Wild Card weekend is in the books and if you are ready for more playoff football get ready for a full slate of exciting divisional round matchups. The 2020 NFL playoffs include a mix batch of fresh faces and playoff heroes of years past: Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, Lamar Jackson to Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers. Keep reading to find out who has the best odds to take the next step towards Super Bowl glory!
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NFL Playoff Divisional Round Opening Spreads, Moneyline Odds, Over-Under Totals
Saturday, January 11, 2020
4:35 pm ET
Minnesota Vikings +250
San Francisco 49ers -6½
8:15 pm ET
Tennessee Titans +350
Baltimore Ravens -9½
Sunday, January 12, 2020
Houston Texans +350
Kansas City Chiefs -9½
Seattle Seahawks +175
Green Bay Packers -4
Tennessee Titans vs Baltimore Ravens
While Tennessee managed to upset New England 20-13 to cover the spread as a 4.5-point road dog on Saturday, the Titans never scored an offensive touchdown after halftime. While Ryan Tannehill and company have gone 6-2 ATS in their last eight games, I don’t see any way Tennessee contains Lamar Jackson and the dangerous Ravens they way they neutralized the immobile and quickly-aging Tom Brady. The Ravens have won 10 straight while going a blistering 9-1 ATS over their last 10 and 7-0 ATS against their last seven conference counterparts. Baltimore gets the big win to advance to the AFC Championship, but I’m going with Tennessee to turn this one into a touchdown finish to cover the chalk as a double-digit road dog.
Houston Texans vs Kansas City Chiefs
I love Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson and he was at his Houdini-like best in leading Houston to a hard-fought 22-19 home win on Saturday as a 2.5-point home favorite. However, the Texans are far too reliant on Watson to make plays and that’s simply no way to be successful, particularly in the postseason. Kansas City is playing its best football of the season as they ride a perfect 6-0 SU and ATS mark in their last half-dozen games into this AFC divisional round showdown. Patrick Mahomes is looking like the reigning league MVP that he is and the Chiefs have scored 30 or more four times in their last 10 while limiting the opposition to 21 or less in each of their last six games. Simply put, Watson and Houston’s limited skill position performers simply won’t be able to keep pace with explosive Chiefs. Kansas City wins by double digits to cover the chalk.
Minnesota Vikings vs San Francisco 49ers
I’m done bad-mouthing Kirk Cousins after Minnesota’s polarizing signal-caller led Minnesota to a huge, 26-20 upset over Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. More importantly, the Vikings have an elite defense that completely kept Brees in check when it mattered most and Cousins was phenomenal down the stretch when no one, not even Vikings fans, expected it. San Francisco won 13 games this season and the Niners are definitely elite defensively. However, after witnessing the way Minnesota dominated New Orleans’ potent offense, I smell another upset brewing in this one. No way do the Niners cover the chalk – if they even manage to win outright.
Seattle Seahawks vs Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers will be well-rested after betting an opening round bye, but I believe Aaron Rodgers and company are on trouble when they host Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks this coming Sunday. I know the Pack won five straight to close out the regular season, but four of those wins came against non-playoff teams so I’m really not all that impressed. Then, there’s the fact that Rodgers has been completely and utterly pedestrian this season as evidenced by the fact that the Packers rank a modest 15th in scoring (23.5 ppg). I’m expecting Russell Wilson to work some more of his magic to lead the ‘road warrior’ Seahawks to their ninth road win in 10 games this season.