The NFL is down to only seven more games of action for the 2020 season and 2021 playoffs. If the six games of wild-card weekend were any indication, the league should headed to another Saturday and Sunday of more close contests and big surprises for the divisional round.
Not surprisingly, the NFC No. 6 Rams and AFC No. 6 Browns, who pulled off upsets against the third-seeded Seahawks and Steelers last week, are bigger road underdogs in facing the Packers and Chiefs, the rested respective top seeds.
Because of that, a couple of red-hot No. 5 seeds, the Ravens and Buccaneers, get more manageable matchups against the Bills and Saints, who also played last week. Throughout this week, the NFC matchups have seen the lines move a little away from the favorites, while the AFC expected winners have maintained their points edge.
Quarterbacks take center stage with MVP candidates Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes getting in on the action after a bye, joining Jared Goff, Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield, Tom Brady and Drew Brees. With that, there’s a potential for another slew of high-scoring games.
Here’s the betting information you need to know for the game plus a selection of best bets for the weekend. For more expert NFL predictions, check out Sporting News’ picks straight up and against the spread for the divisional playoff games.
NFL odds for divisional playoff games
Below are the latest NFL divisional playoff game odds, including point spreads, money lines and over-under totals for every game, according to the DraftKings sportsbook:
Last updated: Saturday, Jan. 16
NFL divisional playoff game point spreads
|Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay Packers||GB -6.5|
|Baltimore Ravens at Buffalo Bills||BUF -2.5|
|Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs||KC -10|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints||NO -3|
NFL divisional playoff game money lines
|Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay Packers||LAR +260, GB -305|
|Baltimore Ravens at Buffalo Bills||BAL +123, BUF -141|
|Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs||CLE +420 KC -530|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints||TB +143 NO -165|
NFL divisional playoff game over/unders
|Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay Packers||45.5|
|Baltimore Ravens at Buffalo Bills||50|
|Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs||56.5|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints||51.5|
NFL best bets for divisional playoff games
1. Rams +6.5
The Rams took care of straight-up business in Seattle facing a dysfunctional Seahawks offense. They will have a hard time outscoring Rodgers and the Packers’ offense, but they have the defense to keep it close. The Rams also have red-hot rookie running back Cam Akers with whom to play more ball-control for Sean McVay, whose team was on the field for nearly 34 minutes during the wild-card game. Jalen Ramsey and the Rams’ cornerbacks will work to contain the big plays from Davante Adams and the Packers’ wideouts, which will lead Green Bay into grinding mode of its own. Rodgers does just enough to deliver the win.
2. Bills -2.5
The Ravens might seem to have the bigger momentum with a six-game winning streak. The Bills have actually won more consecutive games going into this matchup with seven. Since a midseason hiccup, Allen has played liked a passer possessed and also is back to running at a high level. He should see go-to guy Stefon Diggs have a big game outside against Marcus Peters to help, not perturbed by the Ravens rendering the Bills’ offense one-dimensional. Meanwhile, Jackson and the Ravens will have great rushing success, but the passing downfield will be limited with Marquise Brown seeing plenty of Tre’Davious White.
3. Browns at Chiefs UNDER 56.5
That number is massive for a playoff game. The Browns scored 48 points last week and when combining the season scoring average of both teams, you get 56.4. The Chiefs may have a bit of a slow start with Mahomes based on rust, while the Browns should have the jitters raised in a more hostile environment while eager to duplicate the dominant start in Pittsburgh. The Browns also capable of going on long drives with their running game, which can limited the possessions of both teams. Should the Chiefs build a solid lead in the second half, Mayfield seeing consistent pressure against a good pass defense won’t lead to as much garbage to push up the total.
4. Chiefs +10
The Chiefs can easily pull away with Mahomes and put Mayfield in uncomfortable catchup position. The Browns are due for an emotional overall let down while the reigning Super Bowl champions will be extra focused, trying to avoid the constant comeback mode in which they spent most of last year’s playoffs.
5. Buccaneers at Saints OVER 51.5
Brady and Brees for a third time is too close to call either way, given the Bucs’ momentum but the Saints’ domination of the two regular-season meetings. Saints -3 is too tight, essentially making this a pick ’em game. While the lean there is toward Tampa Bay, there’s no doubt both teams will light it up. The Bucs and Saints can stop the run, but their defenses have developed holes in other spots where both offenses are effective.