Jake’s Takes: Your Guide To NFL Super Wild Card Weekend Odds, Betting Mismatches, Props & Trends

Welcome NFL fans to Super Wild Card Weekend!

It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year for football fans, and depending on who you ask, the opening weekend of the NFL playoffs may well be the best weekend of football all year.

There are plenty of delectable storylines to dig into as the elimination games loom. Close to home, the Buffalo Bills’ resurrection tale rolls on with a date against what is likely the worst team to have made the playoffs this year in the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers managed to do enough to back into the playoffs, helped in large part by Jacksonville’s bungling of the final weeks. Mike Tomlin’s job may have been saved but Pittsburgh faces a monumental task trying to beat Buffalo at home in January, particularly without the services of T.J. Watt.

The Houston Texans find themselves as one of two home dogs this weekend and that says more about the Browns than it does about them. C.J. Stroud has wasted very little time turning the Texans into a playoff team, yet the story in Cleveland is something to keep a close eye on. Former 38-year-old retiree Joe Flacco’s return to the NFL with the Browns has been a success story worth rooting for, and this team that is without Deshaun Watson and Nick Chubb has now coalesced into a dangerous squad heading into the Wild Card round. With the AFC looking wide open, the Browns are looking like a serious sleeper threat.

Our two Super Bowl teams from a year ago arrive at the playoffs with serious clouds of doubt hanging over them. The Chiefs and the Eagles are both regarded as “bad good teams” at this stage, and despite having the personnel and experience to win games, simply haven’t been doing so in convincing fashion in the waning weeks of the regular season. All that being said, the playoffs are a different beast and experience taming said beast can’t be undersold. Will the mere fact of having been there and done that give these two squads an extra gear or will the negative noise drown them out.

The Dallas Cowboys may be the team I hate picking the most. When I expect them to zig they zag. When I expect them to win, they fall resoundingly on their faces. My attempts to decipher them mirror somewhat my attempts to understand their opponents this week in the Green Bay Packers. I regarded them as dead in the water earlier this year, yet QB Jordan Love proved me wrong and strung together a series of performances worthy of a playoff berth. Picking this one will do my head in, but Cowboys vs Packers is the kind of classic matchup we football fans live for, so I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Lastly, we come to my favourite storyline of Wild Card Weekend, and perhaps the favourite of NFL media as a whole. You couldn’t really draw up a scenario any better. Detroit is hosting its first playoff game in 30 years and the only thing standing in the way of making it a success is its former QB and franchise cornerstone, Matt Stafford. It seems that Detroit is destined to take the hard road, and that playoff glory wont come easily. Not that it ever does, but there’s an extra level of cosmic force playing its hand in Detroit. Franchises who are long maligned typically have to go through a gauntlet to reach greener pastures and the Lions are no different. An old friend is now the enemy at the gates and NFL fans could not be more excited to see the battle unfold.

With our Super Wild Card Weekend storylines in tow, let’s crunch some numbers and make some playoff picks!



UnderdogDay/Time (ET)
Cleveland Browns-140-2.5O/U 44.5Houston Texans*Saturday / 1:30 PM
Kansas City Chiefs-230-4.5O/U 44Miami DolphinsSaturday / 5:15 PM
Buffalo Bills-550-10O/U 36Pittsburgh SteelersSunday / 1:00 PM
Dallas Cowboys-360-7.5O/U 51Green Bay PackersSunday / 4:30 PM
Detroit Lions-165-3O/U 51.5Los Angeles RamsSunday / 8:00 PM
Philadelphia Eagles-160-3O/U 44Tampa Bay Buccaneers*Monday / 8:00 PM
All odds courtesy of bet365
* = Home Team Underdog

Super Wild Card Weekend Picks

  • Cleveland Browns – Moneyline: -150

It’s no secret that I’ve been a big fan of Joe Flacco’s return to football. I think it’s a fun story and it’s something that you typically only see in the NFL. Now don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t a huge Flacco head when he was in his prime, and yes, I may have been one of the myriad of people to have memed on him while asking if he was truly “elite”. But one undeniable thing about Joe is that he has won, and won with a very similar team that he finds himself leading right now. The Cleveland Browns have defied the odds this season by virtue of their world-beating defence, a defence that has perhaps not gotten the headlines it deserved due to it being overshadowed by the Browns’ injury troubles. On the other side of the coin, we have the Texans. A team who super charged its rebuild in part due to the picks it received from the aforementioned Browns in exchange for Deshaun Watson. Watson wont be playing for either team this weekend, but his Texans heir apparent will be in C.J. Stroud. Stroud is an electrifying talent that will make Houston a playoff team for years to come, but they’ve a little ways to go before being a true contender. Flacco and the Browns have a distinctive edge here, even as the visitors. And if their Week 17 win over the Texans is any indication (a 36-22 victory in which Flacco threw for 368 yards and three TDs) we’ll be seeing them in next week’s Divisional Round.

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Moneyline: +135

This is going to be a popular pick this week, and before you think that we’re falling into a trap, let me break it down. This pick and this game has everything to do with the Eagles and very little to do with the Bucs. Now you may ask yourself, how does that favour Tampa in any way, and to that I’d say that I’d like any team that has to beat a franchise in as much of a disaster maintenance mode as Philadelphia finds itself right now. While the Eagles were losing five of their final six games of the year we learned a few things along the way. We learned that their defence is cooked, their offence has run out of ideas, and that nobody on either side of the ball trusts the coaches (that goes for the fans too). Now to circle back on me saying that this game has little to do with the Bucs. I meant it. Tampa Bay is bad too, and were it facing anyone else this week, I would be picking against the Bucs. But I’m opting to believe more in the pall of negativity hanging over the Eagles than I am in their ability to get things right. Slim advantage to the home team, in what should be kind of a bummer of a game on Monday night.

Bet on Eagles vs. Buccaneers

PHI -160
TB +135

  • Detroit Lions– Moneyline: -165

This was maybe the hardest pick I’ve had to make all year. I have love for both of these teams and I think they can beat anyone when everything clicks. Of course, sometimes those clicks don’t come, and in the case of the Lions in particular, they can look pretty ugly when they don’t. But this week I’m opting to tune out the obvious narrative of Detroit-style failure and am staking the Lions with my belief and my betting dollars. The Lions deserve it, their fans deserve it, and as I said in the intro to this article, they have to overcome significant obstacles to clear the shadow cast on this franchise for so long now. I’m choosing to believe in Jared Goff outplaying his former coach and many of his former teammates, players that may well know him better than anyone outside of his current team. I’m choosing to believe that the Lions defence can stop one of the better passing offences in the league right now, something they’ve struggled with all year. I’m choosing to believe that special things happen at special times and that we may finally be reaching a special era for Detroit.

  • Buffalo Bills – Moneyline: -550

I don’t think a ton needs to be said here. I think the Bills’ momentum is undeniable and that the Steelers are hardly the team to challenge it. That being said, there will come a day in these playoffs when Buffalo does face an opponent capable of stopping that momentum, it just won’t be this Sunday.

Bet on Bills vs. Steelers

BUF -550
PIT +390

  • Dallas Cowboys– Moneyline: -360

I would honestly love to come out here with a spicy Packers pick, and at +280, it would be a fun one, but I simply can’t justify it. Away from home, the Cowboys look like a team assembled of complete strangers who met in line to get into the stadium that day. Yet at home, tucked into the friendly confines of the Super Mega Ultra Dome (real name AT&T Stadium) they’re a different beast entirely. A beast that savages opponents and plays to the potential this Dallas franchise has had for what seems like a decade now. The Jekyll-and- Hyde act falls decidedly in the Cowboys’ favour this week, and Mike McCarthy gets to savour a victory over his former team before wondering which iteration of his current one he’ll have to coach next week.

  • Kansas City Chiefs– Moneyline: -230

Saving this one for last not because I think it holds some kind of mystique, but more because I honestly don’t like either of these teams right now. This can be seen as a revenge game for Tyreek Hill, travelling back to Kansas City to properly ball on his former franchise home (this year’s Germany game doesn’t really count). And it can also be seen as an opportunity for the Dolphins to shake off the “can’t beat good teams” stamped in bright aquamarine ink on their foreheads. However, I don’t think it will be either in the end, and despite the obvious firepower Miami can boast, I think the Chiefs simply do what the Chiefs do, and play a superior brand of playoff football. Doubting the Chiefs around this time of year seems to be a pastime at this point and I think KC channels that into a hard-fought win on Saturday.

Bet on Chiefs vs. Dolphins

KC -230
MIA +190

Betting Trends of the Week

Here are a few trends to keep in mind when placing your bets this week:

  • The Cleveland Browns have hit the game total over in their last nine away games πŸ”₯
  • The Houston Texans have only hit the game total over in six of their last 20 games 🧊
  • The Pittsburgh Steelers have scored first in nine of their last 12 games πŸ”₯
  • The Miami Dolphins have only hit the moneyline in 12 of their last 21 games 🧊
  • The Dallas Cowboys have hit the moneyline in their last nine games at home πŸ”₯
  • The Green Bay Packers have scored last in two of their last nine away games 🧊

Player Props to Play on Wild Card Weekend

Here are a few player props I love this week:

  • Player Passing Yards Milestones – 300 Yards – Joe Flacco: +180

Flacco has topped 300 passing yards in his past four games, including a 36-yard Week 17 performance against the Browns’ wild card opponent Texans. Despite not having Deshaun Watson or Nick Chubb, Cleveland finds itself as a fairly decent dark horse pick to make noise in the playoffs, and that is in large part thanks to Flacco.

  • Anytime Scorecast – Mike Evans Anytime TD Scorer, TB Buccaneers 1-6 Winning Margin : +600

I’m buying into the noise surrounding the Eagles and picking a narrow Bucs upset this weekend. That being said, I’m not gonna go for the obvious QB prop here, because the second you start to believe in this particular QB is the second he lets you down. Instead I’ll back a Mike Evans TD. Who’s gonna throw Evans that TD? We know who, but let’s just not say his name.

  • Anytime Scorecast – CeeDee Lamb Anytime TD Scorer, DAL Cowboys 7-12 Winning Margin : +500

We’ve had a lot of fun and a lot of success betting on CeeDee Lamb this year. Considering the Cowboys’ success at home this season, I’m expecting them to pull away, eventually winning by over a touchdown.


I’m taking inspiration from our friends at bet365 this week and opting for one of its bet-boosted, same-game parlays. This week I like the Bills to cruise over the Steelers and in doing so, getting both James Cook and Stefon Diggs into the end zone at least once.

Same Game Parlay – Moneyline BUF Bills, James Cook to Score a TD, Stefon Diggs to Score a TD


2024 NFL Season FAQ

What NFL Teams Have a Bye Week in Week 18?

Week 18: None

What is the 2023 NFL Bye Week Schedule?

Week 5: Browns, Chargers, Seahawks, Buccaneers
Week 6: Packers, Steelers
Week 7: Panthers, Bengals, Cowboys, Texans, Jets, Titans
Week 8: None
Week 9: Broncos, Lions, Jaguars, 49ers
Week 10: Chiefs, Rams, Dolphins, Eagles
Week 11: Falcons, Colts, Patriots, Saints
Week 12: None
Week 13: Ravens, Bills, Bears, Raiders, Vikings, Giants
Week 14: Cardinals, Commanders

What are the 2024 Super Wildcard Weekend NFL Power Rankings?

San Francisco 49ers
Baltimore Ravens
Dallas Cowboys
Buffalo Bills
Miami Dolphins
Kansas City Chiefs
Los Angeles Rams
Detroit Lions
Philadelphia Eagles
New Orleans Saints
Jacksonville Jaguars
Green Bay Packers
Seattle Seahawks
Cincinnati Bengals
Cleveland Browns
Tennessee Titans
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Houston Texans
Pittsburgh Steelers
Chicago Bears
Indianapolis Colts
Las Vegas Raiders
Minnesota Vikings
Atlanta Falcons
Los Angeles Chargers
Arizona Cardinals
Denver Broncos
New York Jets
New England Patriots
Washington Commanders
New York Giants
Carolina Panthers

(Per ESPN Power Index)

What is the 2024 Super Wildcard Weekend NFL Schedule?

Saturday, January 13, 2024
Cleveland @ Houston 16:30
Miami @ Kansas City 20:00

Sunday, January 14, 2024
Pittsburgh @ Buffalo 13:00
Green Bay @ Dallas 16:30
Los Angeles @ Detroit 20:00

Monday, January 15, 2024
Philadelphia @ Tampa Bay 20:15

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When are the next week’s NFL Lines set?

Typically oddsmakers will set the next week’s Game Lines after the Sunday slate of games. NFL Odds will evolve as bets are made throughout the week and NFL Picks made too early may lack vital information. The NFL Point Spreads are set with a somewhat unclear picture and NFL predictions become more informed as the games get closer.