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2017 Wild Card Round Best Bets To Make

The NFL Playoffs start this weekend, which means you have plenty of good betting opportunities. But, what are the best bets? Straight up, against the spread, or totals, here are the best 2017 wild card bets.

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Tennessee Titans vs Kansas City Chiefs

When: January 06, 2018, 4:35 PM ET
Where: Arrowhead Stadium
Spread: Chiefs -9
Total: 44
Moneyline: Chiefs -460 vs Titans +360

The Titans dropped the ball at the end of the season, losing four of their last five games. They also might be without DeMarcus Murray in the backfield, which somewhat hurts their chances of winning the game.

Quarterback Marcus Mariota has been up and down all season, being careless in protecting the ball which the Chiefs will likely take advantage of.

Kansas City meanwhile got back in the saddle after a rough midseason spell and won their last four games of the year.

Recall that this Chiefs team got to a running start of five games in a row that included wins over the top-seeded Patriots and Seahawks.

Kansas City will test the waters with the ground game, but if that doesn’t work Alex Smith will turn his sights to an air attack to hit Tennessee’s 25th ranked passing defense.

Smith has had a stellar season with career-high numbers in passing yards (4,042), passing touchdowns (26) and yards per pass attempt (8.0), and is well ahead of Mariota in quarterback rating.

There are no questions the Chiefs are expected to win which is why the spread is at 9 points in their favor.

Best Bet: Take the Chiefs at -9 and the OVER.

Atlanta Falcons vs Los Angeles Rams

When: January 06, 2018, 8:15 PM ET
Where: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Spread: Rams -6.5
Total: 48.5
Moneyline: Rams -280 vs Falcons +240

As long as the deadly-duo of Matt Ryan and Julio Jones are playing, the Falcons are a dangerous team.

They’re also going up against a Rams team that’s lacking in playoff experience which favors Atlanta if nervousness and pressure plays into things.

Regardless, the Rams are having a great season on both sides of the ball.

Defensively they’ve been incredible with the likes of Four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Aaron Donald, defensive end Robert Quinn, and linebacker Alec Ogletree in the ranks.

Offensively they might even be better as the league’s leading scoring team with 29.9 points per game on the tails of running back Todd Gurley and quarterback Jared Goff. Gurley himself has rushed for 1,305 yards and 13 touchdowns and caught 64 passes for 788 yards and six touchdowns.

Despite the lack of experience, the Rams are clearly the better team.

Best Bet: Rams at -6.5 and the OVER.

Buffalo Bills vs Jacksonville Jaguars

When: January 07, 2018, 1:05 PM ET
Where: EverBank Field
Spread: Jaguars -9
Total: 39.5
Moneyline: Jaguars -430 vs Bills +340

Things were already lopsided in the Jaguars favor, but that Bills’ LeSean McCoy might not play because of an ankle injury drives a stake through Buffalo’s heart.

Without McCoy, the Bills’ chances of winning are slim to none; even if he does take the field, he won’t be at 100% so don’t expect much.

Nevertheless, Buffalo’s defensive unit is capable of playing a lights out game so it’ll be interesting to see how they respond considering how high the stakes are.

Offensively, the Jaguars are heads above the Bills defense in the ground game. Buffalo has allowed 124.6 rushing yards per game and running back Leonard Fournette is likely licking his chops at this.

Jags’ quarterback Blake Bortles has been careless with the ball on occasions and this might be a chink in the Jaguars’ armor, but it’s a very small one.

Best Bet: Jaguars -9 and the UNDER

Carolina Panthers vs New Orleans Saints

When: January 07, 2018, 4:40 PM ET
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Spread: Saints -7
Total: 48
Moneyline: Saints -300 vs Panthers +250

If both of the Panthers previous two games against the Saints this season are any indication on how they’ll fare in this game then Carolina is in dire straits.

The Panthers are a team full of talent, but its leader, quarterback Cam Newton, has struggled this year. When he’s hot, the Panthers are a Super Bowl worthy team; when he’s cold, Carolina loses. It’s that simple.

While New Orleans has also struggled this year both on offense and defense, they head into this game with a clear advantage: playing at the Superdome.

At the Dome, the Saints carry a seven-game winning streak, beating teams by an average of 11 points and leading the NFL in points per game at home.

Regardless, I think this game will be closer than many people expect.

Best Bet: Panthers +7 and the UNDER

H3 4-Team Parlay Pick

Chiefs -9

Rams -6.5

Jaguars -9

Panthers +7

H3 Moneyline Picks

Chiefs -460

Rams -280

Jaguars -430

Saints -300

There you go, the best 2017 wild card bets!