We’re on to the NFL playoffs, with the Super Wild Card weekend kicking off on Saturday with three games. That means it’s time once again for our weekly look at the point spreads in order to help you win some money.
In the regular season, Steven Ruiz went 113-109-7 overall and Charles Curtis went 111-124-7 overall. And this week, we’re bringing in our Charles McDonald to make picks as well!
We now go to each of them for comments.
Charles C: Rough season, but I get a second chance in the postseason. And now, a new challenge: facing not one but two incredibly knowledgeable NFL experts.
Steven: One Charl (?) wasn’t enough to take me down, so they had to bring in another.
Charles M: I may be new here, but I’m bringing the pain with these 100% correct picks. I’m also gunning to be only Charles known at For The Win after getting every playoff pick correct.
(All bets courtesy of BetMGM)
Colts at Bills (-6.5)
However, this is still better then the Browns, who went 6-10 against the spread this season. This Sunday, the Chiefs and Browns will clash in Arrowhead in a vital Divisional Round matchup. The Cleveland Browns (11-5) visit the Kansas City Chiefs (14-2) in the AFC Divisional Round Sunday at 3:05 p.m. Below, we preview the Browns-Chiefs odds, spread and lines and make our NFL picks and predictions. Browns at Chiefs: Betting odds, spread and lines. Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. If you had the Browns +3 or +3.5 tonight. The best game of the year provides one of the worst beats in history as the Ravens inexplicably cover the spread with this safety at the.
Philip Rivers will have to be on his A-game to beat the Buffalo Bills. (Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports)
Charles C: Bills
In looking back over the Colts’ schedule this year, I noticed that there were A LOT of wins over bad teams. The losses came against the Titans, Steelers, Ravens, Browns and Jags (in Week 1, ugh!). Conclusion: this is not exactly the most threatening of teams. The Bills take care of business on both sides of the ball and win by at least a touchdown.
What Is The Spread On The Browns Game
The more I think about this game, the more I believe the Colts have a legitimate chance to cover. But the Bills offense is a buzzsaw right now and I’m not sure the Indy defense is capable of slowing it down. The Colts’ only hope is Jonathan Taylor running wild against a suspect run defense and Philip Rivers putting together a flawless performance. It’s possible … but not likely.
Charles M: Colts
I think the Bills end up winning this game, but the Colts can make this a game. If Philip Rivers is on his “A” game, he should be able to find some success against the Bills defense. It just won’t be enough to actually get the Colts over the hump and win this game.
Rams at Seahawks (-3.5)
It might be hard for Sean McVay to hold Jared Goff’s hand if he has a hurt thumb. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Charles C: Rams
John Wolford? Jared Goff? I think it’s probably the former, but there are other factors: two teams meeting for a third time this season, the Seahawks’ inconsistent offense and an elite Rams defense that will at least keep this game close. It’s too much to back the favorites.
I’d like to know more about Jared Goff’s thumb injury before making this pick official but I guess I don’t have that luxury. If he is fully healthy, this is an easy pick for me. Sean McVay has had Pete Carroll’s number over the past few years, and the coaching advantage is what makes the difference for me.
Charles M: Seahawks
When the matchups are this tight, just take the better quarterback. Russell Wilson is better than Jared Goff and John Wolford combined. The Rams pass defense will make it difficult for Wilson and his receivers, but it’s hard to pick against Wilson in this scenario.
Buccaneers at Washington (+8)
Chase Young will have to be unblockable if the Washington Football Team is going to stand a chance. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)
Charles C: Buccaneers
I had a lot more trouble with this one than I thought. Washington’s pass rush is a problem for sure. But I just don’t see WFT’s offense getting too much off the ground. Maybe it’s a closer game at halftime, but a Bucs offense that has shown some real life in recent weeks could take off in the second half.
Washington’s biggest advantage in this game — that pass rush — will be somewhat mitigated by Tom Brady’s ability to get the ball out in a hurry. And even the Bucs offense does struggle against a good WFT defense, Alex Smith isn’t putting up enough points to keep this one close.
Browns Vs Ravens Point Spread Today
Charles M: Buccaneers
There’s just no way Washington’s offense can generate the points needed to keep up in this game. Tampa Bay’s defense hasn’t been as strong as the early portion of the season, but Washington has one of the worst offenses in the league this year. They averaged just 20.9 points per game, good for 25th in the NFL.
Ravens at Titans (+3.5)
If the Ravens are going to avoid another one-and-done in the playoffs, they’ll have to stop Derrick Henry this time around. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)
Charles C: Titans
I do think this will be the best game of the weekend. But I’m also pretty sure the Ravens are winning this one, revenge for a Week 11 loss to Tennessee in overtime. By how much? That’s where that half-point has me hamstrung. So I’ll take the points and figure this one stays within a field goal.
All those little breaks the Titans caught in last year’s playoff upset aren’t likely to happen again, and this Baltimore defense is better suited to stop Derrick Henry this time around. The Ravens are the better team and that spread is just small enough for me to take them.
Charles M: Ravens
This is the moment. Lamar Jackson will finally get the first playoff win of his career. Jackson has been red hot lately, playing like an MVP talent over the past few games for the Ravens. I think that’ll be enough to get the Ravens over the Titans, whose defense has been pretty bad all season long.
Bears at Saints (-10)
Is Vegas trolling all of us by making the spread the same number that Mitch Trubisky wears? (Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports)
Charles C: Saints
Nope. No. NO. I’m not betting on Mitchell Trubisky in a road playoff game to cover against that Saints defense. Next.
I’m betting on Mitch Trubisky. The Bears defense is good enough to keep this within 10 points. Let’s just move on. This is a shameful moment for me.
Charles M: Saints
This one doesn’t need any hard thinking. Saints.
Browns at Steelers (-6)
Baker Mayfield won’t have Kevin Stefanski to lean on against the Steelers. Betfred bonus coupon. (Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports)
Charles C: Steelers
The week off will perhaps help Pittsburgh distance itself from the late-season struggles. On the other side, obviously, I have to mention that Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski will miss the game due to COVID-19, but even if he was on the sideline, I’m not sure what happens when the Browns need to go into catch-up mode and Baker Mayfield has to throw against the third-best pass D in the league. I’ll back the Steelers.
Even if EVERYTHING was going right for the Browns, I’d be tempted to lay those points. But they aren’t, so laying those six points is a lot easier. Pittsburgh is getting its best player (T.J. Watt) back this week and will actually put in some effort game-planning — unlike last week. I would also point out that Ben Roethlisberger will be back, but I’m not sure he’ll be much of an upgrade over what Mason Rudolph gave Pittsburgh last week.
Charles M: Browns
I think the Browns can keep it close and cover the spread even without Joel Bitonio and Kevin Stefanski. Winning will be difficult, but this is more about what Ben Roethlisberger is at this point in his career, which is just ok at best. The Steelers probably shouldn’t be touchdown favorites over any playoff teams right now, except maybe Chicago.
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The Ravens-Browns Monday night game was easily the craziest game of the season that had it all down the stretch… including one of the worst bad beats you’ll ever see.
I mean, wow. This was bananas.
If you watched it you saw cramping Lamar Jackson come out of the locker room on a fourth down late in the game and immediately throw a TD pass that gave the Ravens, who were trailing by a point, the lead.
The Browns then tied it up four plays later with a minute left on a Baker Mayfield TD pass to Kareem Hunt.
Just when it looked like we were going to OT, Jackson got the Ravens into kinda field-goal range where Justin Tucker nailed a 55-yarder with seven seconds left to give Baltimore a 45-42 lead.
The Ravens were 3-point favorites going into this game so with two seconds left it looked like this would be a push.
Then this happened:
I mean COME ON.
Browns lose, 47-42.
Brutal night for Browns fans and gamblers.
Scott Van Pelt had the perfect reaction:
Twitter had reactions.