NFL Playoff Schedule: Complete Gambling Guide for Wild Card Weekend 2013

Alex KayCorrespondent IDecember 31, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 30: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs against the Erik Walden #93 of the Green Bay Packers on December 30, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Andy Clayton King/Getty Images)
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After over four months of regular season action, the NFL playoffs have finally arrived.

It’s an exciting time for fans and it’s an even more thrilling time for gamblers, especially those who like challenging themselves against the public.

With only four games on the slate for Wild Card Weekend, the lines are tight and value is tough to find. However, we’re here to help and have done our best to pick a winner, against the spread, in each of the upcoming matchups.

Let’s take a look at the complete first-round postseason schedule and then get right into the picks.


Wild Card Weekend Schedule

*Schedule courtesy of's Gregg Rosenthal

*All times ET






Houston Texans

Cincinnati Bengals

Jan. 5, 2013

4:30 p.m.


Green Bay Packers

Minnesota Vikings

Jan. 6, 2013

8 p.m. 


Baltimore Ravens

Indianapolis Colts

Jan. 6, 2013

1 p.m.


Washington Redskins

Seattle Seahawks

Jan. 6, 2013

4.30 p.m.




*Point spreads courtesy of, home team in CAPS.

Bengals (+4.5) over TEXANS

Houston is in the midst of an absolute meltdown and now has to face one of the scariest No. 6 seeds in recent postseason history.

This Bengals group features a dominant pass-rushing defensive line, a number of capable run-stoppers in the front seven, arguably the best WR in the playoffs (A.J. Green) and a hunger to avenge last year’s season-ending loss to the Texans.

After observing Houston’s meltdown in Indianapolis in Week 17, it should be hard for anyone to lay points in this contest. Take them instead and watch Cincy win outright on Saturday.


Vikings (+8) over PACKERS

The Vikings barely emerged victorious in a do-or-die situation against their heated NFC North rivals at home in the Metrodome, so it’s tough to believe they’ll get things done at Lambeau Field.

However, because this is the third time that these two foes will clash this year, we fully expect a back-and-forth game that comes down to the wire—just like the season finale.

If Aaron Rodgers is able to get going early against this injury ravaged Minnesota secondary, things could get out of hand, but we’re betting Adrian Peterson single-handedly wills his Vikings into keeping it close with the Packers.


Colts (+6.5) over RAVENS

The Chuckstrong campaign shows no sign of slowing down, and it’ll be interesting to see if the Ravens can somehow find a way to stop the Colts.

Andrew Luck, coach Chuck Pagano and Co. somehow managed to pull out a convincing victory against the Texans this past Sunday, despite being locked into the No. 5 seed with nothing much to play for but pride.

That’s certainly one thing this group has plenty of, and even if they fail to win their AFC Wild Card matchup, they will keep it close and make Baltimore sweat out a narrow victory.


REDSKINS (PK) over Seahawks

Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson highlight this awesome battle of rookie QBs who have led their respective teams, on opposite coasts, to a playoff berth in the NFC.

We’re giving the edge to the ‘Skins here, as they are fortunate enough to host the game. Seattle has to do a lot of traveling, and we’re still not convinced it is much more than a mediocre road team.

While we’d take the Seahawks at -7 if this game were held at CenturyLink Field, it’s taking place in Washington and we’re leaning with the home squad primarily for this reason.