From shocking upsets to last-second overtime thrillers, Week 18 had it all. We can now turn our attention to the time of the season that everyone has been waiting for: the NFL playoffs.
There’s plenty to look forward to in this extended Wild Card Weekend, and if the postseason is anything like this year’s regular season, we’re in for some fun. Let’s look at some football odds and break down the best NFL underdog betting lines in the NFC.
San Francisco 49ers (+125) at Dallas Cowboys
- Date: Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022
- Time: 4:20 PM EST
- Venue: AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX
On Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers continued their dominance over the Los Angeles Rams. The 49ers now have six straight victories over the Rams dating back to 2019. With the win, San Francisco punched its ticket to the playoffs and will now take the Dallas Cowboys.
There’s reason to believe that the 49ers could pull off another upset like they did last week. Both teams have explosive offenses. The Cowboys lead the league in both yards per game (407.7) and points per game (31.2), while the 49ers rank eighth in total yards (375.7) and 13th in points (25.1).
Where these teams differ is with their defenses. Dallas gives up 351 yards per game (19th), while the 49ers have been more stingy, allowing just 310 yards per game (3rd). Over their past three matchups, the 49ers’ defense has been even better, allowing an average of 255 yards per game.
The 49ers have a balanced offensive attack with 127.4 rushing yards per game, which could be a problem for Dallas’ 16th ranked run defense.
If San Francisco can run the ball effectively with Elijah Mitchell and Deebo Samuel, they’ll be able to control the clock and keep the Cowboys’ explosive offense off the field.
Philadelphia Eagles (+310) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Date: Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022
- Time: 1:00 PM EST
- Venue: Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL
I think the Philadelphia Eagles have decent value here. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense has injury issues. RB Leonard Fournette may return, but they cut WR Antonio Brown and placed WR Chris Godwin on IR because of a knee injury.
These two teams played a close game back in Week 6, with Tampa winning 28-22. In that game, the Eagles held Brady to under 300 yards, and his top receiver was Antonio Brown, who will not be involved in this one.
The Eagles are also coming into this game with some momentum. Last week, they rested much of their team after clinching a playoff spot. Before that, they had won six of seven games, with their only loss coming to the New York Giants.
Philadelphia is also the NFL’s best rushing team, averaging 159.7 yards per game. While Tampa has an effective run defense ranked third (92.5), the Eagles running game can eat the clock. They’ve also shown that they can run the ball against top defenses. In Week 11 against the Saints, who allow the fourth-fewest rushing yards per game, the Eagles ran for 242 yards. The Eagles also allow the 11th-fewest passing yards per game (220.9).
I believe Philadelphia can control the clock and limit the Buccaneers’ offense enough to keep this game close.
The Best NFL Underdog Betting Lines
Those are my top two picks for NFL underdog betting lines in the NFC. Now it’s time to make yours.
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