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NFL Playoffs betting stats: The good, the bad, the ugly
By Marc Lawrence

Don’t look now but the 2015 NFL season is in the rear view mirror and with it the start of the Wild Card playoff games begins this Saturday.

Let’s take a look at some of the best, and worst, trends surrounding this weekend’s card. Here’s a brief capsule of the teams and noteworthy trends…

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans

Good: Texans are 6-2 ATS as home dogs in games with both teams off a win

Bad: Chiefs coach Andy Reid is 2-9 SU and 3-8 ATS vs playoff foes off BB wins

Ugly: Chiefs are 2-8 SU and 0-10 ATS in last ten Wild Card Round games

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals

Good: Steelers 7-3 SU and 8-2 ATS L10 non Super Bowl postseason games

Bad: Wild Card Round road favorites are 6-15-1 ATS

Ugly: Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is 0-6 SUATS in playoff games

ATS Diabetes

Like kids in a candy store, NFL Wild Card teams playing off huge regular season wins tend to crash-and-burn in these playoff openers.

That’s because Wild Card teams, off a season-ending SU double-digit win as an underdog win, are just 5-15 SU and 4-15-1 ATS.

The Redskins and the Seahawks could be up against it this weekend.

Stat of the Week

The straight-up winner in NFL Wild Card Round playoff games is 111-12-4 ATS since 1980.