Ten Betting Tips: NFL Betting Bits To Watch For Wild Card Weekend

The 2013 NFL playoffs are about set to kick off on Saturday, as all eight teams continue their conquest to lift the Lombardi Trophy. Today, we take a look at our Top 10 Betting Tips, as we point out some of the most important people, teams, and trends that you’ll be hearing all about as the season continues.

The 2013 playoffs are all about highs and lows, and teams that are entering on emotional peaks or valleys. The team that might be on the biggest high right now playing on Wild Card weekend is the Washington Redskins. The Skins have won seven straight games both SU and ATS, and they found a way to take a season that Head Coach Mike Shanahan declared as over with to turn it into a season in which the NFC East was won. This was the last team that clinched a playoff spot this year. The only other team that locked up their playoff spot in Week 17 was the…

Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings knew going into their last game against the Green Bay Packers that they had to ultimately win that one to get into the second season, as the Chicago Bears won in the 1:00 ET hour. The Vikes were just a three-win team last year, and without really all that much changing, Head Coach Leslie Frazier turned this club into a 10-win team that got into the playoffs. The only team that had a bigger turnaround this year was the…

Indianapolis Colts. Indy really did a remarkable job all season long. We have to remember that way back in the first month of the season, this team lost at home to the Jacksonville Jaguars… yes, the 2-14 Jacksonville Jaguars. QB Andrew Luck has taken some massive steps in the right direction over the course of his first 16 games of his career, and as he has grown, so too have all of the other rookies that the team has brought to the table. Matters have gone so well, in fact, that the man that could win the coach of the year award this season is not Head Coach Chuck Pagano, but…

Bruce Arians instead. Arians was the man that took over for Pagano when he began he three-month fight with leukemia. Arians led the team to nine of its 11 wins this year, and he did so with just two bad losses to show for his work against the New England Patriots and Houston Texans. There is no man that has come up with more wins as an interim coach in the middle of a season than Arians. There is, of course, a doubt as to whether Arians is going to win the Coach of the Year honors, but there really is no doubt that the MVP of all of these teams in the playoffs playing this weekend is…

Adrian Peterson. It’s amazing that just over a year ago that All Day tore his ACL in a relatively meaningless game for a team that was already knocked out of the playoffs. Peterson didn’t play a single preseason game, and he stepped right into the fold in the regular season and put together the second most yards in a single season on the ground in NFL history. He literally carried his team into the playoffs by putting up 199 yards in the final game of the season against the Green Bay Packers, a game that he absolutely had to have to get his team into the playoffs. Peterson is the top rusher in the league this year, but he isn’t the running back that is leading his team to the best rushing attack in the NFL. That title goes to…

Alfred Morris of the Washington Redskins. Morris was just out of this world this year for a rookie that wasn’t even supposed to be a contributor to the rushing game, let alone being the lead back, and especially let alone for the No. 1 rushing team in the game. Granted, we know that Morris had some help from QB Robert Griffin III running the ball, but he still averaged over 100 rushing yards per game, something that very few can say that they have done in NFL history. It’s tough to pick on someone who rushed for over 1,600 yards, but we know that he wasn’t the same type of touchdown horse that…

Arian Foster was all year long for the Houston Texans. Foster finished with 17 total touchdowns this year, but he has had the only touchdown that the team has scored over the course of the last 10 quarters. That’s terrible news for a Houston team that really had to think that it was going to be the No. 1 seed in the conference. Now, the Texans are going to be stuck playing in this very first game of the playoffs, and what was supposed to be a magical run in the best season in team history might ultimately result in a postseason appearance that is cut horrendously short. That would almost be what it felt like if the…

Green Bay Packers were knocked out of the playoffs in the first round. This was a team that just needed to win on Sunday to get a first round bye in the playoffs, and they couldn’t do it against the Minnesota Vikings. Of course, maybe that’s not such a bad thing. Remember that last year, the team had a bye in the first round of the playoffs and ultimately got trounced by the New York Giants. The year before, Green Bay had to play three straight games on the road before getting to the Super Bowl, which it ultimately won. Of course, what tends to be forgotten here is that without a loss to the…

Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field earlier this year, the Pack would be off this week and wouldn’t have to go to Candlestick Park next week. That game was clearly stolen from Green Bay, but it was a win that really helped out the Seahawks. That touchdown pass was just one of the 26 that QB Russell Wilson threw this year, setting a rookie record in that category. The Hawks are going to have to go on the road for the playoffs this year three times to get to the Super Bowl, and the road starts on Sunday afternoon with the…

Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. The Skins haven’t won a home playoff game since way back in 1991, and this is clearly the biggest game that this team has played in quite some time. The last playoff game that was played was back in ’07 against these very same Seahawks. That was a game that was won by Seattle in the great Northwest, and the hope for the hosts this time around is that it’s payback time.

Andrew Ryan

Andrew Ryan

Andrew Ryan has been in the sportswriting biz since the late-90s, and he has worked side by side with some of the best and brightest in sports gambling. Always searching for the best trends in sports, Andrew uses his brilliant math mind to his advantage to beat the books.

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