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Patriots, Texans open as favorites in AFC wild card round

We’ve got opening odds for the AFC wild card round matchups. We break down what Week 17 brought and look to the first weekend of the 2020 NFL playoffs.

Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills talks with Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans after the game at NRG Stadium on October 14, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images

The NFL has Sunday Night Football left to wrap up the NFC playoff picture, but the AFC is settled. The New England Patriots will host the Tennessee Titans and the Houston Texans will host the Buffalo Bills in the wild card round next weekend. Their game dates have not been scheduled, but we have opening point spreads, courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.

Titans +4.5 (-110)
Patriots -4.5 (-110)

The Patriots stumbled in a huge way to close out the season. If they beat the Miami Dolphins they would have clinched the No. 2 seed and a first round bye. Instead, Ryan Fitzpatrick and company stunned them for a 27-24 upset. The Titans needed a win to clinch the second wild card berth, and they rolled over Houston behind a 211-yard, three-touchdown monster effort from Derrick Henry.

Bills +3 (-109)
Texans -3 (-112)

The Texans benched several starters even before they saw the Chiefs win. Houston had a chance to improve to the three seed if Kansas City had lost, but they were instead able to treat Week 17 like a mini-bye — resting DeShaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins, Laremy Tunsil, and others. The Bills were in the same position having clinched the top wild card berth. Devin Singletary, John Brown, and Cole Beasley were all inactive, and Josh Allen got rest after a brief appearance.

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