The NFL post-season continues Sunday, with three move Wildcard games to enjoy. We came close to landing a handicap treble on Saturday, with the Bills just not winning by enough, and we’ll try to land something similar this evening.
The first game sees the Baltimore Ravens travelling to the Tennessee Titans, looking to overturn last season’s playoff loss to today’s opponent. The Ravens are 3.5-point favourites today, and come into the match on the back of five-game winning streak, four of which by at least 14 points. The Titans have a powerful running game, led by blog favourite Derrick Henry, but their defence looks a little suspect. As a result we’ll take the Ravens to overcome the spread.
Next up sees the Chicago Bears at the New Orleans Saints, with the hosts strong favourites (10.5 points) to win the clash. The Saints won the NFC South thanks to a 9-game win streak in the middle of the season, and have a powerful offence, led by quarterback legend Drew Brees. That said, the Chicago defence is also strong, and the game between these two in the regular season ending up going into overtime. The Saints may well win this one, but over 10 points is a large lead in a playoff game where only winning matters, and thus we’ll side with the Bears to stay within 10.5 points.
The late game sees the Cleveland Browns travelling to the Pittsburgh Steelers, with the hosts widely expected to win this clash. These two teams met last weekend, with the Browns winning to clinch a place in the playoffs for the first time since 2002. However, the Steelers had rested a number of players as their place in the post-season was already guaranteed, and that rest will undoubtedly help. The Browns padded their 11-5 record with 8 wins against teams with losing records, and we’re prepared to side with the more experienced Steelers team despite having to make up a six-point handicap.
Ravens, Bears and Steelers to beat handicaps as a treble, 1 pt, at approximately 6/1, Paddy Power