NFL tips: Our 10/1 playoff 4-fold for the Wild Card round
Jack Green's NFL tips for the first round of the playoffs cover all four games across Saturday and Sunday in a 10/1 accumulator.
Indianapolis Colts to beat Houston Texans (21:35)
After a shocking start, the Colts won nine of their last 10 regular-season games, only scoring fewer than 23 points once during that run.
Quarterback Andrew Luck has been excellent in his return from a shoulder injury that forced him to miss the entire 2017 season, and now faces a Houston defence that is missing several key players.
Houston won nine games in a row after starting the season 0-3, but closed out the regular season with two wins and two losses, including a 24-21 home defeat to the Colts in Week 14.
Their offense has played particularly well over the second half of the season, but quarterback Deshaun Watson lacks the postseason experience of Luck, who has been in the playoffs three times before.
Dallas Cowboys to beat Seattle Seahawks (01:15)
The Cowboys went 7-1 at home this season, losing only to the Tennessee Titans back in Week 9.
Since then, they’ve won seven of their last eight games, including a 13-10 victory over the New Orleans Saints – the NFC’s No. 1 seed – in Dallas in Week 13.
Seattle have also been on a hot streak, winning six of their last seven, but were beaten 26-23 by the San Francisco 49ers in their last away game and lost four of eight on the road this season.
The Seahawks won when these teams met in Seattle in Week 3, but Dallas have been much better since pulling off a midseason trade for star wide receiver Amari Cooper, and should get revenge this weekend.
Los Angeles Chargers to beat Baltimore Ravens (18:05)
The Ravens won six of their last seven regular-season games after deciding to start rookie Lamar Jackson at quarterback in Week 11, with a last-second field goal against the Cleveland Browns last Sunday sealing their playoff berth.
Jackson has turned the ball over less than former starter Joe Flacco, but the 21-year-old’s limited ability as a passer has made Baltimore rather one-dimensional offensively.
The Chargers possess a much more varied attack, with Philip Rivers and Melvin Gordon forming one of the best quarterback-running back tandems in the NFL.
They lost to Baltimore at home in Week 16, but should win the rematch, having posted a 7-1 record on the road this year. Their only defeat came against the Los Angeles Rams, so they’re undefeated outside of the state of California.
Chicago Bears to beat Philadelphia Eagles (21:40)
A Week-13 overtime defeat to the New York Giants with starting QB Mitchell Trubisky sidelined is the Bears’ only loss since they started the season 3-3, and it’s hard to see them being beaten at home by the Eagles on Sunday.
Philadelphia nabbed a playoff berth by winning their last three games, with Super Bowl hero Nick Foles replacing the injured Carson Wentz at quarterback to give the reigning champions a late boost.
The Eagles haven’t been as formidable defensively as they were last year, losing four of their eight road games this season.
Chicago are rock-solid at home, winning seven of eight at Soldier Field, including each of their last five.
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