NFL 2023 Week Super Wild Card Round – Odds, Predictions & Picks

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Darren Cooper
10/01/2024/
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NFL 2023 | Super Wild Card Round

Super Wild Card weekend is here with three games in the AFC and NFC. The weather will be a factor, with wind and cold expected in both Kansas City and Buffalo. There’s plenty on the line as Dallas hosts the Packers trying to realize their dream of getting to the Super Bowl. The Eagles have struggled for weeks and now take on the Bucs in Tampa, and the surprising Browns take on CJ Stroud and the Texans. We break it all down.

Odds provided by Fanduel

GamesAway OddsHome OddsInfo (EST)
Browns @ Texans-144+122Reliant Stadium, Saturday, 4:30 p.m
Dolphins at Chiefs+160-190Arrowhead, Saturday, 8 p.m
Steelers at Bills+410-1150Highmark, Sunday, 1 p.m
Packers at Cowboys+310-390AT&T, Sunday, 4:25 p.m.
Eagles at Bucs-152+128Raymond James, Monday, 8 p.m.

Cleveland Browns (11-6) vs. Houston Texans (10-7)

Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns

This was not the way the Browns drew up the season, but here they are with a top-rated defense and riding the arm of (checks notes) Joe Flacco, who’s moment in the sun was 12 years ago with the Ravens. The Browns have the defense that can close down the throwing lanes for Texans star rookie QB CJ Stroud and Flacco knows not to make any mistakes. The Browns are better than people think.

Injury Report:

  • Juan Thornhill - Q
  • Greg Newsome II - Q
  • Dustin Hopkins - P
  • Marquis Goodwin - Q
  • Mike Ford - Q
  • Myles Garrett - P
  • Amari Cooper - P

Houston Texans

Houston TexansStroud has been amazing since taking over the Texans. He shows poise and accuracy that don’t fit his age and experience level. Also, running back Devin Singletary is a special talent coming out of the backfield. First-year coach DeMeco Ryans deserves all the praise for energizing this franchise. Cleveland beat the Texans 36-22 three weeks ago, but Stroud didn’t play. But I think Cleveland is just a better team. 

Injury Report

  • Robert Woods - Q
  • Jonathan Greenard - Q
  • Noah Brown - Q

 

SportsbookPickOdds
FanDuel SportsbookBrowns -2.5-115
DraftKings SportsbookBrowns ML-148
BetMGM Sportsbook ReviewUnder 44.5-110

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Miami Dolphins (11-6) vs. Kansas City Chiefs (11-6)

Miami DolphinsMiami Dolphins

The Dolphins have to be reeling after losing out on an AFC East title to the Bills. QB Tua Tagovailoa still leads the No. 1 ranked Dolphins defense, but injuries have started to derail how the Dolphins can attack and Tua just can’t do it all by himself. The Chiefs beat the Dolphins over in Germany 21-14 in Week 9. The weather in KC supposed to be in the mid-10s with big wind, that hurts the Dolphins more than the Chiefs. The total started at 40.5 and continues to drop.

Injury report

  • Bradley Chubb - O
  • Xavien Howard - O
  • Jerome Baker - O
  • Andrew Van Ginkel - O
  • Jevon Holland - Q
  • Raheem Mostert - Q
  • Jaylen Waddle - Q

Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City ChiefsNo, the Chiefs don’t look like the team that won the Super Bowl last year. They don’t have the same explosiveness on offense, and without Tyreek Hill (who will be with the Dolphins) they don’t have the deep threat to spread the field. When things break down, they rely too much on Patrick Mahomes to run and make plays or find Travis Kelce. It will be enough against Miami, but bigger foes await.

Injury report:

  • Kadarius Toney - Q
  • Rashee Rice - Q
  • Donovan Smith - Q
  • L’Jarius Sneed -   Q

 

SportsbookPickOdds
FanDuel SportsbookChiefs -4-110
DraftKings SportsbookChiefs ML-218
BetMGM Sportsbook ReviewUnder 44-110

Pittsburgh Steelers (10-7) vs. Buffalo Bills (11-6)

Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers

How did the Steelers pull this off? Somehow they’ve gotten into the playoffs with a third-string quarterback leading the way. Mason Rudolph has been good each of the last three weeks, but his bubble is about to pop. The Steelers don’t have the defense to corral Josh Allen for the Bills. Plus, Pittsburgh is likely without star defensive lineman TJ Watt for this one. He led the NFL with 19 sacks. Pittsburgh is just happy to be here.

Injury report:

  • TJ Watt - O
  • Trenton Thompson - Q
  • Minkah Fitzpatrick - P

Buffalo Bills

Buffalo BillsAt one point this season the Bills were 6-6 and everyone thought their Super Bowl window was closing fast. Instead, the Bills have surged to five straight wins, including a huge 21-14 win in Miami to win the division and are the 2 seed. The Bills are what they are, a high-risk, high-reward team led by quarterback Allen. Running back James Cook made the Pro Bowl for the first time. The spread is high, but I think the Bills keep rolling.

Injury report:

  • Gabe Davis - Q
  • Ty Johnson - Q

 

SportsbookPickOdds
FanDuel SportsbookBills -10-110
DraftKings SportsbookBills ML-535
BetMGM Sportsbook ReviewUnder 36.5-110

Green Bay Packers (9-8) vs. Dallas Cowboys (12-5)

Green Bay PackersGreen Bay Packers

Give the Packers some credit for winning their last three games to get in. New quarterback Jordan Love hasn’t been great, but he has made plays when he had to. Aaron Jones is really the difference maker for the Packers offense.

He’s been hurt a lot this season, but he averages almost five yards a carry. Rashan Gary leads the defense with nine sacks. But the Packers only win this game if the Cowboys collapse.

Injury report:

  • Romeo Doubs - Q
  • Christian Watson - Q
  • Isaiah McDuffie - Q
  • AJ Dillon - Q

Dallas Cowboys

Dallas CowboysThe Cowboys in the playoffs have become A Thing in the NFL. Dallas always seems boosted up during the regular season only to fall apart in the playoffs. Already there’s talk if Mike McCarthy loses this game, he will need a new job on Monday. The Cowboy Universe can relax in this one. This is a good match-up for them. They are much more talented than the Packers and experienced. Dallas wins this one going away.

Injury report:

  • Zack Martin - P
  • Stephon Gilmore - Q
  • Tyler Smith - Q

SportsbookPickOdds
FanDuel SportsbookDallas -7.5-104
DraftKings SportsbookDallas ML-375
BetMGM Sportsbook ReviewOver 50.5-110

Philadelphia Eagles (11-6) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-8)

Philadelphia EaglesPhiladelphia Eagles

The biggest mystery in the NFL is what happened to the Eagles in the last six weeks. They lost five of their last six games. Quarterback Jalen Hurts looks timid and slow, the running game evaporated and the defense suddenly forgot how to play. The Eagles were in the Super Bowl last year. They may have problems they can’t fix right now, but Philly spanked the Bucs back in Week 3, and the Bucs are not a good team. Philly gets back on track in Tampa.

Injury report:

  • AJ Brown - Q
  • Jalen Hurts - P
  • Sydney Brown - O
  • DeVonta Smith - Q
  • Darius Slay - Q
  • D’Andre Swift - Q

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay BuccaneersThe Bucs won the mess that was the NFC South, getting by the Panthers in an ugly 9-0 triumph in Week 18. Baker Mayfield has played well, but he’s banged up with a rib injury and got hurt again in Carolina. The Bucs defense is still good up front, but that’s right where the Eagles are good too. I know the Eagles have issues, but this looks like a win for the Birds.

Injury report:

  • KJ Britt - Q
  • Rakim Jarrett - Q

 

SportsbookPickOdds
FanDuel SportsbookEagles -3-110
DraftKings SportsbookEagles ML-155
BetMGM Sportsbook ReviewUnder 43.5-110

Born and raised in Louisiana, Darren Cooper has a fond appreciation for bayous, Mardi Gras beads and the sports betting industry. Darren has worked for multiple print and online publications since 1998, primarily as a sports columnist in the Northeast. He’s covered a Super Bowl (it was a blowout), the World Series (same) and the NBA Draft (man, those guys are tall). For the last few years he’s dug deep into the sports gambling industry as it exploded across America, learning how the legal sausage is made and how while all the sportsbooks look the same, they all have different identities and styles. He’s learned to always bet within his means -- and take the under. When not in front of his computer creating, Darren spends time with his three boys. He runs, reads and is always looking for the next big thing to write about.