Pittsburgh vs. Denver Game Info and Betting OddsWhen: 4:40 PM ET, Sunday, January 17, 2016 Where: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado NFL Odds: Denver -6.5 Over/Under: 41 Analysis: The Denver Broncos may have struggled offensively all season long in ranking 16th in total offense, 14th in passing, 17th in rushing and a mediocre 19th in scoring (22.2 ppg), but I believe the Broncos’ defense is too good to lose to a Pittsburgh Steelers team that will limp into this matchup with some serious health issues. Sure, the Steelers managed to beat the perpetually underachieving Cincinnati Bengals in their AFC wildcard matchup last weekend, but the Steelers are going to find out on Sunday that the Broncos aren’t nearly as insane as the Bengals, en route to what I believe will be a convincing loss.
Kansas City at New England Betting Odds and Game InfoWhen: 4:35 PM ET, Saturday, January 16, 2016 Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts NFL Odds: New England -5 Over/Under: 43 When it comes to the New England Patriots, I just don’t like the defending Super Bowl champions as a favorite over the incendiary Kansas City Chiefs and apparently, 60 percent of the betting public agrees! The Patriots lost their final two regular season games – and a stunning four of their final six games overall. The worst part of the Pats struggles is the fact that they lost to pitiful teams in Philadelphia and Miami along the way and that simply does not bode well for them coming into this contest in my opinion.
I know Tom Brady will have Julian Edelman back and a healthier Rob Gronkowski, but I don’t believe that will be enough to help them get past a Chiefs defense that finished the regular season ranked in the top 10 across the board defensively, including points allowed (17.9 ppg, third). The Chiefs are 9-3 ATS in their last dozen games after allowing less than 15 points in their previous game and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against their AFC counterparts while the Patriots have gone 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight games and just 4-9 ATS in their last 13 playoff home games. Right now, I say the Kansas City Chiefs are the better team on both sides of the ball and they’ll stop the New England Patriots from cashing in as a favorite in this contest.