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National Football League divisional playoffs: Picks and betting lines

National Football League divisional playoffs: Picks and betting lines”

So that makes it 1-1 in the battle of established quarterbacks vs. new kids on the block so far in the 2018 National Football League playoffs. The top seeds are coming off their BYE weeks, and will have to fend off the lower seeds at home.

The Titans were down 21-3 to the Kansas City Chiefs last Saturday before storming back for a 22-21 victory at Arrowhead Stadium. They also got the ball to Julio Jones plenty this game as Jones finished with 94 yards and a score.

It is going to be an interesting playoffs season no matter how this ends up turning out. I predict the Titans' passing game will be shut down, making the offense one-dimensional. Running back Derrick Henry took some of the pressure off him, but he made big plays at big moments including his pass to himself that he ran in for a touchdown.

This was a game that featured two less than impressive offense pitting themselves against great defenses.

PATRIOTS -13 over Titans The follow up chatter to last week's Seth Wickersham's ESPN.com piece on how Bill Belichick and Tom Brady essentially hate each other has kind of died down. That after knocking them off during the regular season at Heinz Field as well.

The Philadelphia Eagles are going to come into this game more pissed off than any team we've seen in a long time-and I certainly expect them to fight harder than the Rams did. This game boiled down to the Bills offense being more mistake prone than the Jaguars, as the Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles looked absolutely terrified to throw the ball. More than half of that came via the team's fourth-year quarterback (88). The Falcons tightened up on defense by tackling well and kept players like running back Todd Gurley from getting yards on screens or sneaking out of the backfield. As the adage goes: "Defense wins championships", and Jacksonville has the league's best point differential, and the second-best scoring defense and total defense.

"There is also the whole emotion around Ryan Shazier". However, I have the Patriots winning this game 27-20.

"I don't think you take it for granted". A near ideal game plan in Los Angeles kept the high powered Rams offense off the field - they limited running back Todd Gurley to just 18 touches and dominated the time of possession by over 15 minutes! That should give Matt Ryan problems, especially on the road in cold weather. "I think it is two road teams in the NFC this weekend to advance".

Case Keenum From career backup quarterback to Super Bowl champion
Case Keenum From career backup quarterback to Super Bowl champion

Philadelphia is No. 1 against the run, is at home and has had an extra week of rest. Could we see a Falcons-Patriots rematch in the Super Bowl? The Eagles, on the other hand, are on a steep decline. But that tells us the value of Carson Wentz. I realize it was a huge comeback for the Titans last Saturday. The Eagles, playing without injured quarterback Carson Wentz, have had a week to try to fix the offense.

Of all the games this weekend, I think this will be the closest and most exciting. I like the Saints a lot but the Vikings just seem more complete to me.

Prior to the Falcons' Wild Card Weekend win in L.A., the consensus had them as one- to two-point favorites in this matchup.

Minnesota Vikings +6.5 (from -3.5) vs.

In the NFC, three local boys reside on the Saints, where New Orleans travels to Minnesota to take on the Vikings Monday at 11:40 pm HST.

Preview : The Vikings and the Saints met during week 1 on the National Football League season. Brees has an accurate arm and solid receivers at his side, but that might not be enough to crack the Vikings defense.

Case Keenum stepped in for Bradford and has had an MVP-type season.



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