A wonderful NFL season has finally hit the business end as the playoffs begin with the Wild Card round this weekend.
After a highly entertaining regular season this weekend twelve teams will go head-to-head in a series of games to determine who will continue into the post-season.
We’ll look at three games involving the Seattle Seahawks taking on the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday, the Miami Dolphis game with the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, and the Dallas Cowboys clash with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night.
We’ll break down the exciting match-ups, give you our best free NFL picks, and see if we can earn you some extra cash for the end of the weekend.
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Seattle Seahawks vs San Francisco 49ers - 1/14/23, 16:30 ET
Seattle have had a really mixed season going 9-8, with their recent 1-3 run potentially costing them a place in the playoffs.
But after a three-game skid against the Carolina Panthers, 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs prior to that, they won their last two games against the New York Jets and then claimed a huge overtime win over the Los Angeles Rams to take their spot in the Wild Card round.
The 49ers have been in tremendous form, winning each of their last 10 fixtures to manage to claim their spot at the top of the NFC West with a regular season record of 13-4.
They ended the season scoring 37, 37 and 38 points in their final three games against the Washington Commanders, Las Vegas Raiders and Arizona Cardinals.
NFL Picks: Back the Unders
San Francisco will hone in on attempting to limit Walker, as he can be the engine of the Seattle offense. Putting the game in Smith’s hands will be an effective route to limiting points, as he has passed for less than 240 yards and five total TDs in his last four games.
Purdy has passed for 2+ TDs in all games where he has guided the offense, but he was held to 217 passing yards in the first meeting and he has topped 240 passing yards just once.
The level of intensity gets turned up in the postseason, and Purdy could flame out on some early drives, which he'll need to do to help them here.
Ultimately, I expect McCaffrey to give the 49ers the edge, and Kittle can bust loose for a big play, but both teams will have their fair share struggles offensively with both teams' biggest strength being their defense.
That should give the Under a big chance to land, just as it has in each of Seattle's last four games in a row.
Miami Dolphins vs Buffalo Bills - 1/15/23, 13:00 ET
Miami always blew their playoff spot by losing five games in a row, before they managed to claim a really tense 11-6 win over the Jets in week 18.
The 49ers, Los Angeles Chargers, Bills, Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots all claimed wins against them recentlyThey ended the season with 9-8 record for the regular season, finishing behind the Bills in the AFC East.
As for the Bills, their record has been brilliant this season and they're currently on an eight-game winning streak which includes the aforementioned win over the Dolphins in mid-December.
Their regular season record of 13-3 is one of the very best in the entire NFL, only bettered by the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs.
NFL picks: Bills cover the spread
Unless Tua Tagovailoa is surprisingly cleared to play, then the Dolphins haven't got a hope in hell of stopping the Bills covering the spread here.
Buffalo got things rolling in all three phases last week and should be able to carry that momentum over here. The special teams and defense should set up some short fields for Allen and co. to work with, leading to plenty of scoring opportunities which they took.
The Bills finished the regular season 8-7-1 against the spread, while Miami finished with a 9-8 ATS record. Add to that the fact Buffalo was 4-3 ATS as a home favorite this year, while Miami was 4-1 as the road underdog.
With the spread set a -10.5 and the Bills the clear favorites to progress, they should hit it with relative ease if they perform as they did last week.
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Dallas Cowboys vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 1/16/23, 20:15 ET
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Dallas have had a stellar season so far and had already claimed their playoff spot before their very disappointing loss to the Washington Commanders last weekend.
The Cowboys have so far managed to rack up a 12-5 record for the season, with two different four-game winning streaks helping them to separate themselves from the rest of their division.
Tampa somehow managed to finish top of the NFC South despite a losing record of 8-9 for the season.
Their season ended with a heavy defeat to the Atlanta Falcons in the final game, which snapped their two-game winning streak after wins over the Cardinals and Panthers.
NFL picks: Cowboys cover the spread
The market has overvalued the Bucs all year long, as proven by their 4-12-1 record against the spread.
Getting the Cowboys at less than three points is possible at minus money, but having them within one scoring possession at even money is way too good to turn down.
Simply put, Dallas is the better team here. I don’t buy into their recent struggles, especially their loss against the Commanders, where the Cowboys essentially had nothing to play for unless the brilliant Eagles lost too.
The Cowboys are 9-7-1 against the spread, while The Buccaneers are 4-12-1 against the spread. When the two teams met in week 1 it was Tampa that came out on top, but with Tom Brady in his worst season since 2003 and the Cowboys far better and stronger, this should be an easy win.