NFL Divisional Round Betting Odds, Predictions And Picks

Posted by Henry Watkins on Thursday,January 12, 2017 6:03, EDT in

Things are starting to get serious in the NFL playoffs, which means it’s time to start getting serious about making wagers for the Divisional Round. We have 4 games going this weekend, and all but one seems to have the makings of a tight match-up. If history has shown us anything in the NFL, though, it’s that we should come to expect the unexpected. I have spent most of this week looking at the teams involved and the match-ups, and I have come up with my picks for the Divisional Round games. Let’s break them down, one by one.

NFL Divisional Round Betting Odds, Predictions And Picks

 

 

Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons (-5.5) – OVER/UNDER 51.5

It’s the classic football match-up with this one: the unstoppable force versus the immovable object. The Atlanta Falcons have terrorized defenses all season long, and at times they have had to because of their defense, which is their Achilles heel. They faced the Seahawks, who happen to be in possession of one of the best defenses in the league, earlier this season, falling 26-24 on the road. I think this one is going to be just as tight, and I also believe that the point total is a little too high. I am taking Seattle to win and cover, and I’m also going with the UNDER.

Houston Texans at New England Patriots (-15.5) – OVER/UNDER 44.5

This has all the makings of a total blowout, as the Texans have just not been able to get anything going offensively all year long. They even benched big-money QB brock Osweiler a couple of weeks before the end of the season, but were forced to bring him back after Mike Savage went down hurt. On the bright side, the Texans do have a great defense, and that may hold them in this one for an extended period, which could keep it closer than expected, as well as low-scoring. I’m taking the Patriots to win, the Texans to cover, and I like the UNDER.

Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs (-1.5) – OVER/UNDER 44

These two met earlier in the season at Heinz Field, and it was the Steelers who won that won in blowout fashion. The Chiefs are a much better team at home, but they don’t have an offense that can stack up with what Pittsburgh brings to the table. If the Chiefs can slow down LeVeon Bell, this game could be theirs, but if he is allowed to run wild like he did in the Wild Card game, things could get ugly pretty fast. I think the Steelers win and move on to the AFC Championship game, which would also mean that they cover. I see this one creeping slightly OVER the point total.

 

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Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys (-4.5) – OVER/UNDER 52.5

This figures to be the best game of the bunch, as there is a better than average chance that we are going to be treated to a shootout of epic proportions. The Packers are on a rol with 7-straight wins, but may be without the services of Jordy Nelson for this one. That should swing things in the favor of the Cowboys, but how will their rookie QB and RB handle the added pressure of the playoffs. I think the obvious bet here is the OVER, and I think the Packers will cover. If Nelson goes, be prepared for the upset.