Ten Betting Tips: NFL Betting Bits To Watch For Divisional Playoff Weekend

The 2013 NFL playoffs are about set to kick off on Saturday, as all eight teams continue their conquest to lift the Lombardi Trophy. Today, we take a look at our Top 10 Betting Tips, as we point out some of the most important people, teams, and trends that you’ll be hearing all about as the season continues.

At the start of the 2013 playoffs, there were three rookie quarterbacks guiding their team. Only one remains. The Seattle Seahawks’ QB Russell Wilson didn’t have the best game of all of the quarterbacks in the first round of the playoffs, but he certainly was effective and led his team to a very impressive 24-14 win over the Washington Redskins. Wilson now has a chance to become one of the very few rookie quarterbacks to ever win two playoff games and make it to the conference championship game. He was also the only quarterback to win a playoff game on the road. A quarterback that has a lot of pressure on his shoulders this week to win his first road playoff game is…

Matt Schaub of the Houston Texans. Schaub has clearly been the worst of the eight quarterbacks left standing here in the second season, as he has just one touchdown pass in his last five weeks. However, he does have something that no other quarterback (aside from Wilson) has in the playoffs in his career: A perfect record. Last week was Schaub’s first playoff start, and he was able to walk away with a victory thanks to a great defensive effort against the Cincinnati Bengals. It’s amazing to think that that one win is one more than…

Matt Ryan has in his career. Yes, the Atlanta Falcons have been a mess in the playoffs, and it seems as though each successive year is getting worse and worse. Matty Ice hasn’t thrown for even 200 yards in a single playoff game in his career, and two of his three playoff touchdowns came when he was a rookie. Since then? One TD. Three picks. Yikes. Head Coach Mike Smith is under the gun, too, knowing that he has never won a playoff game in his coaching career either. The only coach that might be under more pressure this week is…

Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers. No, Harbaugh isn’t on the hot seat by any stretch of the imagination, knowing that he had his team in the NFC Championship Game last year. The problem? He made it to the NFC Championship Game and really should have been in the Super Bowl with QB Alex Smith calling the shots. Now, a year later, it is QB Colin Kaepernick that is ultimately going to be under center in his first career playoff game. There is no doubt that Kaepernick is more likely to win the game for the Niners if they need a big time play at the end of the game. However, he is probably more likely to lose the game as well when push comes to shove. Lose this one this week to the Green Bay Packers, and not only will Harbaugh be hearing it because he lost the game, but Smith also beat the Pack on the road in Week 1. If you think that Green Bay wants some revenge by going into the Stick this week though, you haven’t seen anything. The…

Houston Texans are the team craving the most payback. They went on the road to Foxboro five weeks ago and were smashed by four touchdowns by the New England Patriots, and now, they have to return to the scene of the crime, where they are expected to get killed again. Houston is basically the butt of every joke at this point in the playoffs, and no one is giving the team a chance. That’s why it is the biggest underdog on the NFL betting lines in the second round of the playoffs at +9.5. The only team that is comparably in bad shape is the…

Baltimore Ravens. Baltimore knows that it is in a heck of a lot of trouble in this one, as it already was beaten by the Denver Broncos at home this year. Now, it has to go on the road and take down a Denver team that has won 11 games in a row on its home turf. The task is nearly impossible, and there is just as much chance for Baltimore to win at +9.5 as Houston has to pull out a victory. The reason for that?

Peyton Manning is just that darn good. Manning did it all this year, and he did it in a season in which he was coming off of major neck surgery, which caused him to miss an entire year, and he did so with an entirely new team put into place around him. Manning threw for at least 300 yards in three of his last four games, and he threw at least three touchdown passes nine times on the campaign. Those are numbers that are just out of this world… unless you’re…

Tom Brady. Brady didn’t have the best year of his career, as he “only” threw for 4,827 yards and 34 TDs on the season. He “only” had five games with at least three touchdown passes this year, and one of those games featured four TDs. That game came against none other than these Houston Texans that are on tap this weekend. TE Aaron Hernandez scored twice in that game against Houston the first time around, and that might make the most important person on the New England offense…

Rob Gronkowski. Gronk is back from his forearm injury that cost him five games. He still managed 11 TDs in 11 games, and he had 55 catches with 790 yards. The big tight end has to be licking his chops about what he might be able to do in this one, knowing that the Houston secondary has been atrocious right in the heart of the field for weeks at this point. And it’s the middle of the field that has to be most concerning to…

Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at the Georgia Dome. There doesn’t seem to be all that much of an issue matching up with either WR Julio Jones or WR Roddy White, as the two corners of this team are out of this world. The question though, comes where the Seahawks defend in the slot. That’s where WR Harry Douglas is going to be, and more importantly, that’s where TE Tony Gonzalez will be lined up. Gonzo had a fantastic year this year, and he is going to be the man that is going to have to get QB Matt Ryan his first playoff victory of his career.

Andrew Ryan

Andrew Ryan has been in the sportswriting biz since the late-90s, and he has worked side by side with some of the best and brightest in sports gambling. Always searching for the best trends in sports, Andrew uses his brilliant math mind to his advantage to beat the books.

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