It was a crazy weekend of Wild Card games last week, but now the action turns to the highly anticipated Divisional Round.
The four Wild Card winners face off against the division winners and punters would expect to see the home sides favoured heavily, but that’s not entirely the case this week.
Action kicks off with the Atlanta Falcons against the Philadelphia Eagles, where the visiting team is the current favourite.
8:35am Philadelphia Eagles vs. Atlanta Falcons @ Lincoln Financial Field
The Falcons looked like the team that went to the Super Bowl last season when they defeated the L.A. Rams with conviction last week.
The 26-13 win came over a team that had been dominant for most of the season, but the Falcons made them look second rate.
Philadelphia enjoyed a relatively stress-free season, that was until the injury of quarterback Carson Wentz.
A 6-0 loss to the Dallas Cowboys caused worry in the camp before heading to the playoffs, but fill-in QB Nick Foles has won big games in the past and that’s the only major change in their starting lineup.
Bookmakers currently have the Falcons as the –3 favourites, but they’re undervaluing the Eagles in this situation and we’re picking the upset to start the weekend.
Betting tip: Eagles +3 @ $1.92 (BET NOW)
Eagles by 3
12:15pm New England Patriots vs. Tennessee Titans @ Gillette Stadium
This is predicted to be the most one-sided game of the week and we couldn’t disagree with bookmakers on that, but there could be value with the underdog.
The New England Patriots are –13.5 favourites to win and there’s plenty of things working in their favour. Experience in prime time and the ability to come from behind at any given time are just two qualities of this side, but that’s a big line to cover.
Tennessee has already caused one upset this season when beating the Kansas City Chiefs 22-21 in the Wild Card last week. It’s going to take another herculean performance to knock off the Patriots, but can they win by two touchdowns?
Patriots QB Tom Brady has limited weapons on offence and the Titans have given up totals of 21, 10, 27, 25 and 12 in their last five games.
This will likely be a learning experience for the Titans, but they’re good enough to keep this one close.
Betting tip: Titans +13.5 @ $1.94 (BET NOW)
Patriots by 10
5:05am Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars @ Heinz Field
The win from the Jaguars wasn’t as convincing as we thought it would be against the Bills last week, but the defence was stout and it could give the Steelers some problems.
Jacksonville Jaguars’ fans have every right to be excited this season as they have a solid one-two punch with quarterback Blake Bortles and running back Leonard Fournette.
The latter is a rookie who has run for over 1000 yards this season and he will be running against a team that gives up plenty of points.
Pittsburgh went 13-3 this season, but they did have their troubles. Star wide receiver Antonio Brown is out injured and they only limped past the winless Cleveland Browns the last time on the field.
Home advantage will help the Steelers and having the experience of Ben Roethlisbeger at the helm helps, but this game won’t be so straightforward as some punters are predicting.
Betting tip: Jaguars +7.5 @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
Steelers by 2
8:40pm Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints @ U.S. Bank Stadium
Bookmakers have taken plenty of action on the Vikings to win the Super Bowl, yet they remain at only 4.5 favourites to win this game.
The Vikings have been one of the most impressive teams this season with a 13-3 record and a 7-1 record at home.
On the other side of the coin are the New Orleans Saints, which have also looked impressive at 11-5, but there have been struggles along the way.
They narrowly got past the Carolina Panthers last week and holding a lead hasn’t suited them well this season. Getting the lead will be the tough aspect this Monday as the Vikings defence ranks as one of the best in the NFL.
The Vikings have given up totals of 10, 0, 7, 31 and 9 over their last five games. That’s a great record and we think they have enough scoring power to get the job done.
Betting tip: Vikings –4.5 @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
Vikings by 10