NFL Wildcard Weekend Odds
The matchups for Wildcard Weekend in the NFL have been set and with that, so have the point spreads for each game. How did oddsmamkers set the opening line for the first round of the NFL playoffs?
Buffalo Bills at Houston Texans, 4:35 p.m. ET, Saturday, January 4
The Bills secured the No. 5 seed in the AFC by winning 10 games, two shy of the Patriots in the AFC East, and will travel to Houston to take on the Texans in the opening game of Wildcard Weekend. The Texans opened as a 3-point home favorite for this matchup while the total hit the board at 39.5 but has climbed to 42. Buffalo was one of the best ATS teams in the league this season, finishing with a 9-5-2 record against the spread, which includes a 5-2-2 ATS mark as an underdog. Houston, meanwhile, was 7-8-1 at the betting window this season and really struggled as a favorite, covering just once in seven opportunities (with one push).
Tennessee Titans at New England Patriots, 8:15 p.m. ET, Saturday, January 4
The second game of Saturday’s NFL playoff double-header pits the 9-7 Titans versus the 12-4 Patriots. New England had an opportunity to secure a first-round bye with a win over Miami but instead blew a late lead and lost outright as a 17-point home favorite. Now the Patriots have to play next weekend but have been installed as a 5.5-point favorite versus a Titans team that took flight after Ryan Tannehill took over under center for the benched Marcus Mariota. The total for this game opened at 41.5 but has climbed to 43.5. The Titans finished with an 8-7-1 record against the spread and went 5-3 ATS on the road, while the Patriots were also 8-7-1 ATS overall, but were just 3-4-1 ATS at home.
Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints, 1:05 p.m. ET, Sunday, January 5
At least according to the odds, this matchup will be the biggest mismatch Wildcard Weekend. This is also a rematch of the “Minnesota Miracle” game in which Stefon Diggs scored a last second touchdown versus the Saints in the Divisional round to send the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game (a contest they would be throttled in by the eventual Super Bowl champion Eagles). This time around, the Vikings are 8-point road underdogs to the three-seeded Saints, who are only the third team to play Wildcard Weekend after winning 13 games during the regular season. The total for this matchup opened at 46.5 and that’s where the number currently sits.
Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles, 4:40 p.m. ET, Sunday, January 5
The Seahawks fell one inch shy of beating the 49ers on Sunday night and winning the NFC West crown while securing the No. 3 seed in the NFC. Instead, they were stopped short at the one-inch line, giving the Niners homefield advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. The Seahawks will open on the road, where they will be a 1-point road favorite versus the 9-7 Eagles, which needed yet another mad dash in the final month of the season just to qualify for the playoffs. The total for this game sits at 46 points.