The 2019 starts in Houston on Tuesday night, with the Astros hosting the Washington Nationals. The Nationals cruised through the St. Louis Cardinals to their first World Series appearance. They now face a tougher test against the Houston Astros, who look to capture their second title in three years. Hard to not like the Astros with their pitching staff in this series, with Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander in the midst of two of the best seasons in recent memory.
NFL Divisional Playoffs 2019 Odds and Predictions
What will be the next NFL scores? Road teams again are offering great value in the NFL Playoffs, with the spreads this weekend range between 4.0 and 8.0 points. NFL odds have us leaning on the points in most games this weekend, with the Chargers and Patriots game looking like the hardest one to call.
NFL Quick Betting Facts
- No road team has made a Super Bowl since 2012
- Underdogs 4-0 ATS last weekend
- 1-3 Over/Under last weekend
- Home teams went 3-1 last year in Divisional Weekend
- Four teams scored 29 points or more this weekend last year
Indianapolis Colts vs. Kansas City Chiefs
With 89 combined passing touchdowns in the regular season, the first showdown of the NFL Divisional Playoffs weekend is all about the quarterbacks. The Indianapolis Colts are coming into this round of the playoffs as the hottest team in the NFL, winning 10 of their last 11 games.
While the Kansas City Chiefs had one of the best offences of all-time this season, their defence is what will decide whether the Chiefs can win a Super Bowl. The Chiefs are at their best when they can build a lead and rush the quarterback, averaging 4.0 sacks at home this season. However, the Colts have the best pass blocking in the NFL.
The Colts ability to protect Andrew Luck gives them a chance in any game. Add in the improvement of their running game and defence and the Colts are worth the points on Saturday.
Pick: Indianapolis Colts +5.5 (-110)
Dallas Cowboys vs. Los Angeles Rams
With a fierce defence and outstanding run game, the Dallas Cowboys are built for success in January. However, they face quite a different beast against the Los Angeles Rams and their high-octane offence. The Rams are the better team and are worth the points at home.
The key for the Rams is Aaron Donald and his ability to disrupt offences. The Cowboys will run Ezekiel Elliot, but they will need to open up the playbook to make Donald last effective. The problem for the Cowboys is they are not reliable to make big plays. Although Amari Cooper has been a great addition, their offence is still relatively mundane.
The week off for the Rams should give them plenty of time to get the offence looking like it did at the start of the season, which will make it hard, not only for the Cowboys to win, but to even cover the spread.
Pick: Los Angeles Rams -7.0 (-110)
Los Angeles Chargers vs. New England Patriots
In what bookmakers are calling the closest game of the weekend, see the Los Angeles Chargers head back to the East Coast to play the New England Patriots. This game is a case of the best road team facing the NFL’s best home team.
While Tom Brady owns Philip Rivers in his career, going 7-1 against him, this year’s Chargers team is better than most Brady has beaten. The problem for Philip Rivers and the Chargers is the Patriots do not lose playoff games at home. The Patriots have won eight straight home playoff games, with five of those wins coming by at least 18 points.
Brady has shown some signs of age this season, missing more on deep balls down the field. However, Bill Belichick is a master schemer and will put together a game plan to maximize the Patriots strength (which at home is their fourth-ranked rushing attack and third-ranked scoring defence).
As much as many would like to see the Patriots dynasty fall, betting against them is one of the riskiest bets in sports. Expect a close game, but take the Patriots on the moneyline.
Pick: New England Patriots (-200) to Win
Philadelphia Eagles vs. New Orleans Saints
The last game of the weekend sees the biggest spread of the playoffs thus far, as the New Orleans Saints open as 8.0-point favourites against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Saints marched all over the Eagles earlier in the season, beating them 48-7, the worse loss ever by a defending Super Bowl champion.
The Eagles have flipped the script since that loss, going 6-1 (including the playoffs). The question on the minds of most in this season is whether Nick Foles can continue his magic and win another huge game as a road underdog.
The problem for the Eagles is not Nick Foles’ play and abilities it is their secondary. The Eagles were torched for 304 passing yards per game on the road this season. While the group looked better the last two weeks, they have not faced a quarterback of Drew Brees’ calibre, since they loss 48-7 to Drew Brees. In that game, the Saints put up 373 passing yards while also averaging 5.41 rushing yards per attempt. Those stats alone should instill confidences in bettors that the Saints can win again on Sunday.
Pick: New Orleans Saints -8.0 (-110)
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