Jay's Plays 2015 NFL picks: Wild Card playoff weekend betting lines, picks
Jay's Plays

Jay’s Plays 2015 NFL picks: Wild Card playoff weekend betting lines, picks


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With a 3-1 finish (1-1 in teasers), we at GNN end the season 67-21-2 on the season - a solid 24-19 in our teaser picks as printed.

The Broncos, Patriots and Bengals performed the best for us, while the Steelers, Giants and Packers were often helping us cash in on the OVER.

STEELERS FANS GOT TO CELEBRATE AT THE EXPENSE OF THE HAPLESS JETS
STEELERS FANS GOT TO CELEBRATE AT THE EXPENSE OF THE HAPLESS JETS

Now we turn to the playoffs. Our intrepid forecaster, Ernesto the Prediction Iguana, plans to keep riding the hot hands. After all, "Ya dance with them that bring ya!" So here we go:



Notes:

  • We use lines from vegasinsider.com
  • All picks are based on a 2-team teaser, which moves the line six points either way
  • HOME TEAM in CAPS

GREEN LIGHT!

BENGALS (+9) vs. Steelers

The Bengals have lost their last seven consecutive playoff games - including five in a row in the last five years. Those losses were by 16, 17, 6, 21, 10, 14 and 10 points.

With or without quarterback Andy Dalton, the Bengals will be in this game as Pittsburgh has Swiss cheese for pass defense, the most egregious flaw come playoff time. Plus, Pittsburgh's running game suffered another blow with the ankle injury to running back DeAngelo Williams. Even if Roethlisberger, wide receiver Antonio Brown and tight end Heath Miller go crazy in a track-meet type of score, the Steeler defense has been exposed by some crappy QBs this season.

Even if Pittsburgh does win - and they make a habit of it in Cincy - the Bengals should cover nine: too big a the big number in this case.

Packers (+7) at WASHINGTON

Paper mache - that's Washington. They can beat up on the putrid NFC East and flaccid teams like St. Louis and Tampa Bay (soft schedule!) but Green Bay is playoff savvy, has explosive weapons and Super Bowl MVP QB Aaron Rodgers, making them too much for Washington.

OVER EASY!

WASHINGTON-Packers OVER 40

The Packers should account for the lion's share of the scoring. Washington's WR/KR DeSean Jackson and RB Alfred Morris will provide the rest.

VIKINGS-Seahawks OVER 35.5

Wow! And you thought the number was low for the OTHER NFC tilt! Both teams can light it up. Both defenses are good, but not dominant. By halftime, this game should be comfortably headed to an easy over.

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Jay Flemma

Jay Flemma

Starting with a blog and a dream, Jay Flemma launched his first sports-writing website in 2004. Some 13 years and 25 major golf championships later, Jay has won multiple national sports writing awards. Besides GNN, his work has appeared in numerous books as well as on-line at Cybergolf, PGA.com, GolfObserver, GolfChannel.com and many other sites and print magazines. When not trying to find a lost golf ball, Jay is an entertainment, copyright, Internet, sports and trademark lawyer in Manhattan. His clients have been nominated for Grammy and Emmy awards, won a Sundance Film Festival Best Director award, performed on stage and screen, and designed pop art for museums and collectors. Jay lives in Forest Hills, N.Y., and is fiercely loyal to his alma maters, Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts and Trinity College in Connecticut.