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Six wild-card round games are on tap this weekend, beginning late Saturday afternoon and running through Monday night. Let’s look at the slate and make some betting predictions with the point spreads courtesy of DraftKings.
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers (-9.5 points), 4:30 p.m. Saturday
The 49ers (13-4) are on a 10-game winning streak. They also beat the Seahawks (9-8) twice in the regular season, 27-7 on Sept. 18 at home and 21-13 on Dec. 15 on the road.
Rookie quarterback Brock Purdy has thrown at least two touchdown passes in all six games for the 49ers since replacing the injured Jimmy Garoppolo. The last player selected in this year’s draft should be no match for the Seahawks’ suspect defense.
Pick: 49ers -9.5
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Los Angeles Chargers (-2.5 points) at Jacksonville Jaguars, 8:15 p.m. Saturday
The Jaguars (9-8) have been in playoff mode for more than a month. They needed to win their last five games, including a showdown with the Tennessee Titans for the AFC South title last week, just to reach the postseason.
The Chargers (10-7) are dangerous with quarterback Justin Herbert and boatraced the Jaguars 38-10 on Sept. 25 in Los Angeles. That was a long time ago, and the Jaguars are a different team now.
Pick: Jaguars +2.5
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills (-13.5 points), 1 p.m. Sunday
The Bills (13-3) have won seven games in a row and are playing with a purpose after dedicating the season to Damar Hamlin. Meanwhile, the Dolphins (9-8) are down to their third-string quarterback, with rookie Skylar Thompson getting the start.
Thompson isn’t Purdy, and this game has blowout written all over it.
Pick: Bills -13.5
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New York Giants at Minnesota Vikings (-3 points), 4:30 p.m. Sunday
The teams played an entertaining game three weeks ago on the day before Christmas in Minneapolis. The Vikings won 27-24 on Greg Joseph’s game-ending 61-yard field goal.
The Vikings (13-4) are an amazing 11-0 in one-score games this season but have been outscored by three points over the course of 17 games. Their luck finally runs out against the plucky Giants (9-7-1), who are in the playoffs for the first time since 2016.
Pick: Giants +3
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals (-8.5 points), 8:15 p.m. Sunday
These AFC North rivals meet in Cincinnati for the second straight week after the Bengals won 27-16 last Sunday to clinch the division title.
The Bengals (12-4) have won eight games in a row following a 4-4 start. The Ravens (10-7) will again be without injured quarterback Lamar Jackson. Winning a road playoff game is too tall of a task for QB2 Tyler Huntley.
Pick: Bengals -8.5
Dallas Cowboys (-2.5 points) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 8:15 p.m. Monday
These teams squared off all the way back in Week 1 in the same stadium. The Buccaneers won handily, 19-3.
However, the Buccaneers (8-9) are a sub-.500 team lucky enough to play in the weak NFC South and have a 45-year-old quarterback in Tom Brady, who is finally losing his magic. The Cowboys’ Dak Prescott’s propensity for throwing interceptions is concerning, but Dallas (12-5) is the better team.
Pick: Cowboys -2.5
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