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NFL Wild Card Best Bets ATS

The following are our top three NFL picks against the spread for this weekend's NFL Wildcard Round matchups with lines provided by GtBets

Saturday, Jan.5

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Houston Texans

Pointspread: Houston -4.5
Total Line: 43

This is a rematch of last season's Wildcard game when Houston rolled to a 31-10 victory as a four-point home favorite. You can bet that the memory of this loss will be on the Bengals' minds all week long. Cincinnati has a much better team this time around as well as a full head of steam with a 7-1 record both straight-up and against the spread in its last eight games. Another big plus is a Bengals' defense that is ranked sixth in the NFL overall and eighth in points allowed.

Houston could have very well peaked too early at 11-1 after struggling to a 1-3 record down the stretch. Quarterback Matt Schaub has just one touchdown pass verse three interceptions in his last four games while getting sacked 12 times. The defense has been taking on water since squeaking by Detroit on Thanksgiving Day which all adds up to an early exit for what was once considered the best team in the NFL.
Take the Benglas +4.5

Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers

Pointspread: Green Bay -7.5
Total Line: 46

In what will be these teams' second meeting in seven days, the Vikings will have to quickly figure out how to beat Green Bay on the road after three-straight losses at Lambeau Field. If Adrian Peterson can pin another 200 yards rushing on the Packers' defense like he did in last week's 37-34 win at home, Minnesota might have a chance.

Green Bay will once again turn to Aaron Rodgers and Co. to provide its offensive firepower. The return of wide receiver Randall Cobb, who missed last week's game with an ankle injury, will make life all that more miserable for a Vikings' defense that was ranked 24th against the pass this year. Give Minnesota all the credit in the world for doing what it had to do to get into the playoffs, but its stay there will be painfully short.
Take the Packers -7.5

Sunday, Jan.6

Seattle Seahawks vs. Washington Redskins

Pointspread: Seattle-3
Total Line: 46

There are a number of mirror images in this matchup that should make the final game of the weekend the best. You have two quarterbacks who are each in the running for ‘Offensive Rookie of the Year' in Seattle's Russell Wilson and Washington's Robert Griffin III. You have two bruising ground games that are each ranked in the top three of the league. Finally, you have two teams that have found ways to manufacture victories all season long to work their way into the postseason.

The primary difference is that the 11-5 Seahawks have enjoyed a high level of success playing at home (8-0) but it is just 3-5 on the road this season. Washington is just 5-3 overall at home this season but a perfect 4-0 in its last four games at FedEx Field. This proves to be the difference as the Redskins feed off the home-town crowd to keep their dream season alive.
Take the Redskins +3

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