NFL Divisional Playoffs Betting Lines

NFL Divisional Playoffs Betting Lines

And then there were eight. Wildcard Weekend ended up being light on the drama, unless your an official from the Lions-Cowboys game. Nevertheless, the Panthers, Ravens, Colts, and Cowboys are moving on to face the league’s elite in the Divisional round of the 2014-15 NFL playoffs. To no one’s surprise, oddsmakers have installed the top two seeds in their respective conferences as home favorites. Will the defending champs continue their recent run of dominance? Can Tom Brady’s Patriots avenge a defeat to the Ravens from the 2012 postseason? Does Dallas really stand a chance at frigid Lambeau Field? Is Denver’s suspect play down the stretch behind them? Here’s an early peek at this weekend’s betting lines.

Baltimore at New England -7 – A rematch of the 2012 AFC title game, the Ravens are getting excellent play from Joe Flacco and a retooled defense that has overcome injuries and suspensions. The front seven dropped Big Ben five times and will be looking to do the same to Brady, who was sacked only 21 times in the regular season. The Patriots defense was stout in December, yielding 17 or fewer points in four games. New England is also one of the best at taking car of the ball, posting a +12 in TO differential. Baltimore is 3-2-1 ATS in the last six meetings in the series. Pats are 4-1 ATS in their last five at home.

Carolina at Seattle -11 – Lot of points here, especially with the Panthers winning five straight while allowing 59 points. That said, the ‘Hawks have allowed double-digit points once in the last six weeks. Warm up Steven Hauschka and Graham Gano, because this has the makings of a field goal fest. Of course, it could also end up being a blowout in Seattle’s favor if Cam Newton resorts to lazy mechanics; the atrocious throws he got away with against Arizona will turn into pick-sixes versus the Legion of Boom. ‘Cats are 2-4 ATS in the last six in the series. Seahawks have covered five straight.

Dallas at Green Bay -6 – If Dallas is awarded the same officiating crew they had versus Detroit then the Packers are in trouble. To be fair, they may need more help from the stripes to knock off Aaron Rodgers at home. The All-Pro would-be MVP hasn’t tossed an interception in Lambeau since 2012. In 2014, he went 8-0 at home with 25 touchdown passes. Meanwhile, the ‘Boys are an unblemished 8-0 on the road with Tony Romo tossing 20 touchdowns and only two picks. Lest we forget, Dallas also ventured into Seattle in Week 6 and walked away 30-23 winners. How the Cowboys defend Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb will be the deciding factor. If Rodgers is allowed to pick and choose his open receivers, this one will get ugly. Green Bay is 3-0 ATS and SU in the last three in the series.

Indianapolis at Denver -7 – Luck vs. Manning, Part 3. The franchise signal-callers split the two previous meetings with the latter winning the most recent, a 31-24 triumph way back in Week 1. Denver run game finished strong behind C.J. Anderson and their defense ranked 3rd in yards allowed during the regular season. This basically comes down to which secondary performs the best, and which offense stays clean. Colts are 15-6-1 ATS in their last 22 games. Denver is 4-2 ATS in its last six in Mile High.