The final four playoff teams in both the AFC and the NFC will battle it out in this weekend in the Divisional Round for a spot in this season’s conference championships on Sunday, Jan.20. Four of those teams are coming off a hard-fought victory in last weekend’s Wild Card Round and the other four teams are coming off a bye as the top two seeds in their respective conference.
The teams coming off the bye have the clear advantage in all four games, especially playing at home as favorites. However, all four underdogs covered the closing spread at Intertops online sportsbook in last week’s games with three of those teams winning that game straight-up.
The Indianapolis Colts closed as slight 1.5-point road underdogs in their 21-7 wild card victory against division rival Houston and they are currently listed as 5.5-point underdogs for this Saturday’s matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs. Game time from Arrowhead Stadium on NBC is set for 4:25 p.m. and the total is set at 57 points.
The Chiefs are the top seed in the AFC after going 12-4 SU in the regular season. They slipped to 9-6-1 ATS after failing to cover in seven of their last nine games. The Colts have won 10 of their last 11 games SU and they are 4-1 ATS in their last five games.
Later Saturday night, the Dallas Cowboys will be on the road as seven-point underdogs against the Los Angeles Rams with the total set at 49.5 for this 8:15 p.m. start on FOX. Dallas got past Seattle 24-22 last Saturday, but failed to cover as a 2.5-point home favorite.
The Rams tied New Orleans at 13-3 SU for the best record in the NFC. They stumbled to a 3-5-1 record ATS over their last nine games to go an even 7-7-2 ATS overall. Head-to-head in this NFC tilt, the Cowboys have a 4-1 edge both SU and ATS in the last five meetings and the total has gone OVER in four of their last five road games against the Rams.
Sunday’s playoff action in the Divisional Round starts in Foxborough with the New England Patriots playing host to the Los Angeles Chargers. Kickoff on CBS from Gillette Stadium is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. The Patriots are currently favored by four points and the total line is set at 45.5 points.
The early betting consensus leans towards the Chargers as the best road team in the NFL this season. With last Sunday’s 23-17 upset against Baltimore on the road as a three-point underdog, Los Angeles is 8-1 both SU and ATS in nine previous road games this season. It is also 5-1 ATS when closing as an underdog. The Patriots were the only team in the league to win all eight of their home games in the regular season SU. They went 6-2 ATS at home as part of a 9-7 record against the closing number.
The final playoff game this weekend pits the Philadelphia Eagles against the New Orleans Saints in a rematch from a Week 11 meeting at Mercedes-Benz Super Dome. The Saints cruised to a 48-7 win in that game as seven-point home favorites and they have been opened as eight-point favorites for Sunday’s rematch. Game time on FOX from the Big Easy is set for 4:40 p.m. and the current total line stands at 50.5 points.
The Eagles needed to win their last three games along with some help to land the final wild card spot in the NFC. They kept things rolling last Sunday with a 16-15 upset against Chicago as 6.5-point road underdogs. Philly has gone 4-1-1 ATS over its last six games. New Orleans is the top seed in the NFC, but its record ATS slipped to 10-6 overall after failing to cover in four of its last five games.