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Place Your Bets: Wild Card Weekend



    If you live in Nevada, Oregon, Montana or Delaware, you're in luck. Otherwise, go to Canada or Europe, or those rogues in New Jersey and get your bet on for the NFL weekend!

    1. Cincinnati at Houston (-4.5), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. — The Texans have been on a slide, losing their last two games to close out the regular season. Their once-feared defense has struggled as of late thanks to some injuries and the Bengals have revenge on their minds after the Texans topped them in this round last year. This year, it'll happen again. Arian Foster and Andre Johnson will both have big games and J.J. Watt will be in Andy Dalton's kitchen all day long.

    2. Minnesota at Green Bay (-7.5), Saturday, 7 p.m. — Last week, the Vikings beat the Packers to get into the playoffs and Adrian Peterson rushed for 199 yards after going for more than 200 in the teams' first meeting. Now, we get Round 3. Packers linebacker Clay Matthews has said they won't let Peterson have a game like that again. Expect them to load the box and make Christian Ponder beat them. Plus, the Packers don't lose playoff games in Lambeau very often.

    3. Indianapolis (+7.5) at Baltimore, Sunday, noon — The Ravens will win this game and knock off the hot charging Colts, but it'll be by a touchdown or less. Ray Lewis announcing his retirement this week — the week he returns from an injury he suffered in Week 6 — will undoubtedly have the Ravens ready to play. Plus, the Ravens are a different team at home.

    4. Seattle (-3.5) at Washington, Sunday, 3:30 p.m. — A road favorite in the playoffs? That doesn't happen very often, but this is a pretty good case. Look, Washington is obviously a great team with some dynamic young players. Seattle's the same way. One big difference between these teams is the defenses. Seattle's is very good (moreso at home than on the road), while Washington's is pretty bad, especially against the pass.

    Last week:2-3. 2012 season: 44-36.