NFL Betting: NFL Matchups for the Divisional Round

NFL Playoffs

Here at Bang the Book, we have all of the top matchups of the 2014 NFL playoffs covered! Today, we’re taking a look at the best matchups for the Divisional round of the playoffs!

New Orleans Saints (12-5 SU, 9-8 ATS) @ Seattle Seahawks (13-3 SU, 11-5 ATS)
Spread: Seattle -8, Total: 48

CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA – Saturday, January 11th, 4:35 ET

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There are bettors which have been licking their chops over this one. Here, we have one of the best home teams in football against one of the worst road teams in the game. However, is this really a matter of reality, or is it just perception? The Saints managed to win four of their nine road games this year, and they had a shot at winning at least two or three of the other ones. Seattle, on the other hand, though it did blow out these Saints a couple months ago, did end up losing for the first time in the QB Russell Wilson era at home three weeks ago, and the team nearly ended up losing again versus St. Louis on the final day of the regular season. These two teams have both had a history of failing right around this time of year in the playoffs, but the winner of this one is going to have an excellent chance of getting the job done and making it all the way to the Super Bowl. New Orleans knows that it has its work cut out for it if it wants to ultimately end up overcoming the 34-7 loss that it suffered the last time these two teams met at CenturyLink Field earlier in the season.

Indianapolis Colts (12-5 SU, 11-6 ATS) @ New England Patriots (12-4 SU, 8-8 ATS)
Spread: New England -7, Total: 52.5

Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA – Saturday, January 11th, 8:15 ET

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QB Andrew Luck represents the future of quarterbacking in the NFL, while QB Tom Brady represents the old guard. We know that Brady has been here and done this before, but if last week is any indication, Luck might be in for some magic. The second year man led his team back from down 38-10 in the third quarter to win 45-44 in one of the wildest games in NFL history. Now, the Colts have a chance to ultimately draw arguably the worst team to have a bye in the first round of the playoffs, and the opportunity is certainly very real that they can win this game and perhaps ultimately win the Super Bowl as well. However, the Brady Bunch still has the magic of playing at Gillette Stadium, and it isn’t often that this team gets beaten on this field. The Pats still have gobs of injuries to deal with, but this is as healthy as they are going to be for the remainder of the campaign. Luck and the Colts have only take on these Patriots once since he came into the league, and an ugly result it was. New England won 59-24, though we have to think that the lack of respect that the Patriots showed Indianapolis isn’t something which was forgotten.

San Francisco 49ers (13-4 SU, 11-5-1 ATS) @ Carolina Panthers (12-4 SU, 9-6-1 ATS)
Spread: Carolina -1, Total: 42

Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC – Sunday, January 12th, 1:05 ET

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At least the temperature is going to be a little bit warmer in Charlotte than it was in Green Bay last weekend… The Panthers though, are about as beatable on grass this season as the Packers were at home in the playoffs in their history. Carolina has only been beaten once since way back in Week 5, and that loss came on the road against the Saints on the road at the Superdome. Head Coach Ron Rivera was nearly run out of town at the end of last season, but over the course of this year, he has not just solidified his job, but he has created an opportunity to win the Super Bowl as well. The 49ers though, might be the team du jour at the moment. They managed to go on the road and do what was seemingly the unthinkable – win at Lambeau Field in the most frigid conditions in franchise history. QB Colin Kaepernick and the Niners have already been beaten once this year by these Panthers, and that was back in the middle of the season before we were really aware of the fact that Carolina was going to be one of the teams to beat in 2013. The spread has flipped just a bit since that point though, as the 49ers were six-point home favorites back in November when these clubs clashed at Candlestick Park.

San Diego Chargers (10-7 SU, 10-6-1 ATS) @ Denver Broncos (13-3 SU, 10-6 ATS)
Spread: Denver -10, Total: 54.5

Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, CO – Sunday, January 12th, 4:40 ET

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The Chargers were just 5-7 five weeks ago, and since that point, they have won what has amounted to be five straight must-win games. They are starting to look like the team of destiny at this point, and they very well could pull off the upset at Mile High. QB Peyton Manning was taken out by QB Philip Rivers in the playoffs only a few short years ago in a game where the Colts were supposed to dominate, and last season, Denver was bounced from the second season on a year in what turned out to be a suspect loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Ravens. Manning knows that the time is going to have to come that he is going to run out of chances to win a second Super Bowl in his career, and now, not only does he run up against a team which has given him troubles in the past, but he does so in a situation where he hasn’t done so well historically in the playoffs: Cold weather. The Broncos though, are still favored by 10 in this one, and that’s the exact same point spread that these two faced just four weeks ago right here in this venue when the Chargers pulled off the upset that really saved their season. The Chargers played well twice against Denver this year, and this is by no means a shoe in of a game for the hosts.

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Adam Markowitz

is a staff writer living in the Orlando area. He has covered NFL, MLB, college football, CFL, AFL, NBA, college basketball, NASCAR, golf, tennis, and the NHL for a number of various outlets in his career, and he has been published by a number of different media outlets, including the Orlando Sentinel and the Wall Street Journal.

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