NFL Postseason Betting Preview: Super Wild Card Weekend

The NFL playoffs begin this week with six wild-card round matchups. The postseason kicks off at 4:30 p.m. EST on Saturday with Seahawks-49ers, followed by Chargers-Jaguars. Sunday’s three-game slate consists of Dolphins-Bills, Giants-Vikings and Ravens-Bengals, then the Cowboys and Buccaneers close out the action Monday night. Eligible mobile sportsbook users can bet on any of these six playoff games right now, or even place a futures bet on which team will be the eventual Super Bowl champion.

Sports bettors who are at least 21 years old located in a state where online or mobile sports betting has gone live will have no shortage of betting options to choose from in the NFL’s wild-card round. Leading mobile sportsbooks such as BetMGM, Caesars Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook and DraftKings Sportsbook all offer moneyline, spread, total, prop and even Same Game Parlay wagers for all six upcoming games. New users can take advantage of welcome offers such as a risk-free first bet up to $1,000 on BetMGM, or FanDuel Sportsbook’s $1,000 No Sweat First Bet.

Lines can vary between platforms and are likely to shift as we get closer to kickoff this weekend, but the current favorites on DraftKings Sportsbook are the 49ers (-10) vs. Seattle, Chargers (-1) in Jacksonville, Bills (-11) vs. Miami, Vikings (-3) vs. the Giants, Bengals (-6.5) vs. Baltimore, and Cowboys (-3) in Tampa Bay.

One tempting bet is the Dolphins to cover the 11-point spread in Buffalo on Sunday. These AFC East rivals played each other close throughout the season, as Miami won 21-19 in Week 3 before Buffalo answered with a 32-29 win in Week 15. This line could shift based on the health of Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (concussion), but even if Tua’s unable to make his return, the Dolphins should have top backup Teddy Bridgewater (finger/knee) available.

Among Saturday’s action, the 49ers (-10) should cover at home against Seattle. San Francisco enters the postseason riding a 10-game winning streak, and the 49ers outscored their NFC West rivals 48-20 across two meetings in 2022. San Francisco won each of its last four home games by at least 16 points, including lopsided victories over the playoff-bound Dolphins and Buccaneers.

Sasha has been writing about sports since 2014. He's a huge New York sports fan who has written columns for RotoWire, Yahoo Sports and CBS Sports.

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