When it comes to the NFL, we now know which 12 teams are hot and which 20 teams are not as far as the upcoming playoffs. This weekend marks the first round of postseason games in the quest for a Super Bowl title with the Wild Card Round. The top two seeds in both the AFC and NFC have the week off, but there is still plenty of NFL betting action at BetAnySports.
Both the 12-4 Oakland Raiders and the 9-7 Houston Texans have not been all that hot lately with major issues at the quarterback position. Oakland fell to the fifth seed in the AFC with a 2-2 mark both straight-up and against the spread in its last four games. The loss of Derek Carr has not helped the cause as the Raiders head into Houston as 3.5-point underdogs. The Texans benched their quarterback Brock Osweiller as a result of a 3-4 SU slide in their last seven games while going just 1-6 ATS.
The second wild card matchup on Saturday’s NFL slate pits the Detroit Lions on the road against the Seattle Seahawks in a pairing of two NFC teams that would hardly be considered hot. The Lions (9-7) come into this game as eight-point underdogs at BetAnySports after losing their last three games SU and their last four ATS. Instead of winning the NFC North, they fell all the way to the sixth seed in the conference. Seattle won the NFC West with relative ease at 10-5-1 on the year, but three SU losses in its last six games cost the team a first round bye. The Seahawks also cost bettors down the stretch with a 2-4 record ATS.
Sunday’s first matchup is an AFC clash between the 10-6 Miami Dolphins and the 11-5 Pittsburgh Steelers. The Dolphins closed out the season with a loss to New England, but they were still a solid 9-2 SU and 8-2-1 ATS over their last 11 games. The Steelers come into this matchup as heavy 10-point home favorites after winning their last seven games SU while going 5-1-1 ATS.
The two hottest teams in the NFC wrap up the opening round late Sunday afternoon with the New York Giants going on the road as four-point underdogs with BetAnySports to face the Green Bay Packers. The Giants ended the regular season 11-5 (8-6-2 ATS) after winning nine of their last 11 games. Green Bay (10-6) needed a six-game winning streak to lay claim to the NFC North title and it went a profitable 5-1 ATS to close things out.