The defending Super Bowl-champion Patriots might look vulnerable, but they're still 7-2 against the spread in their last nine playoff games, not to mention a stunning 42-20-3 against the number in their last 65 home games. Their opponent on Saturday in the 2020 NFL Playoffs, the Titans, are public darlings after an impressive second-half surge and thus are getting only 4.5 points from oddsmakers, according to the latest NFL spreads.
Should you back history or the hot team with your NFL picks? And which other Wild Card games are offering value in the latest NFL odds? Before you make any Wild Card NFL bets or predictions, see the NFL best bets from legendary handicapper Hammerin' Hank Goldberg over at SportsLine.
Hammer swept his best bets again last week, cashing with the Titans, Falcons and 49ers. That makes Hammer 14-4 on best bets the past six weeks and a dominant 41-24 dating to last season. Already this season, he's swept his best bets five times. Anyone who has followed those picks is way up, and anyone who has parlayed them is doing even better.
This is the same handicapper who enjoyed 15 winning seasons in his 17-year ESPN run. In 2017, Hammer competed against 10 top handicappers in the Las Vegas Review-Journal's NFL Challenge and beat them all, finishing 50-29-6 on against-the-spread NFL picks.
Led by quarterback Deshaun Watson, Houston knows how to handle big games, evidenced by wins this year against New England, Kansas City and Tennessee. Defensively, J.J. Watt returns from a torn pectoral muscle to boost the pass rush and give the entire team an emotional lift. Houston went 4-2 against the spread versus teams like Buffalo that allow fewer than 21 points per game.
Goldberg also has locked in confident plays on Titans vs. Patriots and Seahawks vs. Eagles. In fact, Hammer says the Tennessee vs. New England line is way off. You can only see his three best bets at SportsLine.
What are Hammer's top NFL Wild Card expert picks? Which side of the Titans vs. Patriots showdown do you need to be all over? Visit SportsLine now to see Hammerin' Hank Goldberg's Wild Card weekend best bets, all from the legendary handicapper who's 14-4 in his last 18 best bets.