NFL Wild Card: Peyton Manning's Indianapolis Colts Take on NY Jets and More

Brandon Ribak@reebokforthreeSenior Writer IJanuary 4, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 02:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts looks to pass the ball during NFL game against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The 2010 NFL Playoffs Betting have finally arrived.

Without further anticipation, Brandon Ribak breaks down the four games that will be played this weekend, giving you his analysis and predictions for each game. 


Indianapolis Colts (10-6) v. New York Jets (11-5)

The Colts finished off the season leading the league in passing yards per game (no surprise here), throwing for an average of 288 passing yards per game.

On the other hand, the Jets' defense ranked sixth in the NFL in the passing yards category, giving up just 200 total passing yards per game.

Clearly, QB Peyton Manning will use his Hall of Fame throwing arm to get him past this inconsistent New York squad.

The Jets' only chance at capturing a victory will fall into the hands of QB Mark Sanchez who has proven to be clutch in numerous games this past season. But will he be able to drive the ball up the field late in the game and produce in one of the biggest stages of his career?

Spread: The Jets are given 2.5 points for the game.

Sportsbook Prediction: Unless Manning throws this game away, this battle should be a lock for the Colts.


Baltimore Ravens (12-4) v. Kansas City Chiefs (10-6)

The Chiefs have made the playoffs for the first time since 2006, but will they be able to hold down the Ravens?

Kansas City boasted a record of 7-1 at home during the regular season while the Ravens recorded a mediocre 5-3 record on the road.

QB Joe Flacco will have to bring his A game to Arrowhead Stadium if he expects to improve his career postseason numbers (one TD, six INT in five playoff starts).

The Chiefs led the league in rushing yards per game and will attack the Ravens defense to the best of their ability on Sunday.

Spread: Baltimore is giving up 3 points to the Chiefs.

Prediction: If Flacco is on point, this will be a tough game for the Chiefs to secure. Take the Ravens.


Green Bay Packers (10-6) v. Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)

The battle between two of the top QB's in the football betting should definitely be an exciting one this weekend.

The Eagles hold the worst regular season home record (4-4) out of every playoff team, while the Packers finished the season with just three road wins.

The Packers have an outstanding defense, while the Eagles have an outstanding offense.

If Green Bay plans on winning this battle, they will have to contain Philadelphia from performing offensively. Aaron Rodgers would love to collect his first NFL playoff victory on the road and his opportunity has finally come.

Spread: Green Bay is +2.5 in this game.

Prediction: This game looks like it will come down to the wire. Having said that, I'd take Green Bay and their 2.5 points.


New Orleans Saints (11-5) v. Seattle Seahawks (7-9)

A 7-9 team versus the defending champions. To make matters worse, the Seahawks' 15-point loss in Week 11 to New Orleans was their closest margin of defeat this past season.

The Saints will come out with a bang during this Wild Card game and it would be very surprising to even see the Seahawks contend for more than one quarter against the champs. 

Spread: Seattle is +10.5 for this battle.

Prediction: Seattle is the first losing team (in a 16 game season) to ever make the playoffs. Since they are paired up against the defending champions, the chances are slim at best for them to pull out a victory. Take the Saints.


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