NFL Betting: NFL Matchups for Divisional Round Weekend

Here at Bang the Book, we have all of the top matchups of the 2013 NFL playoffs covered! Today, we’re taking a look at the best matchups for Divisional Round of the playoffs!

Baltimore Ravens (11-6 SU, 7-9-1 ATS) @ Denver Broncos (13-3 SU, 11-5 ATS)
Spread: Denver -9.5, Total: 46

Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, CO – Saturday, January 12th, 4:30 ET

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The Ravens and Broncos met just a few weeks ago at M&T Bank Stadium, and if that game is any indication, this could end up being a blowout when push comes to shove. Baltimore was dominated at home in that one by 17 points in a game that truly wasn’t all that close. The Ravens did get out of their first round playoff game last week by beating the Indianapolis Colts, but that might have been more of a case of LB Ray Lewis and the emotions of playing his final home game in front of the fans that cheered him on since the day the franchise moved from Cleveland. Denver meanwhile, has been sitting at home, watching, and waiting, and QB Peyton Manning has to be licking his chops over this matchup. His team has outscored opponents by over 16 points per game since falling behind 24-0 to the San Diego Chargers back in Week 6, and the team hasn’t been beaten in any of the last 11 games. QB Joe Flacco has a good history of coming on the road and winning playoff games, but Manning doesn’t lose all that often at home, and he clearly has the superior team. Since 2000 though, Baltimore does have the 7-2 ATS edge in this series, and the home team is 6-3 ATS in those nine games.

Green Bay Packers (12-5 SU, 10-7 ATS) @ San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1 SU, 9-7 ATS)
Spread: San Francisco -3, Total: 45

Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA – Saturday, January 12th, 8:00 ET

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Way back in Week 1, the 49ers and the Packers played one of the showcase games to start off the season. Green Bay looked lost in that game against the San Francisco defense for the most part, and only on the grace of a punt return for a touchdown was the game even as close as the 30-22 score line indicated. The Niners dominated that game, and they ran to the NFC West title for the second straight season when push came to shove. However, QB Alex Smith started that game, and QB Colin Kaepernick is starting this one. There is no doubt that Kaepernick has the ability to make better and more meaningful plays, but he is still playing in his very first playoff game against an angry Green Bay defense. LB Clay Matthews has had a remarkable season when he has been healthy, and he is leading a defense that is craving respect. This is a tougher task than the challenge was last week against the Minnesota Vikings, though. RB Adrian Peterson was tough to hold down to just 99 rushing yards (especially after AP ran for over 400 yards in two games prior to that against the Pack), but playing against QB Joe Webb wasn’t exactly challenging. Green Bay is 6-2-1 ATS in the last nine meetings in this series dating back to 1999, and the San Fran win in Week 1 snapped an eight-game SU winning streak for the Packers over the 49ers.

Seattle Seahawks (12-5 SU, 12-5 ATS) @ Atlanta Falcons (13-3 SU, 9-6-1 ATS)
Spread: Atlanta -2.5, Total: 46

Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA – Sunday, January 13th, 1:00 ET

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Last week, the Seahawks were the only team to be favored on the road, and they were the only road team to ultimately come out and win a game. That being said, this week, they’re the trendiest upset pick of the bunch. Seattle has been on fire, having won six games in a row, and the implication by the oddsmakers is that this is the best team in the NFC. The downer though, is that the Hawks have to come on the road for the second straight time over 2,500 miles away from home, and they might have to fly another 2,000 miles next week if they win this one and have to go to Green Bay. The Falcons have home field advantage throughout the playoffs, and they have really been in this position all year long, but in the end, they have never found themselves to be the favorites to win the NFC under any circumstance. The oddsmakers have already stated that they won’t be favored next week against either the Packers or the 49ers if they make it that far, and we’re not even 100% sure that they are going to be favored by the time this one kicks off. QB Matt Ryan has never won a playoff game, and neither has Head Coach Mike Smith. That being said, the Falcons have won three straight in this series SU, scoring at least 30 points in each of those games. The two teams are completely split at 5-5 SU and 5-5 ATS in the meetings dating all the way back to 1988, though.

Houston Texans (13-4 SU, 10-7 ATS) @ New England Patriots (12-4 SU, 9-6-1 ATS)
Spread: New England -9.5, Total: 47.5

Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA – Sunday, January 13th, 4:30 ET

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Five weeks ago, the Texans were 11-1, going on the road to Gillette Stadium in what was dubbed the biggest game in Houston’s history. The team put together some swanky letterman jackets and took to the stage on Monday Night Football, only to get clocked by four touchdowns in a game that was never truly all that close. Since then, they have gone just 2-3 SU and 2-3 ATS, and they really have looked bad in doing so. QB Matt Schaub has only thrown one touchdown pass in his last five games, and the offense has just two scores, both from RB Arian Foster on the ground in the last 14 quarters of play. That being said, the defense really continues to be the stronghold of the team, and the argument could be made that this is a heck of a lot better unit right now than it was last year in this very same round of the playoffs. That being said, the stakes are higher, and the team that the Texans are playing against is tougher. New England has been game planning for this one for two weeks, and the team is as healthy as it could be. This one screams to be another blowout, especially knowing that the Patriots are 3-1 SU and 2-1-1 ATS in the four all-time games in this series, and the one win for the Texans came in a game that they had to win and New England had nothing to play for in Week 17 of the 2009 season.

Adam Markowitz

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