NFL: Indianapolis’ Luck is in, which means bad news for Bengals

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Across the Atlantic, the NFL postseason kicks into gear with eight of the lesser-fancied teams left fighting for Super Bowl XLIX battling for playoff survival this weekend.

Many games are tough to call, with most of the side’s left in the competition there by virtue of their good form, but we’ve cobbled together a 16/1 acca for your punting delectation nonetheless:

Indianapolis Colts to beat Cincinnati Bengals @ 10/17

After a tricky start to their campaign, Indianapolis have won 11 of their 14 games since mid-September, with three reverses coming against Pittsburgh, Dallas and New England, each of whom are ahead of Andrew Luck and co’s 33/1 shots in the Super Bowl betting.

With their quarterback in the form of his life, the Colts ought to have enough firepower to see off a Bengals side going into the postseason off the back of three losses in their last eight outings.

Pittsburgh Steelers (-6) to beat Baltimore Ravens @ 11/8

Going down 25-13 to a Houston Texans outfit of questionable quality in their final regular-season away fixture wasn’t a great way for Baltimore to round off their road schedule, even if the 2012 Super Bowl champions did come back at home in their last match to beat the Cleveland Browns 20-10.

A Steelers side bouncing from four wins on the spin will fancy their chances of a straightforward victory in Pennsylvania.

Arizona Cardinals (+6.5) to beat Carolina Panthers @ 10/11

Of all the unfancied away teams this weekend, Arizona may just be the ones to spring a shock.

Bruce Arians’ boys have only won one of four outside their Glendale headquarters since the start of November, but they beat the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys on the road this season, which is form not to be sniffed at.

The hosts may have beaten their past four opponents, but no team in the playoffs have been downed more times this season than Carolina, so a Cardinals handicap punt makes sense.

Dallas Cowboys (-9.5) to beat Detroit Lions @ 11/8

Only reigning champions Seattle go into the postseason in better form than Dallas, who won their last four regular-season games by at least 11 points on each occasion.

Detroit, on the other hand, lost three of their last four on the road by 10 points or more, so the Cowboys should scrape past this mark on their own patch.

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

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