Favorites look appealing for this weekend’s NFL Divisional playoff games
Wild Card weekend has officially come and gone. Some teams like the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs made statements that they are true contenders, while teams like the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles showed their true colors.
The Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs is always loaded with fantastic games and that is no different this year.
Let’s take a look at Jets X-Factor’s best bets against the spread for Divisional weekend.
San Francisco 49ers @ Green Bay Packers
The Packers enter Divisional weekend coming off a bye week after locking up the No. 1 seed. The Packers finished the regular season 12-5 ATS, which is good for second-best in the NFL behind the Dallas Cowboys.
Meanwhile, the 49ers are pretty banged up coming off a huge win in Dallas Sunday afternoon. Nick Bosa did not participate in Tuesday’s practice for the 49ers which could be a huge loss if he isn’t available for Saturday night. The other notable injury for the 49ers is standout linebacker Fred Warner. Warner was a limited participant in practice Tuesday.
49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to play but will likely be less than one-hundred percent.
I think the Niners are going to be the public underdog this week getting a lot of attention after last week’s outright win. With the weather being around 3 degrees at kickoff, I expect the Packers to handle business at home. Lastly, the Packers could be a great teaser option this week to get them down to a pick’em.
The Play: Packers -5.5 (Fanduel Sportsbook)
Cincinnati Bengals @ Tennessee Titans
To me, this is the most intriguing game of the weekend. Both teams are coming into this game playing very good football. The Titans locked up the No. 1 seed and a bye week by winning their last three games of the regular season. Meanwhile, the Bengals have won four of their last five games, only losing to the Browns with most of their starters resting for the playoffs.
The Titans are starting to get healthy again as A.J. Brown, Julio Jones, and Derrick Henry should all be available this weekend. I think this is the perfect spot to fade the Bengals coming off a huge win and going on the road to face a well-rested opponent.
The Play: Titans -3.5 (Fanduel Sportsbook)
Buffalo Bills @ Kansas City Chiefs
The Bills ended the regular season as the league’s No.1 defense in many categories. All season long this defense was stout against the run and the pass. They allowed 17 points per game in the regular season, including two shutouts.
Additionally, the Chiefs defense has gotten much better as the season has gone on after starting the season on a historically bad pace. In their last 10 regular season games, Kansas City’s defense allowed 16.1 points per game.
With crowd noise and a cold night game in Kansas City, I expect this game to be low-scoring.
The Play: Under 54.5 (Fanduel Sportsbook)