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Let’s take a look at some of the best, and worst, trends surrounding this weekend’s card. Here’s a brief capsule of the teams and noteworthy trends…
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans
Good: Texans are 6-2 ATS as home dogs in games with both teams off a win
Bad: Chiefs coach Andy Reid is 2-9 SU and 3-8 ATS vs playoff foes off BB wins
Ugly: Chiefs are 2-8 SU and 0-10 ATS in last ten Wild Card Round games
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals
Good: Steelers 7-3 SU and 8-2 ATS L10 non Super Bowl postseason games
Bad: Wild Card Round road favorites are 6-15-1 ATS
Ugly: Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is 0-6 SUATS in playoff games
Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings
Good: Seattle QB Russell Wilson is 6-2 SU and 5-3 ATS in the postseason
Bad: Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is 1-4 SU as a playoff visitor
Ugly: Super Bowl losers are 0-4-2 ATS away off a win in Wild Card rounds
Green Bay Packers at Washington Capitals
Good: Washington is 6-2 SUATS in Wild Card Round games
Bad: Green Bay is 1-4 SUATS vs. foes with a winning record this season
Ugly: Teams who won 4 fewer games last season are 1-12 SUATS as Wild Cards
Like kids in a candy store, NFL Wild Card teams playing off huge regular season wins tend to crash-and-burn in these playoff openers.
That’s because Wild Card teams, off a season-ending SU double-digit win as an underdog win, are just 5-15 SU and 4-15-1 ATS.
The Redskins and the Seahawks could be up against it this weekend.
Stat of the Week
The straight-up winner in NFL Wild Card Round playoff games is 111-12-4 ATS since 1980.