NFL: Saints, Eagles highlight Wild Card Weekend
Four games make up the opening weekend of playoff betting action around the National Football League, and the marquee matchup might be taking place on Saturday night as Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints head north to take on Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles.
The sportsbooks have opened the Eagles as 2.5-point home favorites on the NFL betting lines for their Wild Card Weekend matchup against the Saints on Saturday night, with Philadelphia winning the NFC East title at 10-6 (8-7-1 ATS), and New Orleans settling for a second-place finish in the NFC South at 11-5 (8-7-1 ATS).
New Orleans and Philadelphia last met back in November 2012, with the Saints winning 28-13 and covering the 2.5-point spread at home on the NFL betting lines in the process. That UNDER result broke up a string of five straight OVERs in games between the Saints and the Eagles.
Earlier on Saturday it's Kansas City at Indianapolis in the first AFC matchup of Wild Card Weekend, with the Colts also pegged as 2.5-point home favorites on the NFL odds at the sportsbooks for the day. Indianapolis won the AFC South at 11-5 (10-6 ATS), while Kansas City finished second in the AFC West at 11-5 (9-7 ATS).
The Colts beat the Chiefs 23-7 as a 7.5-point road underdog on the NFL betting lines when they met on December 22 in Kansas City. The UNDER is now 5-1 in their past six meetings.
On Sunday the Wild Card Weekend slate continues with an early-afternoon matchup between the Chargers and the Bengals in Cincinnati, with the Bengals the biggest chalk of the weekend at -7.5 at home. Cincinnati was the AFC North champion at 11-5 (10-5-1 ATS), with San Diego squeaking into the playoffs in third place in the AFC West at 9-7 (9-6-1- ATS).
The Bengals got past the Chargers 17-10 as a 2.5-point road favorite on the NFL betting lines when they last met on December 1, giving them four straight ATS victories over San Diego dating back to 2009.
Finally, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers will host the San Francisco 49ers late on Sunday afternoon to cap off Wild Card Weekend, with the Packers 2.5-point home underdogs for the game. Green Bay won the NFC North at 8-7-1 (7-9 ATS), while San Francisco finished in second place in the NFC West standings at 12-4 (10-5-1 ATS).
The Niners topped the Packers 34-28 as a 5-point home favorite when those teams battled back on September 8, making San Francisco 3-0 both SU and ATS in their past three meetings with Rodgers and company. The OVER has paid out for totals bettors in each of the last six games between the two teams.
The Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, and New England Patriots all earned byes into the second round of the NFL playoffs; they'll meet this week's winners next weekend in the Divisional Round.