The NFL Divisional Playoff weekend is the best weekend of the entire year for football fans across the country. You get four high quality match-ups involving the best teams and players in the league, with two great games each day. Right here, we’ll go over each individual match-up and offer our official NFL playoff picks against the spread, so you can see if there are any worthwhile opportunities that you may want to jump on for yourself.
At Denver -9 Baltimore 46
The Denver Broncos dominated the Baltimore Ravens, in Baltimore, in a game a few weekends ago. Things have changed since then, as Denver will now be at home after enjoying a bye week, while the Ravens seem to have finally righted their ship, and are thriving thanks to the return of Ray Lewis to the lineup, as he plays out the final days and games of his career. Peyton Manning has been here before, and he’ll have his whole team ready to go for this match. Baltimore is confident right now, but Denver is flat out better. Take Denver to win the game, but it won’t be a blowout, and that spread is too wide. So take the Ravens to beat the spread.
At San Francisco -3 Green Bay 44.5
The 49ers and the Packers played their first game of the season against each other in Green Bay, and the 49ers picked up a big road win. Since then, each team has had ups and downs, and the 49ers have changed quarterbacks, with Colin Kaepernick now in the starting slot. Green Bay is hot at the right time though, and has to be feeling good after a dominant showing in the Wild Card round last weekend. When in doubt in the playoffs, take the seasoned quarterback with a track record of success. Green Bay pulls off the upset as they look to potentially play for another Super Bowl title.
At Atlanta -2.5 Seattle 46
The Seattle Seahawks are kind of the unknown of the NFL playoffs this year, because they haven’t gotten much national television exposure this season. But they came back from an early deficit last week to defeat the Washington Redskins on the road, with Russell Wilson outdoing an injured Robert Griffin III. Atlanta though has been waiting all year just for this. In Seattle, things might be different. But on the road, with two cross-country trips in seven days, the Seahawks come up short. Atlanta gets the big win they’ve been craving, the Falcons win and cover the spread.
At New England -9.5 Houston 47.5
New England is healthy and rested, and waiting to repeat the type of dominant outing they had against Houston a few weeks ago. The Texans have to be feeling good that they advanced, but they didn’t exactly fire on all cylinders like they should have. The Texans keep things competitive here and will beat the spread, but the Patriots ultimately cruise and win the game.