Wild Card Weekend 2013: Complete Gambling Guide for Sunday's Playoff Action

Alex Kay@AlexPKayCorrespondent IJanuary 6, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 30:  Head coach Chuck Pagano of the Indianapolis Colts talks with Andrew Luck #12 during a game against the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 30, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts defeated the Texans 28-16.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Wild Card Weekend began with a thud on Saturday, as two of the most uninteresting playoff football games in recent history took place in the same evening.

Now that the Packers and Texans have both advanced, it’s time to look forward to Sunday’s action between the Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts, plus the Seattle Seahawks at Washington Redskins.

These matchups promise to be much more exciting than the two that came prior, and it’s possible to make them even more intriguing with some friendly wagers.

Let’s take a look at both games and pick some winners against the spread for each.

*Lines courtesy of ScoresAndOdds.com, home team in CAPS.


Indianapolis Colts (+7) over BALTIMORE RAVENS

We’re not sure how the Colts are getting seven points, but we do know we are certainly taking them.

This team has all the momentum in the world and is coming off a huge emotional victory in Week 17 with coach Chuck Pagano back at the helm. Andrew Luck has developed into a bona fide superstar and everything is going right for Indy as they prepare for this playoff contest.

On the other hand, Baltimore has backed into the postseason with losses to a Charlie Batch-led Pittsburgh Steelers, the Washington Redskins, Denver Broncos and Cincinnati Bengals over the past five weeks.

The Ravens only win in that span came against the lowly New York Giants, a team that missed the playoffs.

Even if Baltimore is able to turn things around on Sunday, we still don’t believe they win this by a touchdown or more. Take the points and cash your ticket.


Seattle Seahawks (-3) over WASHINGTON REDSKINS

The Seahawks are one of the most complete teams in the NFL, and they only performed better as the regular season dragged on.

With 16 games under his belt, Seattle rookie QB Russell Wilson is ready to handle the pressure of playing thousands of miles away under the bright lights for a nationally televised playoff contest.

His team is not going to have it easy against another rookie sensation, Robert Griffin III, and the ‘Skins, but the ‘Hawks defense and RGIII’s bum knee will be enough to swing this game in Seattle’s favor.

Washington had a remarkable comeback story by winning the NFC East, but they received a lot of help and good fortune along the way.

On the other hand, Seattle earned its way to their Wild Card spot and will prove to the nation that they are for real by dismantling the Skins on Sunday.

If this were anymore than three points, we’d be wary of laying them. However, as long as this line holds, feel safe giving up the field goal with the Seahawks.