With 256 regular-season games in the books, now we turn our full attention to the playoffs. This year will feature 14 playoff teams, creating a bit of extra intrigue on this weekend, where six games will be played. It sets up to be a mouth-watering weekend of football, ladies and gentlemen.
The AFC bracket looks to be the more challenging, with the surging Bills and Ravens highlighting the Wild Card Weekend group, while the Titans and Steelers, on their day, can match anyone. The Chiefs lie in wait next week.
In the NFC, the Saints profile as the most complete team, though their NFC South rivals Tampa Bay has been on a hot streak and could surprise. The Rams have a defense that can cause any offense problems. Maybe even Green Bay's.
Fewer games on the docket means the Vegas sharps have ample opportunity to drill down and find every edge, so picking the right spots is crucial not only this week but throughout the playoffs. After a regular season with a 53.1% overall winning percentage and a 55.2% winning percentage on Best Bets, it is time to keep the momentum going into the postseason.
Note that the over/unders are taken from VegasInsider.com
INDIANAPOLIS at BUFFALO (-7) (Over/Under 52)
(Saturday, 1.05pm ET, CBS)
The home team has come out the victor in this series six straight times, dating back to 2006, a trend that the red-hot Bills will be hoping to continue in Orchard Park. Few teams have been able to claim to match the firepower and torrid points output of Sean McDermott’s team in recent weeks. In fact, the offense has averaged 47.3 points per game over the last three and ranks second only to Green Bay in points per game this season, with 31.3. Josh Allen has led the 3rd-ranked passing attack and has blossomed into a quarterback to fear, making the seven-point Vegas line a little curious, and perhaps one that will be looked back on and laughed at. After all, offense tends to win in the NFL these days, and the Bills have it in spades.
Across from the youthful vigor of Allen will be the grizzled veteran Philip Rivers, who could be making his final start amid chatter of retirement. While Rivers has posted a 5-6 record in the postseason, interestingly he has gone a perfect 4-0 in Wild Card games. The Colts will not be a pushover, as their eighth-ranked defense will give Allen and his enviable set of skill players everything they can handle. There is also the small matter of containing Jonathan Taylor, who has clearly gotten more comfortable reading his blocks and trusting his talent to explode for huge gains in recent weeks. While Indy has every reason to be hopeful on paper, the Bills simply look too powerful. Expect Allen to shine under the spotlight after a forgettable Wild Card performance last season.
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