The NFL playoffs begin Saturday, January 3rd, and the schedule is out, as well as the all-important gambling lines. Plan accordingly.
Saturday, January 3rd
4:35 – Arizona at Carolina [ESPN]
Cam Newton’s first game as a pro was at Arizona in 2011. Arizona won, 28-21, but Newton threw for 422 yards and two TDs while rushing for one. The Cardinals beat the Panthers 22-6 in 2013. Newton threw three INTs in that game.
Line: Panthers -4.5
8:15 pm – Baltimore at Pittsburgh [NBC]
The Steelers split with the Ravens this year, winning 43-23 at home, and losing 26-6 on the road. The Ravens contained Antonio Brown with CB Jimmy Smith in the win; Brown caught 11 passes for 144 yards with Smith out in Pittsburgh’s win.
Line: Steelers -3.5
Sunday, January 4th
1:05 pm – Cincinnati at Indianapolis [CBS]
The Colts defeated the Bengals at home in October, 27-0. The Bengals had 135 yards of total offense, but WR AJ Green didn’t play.
Line: Colts -4
4:40 pm – Detroit at Dallas [FOX]
The Lions beat the Cowboys in October 2013, 31-30 in a thriller at home. There were 41 points scored in the 4th quarter, and Dallas led 27-17 with four minutes left. Detroit had 623 yards of total offense.
Line: Cowboys -7