Three Things to Know Ahead of Wild Card Weekend

Tanner Kern

It’s playoff time in the NFL, and for bettors, this is the most exciting time of the year. We have two games on Saturday, three on Sunday, and then standalone action to cap off the weekend on Monday night.

 

I am ready to run through a brick wall to bet this epic slate of games. Before placing your wagers, there are a few things you should know before kickoff on Saturday.

 

The Cowboys are Average Outside the Division

 

If you look at the Cold Hard Game Capsule for the 49ers vs Cowboys game, Dallas is by far the better team. However, the one thing to look at is the Quality Standings. The Cowboys are eighth, and the Niners are 13th.

 

This is not that big of a gap in terms of performance against teams with records over .500. The Cowboys are just 6-5 outside of the NFC East. The 12-5 record may look appealing, but Dallas is on upset alert.

 

If the 49ers can run the ball effectively and work in play-action attempts down the field, do not be surprised if San Francisco lives to play another day.

 

Football Weather in Buffalo

 

On Saturday night, the real temperature in Buffalo will be four degrees. The wind is not supposed to be as bad as the first game between the Bills and Patriots this season. However, the cold should play a big role in the game.

 

This will likely mean both teams will try to pound the rock. In this case, the advantage goes to the Patriots, who rank third in Rusher Rating Differential. Yet, the public is still very high on Buffalo.

 

Feels Like 1991  

 

The last time the Cincinnati Bengals won a playoff game was in 1991. The stadium is going to be rocking on Sunday for Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase, and the Bengals when they host the Raiders in the Wild Card game.

 

Cincinnati owned Las Vegas earlier in the season, and they should take care of business again on Sunday. Cincinnati ranks ninth in the Quality Stats Power Rankings compared to the Raiders in 19th. However, anything can happen in the playoffs.