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It’s Wildcard weekend so expect exciting games and surprising results.
It’s Wildcard Weekend in the NFL, the first round of the expanded playoffs throwing up some exciting match ups for our American football bettors. At 10bet we have 100s of markets available to you on these big games, and we’ve scoured all six of them to pick out three good value options that might interest you this weekend.
Baltimore at Tennessee: Mark Andrews to score?
A rematch of this same weekend last season when the Titans and Derrick Henry unceremoniously dumped the Ravens and newly crowned MVP Lamar Jackson out of the Super Bowl race. There will be no element of surprise this season, particularly as these two teams already met back in Week 11 when the Titans once again emerged victorious.
However, while the focus will undoubtedly be on whether or not Ravens Coach John Harbaugh can finally get the better of Tennessee, it is worth looking at the performances of Tight End Mark Andrews in these games. Earlier this year he might have been unable to prevent his team losing, but the former Oklahoma Sooner still delivered with five catches for 96 yards and a touchdown, and at 6 ft 5 in (1.96m) tall, he’s always a good target for Jackson in the red zone.
Washington at Tampa Bay: Play the old Pats hits?
This could well be the most one-sided match-up of the first round, the Washington Football Team getting into the playoffs as the winner of the woeful NFC East division. Their 7-9 record highlights just how poor they have been, and while Coach Ron Rivera, QB Alex Smith and their much-improved defence deserve credit, it is difficult to see them getting the better of Tom Brady and co here.
Yet precisely because the opposition defence has been so good in recent weeks and because the Buccaneers QB will want to ensure his team progress, it would be no surprise to see him lean heavily on old friend Rob Gronkowski in the early going. The duo obviously have great chemistry after years together in New England, and Gronk has weighed in with seven TDs already this season, so expect Brady to be looking for him in the end zone on Saturday night.
LA Rams at Seattle: Visitors defence to shine?
A tough game to pick, particularly as it is hard to figure out who will be playing at QB for the Rams. Jared Goff missed last weekend’s action with a thumb injury, and while he might be ready to go here, Coach Sean McVay might opt against risking him and give another run out to the surprisingly effective John Wolford.
While the Rams offence is facing that quandary, their defence has been exceptional all season. Indeed, they rank first in the NFL at stopping deep passes, per Football Outsiders, and allowed just 723 yards and a 66.2 efficiency rating entering Week 17 on passes of 15-plus air yards per Sports Info Solution, both top-ranked figures.
Much of that is down to the impressive performances of Jalen Ramsey and Darious Williams, arguably the best cornerback duo in the NFL. They were simply superb in the first meeting between these two teams this season, grabbing a pair of interceptions and forcing Russell Wilson to fumble in a 23-16 win.
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