Wild Card Teaser 2: Green Bay vs. New York Giants and Houston vs. Oakland

Wild Card Teaser 2: Green Bay vs. New York Giants and Houston vs. Oakland

The Teaser: Pair Green Bay and Houston

Game 1: Green Bay vs. New York Giants

The Initial Line:

Green Bay -4.5 home vs. New York Giants

The Take:

Add 8 points to Green Bay’s line

The Final Line:

Green Bay +3.5

The Breakdown:

Aaron Rodgers backed up his “run the table” comments, as they were able to go on the road to win the NFC North over Detroit 31-24. New York got a big road win to kill Washington’s chance at a playoff spot, as they took down their division rivals 19-10. Despite a few injuries to their defense and RBs, Rodgers has once again come through and carried the team on his back. Despite a 4-6 start to the year, they’ve now won 6 straight and are one of the hottest teams headed into the playoffs. They’ve also been able to move into 4th in the NFL in PPG (27.0). New York has sported a great defense this year, but turnovers have been their killer. They ended up sitting 21st in turnover differential, while Green Bay ranked 6th in the NFL. New York got the best of Green Bay at home in the 2011 playoffs 37-20, but don’t expect the same kind of result this weekend. This should be a close game, and even though Green Bay should win grab a few extra points in case a late FG decides it.

Game 2: Houston vs. Oakland

The Initial Line:

Houston +3.5 home vs. Oakland

The Take:

Add 8 points to Houston’s line

The Final Line:

Houston +11.5

The Breakdown:

Houston couldn’t keep their winning streak going into the playoffs, as they fell on the road to Tennessee 24-17. Oakland didn’t look quite the same on offense without Derek Carr, as they fell on the road to Denver 24-6. Now with backup Matt McGloin’s shoulder in question, they may be down to their 3rd stringer and need to rely on the run with Latavius Murray. A weak offense may be a tough task against a Houston defense that ranked #1 in the NFL in yards allowed per game. Houston has also found a lot more success at home than on the road, as reflected by their 7-1 record. Brock Osweiler is getting a second chance at QB after the concussion to Tom Savage, and I expect him to be on his A-game. This should be a tough fought game against 2 strong defenses and battered offenses. Expect a low score game, and grab Houston with extra points as they should be able to handle an 11 point spread at home.

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