NFL Wild Card Playoffs Bookie Betting Report
The start of the NFL playoffs marks one of the most profitable runs of the year for local bookies working with a quality Pay Per Head online betting software provider.
While the volume of games has been drastically reduced from the NFL regular season weekly schedule, the opportunity to take in a large volume of betting action drastically increases given the popularity of betting on the NFL postseason.
The top two seeds in both conferences (New England and Pittsburgh in the AFC and Philadelphia and Minnesota in the NFC) have the week off so the other eight playoff teams in the field are left to battle in out in the four games of the Wild Card Round.
Saturday’s betting action gets things started with an AFC clash between the 9-7 Tennessee Titans and the 10-6 Kansas City Chiefs in a 4:20 p.m. start on ESPN from Arrowhead Stadium. The current betting lines have the Chiefs favored by nine points with the total set at 44 points.
The early money has gone towards Kansas City after this spread opened at seven points given its 4-1 run both straight-up and against the spread in its last five home games.
The Chiefs have not faired all that well against Tennessee at Arrowhead lately with a 1-5 record ATS in their last six home games against the Titans.
Later Saturday night, the 10-6 Atlanta Falcons travel to Memorial Coliseum to face the 11-5 Los Angeles Rams as 6.5-point underdogs with the total set at 48.5 points. Game time on NBC is set for 8:15 p.m.
The Falcons needed a 22-10 victory against Carolina in Week 17 as five-point home favorites to secure the sixth and final playoff berth in the NFC, while the Rams came up well short against San Francisco 34-13 as 6.5-point road underdogs in their season finale.
The early money has gone towards the Rams after this spread opened at 5.5 points, but Atlanta has won six of the last seven meetings SU while going 5-2 ATS. The total has gone OVER in the last five meetings.
Sunday’s betting action also starts in the AFC with the 9-7 Buffalo Bills going on the road to EverBank Field to tangle with the 10-6 Jacksonville Jaguars. This will be the Bills’ first playoff appearance since 1999 and they come in as heavy nine-point underdogs. The total line for this 1:05 p.m. kickoff on CBS has been set at 39.5 points.
The line has consistently moved in favor of Jacksonville in this matchup after opening at 6.5 points on Sunday to add some solid value to Buffalo for local bookies. The Bills are just 3-6-1 ATS in their last 10 road games, but they have a solid 5-2 edge ATS in their last seven road games against the Jaguars. The total has gone OVER in four of the last six meetings in Jacksonville.
The final game of the Wild Card Round on Sunday at 4:40 p.m. on FOX could be the best with the 11-5 Carolina Panthers taking on the 11-5 New Orleans Saints for the third time this season in this NFC South tilt.
The Saints won the first two meetings both SU and ATS by a combined 31 points and they are currently set as 6.5-point home favorites at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to pull off the sweep. The total went OVER in the first two meetings and it has been set at 48.5 points for Sunday’s game.
New Orleans has a 4-0-1 edge ATS in the last five meetings and it has gone 4-1 ATS in its last five home games against Carolina. The total gas gone OVER in six of the last seven meetings at the Superdome.