Game 2 of NFL wild-card Sunday kicks off at 4:40 p.m. with a playoff matchup that we have not seen since Christmas Eve of 1972. The Washington Redskins come into this game after claiming the NFC East title in Week 16. Each team is trending in the opposite direction, with the Packers losing their last two games by a combined 58-21. The Skins, on the other hand, are on a four-game win streak, three of those games coming away from home. The spread sees Green Bay as 1-point favorite. Why, you ask? Good question. I will let you know if I find out!
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Here we will look past the point spread for the sake of this article and dive into some of the best prop bets for each game with some picks, predictions and analysis.
Green Bay Packers vs. Washington Redskins
FedEx Field, 4:40 p.m. EST. Jan. 10, 2016
The Green Bay Packers had their quest for a fifth consecutive NFC North title snatched away in the season finale by the Minnesota Vikings. I don't know what hurts more… the fact that Minnesota beat them on the once-impenetrable Lambeau Field when it counted the most or the fact that they started the season off 6-0. Without Jordy Nelson, the Packers offense has looked slow, predictable and devoid of the deep-ball threat. Can they keep up with this high-powered (can't believe I used that adjective) Redskins offense? They have been lethal over the last four games, averaging 32.8 points per game. Washington went 6-2 at home this year, and they look poised to win a playoff game for this first time since 2005.
Team to Score Longest Touchdown
Green Bay -120, Washington -120
I love this prop. I think Kirk Cousins is going to have a great day slinging the rock against this Packers defense. (I cannot believe I just wrote that). I will even go one step further as to predict who I think will win this prop for me. DeSean Jackson. He is quick off the line of scrimmage and can burn the very best cornerbacks and safeties trying to cover him. He's also a great punt returner, and with a few extra touches of the ball with space he is surely bound to make something happen. DeSean has four touchdowns on the year of 56, 63, 28 and 77 yards. I think he will add another 50+-yard touchdown this week!
Pick: Washington -120
As stated in my first prop selection, I think "D-Jax" gets in the endzone one way or another. My gut also tells me Washington wins this game. Too many people are picking this game based on name recognition and past seasons. This is not your standard Green Bay team. This team seemingly has the slowest wide receiving corps in the game. James Jones, Randall Cobb and Richard Rodgers shouldn't strike fear into the minds of any defenses. Eddie Lacy is banged-up and always seems to be in the proverbial "doghouse". It's going to be a long offseason in Wisconsin after Kirk Cousins throws for 300+ yards, three touchdowns and one giant "YOU LIKE THAT?"
Pick: DeSean Jackson (anytime touchdown) + Washington Redskins Win by 7-12 Points. +700
Total Passing Yards - Kirk Cousins
"Over" 260.5 -110, "Under" 260.5 -110
Since I know you have been reading each prop prediction carefully, I doubt this pick came as a surprise to you. The offense is humming. Since Week 7, Cousins leads the league in completion percentage (72.4 percent) and passer rating (119.1). As a whole, the offense has averaged 428.7 yards per game over its last three games. That's bad news for a Green Bay team that comes limping into this game on the back of a blowout in Arizona and a terrible performance at home versus Minnesota. Jordan Reed and Pierre Garcon should have good days against this Packers secondary, and that opens up space for DeSean Jackson to take the top off the defense and allow Kirk Cousins to push the ball downfield. I already predicted 300+-yards for Kirk Cousins and three touchdowns. Lets add no interceptions and one more giant "YOU LIKE THAT!?"
Pick: "Over" 260.5 -110
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