After a first-of-its-kind “Super Wild Card” weekend, the NFL playoff picture has whittled itself down to eight remaining teams. Unless you’re a Pittsburgh Steelers fan — sorry, yinz! — that’s an exciting proposition, as the coming weekend has in store for football fanatics a foursome of tantalizing matchups with betting value to spare, including the postseason debuts of high-flying No. 1 seeds Kansas City and Green Bay. With that in mind, it’s time for CanadianBettingSites to showcase the very best NFL Divisional Playoffs Picks, including money line and point spread bets, over/unders, first-half props, and more.
Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay Packers
In the third and final clash between these NFC West rivals, the Los Angeles Rams beat the odds and scored a famous upset victory over the Seattle Seahawks on the road Saturday. Rookie running back Cam Akers is a nice story and a swarming defense gave Russell Wilson fits, but there’s not a whole lot of reason to expect a repeat performance at Lambeau Field.
The Packers have their sights set on Super Bowl glory, and it would be hard to pick against them unless the opponent has an arrowhead on their helmets. The eternally lights-out Aaron Rodgers is the odds-on favorite to win this year’s MVP award, and Green Bay’s offensive line will pass protect a heck of a lot better than Seattle’s notoriously leaky group. And not for nothing, Rams defensive destroyer Aaron Donald will be less than 100% with a rib injury.
On the money line, pick the Packers (1.31) to beat the Rams to open the Divisional slate. A $20 bet cashes out for $26.20 at Sports Interaction.
Against the spread, the smart choice is Green Bay -7 (1.952). A $20 wager at William Hill promises to pay out $39.05.
|NFL Divisional Round|
|Los Angeles Rams||3.80||3.63||3.70||3.80|
|Green Bay Packers||1.28||1.31||1.29||1.28|
|Kansas City Chiefs||1.20||1.22||1.20||1.18|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||2.45||2.43||2.45||2.45|
|New Orleans Saints||1.60||1.58||1.61||1.61|
Packers vs Rams Over/Under 46 Points
The Packers and their respective opponents have only gone under 46 total points once since 15 November. The Rams are coming of a 30-point performance on the road. All signs point to fireworks in this game, especially with a god-level Rodgers coming off a first-round bye. Expect him, Davante Adams, and this explosive Green Bay offense to get the wheels turning early — and often.
Bang the over on 46 total points (1.917) at Lambeau Field. A winning $20 ticket redeems for $38.35 at Unibet.
Baltimore Ravens at Buffalo Bills
Does this new decade in the AFC East officially belong to the Buffalo Bills? Josh Allen made the leap this year, and the organization’s blockbuster trade for star wideout Stefon Diggs was a masterstroke, as he went on to lead the NFL in catches. The Bills didn’t put the Colts away until the late going on Sunday — their 27-24 victory was the closest of Wild Card weekend — but have arguably put together their single beast season since their tetralogy of AFC titles more than a quarter-century ago.
Josh Allen outside the pocket vs Colts
🔹 7-of-9 for 117 yards
🔹 1 TD
🔹 155.8 passer rating (1st) pic.twitter.com/XouSl4KevE
— PFF (@PFF) January 11, 2021
Curiously, both starting quarterbacks in this game led their teams in rushing in the Wild Card round; the key this time around may very well be which squad can establish a running attack just balanced enough to keep the opposing defense honest. With young Buffalo rusher Zach Moss potentially out for the rest of the playoffs and Devin Singletary having not yet proven he’s a true every-down back, the advantage in that regard has to go to the visitors.
Pick Baltimore on the money line (2.20) to score the road upset in Orchard Park. A $20 bet will cash out for an attractive $44 at Bet365.
Against the spread, take the Ravens +2.5. At top sportsbooks, a $20 wager stands to earn you $39.23.
Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs
Who are these Cleveland Browns? Watching remotely due to a positive COVID test, Kevin Stefanski must have launched into a series of joyously profane utterances watching his team shell-shock the rival Pittsburgh Steelers from the word “go” Sunday night, scoring a defensive touchdown on the first play from scrimmage and ending the opening quarter up by an incredible 28-0 margin. Don’t expect a repeat performance at Arrowhead Stadium against the defending champs, but writing off Baker Mayfield and his merry band is clearly no longer a plausible option.
Unlike the Steelers, however, the Kansas City Chiefs may be even better than their record, having gone 14-2 for the regular season even after resting starters and clearing out their bench in a meaningless Week 17 loss against the Chargers. Andy Reid’s team is a juggernaut. Don’t overanalyze this game.
On the money line, pick KC over Cleveland and call it a day. A winning $20 ticket redeems for $24 at top sportsbooks
Against the spread, however, you wouldn’t be wrong to play it safe and take the Browns +10 given the way first-round playoff byes can force some teams into slow starts. A $20 bet will cash out for a nice $38.69.
Baker Mayfield vs Patrick Mahomes next week
Their 2016 game was legendary
🍿 125 points
🍿 1708 yards
— PFF College (@PFF_College) January 11, 2021
Browns Over/Under 0.5 First-Quarter Points
Yes, you read that right. The Browns are coming off 28 first-quarter points on the road against Pittsburgh, but the oddsmakers are openly pondering whether or not they’ll put up a giant goose egg in the opening 15 minutes of play in Kansas City.
Don’t be crazy. Be smart.
Bang the over on Cleveland at 0.5 total points in the first quarter (1.606) against the Chiefs. A $20 wager stands to pay out $32.12 at BetOnline.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints
To cap off the weekend’s batch of contests, NFL fans will be treated to a trilogy bout between two Hall of Fame quarterbacks who just keep defying Father Time. Drew Brees and the Saints have a chance to make it three wins in three this season against the Bucs, but to be fair, the postseason is more or less synonymous with Tom Brady.
— Tom Brady Facts (@TB_Facts) January 11, 2021
New Orleans did struggle to put the Bears entirely away Sunday, but Tampa Bay didn’t cover itself in glory against a comically overmatched Washington Football Team, either. With that in mind, the wise money ought to be laid on the favorites, who may be witnessing Brees’ final playoff run.
The long-awaited return of superstar wideout Michael Thomas over the weekend certainly doesn’t hurt maters.
Take the Saints on the money line to defeat the Bucs. A winning $20 ticket would earn bettors $32.20 at top sportsbooks.
Against the spread, New Orleans -3 is the smartest play. A $20 bet at top sportsbooks promises to cash out for $37.70.