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AFC/NFC Divisional Playoffs Predictions - 2017 NFL Divisional Playoff Odds
And then there were eight. After a relatively lackluster week in which all four home teams won in Wild Card weekend, the four teams that were all on byes are hoping to ultimately pull off the same feat in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
The weekend begins with Seattle Seahawks and the Atlanta Falcons. Seattle is going to be a trendy pick here on the road after it handily took care of Detroit last week and looked like a Super Bowl team in the process. That said, the last time these two teams met in the playoffs, it was Atlanta who got the job done after taking a huge lead, ultimately blowing it, and then kicking a field goal right before the gun. These teams met at CenturyLink Field in October, a 26-24 win for the Seahawks in which it was Seattle who jumped out to the big lead and nearly blew it.
The New England Patriots are the biggest favorites in a playoff game since 1998 this week. They are thought to have a de facto bye here again versus the Houston Texans. That said, Houston's defense is still No. 1 in the NFL and could have a good day against the Brady Bunch. These two teams met back in Week 3 when Jacoby Brissett had to play quarterback, and the Texans were still destroyed 27-0. If that's what Brissett was able to do to Brock Osweiler and the gang, what do you think might happen with Brady back in the saddle for a playoff game? That's why the Pats have opened at -16.
On Sunday, things kick off with what probably will be the most competitive game of the second week of the playoffs. The Pittsburgh Steelers are actually favored over the Kansas City Chiefs at -1, making them the first and very likely only road team to be getting the nod of the oddsmakers in the postseason. The Steelers dismissed the Dolphins without any issues on Sunday, though Ben Roethlisberger was seen in a walking boot at his press conference, something which begs to be monitored as this week goes on. The Steelers blew out the Chiefs early in the season at Heinz Field, though this is a far different circumstance playing at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Green Bay Packers are incredibly hot right now. They've won seven straight games since Aaron Rodgers said that the club could run the table, but now, they're decided underdogs against the top seed in the NFC, the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas lost two of its last three games heading into the postseason, and it really hasn't played a tremendously competitive and meaningful game in almost a full month, so this will be a challenge.
NFC/AFC Playoff Predictions / Saturday, January 14, 2017
Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons, Georgia Dome - 4:35 p.m. ET ( FOX )
Opening Line: Falcons -3.5, O/U 49.5
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Houston Texans at New England Patriots, Gillette Stadium - 8:15 p.m. ET ( CBS )
Opening Line: Patriots -16, O/U 44.5
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NFC/AFC Playoff Predictions / Sunday, January 15, 2017
Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs, Arrowhead Stadium - 1:05 p.m. ET ( NBC )
Opening Line: Steelers -1, O/U 46.5
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Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium - 4:40 p.m. ET ( FOX )
Opening Line: Cowboys -4, O/U 51.5
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Bet NFL Playoff Matchups
The NFL playoff match-ups are among the most difficult games to predict, many people, including those who don't typically gamble on sports, will be getting in on the action.
In the NFL playoffs, the best teams usually win and what is witnessed is that the better teams are beating bad teams based on a few simple items of fundamental handicapping.
Identifying the best team is not always easy, but if you can, you can consistently win in the playoff weekends. There are a large number of stats to look at including straight-up record, core statistics (points, rushing, passing, etc) and non-core stats (sacks, punting yardage, etc).
When handicapping games NFL football playoff game lines, Coaching is a KEY in the playoffs, especially with guys that have been down this road before as either a head coach or a head coordinator.
A good head coach makes big time calls with the game is on the line and make the right calls when it all comes down to it. Experience of players in playoff games is also worth thinking about when you are handicapping the NFL playoffs.
It is a whole new ballgame when every play you make or throw away will cost you the Super Bowl, it is pressure that many young guys have never felt and it will factor in certain scenario's with young teams, versus teams with numerous playoff veterans.
You might also check team stats for Penalties in the game that affect momentum are also a huge factor in the NFL, both in the regular season and post season. That is a valuable item that can be researched in NFL playoff games.
The bottom line is that most teams play to their potential and these NFL football playoff games.
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The NFL Playoffs over/under betting totals is something you should not forget about the favorites in the NFL playoffs don’t often let up at the end of a game to allow a dog a late cover. In fact, in the playoffs teams run up the score.
Even if they are up by two touchdowns, the winning team wants to leave nothing to chance and will take the opportunity to score another two if they can.
Also you have to think about a team in general. preparation and health, that fact is strongly considered a huge plus when looking at games.
Many players are dealing with the effects of a season long torture test of endurance and there are those select few players that have been around the block that will play through those bumps, and injuries, and then there are others that will not be able too.
Also you might take a look at the teams who struggle in a 4 quarter games in round 1 of the playoffs, that have to travel and play a well rested team are clearly at a huge disadvantage as well in terms of health, morale and overall condition.
It simply boils down to man to man match-ups on the field and what is witnessed is that good teams beating bad teams based on a few simple items of fundamental handicapping.
The AFC looks to be the stronger conference by far, and provides much more parity in terms of match-ups this year. Also you must remember that ANY team in the NFL Playoffs, regardless of how they managed to get in, is a good football team.
Keep these items in mind when handicapping the NFL playoffs. My postseason picks utilize systems built around these variables.
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