC with a start time of 8:25 pm EST.

Breaking Down The New York Giants

The New York Giants had a 2-3 start to their year, but they have won 8 of their last nine games and are the only team this year to beat the Cowboys. This is a very solid team and they come in off a big 17-6 home win over the Lions. The catalyst for the Giants this year has been their defense, which has turned into one of the best in the league. They have allowed just 13 total points in their last two games and just 13.2 ppg in their last 5 games. This team is locked in on defense and will be taking on an Eagles off that has struggled for most of the year, but also put up 26 points on a very good Baltimore defense last week. Overall, the Giants rank 15th in total yards allowed, 23rd vs the pass, 6th vs the run and 3rd in points allowed, giving up just 17.9 ppg. The offense has not been great this year and has yet to score more than 28 points in a game. They have struggled of late as they have scored 17 points or less in each of their last three games, but they are not facing a good Eagles defense in this one. Eli Manning has thrown for 3491 yards and 25 TDs this year, but he has made too many mistakes with 13 INTs. The Giants as a team are 27th in total offense, 17th in passing, 30th in rushing and 24th in scoring, putting up just 19.4 ppg.

Trends: The Giants have gone 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing more than 250 yards passing in their previous game and 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall, but just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game and 1-4 ATS their last 5 games in the series. The Over is 5-2 in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a losing home record, while the Under is 6-0 in their last 6 road games.

Breaking Down The Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles had the look of a surprise team early on, but they have really fallen on hard times as they have lost their last five games in a row and have been eliminated from playoff contention. They nearly beat the Ravens last week, but came up just a bit short as they went for a 2-point play instead of tying up the game and taking their chances in OT. The Eagles have just run out of gas this year as they don’t have a great offense and their defense has really been overworked of late. The Eagles had one of the better defenses earlier in the year, but they have allowed 27.8 ppg in their last five games. The good thing here is that they are facing a giants team that has been very weak on offense of late and has yet to score more than 28 points in a game. Overall, the Eagles come in ranked 12th in total yards allowed, 12th vs the pass, 17th vs the run and 13th in points allowed, giving up just 21.4 ppg. On offense they have had their struggles for the most part. Carson Wentz had a good start to his career, but he has struggled since and has thrown just four TDs to 10 INTs in his last seven games. His QBR of 78.5 is 27th in the league. Overall, Philly ranks 20th in total offense, 24th in passing, 9th in rushing and 16th in scoring, putting up 22.6 ppg. They have averaged just 18.0 ppg in their last five games.

Trends:  The Eagles have gone 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games in Week 16 and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. the NFC. The Over is 22-8 in their last 30 games in December, while the Under is 10-4 in their last 14 games following an ATS win.

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Indianapolis Colts vs Oakland Raiders NFL Week 16 Betting Preview

Screen Shot 2016-12-22 at 10.34.34 AMThe Indianapolis Colts come in off a huge 34-6 road win over the Minnesota Vikings and now are a game out of 1st place in the AFC South. Saturday afternoon they look to keep their playoff hopes alive when they head to Oakland Coliseum to battle the Oakland Raiders, who already have clinched a playoff spot. This contest has a start time of 4:00 pm EST.

Vegas odds have the Raiders listed as 3.5 point favorites, while the total has been set at 53. This contest will be televised on CBS with a start time of 4:00 pm EST.

Breaking Down The Indianapolis Colts

The indianapolis Colts come in off a huge 34-6 road win over the Vikings, to get back to the .500 mark for the year. Tis has been an inconsistent season for them so far, but they are still in the race for a division title and a playoff berth. Right now they are just one game behind both the Titans and Texans and will obviously need this game to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Colts have gone 4-2 on the road this year and the Raiders have been a stronger road team than a home team of late. This is a game that they can win, but they will really need their defense to step up for that to happen. Last week their defense played really well in the win over the Vikings, but that offense is far worse than the one they will face in this game. The Colts come in ranked 27th in total defense, 27th vs the pass, 20th vs the run and 23rd in points allowed, giving up 24.2 ppg. If the defense doesn’t stop the raiders, then they will need a good game from their offense and that may not be all that hard as the Raiders have struggled on defense this year. That Colts offense comes in ranked 11th in total yards, 7th in passing, 19th in rushing and 8th in scoring, putting up 25.9 ppg. This game could very well be a shootout.

Trends: The Colts have gone 15-6 ATS in their last 21 games following a straight up win of more than 14 points and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game, but just 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games after scoring more than 30 points in their previous game. The Over is 17-5 in their last 22 games on grass, while the Under is 18-6 in their last 24 games in December.

Breaking Down The Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders have clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2002 when they went to the Super Bowl. It has been a long climb back for this franchise, which could very well be on the verge of moving to Las vegas. The Raiders have done it this year with offense as derek Carr has had an outstanding season thus far. He has thrown for 3705 yards with 25 TDs and just 6 INTs, while posting a QBR of 95.2, which is 12th in the league. He has a favorite target in Amari Cooper, who is 7th in the league in receiving yards with 1038, while they also have a weapon out of the backfield in Latavius Murray, who has run for 737 yards, despite missing a couple of games.  This is one of the best offenses in the league and they come in ranked 6th in total yards, 6th in passing, 6th in rushing and 3rd in scoring, putting up 26.9 ppg. They could have a field day vs a poor colts defense and their offense will need to have a big game as the defense has struggled, especially vs the pass and they will be taking on one of the better QBs in the league in this one. That defense comes in ranked 30th in total yards allowed, 25th against the pass, 25th vs the run and 21st in points allowed, giving up 24.0 ppg.

Trends:  The Raiders have gone 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. AFC and 5-2 ATS their last seven games in this series, but just 16-34-1 ATS in their last 51 games in December and 11-25-1 ATS in their last 37 games following a ATS win. The Over is 19-7-1 in their last 27 games following a straight up win, while the Under is 7-3 in their last 10 Saturday games.

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