2021 NFL Playoffs Divisional Round Preview

Eight teams will be reduced to four this weekend as we move one step closer to Super Bowl LV.

This year’s Divisional Round features four outstanding games across both Sunday and Monday, the first of which kicks off between the Packers and Rams from the Frozen Tundra of Lambeau Field.

The Bills squeaked out a narrow win last week against the Colts and they find themselves as the slight favourites heading into a blockbuster clash against the Ravens in Buffalo.

Meanwhile, on Monday, the Chiefs get to work against a dangerous looking Browns side, followed by another chapter in the Drew Brees vs Tom Brady novel when the Saints host the Bucs.

This shapes up to be a wild weekend of football and you can find our tips for all four games below!

Green Bay Packers Vs Los Angeles Rams

Sunday 17 January, 8:30am, Lambeau Field

Two of the brightest young coaching minds in the game meet on Sunday in what is shaping up to be one of the most exciting matchups of the entire weekend.

Sean McVay and the Rams defence shocked the world last week with a 10-point win over Seattle, a result that largely boiled down to some brilliant scheming from defensive coordinator Brandon Staley and a few clutch throws from Jared Goff.

Now, the Rams have booked a date with the first seed in the NFC as they prepare to travel to Lambeau Field for the first time since they moved to Los Angeles.

The Packers have enjoyed a week off in preparation after defeating the Bears two weeks ago to clinch the top seed. 

For as good as the Rams defence looked last week, Staley and McVay will now be tasked with stopping future MVP Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the Packers’ potent offence.

As far as betting goes, this is easily one of the toughest games to pick.

Plenty hinges on the health of Rams defensive end Aaron Donald, while the outlook for Goff still remains murky as he battles back from recent thumb surgery.

The Packers head in the playoffs relatively healthy on the injury front, but they did make a big move during the week adding Jared Veldheer to the roster to replace David Bakhtiari at left tackle.

Green Bay’s offensive line has largely been the catalyst for their success this year, and if Rodgers is afforded a lifetime in the pocket (much like he has all season), there’s little doubt he can shred this outstanding Rams secondary apart.

On the other hand, we have seen the Packers rattled against potent pass rushes in the past, namely Tampa Bay and Indianapolis earlier in the season.

If the Rams can put pressure on Rodgers and force him out of the pocket, they could go a long way to at least keeping this game close.

In all, the Packers are tough to bet against with home-field advantage, but sometimes a week off can do more harm than good.

The Rams have plenty of momentum heading into this game, which could spell trouble for a Packers team that has struggled to bring their best to the postseason in recent years.

Tip: Back the Rams to Cover the Line (+6.5 Points) @ $1.90

Buffalo Bills Vs Baltimore Ravens

Sunday 17 January, 12:15pm, Bills Stadium

The Bills and the Ravens both finished the regular season ranked Top 10 in points scored, so it’s no surprise to find a 50-point total set for Sunday’s game.

Buffalo edged out the Colts 27-24 last week for their first playoff win in 25 years, but the final score really didn’t do the Bills any justice when you consider Josh Allen torched a talented Indy defence for 324 yards and two scores.

Speaking of talent, Lamar Jackson reminded everyone just how good he can be last week in the Ravens’ 20-13 win over the Titans in Tennessee.

Jackson finished the day with 136 rushing yards and a touchdown on the day, a slightly worrying sign for the Bills after they lost 24-17 when these two sides met last season.

While the offence on both sides will take up much of the focus, it’s likely this game boils down to defence.

The Ravens had their troubles during the midway point of the year, but they were simply sensational last week holding Derrick Henry to just 40 yards on the ground.

Baltimore’s pass rush also recorded a sack and five hits on Ryan Tannehill, a performance they’ll be hoping to replicate against the agile Josh Allen.

The Bills have been outstanding all year on offence, but after giving up a combined 153 yards on the ground to Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines last week, they do look vulnerable here against Jackson, J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards.

It would be surprising if anything more than a touchdown separated these two teams, but it just feels like the Ravens are starting to warm up.

Tip: Back the Ravens to Cover the Line (+2.5 Points) @ $1.90

Kansas City Chiefs Vs Cleveland Browns

Monday 18 January, 7:00am, Arrowhead Stadium

The Browns find themselves as the biggest underdogs heading into the Divisional Round laying +10 at the line against the defending Super Bowl champs.

A surprise blowout victory last week over the Steelers helped secure the Browns’ first playoff win since 1994, but they’ll need to produce an even bigger effort this week against Andy Reid’s well-rested side.

After securing the No. 1 seed several weeks ago, most of Kansas City’s main stars have enjoyed nearly two weeks off in preparation for this game.

Like the Packers, sometimes a gap between games can prove to be a problem rather than a plus, but it’s very difficult to imagine this well-oiled Chiefs machine stalling at this stage of the season.

To their credit though, the Browns have proven all season that they aren’t an easy out.

Cleveland’s defence was enormous last week forcing five turnovers against the Steelers, and it’s not like Patrick Mahomes has been exempt from an interception or two this year.

The Chiefs have also been a terrible betting play at the line this season finishing 7-9 overall against the spread.

After a couple of weeks off, don’t be surprised if Cleveland hangs around, at least in the first half.

Tip: Back the Browns to Cover the Line (+10 Points) @ $1.90

New Orleans Saints Vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Monday 18 January, 10:30am, Mercedes-Benz Superdome

The Divisional Round concludes in epic fashion on Monday with the oldest quarterback matchup in history.

Drew Brees and Tom Brady have played some absolute classics over the years, the first of occurred way back in 1999 when Brady’s Michigan Wolverines battled Brees and Purdue.

Fast forward over 20-years later to the most recent game between these two future Hall of Famers, a 38-3 Saints blowout back in November that saw Brees throw for four touchdowns, and Brady throw his helmet on the sidelines.

Much has changed since then though, mainly in Tampa Bay.

The Bucs have lost only two games since that Week 9 loss and they certainly looked dangerous against Washington’s top-rank defence last week winning 31-23 in the Wild Card round.

Of course, the Saints have also hit their stride after polishing off the Bears 21-9 last week in the Superdome.

After suffering a rib injury two months ago, Brees seems to be back to his old self as he now looks to extend his unbeaten run over the Bucs to six games.

This one could go a number of different ways, but you have to feel confident in Sean Payton to get the job done in the end.

The Saints have had their fair share of troubles on defence this year, but when you compare the two teams side-by-side, it’s safe to say the Bucs look the more questionable team.

Tampa Bay’s offence is capable of beating anyone, but keep in mind they did just give up 300-yards to Taylor Heinicke last week.

Brees has plenty of revenge on his mind after losing three straight playoff games in controversial fashion, so if you’re going to bet on a favourite this week, make it the Saints.

Tip: Back the Saints 1-13 @ $2.50


2019

NFL bettors were left licking their wounds following a brutal Wild Card Weekend that saw only one favourite salute.

With the Super Bowl right around the corner, the Divisional Round presents four opportunities to build a bank, but the games don’t get any easier as the Chiefs, Packers, Ravens and 49ers all return from a bye with home-field advantage.

Last year the favourites went 4/4 in the Divisional Round, so punters could be granted some reprieve this weekend.

If you’re looking for a little help though, be sure to read our entire 2020 NFL Divisional Round Preview below.

San Francisco 49ers Vs Minnesota Vikings

Sunday 12 January, 8:35am, Levi's Stadium

49ers 27 - Vikings 10

Fresh from an upset over the Saints as +8 underdogs, the Vikings now head to San Francisco laying +7 on Sunday hoping for a repeat performance.

Minnesota shocked the world last week with an overtime upset against one of the NFC’s top dogs.

Kirk Cousins’ 242-yard, one touchdown stat line wasn’t pretty – but like we’ve seen time and time again this season, the Vikings’ multi-million man came up clutch with a huge 43-yard completion to set up the game-winning touchdown three plays later.

San Francisco would have watched last week’s game with delight knowing they now face a Minnesota team that won only four games on the road during the regular season. That said, Niners defensive coordinator Robert Saleh also has his hands full against one of the most talented offensive rosters in the league.

Niners fans can rest easy knowing they’ve allowed the fewest passing yards in the league. The Vikings do pose a serious threat on the ground however, as Dalvin Cook prepares to face San Francisco for only the second time in his career.

Defensively the 49ers hold the advantage in this matchup, while things are almost even on the offensive side of the ball.

Plenty is being made of Cousins’ resiliency and whether the Vikings’ offensive line can keep him clean. Keep in mind though, Minnesota allowed the sixth-fewest sacks in the league this year, meaning the Vikings could easily put up some points in this game.

The Niners allowed an average of 20.8 points to opponents at home this year, while the Vikings scored an average of 26.5 on the road.

San Francisco is also 1-2 straight-up following a bye since 2017, so with all that in mind, play it safe on Minnesota.

Tip: Vikings Over 18.5 Total Points @ $1.85

Anytime Touchdown Scorers: Deebo Samuel @ $2.50, Dalvin Cook @ $2.10

Baltimore Ravens Vs Tennessee Titans

Sunday 12 January, 12:15pm, M&T Bank Stadium

Ravens 12 - Titans 28

Bettors will be hoping for more of the same from Tennessee this week as the bookies have set a whopping -10 line in favour of the Ravens.

Tennessee pulled off the upset of all upsets in Foxboro last Sunday, knocking off the Patriots 20-13 thanks to a 100-yard, two touchdown performance from Derrick Henry.

Baltimore has had an extra week to prepare for this game – or if you’re Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram and a handful of others – a fortnight. The Ravens chose to rest most of their starters in Week 17 with the first seed locked up, meaning Baltimore’s heavy hitters come into this game fresh and ready to charge at the Super Bowl.

Everything we’ve seen from the Ravens so far spells a big win on Sunday. Baltimore’s defence allowed the third-fewest points during the regular season, while the offence led the league in points scored.

The Titans however, also rank Top 10 in both fewest points allowed and most points scored.

If you throw in the fact tight end Mark Andrews and running back Mark Ingram are both questionable for this game – as well as Tennessee’s 6-2 record against the spread in their last eight games – it becomes almost impossible to back against the Titans.

Tip: Back the Titans to Cover the Line (+10 Points) @ $1.92

Anytime Touchdown Scorers: Mark Ingram @ $1.90, A.J. Brown @ $2.75, Ryan Tannehill @ $6.50

Kansas City Chiefs Vs Houston Texans

Monday 13 January, 7:05am, Arrowhead Stadium

Chiefs 51 - Texans 31

The Chiefs will greet the Arrowhead faithful as firm -9.5 point favourites this week looking to return to the AFC Championship Game for the second straight year.

Standing in Kansas City’s way is the Texans – a team fresh from a thrilling, yet also very concerning, overtime Wild Card win against the Bills.

Deshaun Watson’s Houdini antics in the pocket last week saw the Texans cover the -2.5 spread, but can bettors really back Houston with confidence after allowing seven sacks?

We’ve beaten this into the ground all year, but the trends suggest the Texans could pull off one of the all-time playoff upsets.

Houston has consistently gone loss, win, win all season – meaning the Texans are in line for another victory before losing in the AFC Championship Game.

Read into that what you will, but it’s also worth noting four of the last five games between these sides have been decided by 10-points or less.

The environment and the heat of the moment might get to the Texans, especially with the offensive line struggling to protect Watson’s blindside. Considering the Chiefs are just 1-9 against the spread in their last 10 home playoff games though, this spread looks a little generous.

Tip: Back the Texans to Cover the Line (+9.5 Points) @ $1.92

Anytime Touchdown Scorers: Damien williams @ $1.91, Deshaun Watson @ $3.75

Green Bay Packers Vs Seattle Seahawks

Monday 13 January, 10:40am, Lambeau Field

Packers 28 - Seahawks 23

The next chapter in this storied rivalry gets underway at Lambeau Field on Monday as the Packers look to win their sixth game in a row.

These two teams have played out many memorable games over the last decade but have met only once in the playoffs back in 2015.

The Seahawks emerged victorious in the NFC Championship Game that day by an overtime score of 28-22, and it wouldn’t be the least bit surprising to see a similar result unfold this time around.

The Packers have enjoyed a much-needed week off in preparation for this game as they continue to struggle through injuries. The status of offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga remains up in the air as he goes through the concussion protocol, but for now, the Packers are still favoured by -4 in the market.

Seattle has also struggled through injuries at the running back position, making this week’s game even more interesting as they face a fierce pass rush that is among the best in the league.

With that in mind, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has the difficult task of deciding whether he wants to attack the Packers on the ground or through the air. All things considered; the vertical route may be the best option as wide receiver DK Metcalf poses a serious vertical challenge to the Packers’ secondary.

Green Bay lost only once at home during the regular season and has covered the spread in five of its eight games at Lambeau. Then again, Seattle has been a strong betting play all year going 4-1 against the spread as the away underdog.

The one deciding factor in this game could be the running game, and that’s where the Packers hold an edge. Aaron Jones torched the Vikings a fortnight ago after an opening drive fumble, which spells bad news for a Seahawks team that has allowed 100 rushing yards in each of its last five games.

If the line was a little longer it might be worth taking the Seahawks to cover, but the Packers have consistently been a great bet in playoff games.

Since 2015 Green Bay is 4-1 against the spread in the playoffs, so take the Packers to keep on rolling.

Tip: Back the Packers to Cover the Line (-4 Points) @ $1.92

Anytime Touchdown Scorers: Aaron Jones @ $1.55, Marshawn Lynch @ $2.40, Jamaal Williams @ $3.75

2018

Just one of four favourites prevailed on Wild Card Weekend, so if you think you’ve got the NFL figured out, think again.

Twelve teams down to eight, the Super Bowl is within reach for one of this week’s finalists, but after a week off for the likes of the Chiefs, Patriots, Rams and Saints, are we in for another round of upsets?

We’ve taken a look at all the numbers you need to know, and our complete 2019 NFL Divisional Round Tips can be found below.

Kansas City Chiefs Vs Indianapolis Colts

Sunday 13 January, 8:30am, Arrowhead Stadium

Kansas City 31 – Indianapolis 13

You wouldn’t call it the unthinkable, but the Colts heading into Houston and knocking off the 11-5 Texans last week was kind of a big deal.

Indy were superb (at least in the first half) against their bitter division rivals. Andrew Luck was lights out from the first snap, finishing with 222-yards and a pair of touchdowns in the 21-7 rout.

For the Chiefs, the biggest concern has to be stopping T.Y. Hilton. The Texans made the mistake of playing man-to-man last week, resulting in nothing more than a measly 85-yard game for the star receiver. Of course, over-committing to Hilton opens up the Eric Ebron option, leaving Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton with some decisions to make this week.

That’s easier said than done for Kansas City however, especially when you consider the Chiefs have struggled all year to stop the pass. The Chiefs ranked second in passing yards allowed during the regular season, and even with a week off, plus home-field advantage, there’s no way they can stop the likes of Hilton, Ebron, and even Marlon Mack for an entire 60-minutes.

What the Chiefs do have though, is Patrick Mahomes. We’ve already seen unexperienced quarterbacks like Deshaun Watson and Lamar Jackson falter in the playoffs, but this is Mahomes’ calling card in front of what should be a raucous Arrowhead crowd.

Even so, the Colts have the defence to stop the Chiefs. They forced an agile quarterback like Watson into three sacks and a pick last week, disrupting the pocket as well as silencing DeAndre Hopkins.

What’s to say they can’t do that again against Mahomes and Tyreek Hill?

The Colts are 13-3 in their last 16-games when playing Kansas City, and in their last trip to Arrowhead back in 2013, they walked away 23-7 victors.

Tip: Back the Colts To Win @ $3.05

Los Angeles Rams Vs Dallas Cowboys

Sunday 13 January, 12:20pm, Los Angeles Coliseum

LA Rams 30 – Dallas 22

The Cowboys were determined to make things interesting in their 24-22 win over the Seahawks last week, but for the third time in the last four years, Dallas are through to the Divisional Round.

Memories of 2016’s agonising loss to the Packers will be fresh in the mind of Cowboys’ fans, but it’s worth remembering just how different this team is. It’s also worth mentioning that by the midway point of the third quarter last week, running back Ezekiel Elliott had rushed for more yards than the Seahawks had total offence.

The Rams come into this one well-rested and ready to make up for last year’s 26-13 no-show against the Falcons. Los Angeles ranked second in the league in points-per-game during the regular season, and with a now healthy Todd Gurley to rely on, it’s no surprise to see the Rams at the shorter odds playing at home.

Dallas do have something going for them though that perhaps no other team in the NFC can attest to: defence. The Cowboys did a great job on the ground last week against Seattle, limiting the Seahawks to 73-rushing yards and the lone touchdown.

That kind of effort would go a long way against a team like the Rams, but only if Sean McVay’s side doesn’t shoot themselves in the foot first. In the final month of the season the Rams looked lost on offence, and although they blew out the 49ers and the Cardinals to close out the year, back-to-back losses to the Bears and the Eagles, two NFC playoff finalists, leaves a lot to be desired.

With a 7-1 record, there’s no denying how strong the Rams have been at home. But can they really rely on their offensive line, a unit that allowed 33 sacks this season, to keep Jared Goff upright in the pocket?

We saw how destructive the Cowboys can be when they dialed up the pressure last week against Seattle, and with Goff’s accuracy woes on full display in recent weeks, this has upset written all over it.

Tip: Back the Cowboys at the Line (+6.5 Points) @ $1.91

New England Patriots Vs Los Angeles Chargers

Monday 14 January, 5:00am, Gillette Stadium

New England 41 – LA Chargers 28

This intriguing game between two classic AFC foes has New England as the four-point favourites in what could very well be their only home game of the 2019 playoffs. It’s a different feel as far as New England are concerned this year though, with many predicting the long reign of the Brady-Belichick era close to over.

First up, the Chargers will take a crack following their nail-biting win over the Ravens in the Wild Card round. Los Angeles nearly blew a 21-3 lead in the fourth quarter, but cooler heads prevailed, or should we say, Melvin Ingram’s strip-sack skills.

That’s exactly what needs to happen this week if the Chargers are to take care of the Patriots. LA, led by Ingram and Joey Bosa, need to rattle Tom Brady in the pocket, forcing him into throws which, given the state of New England’s receiving corp, should turn into 50/50 balls down-field.

As we know, the Patriots at home are a different beast. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is 0-7 lifetime against Tom Brady, and with an extra week to dial up schemes, you’d be foolish to back against Bill Belichick in this one.

For New England to win they not only need some Brady brilliance, but also a strong defensive effort. Teams like Pittsburgh paid the price when they overlooked Chargers’ wide receiver Keenan Allen during the regular season – you can bet Belichick won’t make that mistake.

Tip: Back the Patriots to Cover The Line (-4 Points) @ $1.90

New Orleans Saints Vs Philadelphia Eagles

Monday 14 January, 8:30am, Mercedes Benz Superdome

New Orleans 20 – Philadelphia 14

Call it luck or even a miracle, Philly are right back where they started: in the underdog role and loving every minute of it.

Big Nick energy stormed Chicago last week as Foles and the Eagles held on for the narrowest of one-point wins over the Bears. It took a last second clunked field goal from kicker Cody Parkey, but you can’t discount Foles’ resiliency on the game-winning drive just two minutes prior.

Sitting pretty with the first seed in the NFC, the Saints kicked back last week knowing the path to the Super Bowl runs through them. The Saints and the Eagles did battle way back in Week 11, a game Sean Payton’s side won comfortably 48-7.

We now await the rematch, and although the Saints are well-rested, sometimes the bye week can do more harm than good. Are the Saints ready for Doug Pederson’s high-tempo offence? And just how can they silence Alshon Jeffery?

New Orleans will go into this game knowing they have the sixth-best rushing attack to rely on, but of course, it’s all about the air. The Eagles allowed the seventh-most passing yards during the regular season, and just like in Week 11, if Philly fail to double-team Michael Thomas, he’ll easily burn them for 90+ yards and some points once again.

There is one other stat worth noting though: the Eagles ranked dead last in touchdowns scored once an opposing team reached the red zone during the regular season. That, matched up against the Saints’ high-scoring outfit, could pose a few problems for New Orleans if they get off to a slow start.

Tip: Back Under 51 Total Points @ $1.91


2017

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 profitable 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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