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NY Giants Vs Green Bay Packers Line & Final Score Prediction

The NFL Wild Card weekend schedule makers are closing out the first week of NFL post-season with a doozy of a tilt. It will be the 11-5 New York Giants facing the 10-6 Green Packers.

In this weekend’s most heavily bet game, the Packers opened as 4-point home favorites. Since then the NFL Wild Card Giants vs Packers betting line has jumped slightly to 4.5-points in favor of Green Bay. The game total is 44.5. Kick-off is this Sunday, January 8th at 4:40 PM ET on FOX from the Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin where temperatures are expected to dip to 7° F.

NY Giants Vs Green Bay Packers Line & Final Score Prediction

What: NY Giants (11-5) at Green Bay Packers (10-6)
When: Sunday, January 8, 2016
Start Time: 4:40 PM ET  
Where: Green Bay, WI
Stadium: Lambeau Field
Spread: Packers -4.5
Moneyline: NY Giants +180 vs Green Bay -220
Game Total: 44.5
Watch: FOX Sports
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Listen: NY Giants vs Green Bay

Why Bet The NY Giants To Beat The Packers

The NY Giants closed the regular season with a 19-10 win over Washington. They are 11-5 SU and 8-6-2 ATS this season. They average 19.4 points per game (26th) and allow 17.8 points per game (2nd).

“Both organizations have rich history and tradition. It’s exciting to be a part of it. I think if you have tradition, history, and a chance, I think it will be one heck of a battle on Sunday,” Giants head coach Ben McAdoo said. “I don’t think that the 2007 or 2011 experience really helps us out one way or another, other than that there are some players that have played in those games. They know what it’s going to be like pressure wise and condition wise. The experience part of things will help some guys out. Other than that, we need to prepare to go play a good football team and go win a ballgame.”

The Giants average 242.4 passing yards per game (17th). QB Eli Manning (1027 yards, 26 TDs & 16 INTs) recorded a franchise-record 6th season with 4,000+ pass yards. In past four playoff games, Manning has thrown 1,219 pass yards (304.8 per game), 9 TDs & 1 INT for 103.3 passer rating. He is 2-0 at Green Bay in the postseason while Packer QB is Aaron Rodgers is 2-2.

WR Odell Beckham Jr (101 rec, 1367 yards, 10 TDs) ranked 3rd in the NFL with 101 receptions & 1,367 reception yards. He will play his first playoff game of his career. Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard have combined for 2,050 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns while Victor Cruz has 39 receptions.

New York averages 88.3 rushing yards per game (29th). RB Rashad Jennings (181 car, 593 yards, 3 TDs) had 794 scrimmage yards. It was his 4th consecutive season with 750+ scrimmage yards.

New York has the 10th best total defense in the NFL. They allow 251.0 passing yards per game (23rd) and 88.6 rushing yards (3rd). The Giants have recorded 35 sacks this season (14th). S Landon Collins has 125 tackles, and DE Olivier Vernon has 8.5 sacks.

Why Bet The Green Bay Packers To Beat The Giants

The Green Bay Packers are one of the hottest teams in the NFL after beating the Detroit Lions 31-24 in week 17. The Pack won its sixth straight game to close the season, improving to 10-6 SU and 8-7-1 ATS. They average 27.0 points per game (4th) and allow 24.3 points per game (21st).

Green Bay averages 262.4 passing yards per game (7th). QB Aaron Rodgers (4428 yards, 40 TDs & 7 INTs) is 8-6 in the playoffs with 27 TDs & 8 INTs. He’s 2-2 playing at Lambeau in the postseason with 7 TDs and one interception. WR Jordy Nelson (97 rec, 1257 yards, 14 TDs) led NFL with 14 TD catches and ranked 6th with 1,257 receiving yards. WR Davante Adams (75 rec, 997 yards, 12 TDs) ranked second on the team in receptions and TD catches. The Packers average 106.3 rushing yards per game (20th). RB/WR Ty Montgomery (77 car, 457 yards, 3 TDs) will give the Giants D some trouble.

The Packers have the 22nd-ranked total defense in the NFL. They allow 269.0 passing yards per game (31st) and 94.7 rushing yards per game (8th). Green Bay has sacked opposite quarterbacks 40 times this season. Morgan Burnett has 93 tackles and DT Nick Perry has 11.0 sacks.

If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:

  • NY Giants is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games
  • NY Giants is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
  • Green Bay is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Green Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Green Bay is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing NY Giants
  • Green Bay is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against NY Giants
  • The Giants are 4-0-1 ATS in their last five games against the Packers.
  • The total has gone under in the Giants’ last three games against the Packers.
  • The Giants are 7-2 ATS in their last nine wild-card games.

Expert ATS Pick & Final Score Prediction

Playing against the Packers at Lambeau in January is quite possibly the worst scenario for any team. What’s worse is that the Giants offense is one-dimensional and relies heavily on Beckham Jr.

In their first meeting earlier this season, the Green Bay secondary held Manning to just 199 passing yards, and that matchup will likely determine the outcome of this game.

My final score prediction is NY Giants 21, Green Bay 27.

Miami Dolphins at Pittsburgh Steelers Odds: Point-Spread & Total

Miami Dolphins at Pittsburgh Steelers Odds: Point-Spread & Total

The 11-5 Pittsburgh Steelers will try to extend their winning streak to eight when they host the 10-6  Miami Dolphins this Sunday. This week’s NFL Wild Card Miami Vs Pittsburgh betting spread favors the Steelers by 10-points. Kick-off is this Sunday, January 8th at 1:05 PM ET on CBS from the Heinz Field, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

These two met back in October and the game did not end well for Steeler Nation. The Dolphins knocked Big Ben out for a few weeks and Pitt defense allowed rusher Jay Ajayi to run for 200+ yards. The Steelers lost 30-15.

The Steelers won the AFC North after reeling off seven straight wins following the four-game skid surround Big Ben’s aforementioned knee injury, going 5-1-1 against the spread during that stretch. Since beating Pittsburgh in October, the Dolphins have lost just twice, winning eight.

Miami Dolphins Vs Pittsburgh Steelers Point-Spread, Total & ATS Pick

What: Miami Dolphins (10-6) at Pittsburg Steelers (11-5)
When: Sunday, January 8, 2016
Start Time: 1:05 PM ET  
Where: Pittsburgh, PA
Stadium: Heinz Field
Spread: Steelers -10
Moneyline: Miami +360 vs Pittsburgh -480
Game Total: 47
Watch: CBS
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Miami vs Pittsburgh

Why Bet The Miami Dolphins To Beat The Steelers

The Miami Dolphins won three of the last four games to finish the season with a 10-6 SU and 9-6-1 ATS record. They average 22.7 points per game (17th) and give up 23.8 points per game (18th).

"It’s another level. They’ll know it," head coach Adam Gase said about his team. "They’ll know it when they hit the field. Trust me."

The Dolphins averages 218.8 passing yards per game (26th). QB Matt Moore (721 yards, 8 TDs & 3 INTs) will start his first playoff game. WR Jarvis Landry (94 rec, 1136 yards, 4 TDs) had a career year with the Dolphins and is a threat after the catch. WR Kenny Stills (42 rec, 726 yards, 9 TDs) lead the team in touchdown receptions and loves catching the long ball. Miami averages 114.0 rushing yards per game (9th). RB Jay Ajayi (260 car, 1272 yards, 8 TDs) had three 200-yards games this season. One of them was against the Steelers.

Miami has the 29th-ranked total defense in the NFL. The Dolphins allow 242.0 passing yards per game (15th) and 140.4 rushing yards per game (30th). They have sacked opposing quarterbacks 33 times this season (19th). LB Kiko Alonso leads the team with 115 tackles, and DE Cameron Wake has 11.5 sacks.

Why Bet The Pittsburgh Steelers To Beat The Dolphins

The Pittsburgh Steelers are 11-5 SU and 9-6-1 ATS this season. They average 24.8 points per game (11th) and allow 20.4 points per game (10th). This is the most healthy and rested the Steelers have been since the pre-season.

The Steelers average 262.6 passing yards per game (5th). QB Ben Roethlisberger (3819 yards, 29 TDs & 13 INTs) is making his 18th career playoff start. He has an 11-6 postseason record with two Super Bowl victories.

Slowing down WR Antonio Brown (106 rec, 1284 yards, 12 TDs) will be a challenge for a Dolphins’ defense that ranked just 29th in total defense at 382.6 yards per game. Miami gave up more than 30 points in three of its final five regular-season games.

Pittsburgh averages 110.0 rushing yards per game (14th). RB Le’Veon Bell (261 car, 1268 yards, 7 TDs) is a fourth-year pro and rushed for 1,268 yards and had 616 receiving yards in just 12 games this season. But injury issues led him to miss all three of Pittsburgh’s playoff games during his standout career. Last season the Steelers were eliminated from the postseason by the eventual Super Bowl champion Broncos without Bell or Brown on the field. This year both are rested and healthy.

"To be able to get ready for the playoffs, to be able to sit out a week and be healthy — our circumstances will not change," Brown said about the team’s Super Bowl goals.

Pittsburgh has the 12th-ranked total defense in the NFL. They give up 243.0 passing yards per game (16th) and 100.0 rushing yards per game (13th). The Steelers have recorded 38 sacks this season (9th). LB Lawrence Timmons has 114 tackles, and the ageless wonder James Harrison has 5.0 sacks.

If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:

  • Miami is 8-2-1 ATS in its last 11 games
  • Miami is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
  • Miami is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Miami is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 5-1-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone over in three of the Dolphins’ last four games against the Steelers.
  • The Steelers are 7-0 straight up and 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games as a favorite.
  • The total has gone over in the Dolphins’ last six games.

Expert ATS Pick & Final Score Prediction

This is the Steelers game to lose. Big Ben, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell won’t be stopped in this game. Miami’s only prayer is to try to outscore Pittsburgh, but with a backup QB making his first career playoff start won’t get it done.

My final score prediction is Miami 16, Pittsburgh 28.

Bet Hoosiers Vs Buckeyes

Purdue Vs Ohio State Spread & ATS Pick

A Big Ten matchup will hit the stage on Thursday Night when the Purdue Boilermakers visit the Ohio State Buckeyes. The College Basketball betting spread favors Purdue by 3.5-points. Tip-off is this Thursday, January 5th at 7:00 PM ET on ESPN from the Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Purdue Boilermakers Vs Ohio State Buckeyes Spread & ATS Pick

What: Purdue Boilermakers (12-3) at Ohio State Buckeyes (10-4)
When: Thursday, January 5, 2016
Start Time: 7:00 PM ET
Where: Columbus, Ohio
Stadium: Value City Arena
Spread: Purdue -3.5
Moneyline: N/A
Game Total: N/A
Watch: ESPN
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Purdue vs Ohio State

Why Bet The Purdue Boilermakers To Beat The Buckeyes

Purdue lost their last outing 91-82 against Minnesota, ending a seven-game winning streak. They are 12-3 SU and 8-4 ATS this season. They average 84.5 points per game (20th) and allow 65.4 points per game (55th).

The Boilermakers shoot 49.0% from the field (20th) and 40.6% from three-point land (12th). Sophomore forward Caleb Swanigan (18.5 PPG & 13.0 RPG) and Junior center Isaac Haas (13.9 PPG & 5.2 RPG) are the two main scorers on the team.

“I think he’s playing extremely well right now,” OSU head coach Thad Matta said Wednesday of Caleb Swanigan. “Statistically, numbers, percentages, that sort of thing, he is producing at a very, very high level. He’s not one guy that can be stopped alone. Everybody has got to be aware of where he is and what he’s doing, coming to the offensive glass and making sure we understand what he wants to do in the post when he catches it and those types of things. He’s playing at a very, very high level, there’s no question about it.”

Purdue averages 20.3 assists per game (2nd). Junior forward Vince Edwards (12.1 PPG & 5.4 APG) leads the team in assists. They average 40.3 rebounds per game (31st), 2.60 blocks (267th) and 5.1 steals per game (296th).

Why Bet The Ohio State Buckeyes To Beat The Boilermakers

Ohio State is 2-2 in their last four games including a 75-70 loss to the Illinois Illini the last time they jumped on a court. They are 10-4 SU and 4-8 ATS this season. They average 74.6 points per game (98th) and allow 63.9 points per game (35th).

“I think that it’s easier said than done,” Matta said of protecting home court during conference play. “‘We’re home, this ought to be easy.’ It doesn’t quite work that way. When you’re playing a team like Purdue, I think they’re really, really good, we’ve got to do all the little things for 40 minutes. There can’t be letdowns because they shoot it too well and, obviously, their post-game is too good.”

The Buckeyes shoot 48.1% from field goal (36th). Five players on Ohio State average over 10 points per game. Junior forward Jae’Sean Tate (19.9 PPG & 6.9 TBG) and Sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle (11.9 PPG & 5.7 APG) are the two primary scorers on the team. Lyle is coming off a 26 points performance against Illinois.

Ohio State averages 15.3 assists per game (98th) and 13.5 turnovers. They also average 39.6 rebounds per game (57th) and 5.8 steals.

If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:

  • Ohio State has won seven of the last ten meetings against Purdue.
  • Buckeyes are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight up loss.
  • Buckeyes are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games.
  • Boilermakers are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss.
  • Boilermakers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games.

Purdue Vs Ohio State Expert ATS Pick

Ohio State is 1-5 against the spread in their last 6 games, 0-4 against the spread against the Big Ten, and 9-3-1 against the spread following a loss. 

Purdue is 7-1-1 against the spread against the Big Ten, 6-1 against the spread in their last 7 road games against a team with a winning home record, and 1-5-1 against the spread following a loss. The road team has covered the point spread in 5 of the last 7 meetings of these two teams.

I am betting on Purdue to win and cover the spread in this tilt.