NFL Playoff 2016 Divisional Round Predictions
The NFL Playoff Divisional Round is set. The round is chock full of home underdogs.
NFL Playoff Divisional Round
The oddsmakers made Kansas City (3), Pittsburgh (2.5), and Seattle (5.5) favorites on the road in the opening round of the postseason. The only wild card that is an underdog is slumping Green Bay, and by only a point at Washington.
Those wise guys also have made the sixth-seeded Seahawks the third choice to win the NFC at 9-4, behind Arizona and Carolina, each at 2-1 odds. The AFC’s sixth seed, the Steelers, also are the third choice behind division winners Denver and New England.
As for the upcoming weekend, what they are thinking in Las Vegas is that none of the division winners — Redskins, Texans, Bengals or Vikings — is impressive.
Chiefs at Texans
The road team is 6-1 ATS (against the spread) in their last 7 meetings. The Chiefs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Houston. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Houston. Everything trends Kansas City and they’ve won 10 games in a row. But this is an NFL Playoff game which is why we’re taking Houston and the three points at home. J.J. Watt led the league in sacks once again with 17.5. I am going to love watching Marcus Peters, who tied for the lead league in interceptions and led the league in passes defensed, go up against Pro Bowl receiver DeAndre Hopkins Hopkins.
Steelers at Bengals
The Steelers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings, and 16-4-1 ATS in their last 21 meetings in Cincinnati. Again, everything trends Pittsburgh. This is why we’re taking Cincinnati and the 2.5 points at home. Antonio Brown led the league in receptions, These teams really don’t like one another, and has anyone noticed any kind of drop-off from Dalton to McCarron? I certainly haven’t.
Seahawks at Vikings
The favorite is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. We like the over 42. Russell Wilson is locked in leading the league in quarterback rating. Doug Baldwin tied for the league lead in receiving touchdowns with 14. Seattle gave up the fewest rushing yards and points this year. Adrian Peterson led the league in rushing attempts, rushing yards, and rushing yards per game. Minnesota will have to throw which means big plays from Mike Wallace and rookie Stefon Diggs.
Packers at Redskins
The Packers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings. The Favorite is 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings. The Home team is 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings. We like the Skins in this tossup. Kirk Cousins led the league in completion percentage. The Skins also tied for the lead league in fumble recoveries. No offense has been hotter than the Redskins at the end of the season. No offense has looked more out of sync than Green Bay’s.