Despite a couple of big lines, all four favorites covered in the wild card round last weekend. Headed into this week's divisional round of the playoffs, we're rolling with three out of four favorites — and the one underdog pick is quite the stunner.
Here are the betting lines and picks against the spread for all four of this weekend's games, plus a few prop bets for good measure.
(All lines courtesy the Las Vegas Westgate SuperBook as of 1/12; prop bets courtesy Bovada.com. Pick listed first with home team in all caps.)
FALCONS (-5) over Seahawks (Over/under: 51.5)
Nick Wright and NFL Hall of Famer Cris Carter laid out the case for Matt Ryan and Atlanta on this week's "Make Me Smarter" podcast, so go listen to them to learn everything you need to know about this week's playoff games. In a nutshell, though, the Falcons are the pick because the Seahawks are struggling to stop the pass without Earl Thomas — and because Vic Beasley could feast on Seattle's offensive line.
I hate this game so much, football-gambling friends. I want to take New England, of course, but I just can't lay three scores in the playoffs.
So I'm ... picking ... Brock Osweiler? Gross. Let's move on.
CHIEFS (-2) over Steelers (Over/under: 44)
Cowboys/Packers is getting all the attention, and rightly so. But this AFC matchup could steal the show this weekend. Vegas certainly expects an exciting game. I like Alex Smith and the Chiefs as AFC sleepers, so I'm laying the two points here. A Steelers win wouldn't surprise me, though, as their defense improved week by week into a top-10 unit this season.
COWBOYS (-4.5) over Packers (Over/under: 52.5)
Dallas is healthy defensively, and I can't see the Packers stopping Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys running game. Give me Dallas by a touchdown at JerryWorld.