The 2013 NFL Playoffs begin, Saturday Jan 5, with eight teams playing during Wild Card Weekend. New England, San Francisco, Atlanta and Denver all have first round byes for finishing atop their divisions. Let’s check out the games happening and the 2013 NFL Playoff Point Spreads heading into Wild Card Weekend. Get the current 2013 Super Bowl Betting Lines now.
The Bengals (10-6, 6-2 V) made the playoffs winning their final three games, two which were away from home. The Bengals will come in off a win over the Ravens and will be playing with a lot of confidence.
The Texans (12-4, 6-2 H) dropped from the No. 1 seed and a bye to the Wild Card round and the three-seed after losing to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. The Texans will be under a lot of pressure to perform after being the top team in the conference for much of the regular season, before ending their regular season losing three of four games.
Saturday, January 5, 2013@8:20 PM ET
Minnesota at Green Bay (-9.5) (o/u-46)
The Vikings (10-6, 3-5 V) won on Sunday behind a monster performance by Adrian Peterson just to get in the playoffs and will get to play their divisional rival yet again for the right to move on in the playoffs. They’ve won four straight over talented teams, but need to be better away from home.
The Packers (11-5, 7-1 H) have beaten the Vikings five straight games before losing last week. They need to find a way to continue to take advantage of a shaky Vikings secondary and try to avoid the pass rush which had Rodgers on his back several times last Sunday. The Packers also want to make sure their offense is working early, as in Week 17 Green Bay started slowly.
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Sunday, January 06, 2013@1:00 PM ET
Indianapolis at Baltimore (-6.5) (o/u-46)
The Colts (11-5, 4-4 V) got a big win over the Houston Texans to end the regular season. They’ve won five of their last six games, but four of those wins were against below .500 teams. The Colts and their coach Chuck Pagano will have fans of other teams rooting for them as Pagano fought against cancer and landed right back on the sidelines to coach his young and talented group of players.
The Ravens (10-6, 6-2 H) squeaked in the playoffs after losing four of their final five games. The Ravens are good enough to win the whole AFC, but streaky enough to get knocked out by a younger team at home.
Sunday, January 06, 2013@4:30 PM ET
Seattle (-3) at Washington (o/u-45.5)
The Seahawks (11-5, 3-5 V) are on a five game win streak while dominating their opponents. QB Russell Wilson has excelled over the past two months, but it’s been a month since he’s played a true road game (the Seahawks’ only away game in the final quarter of the season was against the Bills in Toronto). But he was most impressive in a Week 13 victory over the Bears and their tough defense in Chicago. The Seahawks’ run defense has been strong for the most part, though it has given up more than 4.5 yards per attempt.
The Redskins (10-6, 5-3 H) are riding a seven game win streak led by rookie QB Robert Griffin III. It’s not just offense that the Skins have to worry about, it’s their defense against the Seahawks offense. Although the Redskins’ front seven has improved because of defensive coordinator Jim Haslett’s clever scheming, Washington can still be exploited on the back end if Seattle’s fine offensive line consistently gives Wilson time to throw.