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2014 NFL Playoff Odds

by Scott Burgess on Friday, January 3rd, 2014

The NFL playoffs are finally here with some of the best and hottest teams we’ve seen in years fighting for the Lombardy Trophy. On Saturday, the Kansas City Chiefs travel to Indianapolis for a Week 16 rematch with the Colts. Indy won the first round, but Kansas City will look to give the Colts a home upset. Then, the New Orleans Saints head to Philadelphia for what should be an offensive showcase against the Eagles, outdoors in the cold. Can the Saints overcome their road woes? Sunday brings us the San Diego Chargers and the Cincinnati Bengals, after the Chargers did just enough to sneak into that last spot in the AFC—along with getting help in Week 17. The Bengals have been impenetrable at home, but Philip Rivers is looking to cap off a stellar season with a win. The final game of the weekend is a well-anticipated rematch between the San Francisco 49ers and the Packers, on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field. Have the Packers finally figured out Colin Kaepernick, or will the 49ers defense contain Aaron Rodgers? Below are the full slate of games scheduled along with my previews and NFL Playoff Odds for you to ponder.

wildcard-weekend-2014Saturday, January 04@4:35 PM ET
Kansas City at Indianapolis (0) (o/u-46)
Indy has started to put things together again, and it appears now that home blowout loss to the Rams was an anomaly. This is a strong home team going up against a Chiefs team that has won just twice since Week 10 and beat only a single playoff team this year.

Saturday, January 04@8:10 PM ET
New Orleans at Philadelphia (-2.5) (o/u-53.5)
In the comfort of the Superdome, the Saints would be a near-lock to win this game. Though the Saints have postseason experience on their side, I like the speedy, young Eagles to take advantage of weather and location and come up big in what should be a very exciting, back-and-forth game.

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Sunday, January 05@1:05 PM ET
San Diego at Cincinnati (-7) (o/u-47)
The Bengals beat the Chargers a few weeks ago, but Andy Dalton had a horrible first half in that game. The Chargers like to control the ball to keep their defense from being exposed, which gives them a chance to win just about any game. Cincy’s defense is good enough to keep the scoring down at home, so as long as Dalton doesn’t collapse against a bad defense, the Bengals should cruise to victory.

Sunday, January 05@4:40 PM ET
San Francisco (-2.5) at Green Bay (o/u-46.5)
This could not be a worse matchup for the NFC North champion Packers. A heavy dose of 49ers running back Frank Gore and the running game is in order against the Packers’ woeful run defense, opening up the play-action for big plays downfield. The 49ers are playing their best football of the season right now, and they will carry it over into this game.

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