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NFL Divisional Round Betting Odds and Predictions

The NFL Divisional Round is set to begin on Saturday, Jan 12 and NFL fans will be treated to four terrific games. The home teams are favored in each contest, with the biggest spread being just 8.0 points. Let’s take a look at the four divisional round games before picking a winner for each game.

Kansas City Chiefs -5.5 vs. Indianapolis Colts:

The AFC’s top overall seed, the Kansas City Chiefs, will host the upset-minded Indianapolis Colts on Saturday afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium. The Colts were able to reach this round by beating the Houston Texans in the Wild Card Round. There is no doubt that the Chiefs were the much better team during the regular season, but the Colts are red-hot. Kansas City has also had a rough past in terms of winning playoff games, and head coach Andy Reid will have a big monkey on his back in this game. The only way that the Colts will be able to stay in this game is if they get another huge game from their defense. Indianapolis allowed just seven points in their first playoff game, and rookie linebacker Darius Leonard is the leading tackler in the NFL. I think that this will be close for most of the game, but Patrick Mahomes is simply too good for the Chiefs. Mahomes threw for over 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns during the regular season, and he will put on a show in his first ever playoff game. Bet the Kansas City Chiefs -5.5 over the Indianapolis Colts.

Los Angeles Rams -7.0 vs. Dallas Cowboys:

The Rams looked like the favorites to win the Super Bowl for much of the season, but then the month of December hit. Los Angeles lost two of their final four games of the season, and quarterback Jared Goff took a big step back. The Rams still have one of the best players in the NFL in running back Todd Gurley, who appears to be fully healthy for this game. Dallas meanwhile, won seven of their final eight games, and their offense is really starting to click. The Cowboys have played terrific defense all season, allowing just over 20 points per game, but they can now win on both sides of the ball. I’m still not completely sold on quarterback Dak Prescott, but running back Ezekiel Elliott is good enough to carry that offense. Elliott ran for over 130 yards in the Wild Card Round and should have a big game against a struggling Rams defense. The Rams will find a way to win this game, but it will be close. Take the points and bet on the Dallas Cowboys +7.0 in this game.

New England Patriots -4.0 vs. Los Angeles Chargers:

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are looking to make another run to the Super Bowl. Standing in the Patriots way is Philip Rivers and the red-hot Los Angeles Chargers. Rivers is having the best season of his career, throwing for over 4,300 yards this season in leading the Chargers to a 12-4 record. Los Angeles has a ton of offensive weapons, most notably Melvin Gordon. Gordon ran for just 40 yards in the Wild Card Round, but he should be able to feast on a weak Patriots defense. The Chargers offense will be able to put up some points in this game. New England doesn’t look like the same team from a season ago, and there are plenty of holes in their game. The Patriots did go 8-0 at Foxboro Stadium during the regular season, but Tom Brady started to show some signs of age. It just feels like the Chargers are the much better team in this game, and they will go into Foxboro and take down Brady and the Patriots. Bet the Los Angeles Chargers +4.0 over the New England Patriots.

New Orleans Saints -8.0 vs. Philadelphia Eagles:

The defending champion Eagles just refuse to be eliminated and were able to survive against the Chicago Bears in the Wild Card Round. Nick Foles has now led the Eagles to four straight playoff victories but will face an extremely tough test this weekend. Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints were almost unstoppable all season long on offense, and they are nearly impossible to beat at home. The Saints averaged over 31 points per game this season, and they should destroy an Eagles team that has struggled to defend the pass. The Eagles have had a terrific turnaround of late behind Foles, but there is a reason that they went just 9-7 during the regular season. Philadelphia lost by a score of 48-7 earlier this season, and this game likely won’t go much better. New Orleans has way too much offense for the Eagles, and they will get a comfortable win. Bet the New Orleans Saints -8.0 over the Philadelphia Eagles.

NFL Wildcard Round Betting Odds and Predictions

The Wild Card Round of the NFL Playoffs is set to kick off with a pair of games on both Saturday and Sunday. There are plenty of intriguing matchups and storylines, but all four home teams are favorites this weekend. Let’s preview each game before making a prediction for the winner in each matchup.

Houston Texans -1.5 vs. Indianapolis Colts:

Andrew Luck carried his Colts into the playoffs this season, and they will now take on AFC South rival, Houston Texans. These two teams split their two games during the regular season, and this should be an extremely competitive game. Indianapolis will try to use their quick-strike offense to beat the tough defense of the Houston Texans. J.J. Watt gets plenty of headlines in Houston, but the Texans have a deep and extremely talented defensive front. The Texans will do all that they can to get pressure on Luck in this game, but it won’t be easy. Indianapolis has a great offensive line, and Luck threw for over 4,500 yards behind that stellar group. The Colts beat the Texans in Houston, 24-21, just weeks ago, and they should be able to do it again. Picking road winners is always risky in the NFL playoffs, but the Colts are just playing too well right now. Bet the Indianapolis Colts +1.5 over the Houston Texans.

Dallas Cowboys -1.5 vs. Seattle Seahawks:

Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett will be looking for his second ever playoff win when his team hosts the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday night. This has all the makings of a defensive struggle, as the Cowboys and Seahawks both have terrific defenses. Dallas has been much better on offense since acquiring Amari Cooper, but the Cowboys are still averaging just 21.2 points per game. Running back Ezekiel Elliott ran for a league-high 1,434 yards during the regular season, but you can expect the Seattle defense to be ready for him. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has proven that he can lead his team to playoff wins, and he has had a terrific season. Wilson threw for just 193 yards per game this season, but the Seahawks have been running the ball like crazy. Dallas simply must win this game or Jerry Jones might lose his mind, and they will find a way to score just enough points to get it done. Bet the Dallas Cowboys -1.5 to beat the Seahawks at home in this game.

Baltimore Ravens -2.5 vs. Los Angeles Chargers:

The 12-4 Los Angeles Chargers will be on the road when they take on the 10-6 Baltimore Ravens in the Wild Card Round. Baltimore has been almost unbeatable since rookie Lamar Jackson took over the starting QB job, including 22-10 win over Los Angeles just two weeks ago. The Chargers feature one of the most balanced offenses in the league, with quarterback Philip Rivers leading the way. Los Angeles is expected to get tight end Hunter Henry back for this game, and running back Melvin Gordon is fully healthy as well. There is no doubt that the Chargers offense will be able to score some points against one of the top defenses in the NFL. Baltimore is averaging more than 150 rushing yards per game this season, and their offense does a great job of dominating time of possession. Lamar Jackson did a great job of getting the Ravens to the postseason, but things won’t be as easy for the rookie in the playoffs. Baltimore will be hard to beat at home, but the Chargers just have too many weapons. Take the points and bet the Los Angeles Chargers +2.5 over the Baltimore Ravens.

Chicago Bears -5.5 vs. Philadelphia Eagles:

The surprising Chicago Bears will host the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles in the final Wild Card Game on Sunday afternoon. Chicago has dominated opponents with their relentless defense all season long, while their offense has shown just enough to win games. On the flip side, the Eagles are lucky to be in the playoff field, but Nick Foles has them ready to make another run. The Bears allowed just 17.7 points this season and led the NFL in takeaways and defensive touchdowns. If Chicago is going to advance deep into the postseason, Khalil Mack is going to lead the way. Second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky threw for over 3,200 yards this season, but he still plenty of areas to improve. Philadelphia looks like a much better offense with Foles leading the way, and tight end Zach Ertz caught 116 passes during the regular season. The Eagles don’t have a star running back, and the lack of run game could play a huge role in this game. Chicago has just been too good on defense to pick against them to win the game, but the Eagles keep it close. Take the 5.5 points and bet the Philadelphia Eagles in this game on Sunday.

NFL Week 16 Betting Odds and Predictions

The 2018 season has reached the penultimate weekend, and there are still plenty of playoff spots up for grabs. Let’s take a look at the week 16 schedule and pick out the five best NFL games to bet on this weekend.

Los Angeles Chargers -4.5 vs. Baltimore Ravens:

The biggest and most important week 16 might be the Saturday night game between the Los Angeles Chargers and Baltimore Ravens. The Chargers are tied with the Kansas City Chiefs for the top spot in the AFC, while the Ravens are clinging to the number six seed. The Los Angeles offense has been clicking of late with quarterback Philip Rivers leading the way, and the Chargers should get running back Melvin Gordon back for this game.

Baltimore has been running the ball like crazy since Lamar Jackson took over the starting quarterback job, and the Ravens also feature one of the best defenses in the NFL. If the Ravens are able to establish their ground game, they might be able to slow down the Chargers explosive offense, but that is a tall task. Rivers has thrown for close to 4,000 yards this season, and has plenty of weapons on that side of the ball. This game should be an intense battle, but the Chargers are just too good at home. Bet the Los Angeles Chargers -4.5 over the Baltimore Ravens.

Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings -5.5:

The Minnesota Vikings head into Detroit needing a win to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Vikings will try to ride quarterback Kirk Cousins and wide receiver Adam Thielen to a wild-card spot in the NFC. Cousins has thrown for over 3,900 yards this season, and Thielen has racked up 1,255 receiving yards on 105 catches. The Vikings are still looking for a consistent running game, but their offense is good enough through the air.

Detroit will try to counter with their stud quarterback, Matthew Stafford. Stafford is having another monster season, throwing for 3,395 yards, but the Lions offense lacks weapons to really scare a defense. Minnesota has recorded 47 sacks so far this season, and they should be able to take advantage of a bad Lions offensive line. Detroit won’t just roll over for the Vikings, but Minnesota will get the much-needed win by a touchdown. Bet the Minnesota Vikings -5.5 over the Detroit Lions.

New York Jets vs. Green Bay Packers +2.5:

A pair of struggling teams will meet up in New York for a week 16 battle. The Green Bay Packers have missed out on the playoffs for two straight seasons, while the Jets are still trying to get back to relevancy after some rough seasons. Despite a poor record, the Packers still feature one of the best quarterbacks in league history in Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers has thrown for 3,974 yards this season, while throwing just two interceptions on the season. Wide receiver Davante Adams is an absolute stud, catching 100 passes for 1,315 yards this season, and he should find some room to operate against a struggling Jets defense.

Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold has shown some flashes of greatness this season, but he has also made some bad mistakes. The Jets struggle to score points, averaging just over 20 points per game, and this will be the difference on Sunday. Bet the Green Bay Packers +2.5 over the New York Jets in this game.

New Orleans Saints -6.0 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers:

A pair of terrific offenses will take the field in the SuperDome for what could be a high-scoring affair. Drew Brees is leading a Saints offense that is averaging a league best 32.8 points per game this season, and they will take on Ben Roethlisberger and a Steelers team averaging 27.3 points per game. New Orleans is just one win away from clinching home field advantage throughout the NFC Playoffs, and they are almost impossible to beat at home.

The Steelers are coming off of an impressive win against the Patriots in week 15, but they haven’t been very consistent this season. Look for the Saints to get their ground game going with Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram in this game, and then Brees will do his thing. The Steelers are in for a tough challenge on this game. Bet the Saints -6.0 over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Chicago Bears -4.0:

The NFC North Champion Chicago Bears will head west to battle the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. The Niners have won two games in a row despite playing a third-string quarterback in Nick Mullens. San Francisco is averaging just 21.4 points per game this season, but they have started to play better of late. The Bears have a solid offense with explosive playmakers, but their biggest strength has been the defense. Chicago is allowing just 18.9 points per game and lead the NFL with 35 takeaways. It is hard to win on the road in the NFL, but not when you have a defense like the Bears. Bet on the Chicago Bears -4.0 over the San Francisco 49ers.

NFL Week 12 Betting Odds and Predictions

Week 12 of the NFL season is set to kick off with three games on Thanksgiving Day. Many of the spreads in week 12 are rather large, but let’s take a look at five of the best games to bet on this weekend around the NFL.

Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears -3.0

The Detroit Lions will host the Chicago Bears in their annual Thanksgiving Day game. This is a rematch of a game that was played two weeks ago in Chicago in which the Bears beat the Lions 34-22. The Chicago Bears offense was absolutely unstoppable in that contest, but the Bears could be without Mitchell Trubisky in this contest. Trubisky injured his throwing shoulder in the win over the Vikings, and his status is questionable. Fortunately for the Bears, they still have Khalil Mack and one of the best defenses in the NFL. The Lions have struggled to score all season long, and Chicago will keep Detroit to a low number. Bet the Chicago Bears -3.0 over the Lions in this game.

Cincinnati Bengals -3.0 vs. Cleveland Browns

The Cincinnati Bengals will host the Cleveland Browns in an AFC North battle on Sunday. The Bengals are only a three-point favorite in this game, which is a bit of a surprise. Cleveland has won just three games this season, but they did pick up an impressive win over the Falcons in week 11. Quarterback Baker Mayfield has shown glimpses of greatness this season but has also been wildly inconsistent. The Bengals have been horrible on defense for much of this season, but they should be able to get some pressure on Mayfield in this game. The status of wide receiver AJ Green will play a huge role in this game, but it is likely that he will suit up. This should be a competitive game, but the Bengals have too much offense for the Browns in this game. Look for the Bengals to win a wild affair in Cincy. Bet the Bengals -3.0 over the Browns on Sunday.

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Arizona Cardinals +12.5

The Los Angeles Chargers are a whopping 12.5 point favorite over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. The Chargers were off to a 7-2 start to the season but suffered a last-second loss to the Denver Broncos last weekend. Quarterback Philip Rivers has thrown for nearly 3,000 yards and 23 touchdowns this season but threw two costly interceptions in the loss to Denver. The Cardinals come into this game with a 2-8 record, but they have been competitive in recent weeks. Arizona lost by just 12 points to the explosive Kansas City Chiefs two weeks ago, and they are still playing hard. The Los Angeles Chargers are the obvious pick to win this game, but the Cardinals won’t get blown out in LA. Take the points and bet the Arizona Cardinals +12.5 in this matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers.

Denver Broncos vs. Pittsburgh Steelers -3.0

Another road favorite this week is the Pittsburgh Steelers, who will be taking on the Denver Broncos. The Steelers have won six straight games to take control of the AFC North Division, while the Denver Broncos are clinging to playoff hope with a 4-6 record. The Broncos stunned the Chargers in week 11, and they have one of the top defenses in the NFL. Denver also averages over 124 rushing yards per game which should keep the explosive Steelers offense off of the field. The Steelers are still the pick in this game because quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is playing at an extremely high level. Big Ben has thrown for over 3,200 yards this season, and he should take advantage of a depleted Broncos secondary. Winning in Denver won’t be an easy task, but the Steelers will get the job done. Bet the Steelers -3.0 over the Broncos on Sunday.

Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans

One of the best games of the weekend will take place on Monday night when the Houston Texans play host to the Tennessee Titans. The Houston Texans have won seven straight games to take control of the AFC South Division, but a Titans victory could close the gap for the playoff spot. Houston has won their past two games by a combined four points, and this game should be extremely tight as well. The Texans feature one of the best pass rushing attacks in football, with J.J. Watt leading the way. The Titans will have to find a way to keep quarterback Marcus Mariota upright and healthy in this contest if they want a chance. Mariota has dealt with injuries all season long and has thrown just seven touchdown passes this season. The Titans can play defense, and that unit should keep them in this game right down to the wire. Houston has won seven straight games, and they will make it eight with a victory over Tennessee on Monday night. Bet the Houston Texans over the Tennessee Titans.


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