Will any Wild Card teams win?
LAS VEGAS, NV (The Spread) – Though wild card teams hit the road in the playoffs, it’s not too uncommon to see at least one team win. Will any of the four wild card teams win this weekend?
According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, the over/under of number of Wild Card teams to win this weekend has been set at 1.5. Exact wins have one team winning at +150, two teams winning at +250, three at +700 and all four is set at +5000. The odds of none of the road teams winning this weekend is set at +300.
This matchups this weekend have the Cardinals facing the Panthers, the Ravens facing the Steelers, the Bengals meeting the Colts and the Lions facing the Cowboys. The only game where the Wild Card team has a better record than the division winner is Arizona heading to Carolina, but the Cardinals have a number of injuries and the Panthers have gotten hot.
The division winners are favored in all four games, The AFC games feature spreads of 3.5 points or less in both games, while the NFC games each have a spread of 6 points or more.
In last year’s playoffs, there were three Wild Card teams that picked up victories, with one making it all the way to the conference championship. Two years ago, only one Wild Card team picked up a win and none made it past the second round. Three years ago, not one Wild Card team picked up a victory.