Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 13:51 PM
Saturday's Wild Card Playoff Parlay & Prop Best Bets
Wild Card Weekend in the NFL is finally here and Saturday’s slate is jam-packed with three nationally televised matchups to wager on.
Indianapolis at Buffalo (1:05 p.m. ET)
L.A. Rams at Seattle (4:40 p.m. ET)
Tampa Bay at Washington (8:15 p.m. ET)
VI has you covered with another slate of Parlay and Prop suggestions to help bettors cash winning tickets or inspire them to build their own exotic plays.
My selections for Saturday can be found below.
NFL Wild Card Parlay Best Bets
3-Way Money Line Parlay
- Buffalo Bills (-295) vs. Indianapolis Colts
- Seattle Seahawks (-178) vs. L.A. Rams
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-450) at Washington
Payout: +156 at FanDuel
The Buffalo Bills are coming into Wild Card Weekend scorching hot, having won nine of their last 10 contests and their only loss across that stretch coming by way of a successful last-second DeAndre Hopkins hail-mary attempt against the Arizona Cardinals.
Indianapolis needed to win four of its last five games and get some help in order to get back into the AFC playoff picture and luckily for them it happened, but now the Colts will be forced to square off with arguably the hottest team in the NFL as Phillip Rivers and company will look to knock off their first playoff-caliber opponent since they beat the Packers back in Week 11 (L’s – PIT, TEN).
The Bills, to me, are currently the only team in the AFC that could potentially match Kansas City’s offensive firepower for a full 60 minutes in a playoff atmosphere, and I believe we are inevitably destined for a Bills-Chiefs AFC Championship game with a ticket to this year’s Super Bowl on the line.
Rams’ quarterback, Jared Goff, is listed as questionable with a thumb injury for Los Angeles’ opening round playoff matchup against the Seahawks, and after splitting a pair of games during the regular season, the books have given a 3-point advantage to the home team in Seattle for Saturday’s rubber-match.
Considering the Rams are only threepoint underdogs, the books have indicated that they believe Goff is going to suit up for this contest and I believe that as well. But even if Goff does play in this game, there is a very slim chance that the quarterback’s thumb will be fully healed by kickoff on Saturday and even if he is 100%, I would likely still side with Seattle.
By earning the top Wild Card spot in the NFC, Tampa Bay may have drawn the most favorable matchup out of any team in the conference as Tom Brady will make his Buccaneers’ playoff debut in Landover, Maryland against the Washington Football Team.
Washington needed a win over the Eagles on Sunday Night Football last week to secure a playoff berth, and took all of Doug Pederson losing the game intentionally down the stretch for the Football Team to narrowly win the NFC East crown.
The Buccaneers lost three of four games prior to their Week 17 bye (Saints, Rams, Chiefs), but have completely turned things around since then by winning four consecutive contests to close out the year and feeding Antonio Brown a touchdown in three of those victories.
Ron Rivera is undoubtedly proud of what his team has accomplished in his first year as head coach is Washington, but I have to imagine this is where the 2020 NFC East Champs’ season will inevitably come to an end.
NFL Wild Card Prop Best Bets
Odds & Props Available at FanDuel
Seattle RB Chris Carson – Over 56.5 rushing yards (-112)
Chris Carson returned from injury back in Week 12 against the Eagles and recorded 59 total yards and a TD on 5.1 yards per carry in a game that the Seahawks won handedly (23-17).
Since then, he has averaged 4+ yards per carry in each of Seattle’s last five games and eclipsed 56 rushing yards in four of those contests. Back him to go over that mark again in a playoff contest that the Seahawks desperately need to get their run game going in.
Indianapolis RB Jonathan Taylor – Anytime TD Scorer (-105)
If it was unclear prior to last week what the Colts’ offensive identity was, Frank Reich put an end to that conversation in Indy’s most recent affair by running the ball 30 times with his rookie running-back, Jonathan Taylor, who erupted for 253 rushing yards and two touchdowns in a must-win game against the Jaguars.
I don’t think the Colts will beat the Bills on Saturday but if Buffalo is weak in an area defensively, it is their ground game ranking 27th in rushing touchdowns allowed per game (1.3) and 26th in rushing yards allowed per attempt (4.6).
Tampa Bay QB Tom Brady – Over 2.5 Passing TD’s (+158)
The Buccaneers didn’t clinch a playoff berth until last week’s win over the Falcons secured them a Wild Card spot, so Brady has been in postseason mode for a couple of weeks now and it has showed up on the stat sheet with the 43-year old throwing for 8 TD’s and just one pick over his last two games.
Tampa Bay has scored 30+ points in each of its last three contests so I am electing to ride with the hot-hand in TB12 to throw for three more TD’s in his Buccaneers’ playoff debut against Washington.
Odds and Payouts per at FanDuel (Subject to Change)
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