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NFL Playoffs: Divisional round quarterback rankings

NFL Playoffs: Divisional round quarterback rankings”

The best weekend of the National Football League is here, the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Factoring in the tendency of casual fans and recreational bettors to gravitate toward offense, a small slate of games could prove to present a surprisingly large array of options to take advantage by zigging where others are zagging. I am never confident predicting the Saints to win on the road, but I am going to take New Orleans winning on a field goal near the end of regulation to send them to the NFC Championship. Saturday night will mark his 35th playoff start, whereas Marcus Mariota only made his first career playoff start last weekend.

I did not see that performance coming from the Tennessee Titans against the Kansas City Chiefs. That game was dominated by the Vikings but a lot has changed for both teams.

"I would imagine your first time, your first experience playing in a playoff game is going to be a little bit more hard", Bortles told reporters Wednesday.

Tasked with picking their playoff road to the Super Bowl, and eventual victor, can Graves triumph over the likes of England cricketer Liam Plunkett WWE superstar Baron Corbin and Sky Sports News Deadline Day expert Jim White? The Saints are a much better running team than they were that day, which will help open up their passing game. That won't happen again this week, but the Jacksonville defense is a young, cocky group that will keep this game close.

Something's gotta give, and if it's any indication DVOA's #1 defense has only been an underdog of a touchdown or more twice in this decade.

And in Week 5, the Jacksonville Jaguars defense went into the Steel City and basically blew out the Steelers single-handedly by scoring two touchdowns on five Ben Roethlisberger interceptions - meaning that unit scored more TDs than the offense they were defending.

Placing trust in Bortles always has been and still is next to impossible, but that's baked into this point spread. The Vikings defense continued to improve all season and ended the year as the best defense in the NFL. And with this being a best bet, there's more to it than that. The Falcons handled the LA Rams last weekend and now face an Eagles team still adjusting to life after the injury to Carson Wentz. I missed on the two Sunday games when the Jaguars and Saints didn't cover as favorites, and split on my two over-under picks, nailing Jaguars-Bills under and missing on the Falcons-Rams to go over.

"I think having gone through these situations, understanding what it's like, the atmosphere, those kinds of things, knowing that it's going to be tough, all those things kind of carry forward", Ryan told reporters, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

This Divisional round matchup intrigues me the most. Meanwhile, Schwartz has taken a defense that ranked below average the year before he arrived according to DVOA and elevated it into a top-5 defense in each of his first two seasons in Philadelphia.

While it remains to be seen whether Sarkisian will have to match wits with a strong defensive mind in crunch time, we do know fatigue vs. freshness strongly favors Philadelphia. Betting lines and trends are courtesy of OddsShark.

Wentz's backup, Nick Foles, has struggled and was downright abysmal in a 6-0 loss to the Cowboys in Week 17.

The first weekend of the National Football League playoffs started out well for the Best Bets, hitting the Tennessee Titans plus-8 (didn't need the points) and the Atlanta Falcons plus-6 (didn't need those either). They beat the Rams by 13, covering the spread by nearly 20 points in the process, so what's the harm in upgrading them and making this line Falcons -3?

This brings the theme of the week full circle.

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