2009 NFL Wild Card Playoff Matchups Overview & Betting Odds

2009 NFL Wild Card Playoff Matchups Overview & Betting Odds

In all of our years following the NFL betting scene, we have never seen anything quite like this: Three matchups that played out on the final day of the regular season will be re-run this weekend during the NFL Wild Card round.

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The Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys meet for the third time this season – and for the second time in six days – when they clash on Saturday night in Arlington. Also in the NFC, the defending conference champion Arizona Cardinals get another crack at the Packers at University of Phoenix Stadium after falling to Green Bay at home in Week 17.

The Cardinals and Packers meet on Sunday afternoon in the desert following the AFC Wild Card showdown between the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots-Ravens tilt is the only fresh matchup this weekend: The Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets will throw down again at Paul Brown Stadium on Saturday afternoon after the Jets smashed the Bengals in the Sunday Nighter.

Perhaps the only surprise bigger than this weekend’s unprecendented redux is the list of teams that didn’t make it to the postseason in 2009. Among the disappointments are the reigning Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers, who simply weren’t the same team without Troy Polamalu in the lineup.

AFC Playoff Matchups

NY Jets at Cincinnati – Saturday, 4:30 PM ET

Bet on Cincinnati Bengals -2½ or New York Jets 2½. Totals are over 34.0 (-110) and under 34.0 (-110). Moneylines for this game are Cincinnati Bengals -135 and New York Jets +115.

The Jets (9-7, 9-7 ATS) snuck into the playoffs by drilling the Bengals (10-6, 7-9 ATS) 37-0 as 9.5-point road favorites in the regular season finale on Sunday night, but expect a different affair when the teams hook up to kick off the playoffs on Saturday.

Cincinnati will bring its best game after resting many of its starters for long stretches against New York on Sunday. The Jets needed to win to get in, while the Bengals had already clinched the AFC North heading into the final game of the schedule.

That said, New York is among the hottest spread wagers in the league. The Jets are 5-1 ATS and SU in their last six games. For its part, Cincy is only 1-6 against the number (3-4 SU) in its last seven contests.

Baltimore at New England – Sunday, 1 PM ET

Bet on New England Patriots -3 (-120) or Baltimore Ravens 3 (even). Totals are over 43.0 (-110) and under 43.0 (-110). Moneylines for this game are NewEngland Patriots -175 and Baltimore Ravens +155.

The Patriots (10-6, 7-7-2 ATS) will be without wide receiver Wes Welker when they tackle the Ravens (9-7, 9-7 ATS) in Foxborough on Sunday.

Welker tore both the ACL and MCL in his knee in New England’s 34-27 loss at Houston (-7) on Sunday, and is expected to miss the remainder of the playoffs should the Pats advance past the Ravens.

Welker’s absence leaves a hole in New England’s offense that won’t be easily replaced, especially on short notice. Expect oddsmakers to open the Patriots in the neighborhood of 4-point chalk against Baltimore, but don’t be surprised if action comes in on the Ravens as a result of Welker’s injury.

NFC Playoff Matchups

Philadelphia at Dallas – Saturday, 8 PM ET

Bet on Dallas Cowboys -4 or Philadelphia Eagles 4. Totals are over 45.0 (-110) and under 45.0 (-110). Moneylines for this game are Dallas Cowboys -200 and Philadelphia Eagles +170.

With two SU and ATS wins over the Eagles (11-5, 9-7 ATS) this season, the Cowboys (11-5, 9-7 ATS) cashed the NFC East despite having the same record as their archrival.

Dallas looks to defeat Philadelphia for the third time this season – and for the second week in a row – on Saturday night at Cowboys Stadium.

Eagles backers had better hope their team was playing possum on Sunday, when the Cowboys (-3) shut out Philly 24-0 at their new stadium. Fifth in scoring offense this season at 26.8 points per game, the Eagles have put up only 16 points in their two meetings with the Cowboys.

Green Bay at Arizona – Sunday, 4:40 PM ET

Bet on Arizona Cardinals 0 or Green Bay Packers 0. Totals are over 47.0 (-110) and under 47.0 (-110).

In yet another rematch from Week 17, the sizzling Packers (11-5, 11-4-1 ATS) stay right where they are to begin the postseason against the Cardinals (10-6, 9-7 ATS) on Sunday afternoon.

Green Bay manhandled Arizona 33-7 to close out the regular season on Sunday, covering easily as 3-point underdogs against the NFL point spread.

You’d be foolish to wager against the Pack at the moment, considering they’re an impressive 7-0-1 ATS (7-1 SU) in their last eight games.

The winners of the mediocre NFC West for the second straight season, the Cards have played under the total in six of their last seven outings (4-3 SU, 3-4 ATS).

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