Thirty-two teams started and two teams remain. The matchup for Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas is set and it is already an historic matchup. The New England Patriots are a three-point favorite over the Atlanta Falcons with the highest total we’ve ever seen for a Super Bowl at 58.5 points.
It will be the AFC vs. the NFC once again in the Pro Bowl as the NFL has gone back to the traditional format for the 2017 game. The league went to the mess that was the drafting process for the Pro Bowl in the last three years with Team Rice beating Team Sanders in 2014, Team Irvin beating Team Carter in 2015 and last year it was Team Irvin beating Team Rice. The last time it was AFC vs. NFC was in 2012 with the NFC winning 62-35. Let’s look at Sunday’s game, the rosters and Pro Bowl picks.
High octane offenses meet on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game as the Green Bay Packers visit the Atlanta Falcons on FOX. The Packers have won their last eight games and scored 30 points or more in their last six. The Falcons have won their last five games and scored 33 points or more in all five. It could be that the first team to get to 40 wins this one. Let’s look at the matchup and NFC Championship Game picks.
The NFC representative for Super Bowl LI will already be decided before the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots kick off at Gillette Stadium, as the AFC gets the later time slot this weekend. The Patriots are favored by six points with a total in the low 50s for the right to go to Houston in two weeks.
The smallest pointspread of the four NFL Divisional Playoff games this weekend is on the game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday on NBC. The Chiefs are listed as 1.5-point home favorites in a rematch from a game earlier this season that the Steelers won 43-14 at home in Week 4. The Chiefs are a much different team now as they have a playmaker on offense in Tyreek Hill and a stout defense. Let’s look at the contest and NFL Playoff predictions.
Aaron Rodgers and the red-hot Green Bay Packers visit the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday afternoon in an NFC Divisional Playoff matchup on FOX. The Packers have won their last seven games and Rodgers is playing at an MVP level as he has 19 TD passes and no interceptions in the winning streak. The Packers will be facing a Dallas team that features a Top 5 offense and a Top 5 defense. Let’s look at the contest and NFL Playoff predictions.
For the first time since 2011, the divisional round will feature only division winners. All four teams coming off of a bye are favored, including the Atlanta Falcons, who have climbed up to a 4.5-point favorite over the visiting Seattle Seahawks.
NFL fans are really hoping for more competitive games and the sportsbooks are hoping for some underdogs. Both groups are probably going to be disappointed with the outcome of the game between the Houston Texans and the New England Patriots. The Patriots are a 15.5-point favorite
The best matchup of the four Wild Card games this weekend is the one on Sunday between the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers. The Giants finished at 11-5 which was tied with Atlanta for the second-best record in the NFC but because New York plays in the NFC East they are a Wild Card team as Dallas won the division. The Giants now have the unenviable task of going into Lambeau Field and facing the Packers and the hottest quarterback in the league in Aaron Rodgers. Let’s look at the contest and NFC Wild Card picks.
The biggest favorite in the four NFL Wild Card games this weekend is the Pittsburgh Steelers who are 10-point favorites against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday on CBS. The Dolphins have not won a playoff game in nearly two decades and they will be facing a Steelers team that comes in red-hot, having won their last seven games. Let’s look at Sunday’s contest and AFC Wild Card picks.
Seattle has won at least one playoff game in each postseason dating back to 2012 and has been installed as a heavy favorite to continue that streak with a win over the visiting Lions. Sharp players have already spoken on the -7 line to push it up into the -8 range, so we’ll have to monitor the markets for some buyback as we approach kickoff.
Quarterback injuries have negatively impacted both teams and may have also cost the Raiders a first-round bye. Houston is favored by 3.5 points as sharp money has gotten involved on this game early in the week to effectively wipe out all of the -3 lines that were out there.