2018 NFL Wild Card Expert PicksNoah Williams
The NFL playoffs kick-off this weekend with the Wild Card round. If you still haven’t made your wildcard picks, I have a trio of NFL Wild Card weekend betting picks guaranteed to boost your bankroll.
2018 NFL Wild Card Expert Picks
Can the Kansas City Chiefs use home field advantage on Saturday? Will the Rams continue their unreal ascension versus the Atlanta Falcons? Who wins when Buffalo battles Jacksonville? Finally, the New Orleans Saints host the rival Carolina Panthers in Sunday’s late battle. Who takes it in that NFC South matchup?
Tennessee at Kansas City
When: Saturday, Jan. 6 at 4:20 pm ET
Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO
Odds: Kansas City -8
Analysis: Tennessee did enough to secure a playoff spot. However, the Titans must now travel to Missouri to battle the Kansas City Chiefs. To me, this is a no-brainer pick. The Chiefs started out the season winning their first 5 games.
During the middle of the season, they lost 6 out of 7. Amazingly, the light switch went off again. KC finished the season winning 4 straight. They rested most of their starters in Week 17, and still beat the Denver Broncos 27 to 24.
Wild Card Expert Pick: Kansas City
Atlanta at L.A. Rams
When: Saturday, Jan. 6 at 8:15 pm ET
Where: L.A. Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
Odds: L.A. Rams -6
Analysis: This feels like way too many points to give up to the defending NFC Champions. Atlanta needed to beat Carolina, a team they almost always have trouble with, just to stamp their ticket to the post-season.
Now that Atlanta’s in the post-season, who knows? For the Rams, it’s difficult to think of a worse matchup. Sure, the Rams beat the Seattle Seahawks 42 to 7 in mid-December. But, that’s because the Seahawks were without two of their very best defensive players.
When the Rams faced Seattle at full strength, the Seahawks beat them 16 to 10. Who built the defense in Seattle? That’s right, Dan Quinn.
Atlanta’s the play.
Wild Card Expert Pick: Atlanta
Buffalo at Jacksonville
When: Sunday, Jan. 7 at 1:05 pm ET
Where: EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL
Odds: Jacksonville -8
Analysis: Buffalo’s not a great team. It’s hard to believe that Jacksonville is, either. The real reason I like Buffalo is that they’re battle-tested.
The Bills took on the New England Patriots twice, the Carolina Panthers, the Atlanta Falcons, the New Orleans Saints, and the Kansas City Chiefs. Jacksonville didn’t come close to playing the teams that Buffalo battled this season.
I’m not sure the Jags are ready for the playoffs. I definitely don’t feel the Jags are ready for a rushing attack that averages over 126 yards per game. I like Buffalo.
Wild Card Expert Pick: Buffalo
Carolina at New Orleans
When: Sunday, Jan. 7 at 4:30 pm ET
Where: Mercedes-Benz Super Dome, New Orleans, LA
Odds: New Orleans -6.5
Analysis: The Carolina Panthers couldn’t beat the Atlanta Falcons in Week 17. That’s why Carolina ended up traveling to New Orleans. By virtue of Carolina’s loss to the Falcons, the Saints won the NFC South Division.
Even if this game were to take place in Carolina, it would be tough to back the Panthers. Carolina is a decent team. They just don’t matchup well with the Saints. New Orleans beat Carolina 34 to 13 and 31 to 21 this season.
Don’t be surprised to see a similar score on Jan. 7.