Eight teams are left in the NFL and this week decides which four teams will make it to the Conference Championships next week.
The Wild Card round saw all four underdogs cover the spread, with three winning outright. Punters are expecting the favourites to kick back this week as the Chiefs, Rams, Patriots and Saints are all well-backed to win.
Will there be an upset in the Divisional Round or will the teams expected to advance rise up and put a stop to the underdog challenge?
We have free expert tips and analysis for all four games, which includes the Chiefs vs. Colts, Rams vs. Cowboys, Patriots vs. Chargers and Saints vs. Eagles.
8:35am Kansas City Chiefs vs. Indianapolis Colts @ Arrowhead Stadium
It’s admirable what the Colts have been able to do this season after starting off horribly and having Andrew Luck under an injury cloud. The Colts dominated the Texans last week and the play for Luck and his Colts defense was tremendous.
That being said, they’re about to come up against the Kansas City Chiefs, which doesn’t boast the same defense as the Colts but Patrick Mahones and the offense is out of this world.
Losing Kareem Hunt during the season hasn’t helped the Chiefs and they did lose two of their last three games to the Chargers and Seahawks, but we think they will be ready to fire on the big stage here.
Mahomes has thrown for an incredible 50 touchdowns this season and considering it’s his first full season as a quarterback in the NFL, it’s some feat. He will need to be playing at his best to decipher the Colts pesky defense, but we wouldn’t count against him.
With a 7-1 home record, the Chiefs should hold the advantage and bookmakers have set the line at 5, which could make this a tight cover.
Betting tip: Chiefs -5 @ $1.91 (BET NOW)
Chiefs by 6
12:15pm LA Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys @ LA Memorial Coliseum
Despite late-season losses to the Bears and Eagles, the Rams had a great season and punters should forget about those two performances.
They matchup much better against the Cowboys, who have exceeded expectations to get to this point and we don’t think they have enough strike power to overcome the Rams’ talented team on both sides of the ball.
We’re not discounting the chances of the Cowboys and they have won their last three coming into this, but two wide receivers are doubtful to play and that leaves quarterback Dak Prescott with little options through the air. They will rely heavily on running back Ezekiel Elliott, who has been a machine this season.
The worry for the Rams is that their running back Todd Gurley is under an injury cloud. By all accounts, the 17-touchdown man will line up this Sunday for the Rams, which is a good sign.
The line is currently set at –7.5 so we’ll stick with the margin options.
Betting tip: Rams 1-13 @ $2.54 (BET NOW)
Rams by 7
5:05am New England Patriots vs. LA Chargers @ Gillette Stadium
It has been a confusing season for the Patriots and although they boast an 11-5 record and an 8-0 record at home, it hasn’t been smooth sailing for the defending NFL Super Bowl champs.
Consecutive losses to the Dolphins and Steelers had some punters worrying about their playoff hopes but they got back to business when dispatching the Jets 38-3 to secure home advantage for the Divisional Round. That was key for the Patriots, which have dropped five games on the road this season.
On the other hand, the Chargers are 7-1 away from home and that’s a good sign for them coming into this. 2018/2019 has been tipped as the season Phillip Rivers gets his best chance to win a Super Bowl ring for the first time and we would have to agree with that.
He doesn’t have the best weapons at his disposal and having Keenan Allen as your top receiver is case and point, but he’s a fighter and will keep his team in the hunt throughout this game. Are the Chargers good enough to win? We’re not sure, but they’re at value odds and could cause an uproar on enemy territory.
Betting tip: Chargers +4.5 @ $1.91 (BET NOW)
Patriots by 3
8:40am New Orleans Saints vs. Philadelphia Eagles @ Mercedez-Benz Stadium
What an incredible turn around it has been for the Eagles, who have once again risen from the ashes with Nick Foles at the quarterback position. After sitting at 6-7 on the season and hopes of returning to the big dance fading, they scored three straight wins to make the playoffs.
That run continued on Monday when the Eagles upset the Bears after the Bears kicker missed a game-winning field goal in the dying seconds.
The Saints lost only three games throughout the regular season but two of them came to the Cowboys and the Panthers, with the Panthers loss coming by 33-14 in the final game of the season. That won’t instill them with confidence but they didn’t need to win that game.
Bookmakers have the Saints as the biggest favourites (-8) and that’s fair given that the conditions inside the dome will help the home side.
8 is a big number to cover but we think the Saints have too many weapons.
Betting tip: Saints -8 @ $1.91 (BET NOW)
Saints by 12