2018 NFL Playoffs Divisional Round Preview

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There are only eight teams left in the NFL Playoffs seven games of football will decide the NFL Champions.

The New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings will all be back in action after their first-round byes and they are joined in this stage of the NFL Playoffs by Wildcard Weekend winners the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars

The Division Playoff Round is always one of the highlights of the NFL season and we are set for four outstanding games this weekend.

We have analysed every game and our complete 2018 NFL Playoffs Divisional Round tips can be found below.

Philadelphia Eagles Vs Atlanta Falcons

Sunday 14 January, 8.35am, Lincoln Financial Field

The Philadelphia Eagles may have the home-ground advantage, but it is the Atlanta Falcons that will start this clash as favourites.

Philadelphia were the best team in the NFC all season long, but the loss of quarterback Carson Wentz has seen them lengthen significantly in Super Bowl betting and they failed to score a point in their most recent clash against the Dallas Cowboys.

Lincoln Financial Field has been a genuine fortress for the Eagles this season and they have won seven of their eight games at the venue, but they did lose and fail to cover the line in their only game as a home underdog.

The Atlanta Falcons secured their place in the Divisional Round with a big upset win over the Los Angeles Rams and their Playoffs experience could once again prove key against the Eagles.

Atlanta have won four of their five games as away favourites this season, but they are a poor 1-4 against the line in this scenario.

The value in this clash could be in the Total Points betting market.

Backing the Under has been a profitable betting play in games involving either of these teams and the total has gone Under in the past six games played by the Falcons.

Back Under 42.5 Points

New England Patriots Vs Tennessee Titans

Sunday 14 January, 12.15pm, Gillette Stadium

The New England Patriots are the shortest-priced favourites of the weekend in the NFL.

New England have been their usual dominant selves during the NFL season and it is tough to see them having any issues with this Tennessee Titans outfit.

The Patriots have won eight of their past ten games as home favourites for a clear profit and they have covered the line in seven of these wins, while they have won their last four games against the Titans.

Tennessee kept their season alive with a memorable come-from-behind win over the Kansas City Chiefs, but they will need to go to another level to have any chance of beating the Patriots.

The Titans have won only one of their past five games as underdogs and they are 2-2 against the line on the road when being given a start.

This looks set to be a one-sided contest and the Patriots should have no issues covering the line.

Back New England To Beat The Line (-13.5 Points)

Pittsburgh Steelers Vs Jacksonville Jaguars

Monday 15 January, 5.05am, Heinz Field

This shapes as the most interesting game of the weekend.

The Jacksonville Jaguars scored a big win over the Pittsburgh Steelers when they met earlier this season, but it is Pittsburgh that will start this clash as favourites.

Pittsburgh have won seven of their past eight games – with their only loss coming at the hands of the New England Patriots – but it is still fair to say that they haven’t been overly impressive in the second half of the season.

The Steelers have won six of their past seven games as home favourites, but they are only 3-4 against the line in this scenario.

Jacksonville produced a massive defensive effort to beat Pittsburgh in October and their defence was at their best again against the Buffalo Bills last weekend.

The Jaguars have won two of their past three games as away underdogs for a big profit and their really isn’t as much between these two teams as the current market suggests.

This should be a fairly low-scoring affair and the Jaguars are a great bet to cover the line with a start of 7.5 points.

Back Jacksonville To Beat The Line (+7.5 Points)

Minnesota Vikings Vs New Orleans Saints

Monday 15 January, 8.40am, U.S. Bank Stadium

The Minnesota Vikings beat the New Orleans Saints earlier this season and they will start this clash as clear favourites.

Minnesota won seven of their past eight games of the regular season in very comfortable fashion and their record in front of their home fans has been particularly strong.

The Vikings have won seven of their past eight games at the U.S. Bank Stadium – the site for this year’s Super Bowl – and they are 6-2 against the line at this venue.

Consistency has been something of an issue for the Saints, but there is no doubt that they are capable of brilliance on their day and they were excellent against the Carolina Panthers last weekend.

The Saints don’t have the best record on the road and they have won only one of their past four games as away underdogs, while their record against the line is no better.

Minnesota need to show that they are capable of taking the next step in the NFL Playoffs – as the Los Angeles Rams failed to do against the Atlanta Falcons – but if they produce their best football they will prove too strong for this Saints outfit.

Back Minnesota To Beat The Line (-4 Points)


2017

The 2017 NFL Playoffs continue this weekend and there are four intriguing clashes set to take place during the Divisional Round.

The New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons will all return to action after their first-round byes, while the Houston Texans, Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks are all coming off wins.

There is plenty of betting value in each of the four games this weekend and you can find our recommended plays for each below!

Atlanta Falcons Vs Seattle Seahawks

Sunday 14 January, 8.35am, Georgia Dome

The Atlanta Falcons finished the regular season with four straight wins and they will go into this clash with the Seattle Seahawks as clear favourites.

Atlanta have been excellent in 2016 – particularly Matt Ryan – but one position in which they have struggled is as home favourites.

They have won just four of their seven games in this scenario for a clear loss and they are a poor 2-5 against the line.

Seattle were far too strong for Detroit last weekend and they will fancy their chances of qualifying for another NFC Conference Championship.

The Seahawks have won one of their past three games as away underdogs for a narrow profit and I really don’t think there is as much between these two teams as the current betting market suggests.

Seattle are great value at $2.75 and arguably the best bet of the weekend.

Back Seattle To Win @ $2.75

 

New England Patriots Vs Houston Texans

Sunday 14 January, 12.15pm, Gillette Stadium

The New England Patriots are dominant favourites to beat the Houston Texans and the line has been set at a massive 15.5 points.

New England head into the NFL Playoffs on the back of seven straight victories and they have won their past five games against the Texans.

The Patriots have won seven of their past nine games as home favourites and they have the exact same record against the line.

Houston did enough to get the job done against a poor Oakland Raiders last weekend, but there was still not much to like about their performance.

The Texans are a side that generally perform to market expectations – they have won just two of their past eight games as away underdogs and they have the exact same record against the line.

There is little doubt that New England should prove far too strong for Houston and they are a good enough team to cover the big line.

Back New England To Beat The Line (-15.5 Points)

 

Kansas City Chiefs Vs Pittsburgh Steelers

Monday 15 January, 5.05am, Arrowhead Field

This will arguably be the toughest clash this weekend and there really is not a great deal between these two sides.

It is the Kansas City Chiefs that will start this clash as narrow favourites and they have won five of their past six games heading into the NFL Playoffs.

Kansas City have won six of their past eight games as home favourites, but they have a lacklustre record against the line in this scenario.

Pittsburgh have flown under the radar in the second half of the season and they have played some outstanding football in recent weeks.

The Steelers have an uncanny knack of being able to find a result and that really is what you need to win during the NFL Playoffs.

Pittsburgh don’t start many games as underdogs, but their record in this situation is not great and there is an issue over the fitness of Ben Roethlisberger.

This is a tricky game to analyse, but the home ground advantage should be enough to get them over the line in what should be a very tough race.

Back Kansas City Chiefs To Win @ $1.80

 

Dallas Cowboys Vs Green Bay Packers

Monday 15 January, 8.40am, AT & T Stadium

The Dallas Cowboys recorded a dominant victory over the Green Bay Packers earlier this season and they will start this clash as clear favourites.

Dallas lost their first game of the regular season, but they went into that clash without the majority of their starters and they will be a fresh team for this clash.

The Cowboys have won all six of their games as home favourites for a big profit and their record against the line is 4-2.

Aaron Rodgers played at his brilliant best to lead the Green Bay Packers to victory over the New York Giants and they have now won seven games on the trot.

Green Bay have only won one of their four games as away underdogs this season for a clear loss, but they have been a profitableĀ betting proposition against the line this season.

This is a game that the market looks to have got just about right and I am happy to stay out from a betting perspective.

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