NFL Playoffs - Expert Divisional Round Picks, Odds, & Analysis
Chief Sports Writer
It's time to kick off the NFL Divisional Round of the playoffs with two games on Saturday and two on Sunday! In this article, I will preview the four playoffs games with the spreads, moneyline and totals.
Plus, I'll discuss where I'm currently leaning with my Divisional Round Picks.
Cincinnati Bengals at Tennessee Titans (-3.5) – TOTAL: 46.5
Saturday at 4:30 pm ET on CBS
After receiving a bye in the opening round, the Titans will finally take the field in hopes of getting back to the AFC Championship Game for the second time in three seasons. But they’ll have to do it against a very dangerous Bengals team that showed no signs of nervousness on the big stage en route to defeating the Raiders last week.
This time around, though, Cincinnati will need to put the ball in the end zone instead of settling for field goals. The line opened at most shops with Titans -2.5, so it was certainly intriguing to see the line move up here. Currently, I’m favoring the Bengals at +3.5, but we’ll have to see what type of injuries and line moves occur up until Saturday afternoon.
San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers (-6) - TOTAL: 47.5
Saturday at 8:15 pm ET on FOX
This is another line that opened in a peculiar spot, with the Packers listed at -4.5. Since then, we have seen the line move all the way up to -6. Apparently, the public wasn’t that impressed with the 49ers' win over the Cowboys on Sunday.
I’m leaning Green Bay as of this writing on Tuesday, considering it was able to get a nice rest for QB Aaron Rodgers and his ailing toe. In addition, some of those other late-season bumps and bruises had time to heal for everyone else. Some might say that the Packers getting essentially a two-week break may be a detriment. However, this is an aging roster and they could have certainly used this extra rest.
Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-3) – TOTAL: 48.5
Sunday at 1 pm ET on FOX
The early money has been pouring in on the Rams, and that was bound to happen while they were dismantling the Cardinals on Monday night. It seems like the Buccaneers win on Sunday went totally unnoticed, albeit against a much lesser opponent in the Eagles.
The Bucs and Rams are two of the biggest liabilities out there for sportsbooks as Super Bowl champion bets, so it will be interesting to see if people hedge out on this. At the end of the day, it’s very hard to bet against Tom Brady when he’s at home. Tampa Bay still does have some injuries and those are worth keeping an eye on as we get closer to kickoff on Sunday.
Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs (-2.5) - TOTAL: 54.5
Sunday at 6:30 pm ET on CBS
The Bills-Chiefs rematch has the highest total of the week by a wide margin, and it comes with good reasoning. After all, these are probably the two best QBs in the NFL at this stage, and one really good team, unfortunately, has to go home for the season after this game.
Currently, it looks like the spread is favoring the Bills in this matchup. In fact, Buffalo absolutely dismantled Kansas City on its own field back in Week 5. I’d have to lean with the Bills in this one, but this is certainly going to be the best game of the entire weekend.