Two early Wild Card Weekend NFL lines I like

By Adam Burke  ( 

January 10, 2022 01:05 PM

The Wild Card Weekend matchups took a long time to finalize because the Chargers and Raiders flirted with a tie that would have put both teams into the playoffs. Most expected to see the Colts among the 14 playoff teams - and they would have been arguably the most dangerous Wild Card team - but losing to the Jaguars seems like grounds for not being in the postseason.

We go from 16 games down to six this week, so the card should be easier to handicap, but these are pretty tight lines and many of the games are rematches. Now that the dust has settled and the lines have had a little bit of time to marinate, here are some early lines I like for the Wild Card Weekend.

Las Vegas Raiders at Cincinnati Bengals (-6, 49)

My two favorite plays this week come from the Saturday games. The Bengals are in such an advantageous spot here against the Raiders and the line is not properly accounting for it. Las Vegas is on a short week after having played five quarters on Sunday Night Football plus the long travel to Ohio.

This is a dome team going outdoors in January, with temperatures expected to be around 40 with possible precipitation. It is a Raiders team that just had to defend 88 total plays from the Chargers and blew a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter, only to survive in overtime.

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