NFL best bets for Sundays wild-card games: Deebo Samuel has big game, Chiefs start fast
The NFL postseason resumes with three more games Sunday. The defending champion Bucs kick things off against the Eagles, followed by the 49ers visiting the Cowboys and then the Chiefs hosting the Steelers in the nightcap.
Fantasy guru Matthew Berry, betting analysts Doug Kezirian (17-29-2, 0-1 last week), Tyler Fulghum (25-33, 0-2), Joe Fortenbaugh (54-47-1, 2-4), Anita Marks (310-271, 17-10) and Erin Dolan (4-5, 0-0), fantasy and sports betting analyst Eric Moody (143-137, 5-6), ESPN Stats & Information’s Seth Walder (61-54, 1-0) and Mackenzie Kraemer (8-15, 0-0), sports betting deputy editor David Bearman (30-30-1, 0-0) and Football Outsiders’ Aaron Schatz (60-46, 4-1) will provide their top plays across the NFL landscape. (Records through Week 17.)
Here are their best bets for Sunday’s wild-card games.
Note: Lines from Caesars Sportsbook as of Thursday (unless otherwise indicated).
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Sunday’s best bets
Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-8.5, 46)
Schatz: Both teams’ offenses are better than their defenses, according to Football Outsiders DVOA ratings. The Buccaneers ended the year as the No. 1 offense in the league by that metric. The Eagles finished 11th on offense but also were just 25th on defense. Both like to pick up the pace, which leads to more points. Tampa Bay and Philadelphia ranked second and fifth, respectively, in situation-neutral pace. We estimate a 68% chance that this game will go over the total.
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