We are down to the elite eight in the NFL playoffs after last weekend’s thrilling wild card round saw four teams advance and four teams fall. This week we will finally get our first looks at the Broncos, the Patriots, the 49ers and the Falcons this postseason and it will interesting to see how they play coming off the bye.
The four big games creates a busy weekend for bettors, who will be presented with a plethora of options, including updated futures, props, point spreads and over/unders. If you are looking for a few of the best, then you are in luck, cause we’ve got them here, courtesy of Bovada.
There are two great spreads to take this weekend. They are both in the AFC and they are both ten pointers. That’s right, New England and Denver are getting ten on Houston and Baltimore respectively and although there’s little doubt that both favorites will advance, ten points in a playoff game is pretty substantial. And yes, we saw some bigger margins last weekend during the wild card round, but these are the teams that advanced. They are playing well. Plus, are the Pats and Broncos going to be that sharp after a week off? Probably not. These are the safe ones, so take them. Take the Ravens and Texans to both cover +10 this weekend.
This is a pretty tough one, as all the over/unders are hovering between 45 and 48 points, but I’d say the best one is over 46.5 in the Denver-Baltimore game. Baltimore will certainly give up points, probably between 20-30, so as long as they can have a decent game offensively, these teams should go over 46.5. Denver’s defense has been great all year, but with Ray Rice and an effective passing game, Baltimore should at least put some points on the board.
This one goes back to the bet above. Peyton Manning should have a field day against a fairly weak Baltimore secondary, which is ranked 20th in the NFL against the pass. So, he will likely have the most passing yards of any QB this weekend and Bovada’s got a great prop in this category, placing Manning at 15/4, which is third among the active QBs this week. You are bound to make some good money here if he and Denver get the job done like they are supposed to.
It may sound crazy, but I like Seattle to win the NFC title at 13/4. It’s a high value bet and there is a good chance it can happen. If the Seahawks get past the Falcons–which have struggled in the postseason in years past–then they’ll have a date with either San Fran or Green Bay, both of which Seattle beat earlier this season. Would they win the Super Bowl? Probably not. It looks like it’s either New England or Denver’s year, but the Hawks could certainly take down the NFC and you would stand to make some serious dough if you took this one and they pulled it off. It’s okay. Thank me later.