NFL – Playoffs Divisional Round Preview

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

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.

BEST BET – Back Seattle To Win @ $2.75

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS VS HOUSTON TEXANS

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.

BEST BET – Back New England To Beat The Line (-15.5 Points)

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS VS PITTSBURGH STEELERS

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.

BEST BET – Back Kansas City Chiefs To Win @ $1.80

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.

BEST BET – Packers on Value to upset the Rookies at Jerry World

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