NFL Wild Card Opening Line Report: Bucs Open As Slight Underdogs Against Cowboys

After a gruelling 18-week regular season the NFL playoff field is now set as 14 teams will battle it out to compete in Super Bowl LVII in Arizona on Feb. 12.

Betting lines are already out for this week’s slate of Wild Card games while the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs will enjoy a bye week after earning the top seeds in their respective conferences.

Here’s a look at the current Super Bowl futures odds and Wild Card game odds courtesy of Bet99:

TeamOutright Odds
Kansas City Chiefs+340
Buffalo Bills+400
Philadelphia Eagles+520
San Francisco 49ers+540
Cincinnati Bengals+800
Dallas Cowboys+1200
Los Angeles Chargers+2200
Tampa Bay Buccaneers+2700
Baltimore Ravens+3400
Minnesota Vikings+3400
Jacksonville Jaguars+4400
Miami Dolphins+5900
Seattle Seahawks+5900
New York Giants+5900

Seattle Seahawks @ San Francisco 49ers

Date: Saturday, Jan. 14, 4:30 p.m. ET.

Opening line: San Francisco -10, 43.5 over/under.

Previous meetings:

Week 2 – 49ers 27, Seahawks 7 at Levi’s Stadium. San Francisco was a 8.5-point favourite and total was 40.

Week 15 – 49ers 21, Seahawks 13 at Lumen Field. San Francisco was a 3-point favourite and total was 42.5.

Betting stat to know: The 49ers are 5-0 against the spread in their last five home games, and 8-0 ATS in their last eight games against NFC West opponents.

The red-hot 49ers are riding a 10-game winning streak into this matchup against the Seahawks, who squeaked into the postseason with a win Sunday over the Los Angeles Rams and some help from the Detroit Lions. San Francisco covered the spread in both of the previous matchups with Seattle during the regular season and the teams combined to play under the total in the pair of contests.

Los Angeles Chargers @ Jacksonville Jaguars

Date: Saturday, Jan. 14, 8:15 p.m. ET.

Opening line: Chargers -1.5, 47 o/u.

Previous matchup: Week 3 – Jaguars 38, Chargers 10 at SoFi Stadium. Jacksonville was a 6.5-point underdog and the total was 45.5.

Betting stat to know: The Chargers are 4-0-1 ATS in their last five games overall and 4-0 ATS in their past four Wild Card games.

Jacksonville won five straight games to clinch the AFC South crown and earn the right to host this game. The Jaguars destroyed the Chargers in Week 3, amassing 413 total yards of offence while holding Los Angeles to just 26 yards on the ground. This spread line could be the most fluid throughout the week, and some sportsbooks, including Sports Interaction, have already moved this game to a pick’em.

Miami Dolphins @ Buffalo Bills

Date: Sunday, Jan. 15, 1 p.m. ET.

Opening line: Bills -11, 44 o/u.

Previous matchups:

Week 3 – Dolphins 21, Bills 19 at Hard Rock Stadium. Miami was a 4-point underdog and the total was 54.5.

Week 15: Bills 32, Dolphins 29 at Highmark Stadium. Buffalo was a 7-point favourite and the total was 45.

Betting stat to know: The over is 6-1 in Miami’s last seven road games and is 7-1 in the past eight meetings between the teams in Buffalo.

This the most lopsided spread of the week as the Dolphins limp into the playoffs as losers of five of their last six games. The health of starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is a huge question mark ahead of this matchup, and this line could move significantly if he does suit up for Miami in the wake of multiple concussions.

New York Giants @ Minnesota Vikings

Date: Sunday, Jan. 15, 4:30 p.m. ET

Opening line: Vikings -3, 48.5 o/u.

Previous matchup: Week 16 – Vikings 27, Giants 24 at U.S. Bank Stadium. Minnesota was a 4.5-point favourite and the total was 48.

Betting stat to know: The Giants are 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall and 4-0 ATS in their last four road games.

Despite a 13-4 straight-up record during the regular season the Vikings finished the regular season a disappointing 7-9-1 ATS and with a -3 point differential. These two teams played a tight contest back in Week 16, and it wouldn’t be surprising if a late field goal decides this week’s affair.

Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Bengals

Date: Sunday, Jan. 15, 8:15 p.m. ET.

Opening line: Bengals -6.5, 43.5 over/under.

Previous matchups:

Week 5 – Ravens 19, Bengals 17 at M&T Bank Stadium. Baltimore was a 3-point favourite and the total was 47.5.

Week 18 – Bengals 27, Ravens 16 at Paycor Stadium. Cincinnati was a 11-point favourite and the total was 39.

Betting stat to know: The Bengals are 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 home games and the Ravens are 0-3-1 ATS in the past four meetings between the teams.

After a slow start to the season, the Bengals rattled off eight straight victories to close out the regular season and claim the AFC North crown. They finished the year with an incredible 12-3-1 ATS record and appear to be legitimate Super Bowl contenders again this season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Dallas Cowboys

Date: Monday, Jan. 16, 8:15 p.m. ET.

Opening line: Cowboys -3, 45.5 o/u.

Previous matchup: Week 1 – Buccaneers 19, Cowboys 3 at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay was a 2.5-point favourite and the total was 49.5.

Betting stat to know: The Cowboys are 0-4 ATS in their past four playoff games and the underdog is 5-1 ATS in the the past six meetings between the teams.

The Bucs won their division despite owning a mediocre 8-9 regular season record, but no one wants to play Tom Brady in the playoffs. Brady has an incredible 35-12 postseason record to go along with seven Super Bowl rings. He owns almost every playoff record possible at the quarterback position.