Brandon Turner’s Best Bets: Wild Card Weekend
Last week we went 2-1 bringing our record to 33-23-2 and finishing the regular season +10 games above .500. We'll be doing bets for every playoff game as we wrap up the year. Indianapolis Colts (+1) at Houston Texans The Colts have the personnel to beat the Houston Texans. They have a huge offensive line that's great at pass protection and enough offensive weapons to expose the Texans woeful secondary. Tyrann Mathieu has been getting cooked all year and I expect Ebron and Hilton to take advantage of him. (Please no Honey Badger to the Jets takes this off-season) The Texans win against the Colts this season relied a lot on Watt taking advantage of solid but green rookie tackle Braden Smith. Expect the Colts to try to get him more help this time. On the other side the Texans will struggle to run the ball and will need to rely on a Watson to Hopkins takeover to pull out the win. Dallas Cowboys (-2) vs Seattle Seahawks The Seattle Seahawks desperately rely on their bruising run game to set up their offense. Without it they struggle to accomplish anything. Last time these teams played they managed to get it cooking and pulled out the win but I have to think that was an abberation for a Cowboys team that looks flat in games that aren't must wins. This week I expect them to stack the box and shut down the run with their excellent linebacker corp. On the outside they have the CBs to play man to man. The only scary variable is you're taking Russel Wilson vs. Dak Prescott. Still -2 isn't a scary line, so swallow the points. Baltimore Ravens (-2) vs Los Angeles Chargers This is the biggest team in football vs the smallest. The reason the Ravens won last time was they just overwhelmed the Chargers physically and it's hard to see that not happening again at home. The scary factor is it is Phillip Rivers vs. Lamar Jackson. If the Chargers get ahead and force the Ravens out of their grinding run-oriented approach they have a shot. Chicago Bears (-6.5) vs Philadelphia Eagles The Eagles have been surviving on smoke and mirrors till now and frankly a lot of luck. That will end in Chi Town. The Eagles secondary is still terrible, their run game can dissapear, and Nick Foles isn't Wentz despite what the stats say. Tarik Cohen has been an absolute problem for opposing defenses and will kick-start the Bears to a comfortable win.