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Arizona Cardinals heartbreak among our playoff-themed NFL treble

| 20.12.2014

With two weeks left to play in the season, four teams have already booked their playoff berths across the NFL’s two conferences, leaving a mad scramble for the remaining eight spots behind them.

In this week’s accumulator, we focus on the sides that are still in contention for the postseason bonanza, picking out a treble that pays around 10/1 should all the bets land.

San Diego Chargers to beat San Francisco 49ers @ 20/21

The Chargers are one game behind the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens in the fight for a playoff Wildcard spot, so need to win at Levi’s Stadium and the following week against playoff-chasing Kansas City Chiefs in order to turn their fortunes around.

Doing so with a host of injuries will be tough, but they’ve won the last three against the 49ers, while the already eliminated hosts are more concerned with the future of their head-coach than getting their misfiring quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, back to form.

Green Bay Packers to beat Tampa Bay Buccaneers by 7-12 points @ 7/2

The Packers will punch their postseason ticket if they beat the Bucs on the road, but will still be able to duke it out for their division title the following week should the Detroit Lions also pick up a victory in week 16.

Playing away from Lambeau Field has been anything but simple for Green Bay this year, and they arrive in Tampa having won just three of their seven road trips this season. In the last four games they’ve either lost or won by a slim three-point margin.

That should change against the Buccaneers, who are the only NFL team yet to win at home this season and have lost seven a row infront of their own fans dating back to last season.

Seattle Seahawks to beat Arizona Cardinals @ 2/7

A win over the St Louis Rams last week saw the Cards seal a playoff spot for the first time since 2009, while keeping the dream of home-field advantage alive for the duration of the postseason.

Beating the defending-champion Seahawks would land them that advantage, meaning Arizona could play three playoff games at University of Phoenix Stadium before returning there for the Super Bowl. Arizona are 7-0 at home this season.

But, and it’s a big one, all of this must come against the current Super Bowl champs (who have maintained their dominance on the defensive end this term) and without their starting quarterback Carson Palmer. The Cardinals’ bubble is set to burst.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.