Wild Card Weekend Upset Picks & TV Info

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Wild Card Weekend Upset Picks & TV Info

Are there any NFL Wild Card Weekend upset picks for betting public?  You better believe that there are!

Baltimore battles Pittsburgh on Saturday in a game between two rivals that absolutely detest each other. Then, on Sunday, two games are ripe for an upset. First, Cincinnati travels to Indianapolis and then Dallas hosts Detroit.

Analyzing My Wild Card Weekend Upset Picks

Matchup: Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
Date: Jan. 3, 2015 
Start Time: 8:15 p.m. ET 
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania       
Stadium: Heinz Field
TV Info: NBC
Radio:  Baltimore Vs  Pittsburgh
Point Spread: Steelers -3
Game Total: N/A

Analysis: Based on every trend, Baltimore has an uphill battle against Pittsburgh in the prime time game on Saturday. The Ravens haven’t fared very well against the Steelers. They’ve fared even worse against the Steelers on the road.

But there are a couple of things that have happened to give Baltimore backers some hope. First, the Steelers top running back, Le’Veon Bell, won’t be 100% on Saturday. Bell may not even play, which is why Pittsburgh has signed former Houston and Cleveland running back Ben Tate. Without Bell, Pittsburgh will have to spend most of its time throwing the football.

Pittsburgh backers will say that it won’t matter because the Ravens’ pass defense gave up 6 touchdown passes to Ben Roethlisberger the last time that these two teams met. The big difference this time around is that the Ravens could sit back in a Cover 2 since Bell most likely won’t play and Pittsburgh cut LeGarrette Blount, who had a decent game against Baltimore, after that contest where Ben destroyed the Ravens’ defensive backfield.
If Baltimore can keep Big Ben on the sidelines by rushing the ball and chewing up clock, they can pull out the victory.  

Wild Card Weekend Upset Pick: Baltimore +3

Matchup: Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts
Date: Jan. 4, 2015 
Start Time: 1:05 p.m. ET 
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana       
Stadium: Lucas Oil Stadium
TV Info: CBS
Radio:  Cincinnati Vs  Indianapolis
Point Spread: Colts -4
Game Total: N/A

Analysis: Indianapolis has every right to be a more than field goal favorite in this game, but the matchup isn’t nearly as one-sided as some might expect. Against Cincinnati the first time, Indianapolis dominated and beat the Bengals 27 to 0.

Things could be much different in this matchup on Sunday. The Bengals only gave the ball to Jeremy Hill, their awesome rookie running back from LSU, 4 times in the first matchup. Hill ran it for 15 yards. On Sunday, the Colts’ defense will face a much different running back in Jeremy Hill, one that has rushed for 148 yards, 147 yards and 100 yards in Cincinnati’s last 3 games.

Hill should control things for the Bengals when Cincinnati is on offense. When the Bengals are on defense, they might be able to sit in a Cover 2, like Baltimore, because Indianapolis has absolutely no rushing attack.

Cincinnati is good enough to beat Indianapolis straight up in this game. The Colts deserve to be the favorites, but by no means are they better than a 3 point favorite.

Wild Card Weekend Upset Pick: Cincinnati +4

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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 -7
Game Total: 48.5

Analysis: Guess who’s back?

Dallas is giving up a full 7 points in this game.  That’s a lot of points to give up to a defense that was 1st against the run during the regular season by allowing a measly 69.3 yards rushing per game. More importantly, that’s a lot of points to give up to an offense with Matthew Stafford, Golden Tate and Calvin Johnson.

It’s especially a lot of points to give up to an offense with Stafford, Tate and Johnson, when you’re a defense like Dallas’ that allows 251.9 passing yards and 22 points per game. The Cowboys’ defense is going to have to play like it did when facing Andrew Luck and Indianapolis in the Cowboys’ 42 to 7 victory, and not like it did when it faced Philadelphia and Mark Sanchez the first time, a 10 to 33 Dallas loss.

Detroit is definitely a dog, but it’s a dog that might have some bite on Sunday.

Wild Card Weekend Upset Pick: Detroit +7