The first round of the NFL playoffs delivers four Wild Card weekend contests for fans of NFL betting fans. Three of the games are regular season rematches. Let’s take a closer look at each contest and make some parlay betting picks for each of the four games.
Best NFL Wild Card Weekend Parlay Bets 2019
Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans
It’s hard to back the Texans in this spot as they just look like the lesser of the two teams here. The Texans are mostly a two-pronged offense these days as it’s either Deshaun Watson running the ball or passing it to DeAndre Hopkins. The team’s running backs have averaged the least amount of rushing yards in the NFL over the last month and the passing game has lost several key wideouts like Demariyus Thomas and Keke Coutee.
As for the Colts, they are a balanced team as they are 11th overall in defense and 10th in points allowed. On offense, they are fifth overall at 27.1 points per game. They’ve won 10 of 11 and have an MVP-type player in quarterback Andrew Luck. The Texans might be at home but they have the worse running game, the worse offensive line (allowed the most sacks in the NFL) and what might be the worse of the two defenses. Look for the Colts to win in a high scoring affair.
Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys
If you didn’t bet this early, you likely missed out on the best number for the Seahawks at +3, but we'll still roll with Seattle as it is an underdog.
The Seahawks are 5-1 against the spread this season against teams with a winning record. They are also 5-1 ATS in their last six against NFC East foes. They’ve also covered five of seven as a dog and six of seven when the line is between +3 to -3.
The Cowboys played well down the stretch but they mostly beat up on losing teams like the New York Giants, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Philadelphia Eagles (twice), the Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins. The lone big win was against New Orleans.
In terms of the total, we’re looking at a total of 42.5, and the Seahawks have crossed that number in seven of eight while averaging a combined score of 53.9 points per game in that span. Take the Seahawks and over.
Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore Ravens
The Chargers get a second shot at the Ravens during Wild Card Weekend as their loss to them a few weeks ago cost them the No. 1 seed in the AFC. While the Chargers now have a tough road to sow, the good news is they were 7-1 on the road this season; nobody in the NFL had a better road record.
I like the Chargers here because it looks like the Browns uncovered a few things late in last week’s loss to Baltimore. For starters, the Browns had four different players catch a pass of 38 yards or longer, which should be great news for the Chargers explosive passing game. Secondly, the Browns found a way to slow the Ravens in the second half. They held them to eight yards or less on four of their six drives. The Chargers could use a similar formula to try and cut off the ground game and force Lamar Jackson to pass. They’ll make adjustments from the first meeting and get the win while keeping this a low-scoring affair. The under is a combined 11-2 for these teams in their last 13 Wild Card round contests.
Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears
A lot of people will be rolling with the Eagles in this spot but you can count me out here. The Eagles did have an impressive run down the stretch of the season – including a shocking win at the Los Angeles Rams – but this is still a flawed team. The Eagles average just 97.6 rushing yards per game on the road (seventh-worst) and the Bears allow the fewest at home (67.1). While Nick Foles has played well over the last month, the passing defenses he faced were ranked 14th, 15th and 19th. The Bears are seventh and finished second in the NFL in sacks.
The other issue is the Eagles run defense as they gave up 4.7 yards per carry this season (tied for the fifth-worst mark). The Bears game plan should be pretty simple: run the ball, collect first downs, milk the clock and play defense. The Bears have covered in seven of eight home games and they’ll add to that on Sunday. Take the Bears and the under.