2017 NFL Wild Card Round Betting Predictions

Posted by Michael Hunt on Tuesday,January 3, 2017 8:15, EDT in

It’s one of the best pro football weekends of the year upcoming as we have playoff games on Saturday and Sunday with it being Wild-Card Weekend. I’d argue only Week 1 of the regular season and the divisional-round weekend are better. Here are three NFL Wild Card betting predictions I feel confident about for this weekend.

2017 NFL Wild Card Round Betting Predictions

All Four Road Teams Won’t Win Again

Last year on Wild-Card Weekend, we saw history as all four road teams won for the first time ever on that weekend. It was Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Green Bay last year — interestingly, all four are in the playoffs again this year and the Steelers, Seahawks and Packers are hosting Wild-Card Games and Kansas City got a first-round bye as the AFC West champion. Frankly, those wins in 2016 weren’t a shock as each of those teams were favored at some point during the week and only Green Bay entered its game against the Redskins as an underdog (and a one-point underdog at that). Kansas City won in a 30-0 blowout in Houston. The victory broke a streak of eight straight playoff losses by the Chiefs and was their first postseason win since beating the Oilers in Houston on Jan. 16, 1994. Since 1970, the year the AFL-NFL first competed as one unified league, there had only been six cases of at least three teams winning on the road in a single round of the playoffs before last year. Wild-Card weekend wasn’t introduced until 1978, and until 1990 it only included two games. Even since the round expanded to eight teams, there have been just four other instances where three-quarters of the wild card decisions went to the visitors, and all of those have come since 2004.

If Giants Lose At Packers, There Could Be A Firestorm

Look, what NFL players do on their off day is their business as long as they don’t get into legal trouble or do drugs or something. But you should also be somewhat aware that what you do also is likely to find its way into public viewing. On Sunday after winning at Washington, several players apparently flew down to Miami to party. A social media photo shows some Giants players posing on a boat during their trip to Miami. In addition, media posted to the Snapchat account of singer-songwriter Trey Songz appears to show Giants teammates Odell Beckham, Victor Cruz, Sterling Shepard and Roger Lewis partying with recording artist Justin Beiber at a Miami Beach night club overnight. “The players are off,” Giants coach Ben McAdoo emphatically said when asked if there could be any disciplinary measures. “They are not working.” McAdoo evaded a direct question when asked if the players returned home with the team after the game, or were given special permission to leave directly from Maryland.

Seahawks Have Best Home-Field Advantage

The Seahawks enjoy what is currently the best home-field advantage in the NFL and the Detroit Lions will be playing there Saturday night. CenturyLink Field requires a long flight and welcomes visitors with ear-splitting decibels that are known to cause false starts among near-deaf offensive linemen. The Seahawks have won their last nine home playoff games and have never tasted postseason defeat in Seattle under Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson. Detroit hasn’t won a playoff game since 1991. The Lions’ last postseason road win occurred in — wait for it — 1957. Detroit limps in having lost three straight, by an average of 12.7 points, with their foes scoring 30 a game. The Lions are also a dome team and don’t usually play well out in the elements. The forecast for Saturday night is a chance of snow showers and temperatures right around freezing. Advantage: Seattle.