Dave’s NFL Wild Card Round Best Bets

The 2020 NFL regular season has drawn to a close to set the stage for the upcoming postseason run to Super Bowl LV. With two extra wild card spots in this year’s opening round, a total of seven teams from each conference have their eyes set on the prize of winning a world title.


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It all starts this Saturday and Sunday with six Wild Card Round matchups. The following are the betting odds and ‘best bet’ picks for each of those games.

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Saturday, Jan. 9

Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills Picks

Best Bet: Bills -6.5

The Colts came up just short in their bid to win the AFC South. Yet, they did finish the regular season with six straight-up victories in their final eight games. The only team hotter than that was Buffalo. The Bills cruised to the AFC East title as the No. 2 seed in the conference. They won nine of their last 10 games SU while covering against the spread in their final eight outings.

Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks Picks

Best Bet: Under 42.5 Points

Quarterback Jared Goff is still questionable for Saturday which is a concern. The Rams have lost 13 of their last 16 road games against Seattle which is another red flag. The Seahawks should win again but covering 4.5 points may be an issue. The best play is the UNDER. It has paid off in 12 of the last 18 games between these NFC West rivals.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Washington Football Team Picks

Best Bet: Washington +8.5

Tampa Bay brings some momentum into this game with a SU four-game winning streak. However most of its 11 wins this season were against teams with losing records. With Tom Brady making his debut in the NFC playoffs, the Buccaneers should win again. However, covering 8.5 points on the road could be harder than expected. Washington is 4-1 ATS in its last five games as an underdog.


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Sunday, Jan. 10

Baltimore Ravens at Tennessee Titans Picks

Best Bet: Titans +3.5

The Ravens closed out the regular season with a SU five-game winning streak while covering in their last six games. However, they will have their hands full stopping running back Derek Henry on his home field. This could be the best matchup on Wild Card Weekend and a three-point game either way. I will take the extra half point in the Titans’ favor as the added edge.

Chicago Bears at New Orleans Saints Picks

Best Bet: Over 48 Points

The Bears backed into the playoffs with just three SU wins over their last 10 games. They were 3-5 ATS in their final eight outings. One other trend of note is the total going OVER in five of Chicago’s last six games. New Orleans should be able to cover the 9.5-point spread at home while scoring points at will. You could parlay the two but the OVER on the total line is the best play.

Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers Picks

Best Bet: Browns +4.5

These two AFC North rivals met last Sunday with everything on the line for Cleveland while Pittsburgh rested most of its starters. The Browns were able to squeeze out a two-point win as 10-point home favorites. That would point to a Steelers’ romp at home at full strength. Bitter rivalries have a way of tightening things up. Going against most of the recent betting trends in this matchup, I still like Cleveland and the 4.5 points.

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A big part of the services that my marketing company, Blue Pointe Advisors, LLC offers is written content for sports betting websites.  I have been working as a full-time sports betting writer for the past nine years following a previous career in the field of sales and marketing.

I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to write about my true passion in life; the world of sports. I also enjoy concentrating the bulk of my pieces towards the betting angle in sports.

It is always a challenge to take past results and current form to try and correctly determine a future result. Sports brings out the unpredictability in what should be a fairly predictable outcome based on the stats, facts and recent trends in a particular matchup. The one thing that I have learned over the past decade or so is that when it comes to betting on sports there is no such thing as a lock.

The main objective with my writing style is to create insightful articles on a wide variety of sporting topics that can provide an edge to today's sophisticated online player. While there are times when my predictions fall well short of the actual outcome, I still enjoy trying to come up with a logical explanation to support my views on every pick I make.

My love of sports started a long time ago when I was just a kid growing up just outside Philadelphia. While I was a big Phillies, Flyers and 76ers fan, my number one team was always the Eagles. My dad was a season ticket holder from 1961 to 2002 and I would honestly say that he missed less than a handful of games than more than a few dismal seasons.

I was fortunate enough to go to a number of Eagles’ games back in the day including the 1980 NFC Championship when Wilbert Montgomery ran roughshod over the bitter rival Dallas Cowboys to lead Philly to their first appearance in a Super Bowl. Flash forward 40 years later and am I still celebrating the thrilling victory over New England in Super Bowl LVII. I know that my dad was smiling down on that one.