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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 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 11 Betting Odds and Predictions

Just seven weeks remain in the 2018 NFL regular season, and some teams are facing near must-win situations entering week 11. Let’s take a quick look at some of the best NFL games to bet on this week.

Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay Packers +2.5

Week 11 of the NFL season kicks off with a terrific Thursday Night Football matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers. Both the Seahawks and Packers sit just outside of the playoff picture in the NFC, and the loser of this game will likely see their playoff hopes ended. Seattle has been the top rushing team in the NFL this season, and they will look to get their ground game going early in this game. Green Bay will likely let quarterback Aaron Rodgers lead them. Rodgers has thrown 17 touchdown passes this season, and he will need to have a big game against Seattle. The Seahawks have been playing better on defense of late, but Rodgers and company will prove to be too much. Bet the Green Bay Packers +2.5 to beat the Seahawks on TNF.

Chicago Bears -3.0 vs. Minnesota Vikings

Perhaps the biggest game on Sunday will take place in the Windy City between the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings. The winner of this game will take over first place in the NFC North, and will put themselves in great shape to make it to the playoffs. Chicago has been the biggest surprise in the NFL this season, and feature a top-5 offense and defense. Second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has completed 65 percent of his passes and has thrown 19 touchdowns. Khalil Mack leads a reborn Bears defense that is capable of making a big play on every snap. Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has been solid in his first season in Minnesota, especially getting the ball to Adam Thielen. Thielen leads the NFL with 947 receiving yards and has caught seven touchdowns this season. Minnesota was supposed to win this division this season, but the Bears appear ready to take control. This game will be a battle, but Chicago wins with a late touchdown. Bet the Chicago Bears -3.0 over the Vikings.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans +2.0

The red-hot Indianapolis Colts will take on the resurgent Tennessee Titans in an AFC South battle on Sunday. The Colts have won three straight games, while the Titans are coming off of their most impressive wins in recent memory. Quarterback Andrew Luck has been terrific for the Colts this season, throwing 26 touchdown passes to just seven interceptions. The Colts defense has been struggling this season, giving up 26.6 points per game. Darius Leonard leads the team with four sacks and 96 solo tackles this season. The Titans defense has carried them all season long, allowing just 16.8 points per game this season. Tennessee absolutely shut down Tom Brady and the Patriots offense last Sunday, and the Titans are starting to look like a playoff team again. The winner of this game will still have a legitimate chance of catching the Houston Texans in the AFC South, and our bet is that the Titans will be that team. Bet on Marcus Mariota and the Titans +2.0 over Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.

New Orleans Saints -8.0 vs. Philadelphia Eagles

This was supposed to be a matchup of two of the top NFC teams, but the Eagles have fallen on hard times. Philadelphia comes into this game with a 4-5 record, while the New Orleans Saints have won eight straight games to vault to the top of the NFC. The Eagles do feature a top-10 defense, giving up just 20.3 points per game, but they will face a tough test in this game. New Orleans is averaging 36.7 points per game on the season, and quarterback Drew Brees looks like the MVP of the league. The fact that this game is at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome gives the Saints an even bigger advantage in this one. Philadelphia looks like it will miss the playoffs a year after winning the Super Bowl, and they will get blown out in this game. Bet the New Orleans Saints -8.0 over the Eagles on Sunday.  If you are living out east and betting this game, check out some of the top West Virginia sports betting sites to place your bet at.

Los Angeles Rams vs. Kansas City Chiefs +2.5

The Monday Night Football game will be played in Mexico this week, and it is one of the best matchups in recent memory. The 9-1 Los Angeles Rams will take on the 9-1 Kansas City Chiefs in what could be a Super Bowl preview. Both teams are led by young quarterbacks, and this game could likely get into the 40’s. The Rams were dealt a tough blow on Sunday when they lost wide receiver Cooper Kupp for the remainder of the season. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes looks like he can’t be stopped, and running back Kareem Hunt has been running over people this season. This should be a terrific matchup, but the Chiefs have more talent on offense. Bet the Kansas City Chiefs +2.5 to beat the Rams in Mexico City.

NFL Week 10 Betting Odds and Predictions

The NFL season has reached the halfway point and teams are starting to make their moves for a playoff spot. There are several great games on tap for week 10, but we have identified the five best games to bet on this weekend. Let’s take a look at these games with a betting prediction for each of them.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. New Orleans Saints -4.5

The Cincinnati Bengals will host the red-hot New Orleans Saints on Sunday afternoon. New Orleans comes into this game riding a seven-game winning streak, and quarterback Drew Brees is having a historic season. The Bengals come in with a 5-3 record, but their defense has been atrocious so far this season. Cincinnati is giving up close to 30 points per game this season, and that recipe will not work out well against the high scoring Saints. Both of these teams could be playoff teams this season, but this game will still be a mismatch. Bet the New Orleans and their dynamic offense -4.5 over the Bengals on Sunday.

Chicago Bears -6.5 vs. Detroit Lions

The first place Chicago Bears will host the last place Detroit Lions in an NFC clash on Sunday. The Bears surprisingly have one of the top offenses in the NFL this season, but their real strength is on defense. Khalil Mack is expected back for this game, and the Bears defense should get plenty of pressure on Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. Stafford and the Lions passing attack have struggled this season, and they recently traded away their top receiver, Golden Tate. Detroit gives up plenty of points as well, and Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears offense should have a big day. Trubisky is another great play at PlayWV. The Bears have too much talent for the Lions and will win this game by a touchdown plus. Bet the Chicago Bears -6.5 over the Lions.

Cleveland Browns vs. Atlanta Falcons -4.0

The struggling Cleveland Browns will take on playoff hopeful Atlanta Falcons at home on Sunday. The Browns have lost four straight games after showing promise to begin the season, and it cost coach Hue Jackson his job. Atlanta has won three straight games to get back into the playoff picture in the NFC. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan leads an explosive passing attack that is averaging more than 320 yards per game.

Atlanta will try to take advantage of an aggressive, but young Cleveland defense on Sunday. Atlanta still is trying to find more consistency from their defense, after giving up over 28 points per game. The good news for the Falcons is that the Cleveland Browns offense has struggled of late under rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield. The Browns are still a year or two away from really being competitive, and the Falcons should take advantage of them and win their fourth straight game. Bet the Falcons -4.0 over the Browns.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Washington Redskins +3.0

This game could be one of the most intriguing matchups on the week 10 schedule. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a three point favorite over the visiting Washington Redskins in this game. Both the Bucs and Redskins are hard to figure out this season, with both teams being extremely inconsistent. Tampa Bay has lost five of their last six games to drop to 3-5 on the year, but they still feature the best passing attack in the NFL. Washington comes into this game with a 5-3 record, but looked horrible in a week nine blowout loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

The Redskins come into this game with a top-10 defense, but their offense has struggled throughout the 2018 season. Washington will also be without two of their starting offensive lineman for the remainder of the season. The Buccaneers defense is the worst in the league, and they put a ton of pressure on their offense to bail them out. Look for the Redskins to overcome their injuries and get a big win on the road in this game. Bet the Redskins +3.0 to beat the Bucs.

Philadelphia Eagles -6.5 vs. Dallas Cowboys

Longtime NFC East rivals will meet in prime time on Sunday night. Both the Eagles and Cowboys have struggled through much of this season, and both are trying to chase down the Redskins for the lead in the division. Philadelphia and Dallas have both struggled on offense this season, but feature two of the best defenses in the NFL. Points may be hard to come by in this game, but the Eagles will get a boost on offense in the form of wide receiver Golden Tate. Tate should improve a passing attack that is averaging 260 yards per game this season. Dallas is a mess on offense, and it doesn’t look like head coach Jason Garrett has any answers. The Eagles are at home, and have the better team. Bet Philadelphia -6.5 over the Cowboys on Sunday night.


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