Sunday NFL Wild-Card Mega Preview: All the Betting Angles for Chargers-Ravens, Eagles-Bears


USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Nick Foles (9), Philip Rivers (17), Kahlil Mack (52).

Jan 06, 2019, 09:18 AM EST

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NFL Playoffs Betting Odds: Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore Ravens

  • Spread: Ravens -3
  • Over/Under: 41.5
  • Time: Sunday, 1:05 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: CBS

Betting Market

With more than 70% of spread bets, the Chargers are the most popular team of the weekend. It appears to be mostly public bets, though, as the line hasn’t moved nearly as much as it has for the other trendy dogs.

They remain at the opener of +3 at some books or at a heavily juiced +2.5 at others (you can find the updated odds here). — Mark Gallant

Weather Report

Wind could potentially be a factor in this game. The forecast is currently calling for 14 mph winds blowing across the field, but temperature and precipitation should not impact anything.

The Ravens are pretty well set up for windy games, as Lamar Jackson doesn’t air out passes too often, while Justin Tucker is perhaps the best kicker in the league. — Gallant

Trends to Know

The Chargers will play their seventh playoff game as a franchise in an early time slot (1:30 p.m. ET or earlier), with the six previous games coming on the road obviously due to the time difference.

The Chargers are 4-2 straight up in this spot. Philip Rivers started two of those games for the Chargers and is 2-0 SU and against the spread, covering the spread by 19 points per game, per our Bet Labs data.

Since 1990, any team based outside the Eastern time zone is 6-18 (25%) straight up and 11-12-1 ATS when playing at 1:30 p.m. ET or earlier in the playoffs.

Pacific time zone teams are 4-6 straight up in this spot, going 3-3 SU and 5-1 ATS over the last decade. — Evan Abrams

The Chargers are the most popular underdog bet of wild-card weekend. Since 2003, popular dogs in the playoffs, teams receiving at least 55% of bets, have gone 27-17-1 ATS. — John Ewing

The Ravens are 7-1 in the wild-card round all-time. Their one loss came at home against the Titans in a quarterback matchup of Steve McNair vs. Anthony Wright.

Only three of those eight wild card games came at home. The Ravens’ two previous Super Bowl championships came during years in which it played in the wild-card round.

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is 3-0 in his career in wild-card games — the latest coming in the Chargers most recent playoff win: at Cincinnati in 2013. — Stuckey

Did you know? The Ravens only beat one playoff team this season: the Chargers — Stuckey

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