The best bets from NFL’s Wildcard Sunday action

The NFL playoffs are underway and four more teams are hoping to safely negotiate the Wildcard round when they take to the field on Sunday.

Kansas City Chiefs are through thanks to a comprehensive 30-0 win over the Houston Texans, while the Pittsburgh Steelers’ place in the next round was less assured in a nailbiting 18-16 triumph over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Now it’s the turn of the Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins, with each game previewed below:

Seattle Seahawks @ Minnesota Vikings

The Seahawks, Super Bowl appearance makers in each of the last two seasons, are favoured to continue on their path for a third straight when they travel to Minnesota to play a Vikings side that are playing their first playoff game at home for six years.

Ladbrokes make Seattle 10/21 to win, with the Vikings priced up at 7/4 and those prices are hardly surprising considering the Seahawks handed Minnesota their heaviest loss of the season just five weeks ago.

Although the absence of Marshawn Lynch for the visitors’ backfield is a hindrance, the 38-7 humping they handed out to the Vikings in early December puts them in good stead to progress.

Seattle finished the regular season winning five straight road games and outscored the opponent 109-19 in the final three of those.

Recommended bet: Seattle Seahawks (-4.5) to beat the Minnesota Vikings @ 10/11

Green Bay Packers @ Washington Redskins

If Ladbrokes found it easy making the Seahawks favourites, it has seemingly been an impossible task as far as Green Bay’s visit to Washington is concerned. The bookmaker has given both teams identical 10/11 odds to win.

Things have changed dramatically for the Packers over the course of the campaign. They won their first six on the bounce and looked like genuine Super Bowl contenders, but have since lost six of their last 10 ahead of their Wildcard clash.

The slump has coincided with a loss in form for Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who has thrown two or less touchdowns in eight straight games, a drastic slump for a two-time MVP winner.

Recommended bet: Away team touchdowns under 2.5 @ 10/11

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.