Betting Regular Season Playoff Games in the NFL
Officially the Playoffs don’t begin until after these next two weeks of regular season games have been played out, but you could say that the playoffs really began two weeks ago for many NFL teams. In years past we’ve had all but a few playoff spots locked up by this 16th week. However in this crazy 2010 season there are only 4 teams with a playoff spot secured. This leaves 8 openings for the remaining 16 teams who still have at least a mathematical chance.
Although there are only 6 games matching two teams with playoff hopes they do make for some interesting wagers. San Francisco at St Louis and the NY Giants at Green Bay are the two that probably carry the biggest implications for the teams involved. SF and the Rams are battling for the division title in the “Probably Shouldn’t Even Be Allowed to Play in the Playoffs” Bowl, while NY and Green Bay are trying to lock up the sixth and final position in the NFC.
So what’s the inside angle on Green Bay and NY. Both teams could have locked in their spots with wins over the past 2 weeks The Giants won the first one but gave away the victory in the last 7 minutes of the fourth quarter to the now 1st place Philadelphia Michael Vicks. The Packers on the other hand lost QB Aaron Rogers in the first quarter of the Lions game 2 weeks ago and could not put them away with backup Matt Flynn, nor could he finish the closing drive last week vs the Patriots giving Green Bay 2 loses in a row. But now they’re at home with Rogers back at the helm and everything to play for.
Green Bay is the favorite by 3 and the Over/Under (Total points scored by both teams) is 43. NY also has everything to play for but Eli Manning has been very inconsistent all season long. Super star Quarterbacks returning from injury usually play a great game. I like the Packers to win but the Giants to keep it close. Therefore I’ll take NY plus the 3 points, and even though weather could be a factor both of these teams are used to it. Over 43 is my coupling for a two team parlay.