NFL Divisional Round Betting Odds Preview
The favorites went 2-4 against the spread in the wild-card round of the NFL playoffs. Can the favorites deliver better results this weekend in the divisional round?
The divisional round begins Saturday with the Los Angeles Rams at the Green Bay Packers. At Bovada Sportsbook, the Packers are 7-point favorites.
Top-seeded Packers favored by a touchdown over Rams
The Rams advanced to the divisional round with a 30-20 win over the Seattle Seahawks as a 3-point underdog. With that victory, the Rams improved to 7-2 ATS in their last nine games as a road underdog. On the road in the playoffs, the Rams are 3-1 straight up and ATS in their last four games.
Green Bay had a bye last week as the top seed in the NFC. The Packers begin the playoffs on a six-game winning streak with a 4-2 ATS record. At home, the Pack are 13-1 SU and 9-5 ATS in their last 14, and at home in the playoffs they’re 4-1 SU and 3-1-1 ATS in their last five.
The Packers have won six straight ATS against the Rams with a 5-1 SU record. In the last 12 matchups between the Packers and Rams, the favorite is 12-0 SU.
Baltimore has covered 10 of last 11 games as underdog
In Saturday’s other divisional-round matchup, the Buffalo Bills host the Baltimore Ravens as a 2-point favorite.
The Bills had an eight-game ATS winning streak snapped last week in their 27-24 triumph over the Indianapolis Colts as 7-point favorites. That win also snapped a six-game playoff losing streak for Buffalo. At home in the postseason, the Bills are 10-1 SU and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11.
Baltimore has won six straight and seven in a row ATS after defeating the Tennessee Titans 20-13 as a 3.5-point favorite last week. On the road, the Ravens are 13-2 SU and 11-2-2 ATS in their last 15 games. Baltimore is also 10-1 ATS in its last 11 as an underdog.
Baltimore is 6-2 SU and 5-3 ATS in its last eight vs Buffalo.
Defending champs a double-digit favorite over Browns
Sunday’s divisional-round action kicks off with the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Cleveland Browns as a 10-point favorite.
Cleveland upset the Pittsburgh Steelers 48-37 as a 5.5-point underdog last week. Despite that win, Cleveland is 4-11 ATS in its last 15 road games. As a double-digit underdog, the Browns have lost 21 straight at 8-13 ATS.
Kansas City is the top seed in the AFC after going 14-2 SU and 6-10 ATS this season. The Chiefs have been a bad bet lately at 0-7-1 ATS in their last eight games. At home, the Chiefs have lost four straight ATS but they’re 10-5 ATS in their last 15.
Kansas City is 4-1 SU and 2-3 ATS in its last five vs Cleveland. In this matchup, the favorite is 2-5 ATS in the last seven.
Saints going for third win of season over Buccaneers
Closing out the divisional round is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the New Orleans Saints as a 3-point underdog.
The Buccaneers got past Washington 31-23 last week but failed to cover as 10-point favorites. On the road, Tampa Bay has won six straight at 3-3 ATS. As an underdog, the Bucs are 2-8 SU and 3-6-1 ATS in their last 10.
New Orleans defeated the Chicago Bears 21-9 as an 11-point favorite last week. New Orleans is 8-1-1 ATS in its last 10, but as a playoff favorite is 3-11 ATS in the last 14.
New Orleans defeated Tampa Bay twice during the regular season both SU and ATS. The Saints have won five straight against the Buccaneers SU and ATS overall.