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NFL Divisional Round Betting Preview
Eight teams and four games highlight an action-packed Divisional weekend of the 2021 NFL Playoffs. Find our betting on the games here!
The NFL playoffs continue with the Divisional Round weekend with two games on January 16 and 17. We have some fantastic matchups this weekend, with legendary quarterbacks duelling it out for potential the final time, two budding young stars duking it out on Saturday night, plus the top team in each conference finally getting in on the action. You can check out our NFL Divisional round betting preview below.
Green Bay Packers vs. Los Angeles Rams
|Home Team||Road Team|
Green Bay Packers
|-7.0 (1.91)||+7.0 (1.91)||Los Angeles Rams|
The first game of the weekend sees the likely National Football League MVP Aaron Rodgers taking on a stout Rams defence. However, that stout Rams defence could be without the services of their best player (and potentially the best player in football), Aaron Donald.
The Rams are also compromised at quarterback. The Rams started John Wolford, but after an early injury, they were forced to put Jared Goff – who is still recovering from a broken thumb. Goff did not look great against the Seahawks. While he did not commit any turnovers, he only completed 9 of 19 passes for 155 yards and a touchdown.
Those numbers are sufficient against a Seattle offence that has looked anemic the last two months. Against the Packers, they are not nearly good enough. We like the Packers to take of business against a Rams team struggling with injuries.
Pick: Green Bay -7.0 (1.91)
Buffalo Bills vs. Baltimore Ravens
|Home Team||Road Team|
A spicy showdown between two super athletic quarterbacks – Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson – is the perfect game for Saturday night. This is the closest game of the weekend (when looking at the odds), and we expect the game to be closely contested, which is why we are taking the Buffalo Bills on the moneyline.
The Bills and Ravens are the hottest teams in the NFL. The Ravens and their rushing attack have stampeded over opponents the last six games – averaging 262.2 rushing yards per game (and topping at least 159 rushing yards in all six).
Bills’ quarterback Josh Allen has been on a tear of his own lately. In the Bills’ last five games – all wins – Allen has tossed 1516 yards and 15 touchdowns to only two interceptions. He has also punched in two rushing TDs and added 110 yards on the ground.
If both teams are on a tear right now, why are we going with the Bills over the Ravens? How well each team performed in Wild Card weekend. The Ravens – despite good yardage total – only put up 20 points on the Titans – whose defence ranks in the bottom of most categories, including DVOA at 29th in the league. The Bills, on Saturday, moved the ball well against the Colts – who are a top-10 defence in the NFL this season and have two First-Team All-Pros in their front seven.
Pick: Buffalo Bills (1.76) to Win the Game
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cleveland Browns
|Home Team||Road Team|
Kansas City Chiefs
|-10.5 (1.93)||+10.5 (1.88)||Cleveland Browns|
The Browns put on quite the show on Sunday night, vanishing their most-hated rival – the Pittsburgh Steelers – for their first playoff win in 25 years. They now head to Kansas City to the top-seed in the AFC. While we have a hard time seeing the Browns actually winning the game, we like the Browns to cover.
The Chiefs are not great against the spread when they are favoured by double-digits. During the 2020 season, the Chiefs were favoured by ten points or more in six games. In those six games, the Chiefs went 2-4 against the spread.
The Chiefs also are not great at stopping the run. The Chiefs rank 21st in rushing yards allowed. The Browns finished the season with the third-ranked rushing offence. The Browns will feed the ball to Kamar Hunt and Nick Chubb, limiting the Chiefs’ possessions and helping keep this game close.
Pick: Cleveland Browns +10.5 (1.88)
New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Our lock of the week is the over in Saints-Bucs game. The Saints have scored at will against the Buccaneers the last three seasons – averaging 34.2 points per game in their previous six against the Bucs and never scoring less than 28 points.
The Bucs offence is rolling as of it. They have put up at least 31 points in the last four games and have arguably the most dangerous trio of wide receivers – Antonio Brown, Mike Evans, and Chris Godwin – in the NFL playoffs.
While both the Saints and Bucs have good defences, we expect this game to turn into a battle of the offences and the over in this game to hit with ease.
Pick: Over 51.0 Points (1.91)
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