NEW YORK, NY – The NFL playoffs are here and one of the nation’s top sports betting analysts, Joe Wiz gives his opinion about each of this week’s games.
Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills
BUFFALO, NY – This weekend, the NFL Wildcard Playoffs kick off in Orchard Park where the high-flying Buffalo Bills entertain the Indianapolis Colts. The Bills are led by MVP candidate Jose Allen who has pas for over 4,500 yards this season and a total of 45 Touchdowns. In the last three weeks, the Bills have outscored their opponents 142-52. The Bills are 9-1 in their last ten games and have covered eight in a row.
“The Colts will need to try and control the clock with RB Jonathan Taylor who rushed for 253 last week vs. Jacksonville,” says Joe Wiz, one of the nation’s top sports betting analysts.
HC Frank Reich returns to his old stomp grounds where he led the Bills exactly 28 years ago to one of the biggest comebacks in NFL History as his Bills team trailed 35-3 in the third quarter but somehow beat the Houston Oilers 41-38. The Colts will need a flawless game plan and Phillip Rivers will need a career game to beat the best team in the AFC. The Scoreboard operator will be busy in what we expect to be a high scoring affair.
L.A. Rams at Seattle Seahawks
SEATTLE, WA – The Rams and Seahawks find themselves in the first round of the 2021 NFL playoffs in familiar company. These two teams met just two weeks ago where Seattle won 20-9 and clinched the NFC West.
“The Big question mark for this game is the status of Rams QB Goff, even if he plays, how will his surgically impaired thumb react on his passing hand? ” said Joe Wiz, one of the nation’s top sports betting analysts. “We know the Rams D is solid with Donald and Ramsey.”
The Seahawks are led by Russell Wilson who comes in with a 12-4 record their best since 2014. His receivers are some of the best with Metcalf, with 83 catches for 1,303 yards and Lockett with 100 catches and 1,054 yards.
Rams have won 8 of the last 11 meetings vs Seattle and this is their third playoff appearance in the last four years under McVay. L.A. won the earlier meeting on November 15 by a score of 23-16. If Goff can play this one goes to the wire.
Tampa Bay Bucs at Washington Football Team
TAMPA, FL – For the first time in history, the former Washington Redskins will be entering the postseason as the “Washington Football Team”. They’ll be playing in the Wild Card round against Tom Brady and his Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Tampa Bay finished the season at 11-5 which was their first 11 win season since 2005.
“Tampa seems to be peaking at the right time winning four in a row but that was versus inferior opposition with wins over the Vikings, Falcons, Lions and Falcons,” said Joe Wiz, one of the nation’s top sports betting analysts. “In their big test they performed poorly and lost to the Chiefs, Rams and Saints, their most notable Win this this season was vs. Green Bay 38-10.”
Washington has the dubious distinction of entering the Playoffs with a losing record of 7-9. However they are 6-2 in their last eight games and have been competitive in almost every game. Once again we must take caution with the health status of QB Alex Smith.
There haven’t been many sub .500 playoff entrants but the ones who made it as home dogs performed well going 15-6 which is a 71% Winning proposition. Can Rookie Chase Young disrupt Brady enough to keep WFT in the game. Meek call on the home dog.
Baltimore Ravens at Tennessee Titans
NASHVILLE, TN – NFL postseason play returns to Nashville this weekend as the Titans host the Baltimore Ravens.
“After struggling most of the season with injuries and Covid issues the Ravens are expected to make a run in this post season and the experts have installed them as a 3 point road favorite,” said Joe Wiz, one of the nation’s top sports betting analysts. “It’s a big revenge game for Baltimore who was eliminated for the playoffs last year as the number one seed where the Titans won 28-12. In addition, Tennessee beat the Ravens again this season 30-24 both wins were on the road.”
The Titans are the first team in NFL history to have two rushers who ran for over 2,000 yards in a single season in Chris Johnson and Derrick Henry. Quarterback Tanneyhill has good receivers with AJ Brown and Cory Davis.
The Ravens have won five in a row and are 5-0 ATS in those games, quarterback Lamar Jackson has back to back 1,000 rushing yard seasons but has failed in the Big games where he is 0-4 in the NFL Playoffs and his playing days at Louisville. Another home dog worth some consideration.
Chicago Bears at New Orleans Saints
NEW ORLEANS, LA – In the first round of the NFC playoffs, the New Orleans Saints will host the Chicago Bears at the Superdome in what could be Drew Brees’ last year in the NFL.
“New Orleans offense has been clicking on all cylinders the last two weeks outscoring their last two opponents 85-40,” said Joe Wiz, one of the nation’s top sports betting analysts. “Rumors are this can be Brees’ last season and this team has a legitimate shot to make to the Super Bowl.”
Head Coach Sean Payton’s team was unbeaten in the division for the first time ever in 2020.
Chicago Bears started out the season 5-1 then lost six straight then won three in a row before losing to Green Bay last week 35-15 but a .500 record was enough to get a post-season bid. QB Trubisky has put up 3 or more points in four of his last five starts but that Defense has struggled most of the season.
These two teams met on November 1st at Soldier Field where the Saints prevailed 26-23. Not interested in laying double digits with the Saints who have a history of choking in the postseason and since 1988 are 6-14-1 ATS in the playoffs. This one could be a high scoring affair.
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers
PITTSBURGH, PA – The Cleveland Browns are in the playoffs. That was not a typo. It’s the first time the Browns have made the playoffs since 202, when they also played the Steelers. In that game, they lost 36-33. Tommy Maddox led the Steelers in that game
Fast forward nearly two decades later and there are so many question marks surrounding this Cleveland team who made it to the playoffs for the first time in 18 years.
“We know HC Stefanski will not be on the field due to Covid issues but how many other players will be affected and how will this young Browns team react without practicing must this week at all,” said Joe Wiz, one of the nation’s top sports betting analysts.
The Steelers started out the season 11-0 but have lost 4 of their last 5 games and still looking for consistency. When these two teams met in a meaningful game back on Oct 18, the Steelers dominated 38-7 here at Heinz Field.
If QB Baker Mayfield can play an error-free game and the Browns can establish a rushing attack with Nick Chubb, this game can be a lot closer than October and more similar to last week’s Score.
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