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2011 NFL Wildcard Betting Odds & Trends: January 4th 2011

2011 NFL Football Wildcard Weekend Betting Odds & Trends: January 4th 2011
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The NFL playoffs are set to get underway this Saturday afternoon with the first of four games that comprise the Wildcard Round. Twelve teams qualified for the postseason with the top two seeds in each conference earning a first round bye; New England and Pittsburgh in the AFC and Atlanta and Chicago in the NFC. The other eight teams are paired up with the highest-seeded divisional winner at home against the lowest-seeded wildcard team and the other divisional winner (fourth seed) hosting the other wildcard team (fifth seed).

Saturday’s early game is a Week 11 rematch between the New Orleans Saints and the Seattle Seahawks. The first time around the Saints won 34-19 as an 11-point home favorite. The total went ‘over’ the 44 ½-point line. This time around has opened New Orleans as an 11-point road favorite and the ‘over/under’ is once again set at 44 ½.

The total has gone ‘over’ in five of the Saints last seven playoff games. The Seahawks are 1-5 ATS in their last six games as an underdog and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall. The favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.

The late game takes us to Lucas Oil Stadium for a matchup between the New York Jets and the Indianapolis Colts. These two teams met in last year’s AFC Championship Game with the Colts winning 30-17 as an eight-point home favorite. The total went ‘over’ the 40 point line. Indianapolis is only favored by 2 ½-points at home this time around and the ‘over/under’ is set at 44 ½.

The Jets are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 road games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 against the AFC. The Colts are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games as the favorite and 1-4 ATS in their last five home games. The total has gone ‘over’ in the last four meetings.

The Baltimore Ravens travel to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the Kansas City Chiefs in the early game on Sunday. These two teams last faced one another on opening day of the 2009 season. The Ravens outgunned the Chiefs 38-24 as a 13-point home favorite and the total easily went ‘over’ the 37 point line. This time the Ravens are a three-point road favorite and the ‘over/under’ line is set at 41.

The Ravens are 4-1 ATS in their last four Wildcard games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last six road games overall. The Chiefs are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games against the AFC and 0-4 ATS in their last four playoff games. The total has stayed ‘under’ in four of Baltimore’s last five playoff games and in four of Kansas City’s last five games overall.

The final game of the weekend could be the best with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers heading into Lincoln Financial Field to take on Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles in a 4:30 p.m. start. These two teams opened the 2010 regular season against one another with the Packers holding onto to win 27-20 as a three-point road favorite. The total stayed just ‘under’ the 47 ½ point line. The Eagles are currently a 2 ½-point home favorite and the ‘over/under’ is set at 46.

The Packers are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings. The favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings and the total has stayed ‘under’ in the last four.

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