Sky Bet preview Wildcard Weekend and pick out some bets to watch
By Andrew Scurr. Last Updated: January 5, 2013 3:35pm
Peterson: 5/1 to score the first touchdown in Green Bay
The NFL playoffs get underway on Saturday with Wildcard Weekend, live on Sky Sports 1 HD, and Sky Bet preview each of the four match-ups.
With Super Bowl favourites Denver (3/1), New England (7/2) and San Francisco (11/2) all earning a week off, as well as Atlanta (15/2), they will be watching from afar as the intensity is cranked up a level in the post-season.
Houston and Cincinnati kick things off, as they did in the wildcard round a year ago, before NFC North foes Green Bay and Minnesota meet on Saturday night.
The action continues on Sunday as Baltimore host Indianapolis at 6pm, with rookie quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson going head-to-head to wrap things up in Washington as Seattle visit DC.
The Bengals travel to Houston in the first game of Wildcard weekend with the two sides in very different form, with Cincinnati having won seven of their last eight while the Texans have lost three of their last four.
Despite the form book, Houston are 4.5 point favourites on Saturday, with running back Arian Foster 11/2 (from 9/2) to score the first touchdown at Reliant Stadium.
Foster rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns in this same match-up a year ago as Houston romped home 31-10. A repeat margin of victory this weekend is available at 9/1 while Cincinnati to win by less than a touchdown is 9/2.
Less than a week after victory over the Packers secured their place in the play-offs, Minnesota head to Green Bay as 7.5 point underdogs on Saturday night.
Vikings star running back and potential MVP, Adrian Peterson, rushed for 409 yards in two games against Green Bay during the regular season and is the clear favourite at 5/1 (from 7/2) to score the first touchdown at Lambeau Field.
Aaron Rodgers threw for four touchdowns in the Week 17 loss in Minnesota and its 10/11 that the Packers score over 26.5 points again this weekend.
Chuck Pagano takes his young Indianapolis squad back to Baltimore on Wildcard Sunday with his side continuing to ride an emotional wave following his return from leukaemia treatment in the regular season finale against Houston.
The Colts were the surprise package of the 2012 season, having selected quarterback Andrew Luck first overall in last April's draft, and they will be targeting another upset against the Ravens.
Baltimore are odds-on at 4/11 in the match result market, while a victory for the underdog by 1-6 points is a 5/1 shot - and almost everyone outside of Maryland will be cheering them to victory on Sunday.
Rookie quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson face off at FedEx Field in what on paper is the closest to call of the four Wildcard match-ups.
Seattle start as slight favourites, with the Redskins 4/1 to win by less than a touchdown. Elsewhere in the betting, running backs Marshawn Lynch (4/1) and Alfred Morris (9/2) head the first touchdown scorer market.
Both Griffin and Wilson also have the potential to score on the ground and are 5/4 and 3/1 respectively to be anytime touchdown scorers.