4 Bold Betting Predictions for the 2018 NFL Divisional Round
This coming weekend is one of the biggest of the NFL season, as it will decide which four teams get to play for the Conference Championships. Yes, it’s Divisional Round time, and we have 4 very big games set to go this weekend. There are sure to be some of you out there who are looking to make a major splash by playing the underdog in at least one of these games. I have my picks already made for the weekend, but there are a few potential upsets that could lead to you really giving your bankroll a boost. I am going to pick one potential upset for each of the games on tap, so play along if you feel that these betting predictions might actually come to pass.
Date: Saturday, January 8
Time: 4:35 p.m. ET
Odds: Atlanta -3
It’s not very often that the #1 seed in the conference comes into the Divisional Round as a home underdog, but that is exactly what is happening here. The Falcons are on a roll and are heading into Philly as a 3-point favorite. Of course, the Eagles have no shot at winning this one now that Carson Wentz is done for the year and they have to roll with backup QB Nick Foles, right? Perhaps not. While Wentz played a huge role in getting the Eagles to the playoffs, he is not the only part of this team that is very good. Atlanta is just 1-7 SU in their last 8 games in Philly, and I’m pretty sure those losses came with a different QB at the helm for the Eagles. Let’s go with Philly to win SU and cover.
Date: Saturday, January 13
Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Odds: New England -13.5
The Titans making it to this stage of the playoffs is a wonderful little Cinderella story, but that fairy tale all comes crashing down this weekend in Foxboro, or does it? Tennessee proved that they are a team with a lot of grit and determination by staging a massive comeback in the Wild Card Game on the road to the Kansas City Chiefs. They came back from an 18-point deficit, and you can no bet that his team is starting to believe in themselves in a big way. I am not suggesting that they can win this one, but they do have a shot at covering the spread as a 13 ½ point dog.
Date: Sunday, January 14
Time: 1:05 p.m. ET
Odds: Pittsburgh -7
The Steelers are 7-1 in their own building this year and have one of the most feared offenses in all of professional football. That means that they will roll all over the Jacksonville Jaguars and their weak offensive unit this weekend, right? No so fast. The one loss that the Steelers took at home this season came in a humbling 30-9 hammering at the hands of the Jaguars in a game that saw Big Ben throw 5 picks. The only time that the Steelers ever lost at home to the same team in the regular season and the playoffs came in 2007, and that team was the Jags. Is it really too much to suggest that history might just repeat itself on Sunday?
New Orleans Saints vs Minnesota Vikings
Date: Sunday, January 14
Time: 4:40 PM EST
Live Stream: FOX Sports Go
Odds: Vikings -4
The New Orleans Saints have arguably the best running back duo in the league this season, but they are about to go against a Vikings team that is allowing less than 84 YPG on the ground this season. While this might suggest that the Saints cannot compete with the Vikings, especially on the road, let’s not forget that they also have a certain Drew Brees under center. If you really feel like taking a shot, go with the Saints to win SU, but if you fancy playing things a little closer to the vest, take them to cover as a 5-point underdog.