Chiefs, Colts get nods against NFL odds

By: Sports Interaction | Thursday, January 6, 2011
Jamaal Charles

Jamaal Charles and the Chiefs are the right play as 3-point home underdogs.

Kansas City’s implosion last Sunday against Oakland, when the Chiefs lost at Arrowhead for the first time this year, begs the question of whether the Chiefs have been found out at the end of a long season, or if they mailed it in to prepare for this weekend.

You pay your money and you take your choice. Baltimore is the team with the longer and more proven pedigree, and that’s why the Ravens are as three-point favorites on the road.

Only thing is, the Ravens haven’t always been impressive in the playoffs and questions remain over Joe Flacco’s poise when it’s all on the line.

Jamaal Charles was fractions of an inch short of Jim Brown’s yards per carry record this year. When you’re talking about a guy in the same breath as Jim Brown, you don’t underestimate him. Kansas City plus three at home to Baltimore with Sports Interaction is the pick.

In the other AFC Wild Card game, the Colts are three-point home favorites against the Jets. The perception of the Colts is that they’ve struggled this year but they’re AFC South Champions again and they’ve avoided the traditional losing Super Bowl hangover.

There’s been a lot of talk about the Jets’ defense but it hasn’t measured up to Rex Ryan’s hype. Indianapolis minus three at home to the New York Jets is the pick.

In the NFC, the biggest line of the Wild Card weekend is 11-point favorite tag on the Saints at Seattle. You can make arguments for the Seahawks on home advantage and the fact it's such a big number, but if Seattle falls behind there’s no way the Seahawks can catch up with the Saints who are more than capable of stomping Seattle into the turf. New Orleans Saints minus 11 at Seattle with Sports Interaction is the pick.

Finally, the matchup of the weekend is Green Bay at Philadelphia. We opened with Philadelphia minus 2½ and that line has moved to minus three now as people believe in Michael Vick and are putting their money where their mouths are. The question is has Vick peaked, or has the league caught up with him?

The man played like no quarterback ever has when the Eagles destroyed Washington in a Monday Night game in November but he hasn’t been as good since and the Eagles are limping into the playoffs.

Green Bay has been in playoff mode for weeks and the Packers know exactly what their strengths are. Aaron Rodgers is similar to Vick – although not as dangerous on the ground, because nobody is or was – but the Packers have the advantage on the defensive side of the ball. Green Bay plus three at Philadelphia with Sports Interaction is the final pick of the week.

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