The 2015 NFL regular season is over and it’s on to the Wild Card playoff round in 2016. Here is a list of the betting odds and lines plus the over/unders for the four NFL Wild Card playoff games taking this week on Saturday, January 9 and Sunday January 10 in 2016.
In the betting odds this week, three out of the four road teams are favored to win. The one road team not favored to win is Green Bay and the Packers have one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL in Aaron Rodgers.
- Kansas City Chiefs -3 at Houston Texans (O/U is 40)
The Kansas City Chiefs went 11-5 this season and they have won 10 games in a row and they are favored by 3 points in the betting odds to beat the Houston Texans on the road. The Chiefs beat the Texans 27-20 in the first game of the season. As a bettor you always have to worry about a team with a long win streak because sooner or later that team will have a bad game and lose but because of the win streak the team will almost always be favored to win.
Brian Hoyer is making his playoff debut for the Texans. He does have a winning 15-11 record as a NFL starter and that includes starting 16 games for the Cleveland Browns. Alex Smith has a solid 68-52-1 record as a NFL starter but in three playoff games he’s only 1-2 and he lost his only playoff start with the Chiefs back in 2013.
- Pittsburgh Steelers -2.5 at Cincinnati Bengals (O/U is 46)
The Pittsburgh Steelers are the Wildcard team here but they are still favored by 2.5 points in the betting odds to beat the Bengals who won the AFC Central this season. Looks like A.J. McCarron will make the start for the Bengals because Andy Dalton’s thumb has not healed enough yet. McCarron has not played badly over his first three NFL starts leading the team to a 2-1 record while completing 66.4% of his passes and throwing six TDs vs two interceptions.
But McCarron is making his NFL playoff debut here against Ben Roethlisberger who has started 15 playoff games and is 10-5 in those games including winning two Super Bowls. Roethlisberger has lost his last two playoff starts, though, in 2011 and 2014, and he’s thrown 21 TDs in the playoffs vs 19 interceptions. Numbers that are much worse than his regular season stats.
- Seattle Seahawks -6.5 at Minnesota Vikings (O/U is 41)
After a rough start to the season the Seattle Seahawks are now peaking at the right time. They have won eight of their last 10 games and the Seahawks are favored as the Wildcard team here by a big 6.5 points playing on the road vs the NFC North champion Minnesota Vikings.
Russell Wilson is 6-2 as a starter in eight NFL playoff games including two starts in Super Bowls. Wilson did get the Seahawks to the Super Bowl last year but he did not play great in the playoffs completing just 56.9% of his passes and throwing six TDs vs five interceptions. Teddy Bridgewater is making his playoff debut. He’s 17-11 so far in the NFL as a starting QB.
- Green Bay Packers +1 at Washington Redskins (O/U is 45)
Even though Aaron Rodgers is their QB the Green Bay Packers are a one point underdog in the betting odds this week playing on the road vs the Washington Redskins. For his career, Aaron Rodgers is 6-5 in the playoffs with one Super Bowl win. Rodgers actually has a higher completion percentage in the playoffs than the regular season (65.4% vs 65.1%).
Kirk Cousins is making his playoff debut here. Cousins guided the Redskins to a 9-7 season this year which improved his lifetime mark as a NFL starting QB to 11-14. To bet this game you really have to decide which QB you prefer, Aaron Rodgers or Kirk Cousins?