NFC Wild Card Betting Odds, Predictions & TV Schedule

NFC Wild Card Betting Odds, Predictions & TV Schedule

NFC Wild Card Betting Odds, Predictions & TV Schedule

The defending champion Seahawks and the high-octane Packers are waiting for the winners this weekend’s two NFC Wild Card games.

In the first game of the post-season we will see Larry Fitzgerald, Patrick Peterson and the struggling Arizona Cardinals swoop into Bank of America Stadium to take on Cam Newton, Kelvin Benjamin and the red-hot Carolina Panthers.

In the second NFL Wild Card game this weekend Matthew Stafford, Megatron and the Detroit Lions storm AT&T Stadium to take on Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray and the Dallas Cowboys.

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A Close Look At The NFC Wild Card Betting Odds, Predictions & TV Schedule

Matchup: Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers
Date: Jan. 3, 2015 
Start Time: 4:20 p.m. ET 
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Stadium: Bank of America Stadium
Radio:  Arizona Vs  Carolina
Point Spread: Panthers -5.5
Game Total: 39

It’s a damn shame that the Arizona Cardinals (11-5 SU, 11-5 ATS) season fell completely apart with the season-ending ACL injury to starting quarterback Carson Palmer, but that’s exactly what’s happened to the Cardinals as they dropped four of their final six games after getting off to a stunning 9-1 start.

Carolina (7-8-1 SU, 8-8 ATS) won their final four games of the regular season with Cam Newton really exerting himself. The 6-5 quarterback with a linebacker’s body has rushed for a combined 197 yards over his last three starts with one rushing score in each contest.

Carolina has won 11 of their last 16 home games and Arizona has lost each of their last three on the road. I like the Panthers to win but Arizona to find a way to cover the betting line.

My NFC Wild Card Betting Pick: Arizona +5.5 Points

Matchup: Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys
Date: Jan. 4, 2015 
Start Time: 4:40 p.m. ET 
Location: Arlington, Texas
Stadium: AT&T Stadium
TV Info: FOX
Radio:  Detroit Vs  Dallas
Point Spread: Cowboys -8
Game Total: 48.5

After their nearly unprecedented run of three straight 8-8 seasons, the Dallas Cowboys (12-4 SU, 10-6 ATS) have bounced back in a big way in 2014! Quarterback Tony Romo has been rock-steady nearly all season in throwing 34 touchdown passes and just nine interceptions.

More importantly, the team’s once shaky offensive line has come together like one of Hanibal Smith’s plans on the A Team, helping veteran running back DeMarco Murray (league-leading 1,845 yards) transform into one of the best running backs in the league.

Still, the Detroit Lions (11-5 SU, 7-9 ATS) will have a chance to pull off the upset because of their potent offense. The last time these teams faced one another, Calvin ‘Megatron’ Johnson had a game for the ages by catching 14 balls for a jaw-dropping 329 yards and one score.

Ultimately, I’m going to back the Cowboys to narrowly win this game but Detroit to cover the NFC Wild Card betting line as a 4.5-point road dog. While Dallas has won four straight coming into this matchup, they’ve managed to go just 2-4 ATS over their last six home games.

With Ndamukong Suh un-suspended and playing angry for the Lions after criticism about his dirty play all week, the Cowboys’ offensive line will have to have the game of their lives and I believe they will. They and the thread of Murray running every play will give Romo the time he needs to go downfield. I like Dallas for the narrow home win with Detroit covering and pushing Dallas for the outright win.

My NFC Wild Card Betting Pick: Detroit +4.5 Points