The NFL playoffs get underway this weekend with four games in the Wildcard Round. While which four teams move on and which four get a jump on their postseason plans will be decided on the field, there are some key stats and trends that often times can provide solid clues as to what the actual results will be.
As part of a betting guide I compiled this week for Doc's Sports (click link below), I broke down the numbers for all four matchups in an effort to uncover a few of the most pertinent stats and trends that should provide a clear edge for one team over the other.
My only official pick for this weekend's matchups is the UNDER 54 in the Saints vs. Eagles game on Saturday night. Off the record, I like Andy Reid's Chiefs to cover with the 2.5 points as underdogs on the road against the Colts in Saturday's first game and in the night cap I am going with Philadelphia to win straight-up and cover the 2.5 points as a favorite at home.
Turning to Sunday's slate, I would go with favored Cincinnati to cover the seven points at home against the Chargers in the early game and in the late game on the extremely frozen tundra of Lambeau Field, I have the Packers outlasting the 49ers as 2.5-point home underdogs. With the exception of the Bengals' game, the other three picks go against the grain of most football experts and the general betting public, but that is why they call it Wildcard Weekend.
NFL Wild-Card Weekend Key Stats and Betting Trends