Here we go. And then there were eight teams. This round’s slate of games are fairly predictable to me, as I have a great feeling on the NFL money line winners. That said, the 2017 Divisional Playoff picks on football spreads are a little trickier. Let’s get to it.
NFL 2017 Divisional Playoff Picks
Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons (-4.5)
This is a simple case of proven versus unproven. The Falcons have disappointed in recent years and I don’t expect that to change here. The Seahawks beat Atlanta this year, have beaten them recently in the playoffs and have rediscovered their running game. Meanwhile, the Falcons are solid but not spectacular. No one on defense excites you and the running game doesn’t exactly scream grind out the clock. Give me a rejuvenated Thomas Rawls and a battle tested Russell Wilson to cover the spread – and win outright!
Houston Texans at New England Patriots (-15.5)
Yes, that’s a really big spread. But the Pats are a really good team. Tom Brady has four less games of wear and tear on him, the running game has been outstanding and the defense is nicely rested. As for Houston, they managed to put together a little offense last week but it wasn’t pretty. I just don’t have any faith in Brock Osweiler to have two good games in a row. Brock did beat New England last year, but it was in the regular season and in Denver. Lay the incredible amount of point and take the Pats.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs (-1.5)
The Steelers come in red hot, albeit a little banged up at QB and RB, while the Chiefs are nicely rested. I do like Pittsburgh outright here when it comes to football betting. The pedigree, the exceptional running game and the improving defense are all great signs. I also don’t think KC is explosive enough on offense to keep up. Tyreek Hill has helped the offense do it with smoke and mirrors lately. You shut him down, you shut the Chiefs down. Take the Steelers.
Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys (-4.5)
This is all about experience and momentum. The Packers showed last week that Aaron Rodgers is playing at the highest level possible, while Green Bay’s defense looks to be finally rounding into form. On the Dallas side, this is all new for Dak Prescott. Sure, his offensive line will protect him well and open up holes for the run, but what will the passing decisions look like for the rookie? Were talking about an NFL spread of over four points here. Rodgers has thrown 19 touchdowns with no interceptions in this 7-0 Packers streak. Give me Green Bay to cover.
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