The road to Super Bowl LVII begins now. The first round of the NFL playoffs has begun and now it will be the frenzied rush to Glendale, Arizona in February. Each of these teams will be very familiar with each other when we look at the super wild card weekend roster. Every game has a regular-season replay, the fifth since the 1970 merger. That should add more spice to an already exciting weekend.
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featured games | Minnesota Vikings vs. New York Giants
RJ White is fantasy and gambling editor for CBS Sports and is usually one of the sharpest people SportsLine has to offer. He went 445-378-24 in the 2017-21 ATS draft, which returned $2,542 to a $100 player. White also went an incredible 38-19 in his last 57 picks involving the Giants, returning $1,679 to $100 bettors. For this playoff matchup, White favored overall but also found the game’s key angles, making the side of the spread a must hit back. To see what that is, check out SportsLine.
“The Giants and Vikings gave us an interesting game in Week 16, with Greg Joseph hitting a 61-yard game-winner late in the fourth quarter. Justin Jefferson and TJ Hodgkinson Boomed out with 242 receiving yards and three touchdowns. However, it’s worth noting that Adoree’ Jackson and Xavier McKinney missed that game.
“The Giants are my unhappy pick for the week. I predict Minnesota’s defense will make New York’s offense look better than it already is, as the Vikings’ defense is scoring in points per game (25.1), yards per game ( 388.7) and fifth-worst in yards allowed per game this season (5.9). I also believe the Giants will have more success with their pass rush this time around. It will be a close game, but the Giants are The best NFL team to bet on during the regular season as they post a 13-4 ATS record.” — CBS Sports NFL writer Jordan Dajani on why he’s rolling with the Giatns, not just for field goal coverage, but for Get out of trouble. To see all his selections, Click here.
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Open: Bengals -6.5
featured games | Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens
“Lamar Jackson won’t play on Sunday and Tyler Huntley isn’t 100 percent, so the Bengals are going to win this game. They have momentum and the Ravens don’t. Cincinnati just beat Baltimore 27-16 last week, and I Love this game again in the Queens. Another reason you should consider scoring with the Bengals is that they were 4-0 ATS in the playoffs last year – even covering the numbers in the Super Bowl loss. Bengals The Men are actually 20-4 ATS in their past 24 games, including the playoffs. That’s tied for the best ATS record by any team in 24 games. — CBS Sports NFL writer Jordan Dajani on his Why he should score against the Bengals in Baltimore. To see all his options, Click here.
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featured games | Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Dallas Cowboys
If you’re looking to bet on the Cowboys-Bucs, it’s best to see what SportsLine senior analyst Larry Hartstein has to say about the game. In addition to the 427-344 overall NFL picks going into the 2022 NFL season (plus $3,764 for $100 players), Hartstein is 15-3 (+1170) in his last 18 picks involving the Cowboys , which means he is eligible to make this choice. We can tell you he’s leaning Over in totals, but to see his picks vs. spreads you have to go to SportsLine.
“The Cowboys usually wait until the playoffs to fall apart, but this year, they seem to be starting a bit early. Dallas lost two of their last four regular-season games, and the main reason that happened was Dak Prescott. Clearly has forgotten how to play football.
“Prescott hasn’t been the same quarterback he used to be since hurting his right thumb in Week 7, and while you’d think he’s slowly improving week by week, that’s not the case. Since Week 12, Prescott Scott has thrown 11 interceptions, more than any other QB in the NFL.
“Thanks to those 11 interceptions, Prescott is tied for the NFL lead at the end of the season with 15 interceptions, and I’m just pointing that out because it makes him the first player in NFL history to miss at least five games and still lead The league’s intercepting QB. “Who can eat the most barrels of butter in 90 seconds” is right there on the list of records you never want to break.
“Basically, on one side of this game, you have a quarterback who can’t stop an interception, and on the other side, you have the most successful NFL quarterback of all time: Tom Brady. If Brady could hand pick him Opponent for the wild card round, I’m guessing he’ll pick the Cowboys, mostly because if there’s one team the Bookers are going to be very confident beating, it’s Dallas. First of all, the Buccaneers have already beaten the Cowboys this season, Second, Brady has never lost to the Cowboys (7-0) in his career.
“Also, the fact that this game was played in Tampa Bay is notable because they have a grass field in Tampa and Dallas tends to struggle on grass for some reason. The Cowboys have played five games on grass this season. In those games, they lost 4-1 to the Eagles, Commanders, Jaguars and Packers, their only win was against the Titans, a team Forced to start at quarterback (Josh Dobbs), who was only on the roster for nine days, the Cowboys struggled to beat Tennessee on the road (17-13 in the fourth quarter). From a defensive standpoint, the Cowboys have given up an average of 27.2 points in their five games on grass. In those 12 games without playing on grass, the Cowboys have given up just 17.1 points per game, which is a whopping 10.1 Points difference.
“On paper, this game feels like a mismatch, but Tom Brady doesn’t believe in paper, so I’m going to ignore talent differences and just go with the team I trust more right now, which is the Buccaneers.” — CBS Sports NFL Writer John Breech on why he likes the Bucs’ 20-17 win over the Cowboys. To see all of his picks for Super Wild Card Weekend, Click here.