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As we enter the NFL divisional round, we must first look back at wild card weekend — yikes!
Of the six games played last week, four were complete blowouts. First, the Buffalo Bills dismantled the New England Patriots 47-17. Then, the defending Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Philadelphia Eagles 31-15.
On Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs torched the Pittsburg Steelers 42-21, and Monday night was capped off by a lopsided 34-11 Los Angeles Rams victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
With the fat trimmed, the divisional matchups are shaping up to be some exciting games.
As you already know, No.4 Cincinnati heads to No.1 Tennessee Saturday afternoon. Then, No.6 San Fransisco, fresh off their upset victory over the Dallas Cowboys, travels to No.1 Green Bay.
Come Sunday, No.2 Kansas City plays host to No.3 Buffalo, and No.2 Tampa Bay welcomes No.4, Los Angeles.
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Now, let’s dive into the divisional round matchups.
Bets we are watching: NFL Divisional Round
Although the 3-leg parlay didn’t hit, the Bengals did cover the spread against the Raiders. Maybe some Joe Cool magic will carry over to Saturday’s game against Tennessee.
As for the Cardinals over the Rams — what was I thinking? Arizona looked completely lost, leading to an eventual 34-11 beat down. Maybe this week, I’ll play things close to the chest. Or not — bet small, win small!
This week’s bets come by way of DraftKings Sportsbook. More odds below:
Season record: 8-22
Playoff record: 1-2
Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs
- Point Spread: +2.5 Buffalo
The Bills look like a completely different team. They look like a team on a mission trying to rewrite decades of misfortune. Kansas City also looks like they regained their form after an up and down season.
Josh Allen knows what’s at stake, as does Pat Mahomes. Expect this game to be high-scoring, electric, and most importantly, close.
Remember, this is a point spread bet. The Bills need to win the game outright or lose by less than 3 points to win the bet.
Cincinnati Bengals over Tennessee Titans
- Moneyline: +150 Cincinnati
I’m riding the Joe Cool wave as far as it can take me. The Bengals have the swagger and talent to hang with any team in the postseason.
With that said, this young squad will have to face the return of Derrick Henry. Yes, the Titans juggernaut running back is returning for the playoffs. Will he be the same power runner we saw in the early parts of the season? That’s still unknown.
This is a classic moneyline bet. Thus, the Bengals have to win the game to win the bet.
Ja’Marr Chase + Dawson Knox + Ke’Shawn Vaughn all to score
- 3-Leg Parlay: +1385
Cincinnati will have to do two things in order to beat Tennessee. One, make sure Chase gets the ball, and two, stop Derrick Henry. At least one of those things is possible. I expect Chase to have a big day come Saturday.
Knox has entered TE1 territory. Even in cold weather, the Patriots had no answer for him. The Bills have too many weapons on the offensive side of the ball so, I expect the Chiefs secondary to give up at least one score to one of Josh Allen’s favorite targets.
Tampa Bay has a “next man up” kinda mentality. Vaughn has proven he can be a force in the redzone, and I expect the Buccaneers to run the ball in order to keep Matt Stafford and Co. off the field.
Since this is a parlay bet, all three players listed above need to score.
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