NFL Wild Card Saturday

Day 1 of the NFL Playoffs

NFL Straight Up= 157-79
NFL ATS= 129-103-3

Preview and pick below

Arizona Cardinals @ Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers -6
Over/Under 37.5

Carolina finished 7-8-1 and will host a post season game. Arizona will be playing with a 3rd string qb. The line opened at 3.5 and jumped to 6. I believe it was a public over reaction to Carolina beaiting up a below average Falcon team. Carolina got hot at end of year by beating New Orleans, Cleveland, Tampa Bay, and Atlanta. The biggest mismatch to me is Bruce Arians going against Ron Rivera. If Arians can scheme a conservative game plan to protect Ryan Lindley from making mistakes, I believe Arizona can win this game thanks to Todd Bowles defense. I dont know if they will have enough to pull the upset but enough to cover the number.

My prediction
Carolina 19
Arizona 17
Lean Arizona +6
Under 37.5

Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers -3
Over Under 45.5

These 2 teams join Cincinnati as representatives from the AFC North in the playoffs. Baltimore played the last 4 gmames without Haloti Ngata but he rejoins the defense tonight. The Ravens Achilles heel is the secondary which will play into what the Steelers will need to do. The reason the Steelers will have to lean on the passing game is Leveon Bell is out. I expect a physical game and I will take the underdog outright. The Ravens are no stranger to winning playoff games on the road.

My Prediction
Baltimore Ravens 23
Pittsburgh Steelers 20
Lean Ravens +3
Under 45.5

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