Divisional Round Weekend NFL Picks Against The Spread
NFL Divisional Picks
Then there were eight. There are currently eight teams that are still alive in the NFL playoffs. After the Wild Card round got rid of some of the playoff teams that may not be totally worthy, we now have a great array of teams left to play.
Three of the four matchups this weekend are rematches. In two of those three matchups, the team that was favored lost (that is only counting the last game between the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos). Can there be more upsets this weekend? The spreads are surprisingly high this weekend. The people in Las Vegas really believe that this weekend is going to be full of blowouts.
You have a huge game between the up and coming Andrew Luck and the grizzled playoff veteran Tom Brady (although how grizzled can a guy who does Uggs commercials be?). You have the narrative of Peyton Manning trying to show he can be a clutch quarterback in the playoffs as he faces longtime foe Philip Rivers once again. Drew Brees tries to get vengeance on the team that may have handed him his most embarrassing loss. The Carolina Panthers are trying to show they aren't just a flash in the pan by playing one of the preseason favorites.
This is going to be a fun weekend. It is going to be hard to outdo last weekend, but the NFL will do everything it can to do just that. Now, here are the Divisional Weekend picks against the spread.
Wild Card Weekend Wrap Up
Wild Card weekend was one of the craziest in the history of the NFL playoffs. An up-and-coming superstar brought his team back from a 28 point second half deficit when Luck scored 35 points to bring the Indianapolis Colts to a 45-44 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Drew Brees ended a streak in which the New Orleans Saints had not won a road playoff game in their history. Colin Kaepernick once again beat his childhood favorite when he put down the Green Bay Packers. The Chargers made Andy Dalton look like a player who needed to be replaced instead of a guy who has been in the playoffs all three years of his career. There was wild action all weekend.
New Orleans Saints @ Seattle Seahawks (-8.5)
The last time the Saints and Seattle Seahawks met, the game was already a 17 point deficit by the end of the first quarter. By halftime, the score was 27-7. This game was never in doubt and may be a sign of things to come. Can the Saints avoid a blowout? It is not looking good with the return of Percy Harvin. New Orleans 21 Seattle 31
Indianapolis Colts @ New England Patriots (-7.5)
This matchup is being billed as Brady vs. Luck, but with all the injuries to the New England Patriots, it could be the backups against the let-down running backs. Brandon Spikes is the latest run stopper to go down for the year to go along with Tommy Kelly, Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo. The Colts will make this a close game, but Brady does his best impression of his adversary and wins it at the end. Indianapolis 21 New England 24
San Francisco 49ers (-1.5) @ Carolina Panthers
This is another one of those lines that make you scratch your head. The Panthers won the head to head game earlier in the season in San Francisco. They are playing at home yet still giving points in this game. The winner may hang on the fact of Steve Smith's health. If he is not a go, there may be too much pressure on the defense to win this game. If he does go, then you should go with the Panthers. I am putting a lot of hope that Smith won't miss the few playoff games he has left. San Francisco 30 Carolina 31
San Diego Chargers @ Denver Broncos (-9.5)
Where will Manning's legacy be by the end of the season? If he cannot win another game when he is a heavy favorite, the way he is looked at will have to be changed. He cannot continue to lose these big games that he is supposed to win. Rivers wants to add to a legacy that may be underrated. His team was not supposed to be here in the first place, so they are playing loose. Don't bet against Manning, unless he gets too many points. San Diego 24 Denver 31