The NFL Divisional Playoffs are here and only eight teams remain in the quest for Super Bowl glory. With four massive games on the docket for this weekend there are tons of betting options on offer at the world’s best online bookmakers.
NFL Divisional Round betting tips:
- Indianapolis Colts to cover +5.5 at -111.11
- Dallas Cowboys to cover +7 at -111.11
- New England Patriots to cover -4 at -111.11
- Eagles vs. Saints Over 50.5 at -111.11
Leg 1 – Indianapolis Colts vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Saturday, January 12 at Arrowhead Stadium
The Colts have won five straight games and head to Kansas City to take on likely MVP Patrick Mahomes and the top-ranked offense in the 2018 NFL season. The Chiefs had lost two games, giving up a total of 67 points, before only allowing three points in a blowout win over the Oakland Raiders in their last game.
Indianapolis beat the Houston Texans 21-7 last week in an AFC Wild Card game on the road where they had 21-point halftime lead and racked up 422 yards, including rushing for 222 yards. Andrew Luck has been great this season and way back in 2013 he led the Colts from 28 points down to shock the Chiefs in a playoff game in KC.
While the Chiefs have the offense, their defense only ranks 27th in the league against the run and second to last against the pass. If Luck plays well, the Colts will keep up with the Chiefs and at least cover the spread.
Tip: Colts to cover +5.5
Leg 2 – Dallas Cowboys vs. LA Rams
Saturday, January 12 at LA Memorial Coliseum
The Cowboys won their NFC Wild Card game last week at home, beating the Seattle Seahawks 24-22. Ezekiel Elliot rushed for 137 yards and also had 32 receiving yards on four catches. The Rams won their last two games of the season and are 7-1 at home, while Dallas are only 3-5 on the road.
Jared Goff had a rocky patch before regrouping in his last two games, where he passed for five touchdowns and no interceptions. Todd Gurley had a great season until suffering a knee injury late on, but he will play in this game. In his last four games, including his last two, he did not rush for more than 55 yards.
Love ’em or hate ’em, the Cowboys will do enough to cover the line in La La Land.
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Leg 3 – LA Chargers vs. New England Patriots
Sunday, January 13 at Gillette Stadium
The Chargers have won six of their last seven games and are 8-1 on the road this season. They had issues with turnovers in their last few games, but only had one and forced three in their 23-17 AFC Wild Card win over the Baltimore Ravens last week. Phillip Rivers has had a solid season, but facing Baltimore and their top-ranked defense he only passed for 160 yards. LA running back Melvin Gordon is banged up with a knee injury and only rushed for 40 yards total and an average carry of 2.4 yards in the win over the Ravens.
Tom Brady and company are back in familiar territory – at home in the playoffs. They won their last two games of the season and while Brady has some weapons and rookie Sony Michel had a good rookie campaign, the defense is the main issue for the Pats. They rank 21st overall on defense, coming in at 11th against the run and only 21st against the pass.
The Chargers are well balanced. Rivers leads a solid offense, while the defense ranks ninth against both the pass and the run. However, with Brady at home you have to take the Pats.
Leg 4 – Philadelphia Eagles vs. New Orleans Saints
Sunday, January 13 at Mercedes-Benz Superdome
These teams met earlier this season in New Orleans when the Saints crushed the Eagles 48-7. The home side racked up 546 yards and only gave 196 yards in that game, but this is a different Philly team. After that loss they went on to win six of their next seven games and, like last season, Carson Wentz was hurt and last season’s Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles stepped in. Furthermore, the Eagles’ pass defense has improved markedly over the course of the campaign.
It was Philly’s stoppers who stood up as they beat the Bears 16-15 in the NFC Wild Card game last weekend in Chicago. Can that same unit contain Drew Brees, who torched them earlier in the season to the tune of 363 passing yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions, and a New Orleans run game that ranks sixth in the league in rushing yards? Big question.
The Eagles will not get blown out like they did earlier this season. They will put up points against a New Orleans pass defense that only ranks 29th in the league. However, Brees is poised to have another big game and light up the scoreboard, which is why the total will go over the 50.5 line.
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