NFL Wild Card Betting Preview: Hot bets and moving odds

Frank Doyle | Updated Oct 04, 2017

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All odds current as of noon ET, Jan. 2.

Saturday, Jan. 4

Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts (-2.5, 46.5)

The Colts have been a tough team to figure out all season. After opening the season with four wins in their first five games, they’ve struggled with consistency. That sort of thing tends to happen when you lose No. 1 wideout Reggie Wayne and don’t have any running game to speak of even after trading for Trent Richardson. Still, Indy finished 10-6 against the spread and has character wins over Denver, Seattle, and Kansas City on the resume. Meanwhile, KC has been up and down since starting the year 9-0. Since their Week 10 bye, the Chiefs have just two underwhelming wins over Washington and Oakland.

Where the action is: This line is holding at -2.5 with about 61 percent of Sports Interaction’s bets coming in on the visiting Kansas City Chiefs.

New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles (-2.5, 53.5)

We all know the Saints are a much different team away from the Superdome and that’s all anyone wants to talk about right now. They were 8-0 at home but just 3-5 on the road, so that makes sense. These Eagles deserve some attention too though. They have won seven of their last eight games while Nick Foles finished the year with 22 touchdowns and only four interceptions. With two of the most high-profile attacks on display here, we opened with a 55-point total. That has currently dropped to 53.5 points.

Where the action is: Saints bettors are all over this line. New Orleans bettors make up 65 percent of Sports Interaction’s handle as of noon Thursday.

Sunday, Jan. 3

San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals (-7, 47)

Home-field advantage looks to be huge in this matchup. The Bengals haven’t lost at Paul Brown Stadium this year and average 42 points in their last five home games. They also finished the season by covering four of their last five pointspreads and are riding a 4-0 streak against the number in their last for meetings with San Diego. The Chargers have shifted to more of a run-heavy attack behind Ryan Mathews, which should help if Mother Nature comes into play.

Where the action is: The current total of 47 is up a half point from the open, but the pointspread is holding firm at -7. About 53 percent of our bettors are currently backing the Bengals at home.

San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers (+3, 47)

The Packers squeaked by the Bears to earn a playoff berth last week, but that didn’t impress many. Green Bay opened as a 2.5-point underdog at home but is already up to +3. The total has dropped two full points since debuting at 49 and weather could be a factor in this matchup as well. The 49ers have won and covered in each of their last four meetings with Green Bay.

Where the action is: The 49ers are this week’s most popular bet with about 71 percent of our action coming in on San Francisco.