They’re finally here!
The NFL Playoffs are hot on our heels and after a strange last 365 days, we can’t wait for the post-season to get underway.
Here to preview the Playoffs are our two sports writers and all around American Football encyclopaedias, Ryan and GucciCapper! Ryan will be covering the AFC’s side of things and Gucci will be on the NFC.
After a very tumultuous regular season in the NFL, the Playoffs are finally here. We are focused on the NFC playoff picture where things are up in the air. Don’t worry though, we have mapped out the whole NFC Playoff Picture for your liking. Good luck to everyone and we wish you a profitable month betting these NFL playoff games.
#6 Los Angeles Rams vs. #3 Seattle Seahawks – Rams +3.5 @ 1.90
The Seahawks are simply amazing at home with Russell Wilson as their Quarterback in the Postseason. The problem here is that Sean McVay is keeping quiet about who will start as Quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams. With that said, it’s impossible to bet against Russell Wilson to lose this game at home as he is 5-0 in the Playoffs in Seattle. As good as the Rams have played, it will be very hard to win in Seattle even without the 12th man there. We expect a field goal game where the Rams cover the spread but outright lose. Take the Rams at +3.5 and expect them to cover the spread with either Quarterback playing. It will be a hard fought game with ultimately Russell Wilson making a couple big plays to seal the victory for the Seattle Seahawks.
#5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. #4 Washington Football Team – Buccaneers -8 @1.91
Tom Brady in the playoffs is all we need to say about this matchup. The Washington Football Team won the NFC East (or NFC Least) with 7 wins. Now they get to host a Playoff game against TB12 (Tom Brady) and the streaking Buccaneers. As much hype as the defense is getting for Washington, we expect a complete blowout here. Take the Buccaneers and don’t fall for the hype about Tom Brady being pressured. This is the Playoffs boys and the only reason TB12 went to play for the Buccaneers was for this reason. This shouldn’t be close. Lay the -8 points with the Buccaneers and expect them to be up double digits by halftime.
#7 Chicago Bears vs. #2 New Orleans Saints – Saints -9.5 @ 1.91
Despite the injury to Alvin Kamara who looks to be a gametime decision, the New Orleans Saints should not disappoint in the Superdome against Mitch Trubisky and the Chicago Bears. This could easily be Drew Brees’ final games and we would be shocked to see him lose in the 1st round to the Chicago Bears. Even if Kamara does not play, the Saints have a ton of weapons that will disrupt this Bears defense. Expect this game to be a blowout. The Saints should be able to do whatever they want on offense while keeping the Bears one dimensional offensively. Lay the -9.5 points with the Saints and expect Drew Brees to have a great performance at home.
NFC Divisional Round
#5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. #1 Green Bay Packers – Packers by 7
Does anyone remember Week #5 of the regular season? The Packers were 4-0 and went into Tampa Bay and got blown out by the Buccaneers 38-10. Well, this will be a different story in frigid Lambeau Field. One of our favoruite things to do is to fade warm weather teams in December and January. Although Tom Brady is used to playing in the cold, this Tampa Bay team has no idea how cold and frigid it will be in Green Bay in the middle of January. Look for the Packers on extended rest to take care of business and win this game quite easily. Aaron Rodgers is on a mission this year and we have faith that these Packers will not lose at home this Postseason. Expect the Packers to win by a touchdown in Lambeau Field.
#3 Seattle Seahawks vs. #2 New Orleans Saints – Seahawks by 4
Russell Wilson in the Playoffs is someone who you don’t want to play against. Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints have blown multiple playoff games at home and we expect them to lose another one against the Seahawks. We expect a hard fought game between both teams that will eventually end in the New Orleans Saints making a boneheaded turnover which will swing the game into the Seahawks favour. The Seahawks defense will do enough defensively to keep Seattle in the game. Look for a very high scoring game which the Seahawks will eventually win. Expect the Seahawks to win by 4 points on the road in the Superdome.
NFC Conference Championship
#3 Seattle Seahawks vs. #1 Green Bay Packers – Packers by 10
The magic runs out for Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks when they have to go into Lambeau Field and play the Packers. These Packers made it this far last year and ultimately got destroyed by the San Francisco 49ers. Expect Aaron Rodgers and the Packers to be completely focused for this game. The Packers have only lost one time this year at home and we fully expect them to easily win against the Seahawks that squeaked their way this far into the Playoffs. Take the Packers and expect them to win easily by double digits.
Hopefully this article will age as well as our prebious MLB World Series article did. In a nutshell, expect the Green Bay Packers to secure the NFC spot in the Superbowl mostly due to the fact that the weather conditions will be horrible in Green Bay. Best of luck everyone and remember to always practice money management while betting on sports.
The NFL Playoffs are upon us and here we will look at each AFC playoff team and reasons why they can win and reasons why they can lose, with odds to win the Superbowl, in these playoffs starting with the highest seed.
Kansas City Chiefs
As the 2.85 betting odds favorites going into the playoffs, the defending Superbowl champs have a lot going for them finishing the 2020 campaign with an impressive 14-2 record and one of those losses came in the regular season finale when things had already been wrapped up and starters didn’t play much if at all. They are the favorites simply because they are the most complete team in the league with an exceptional QB in Patrick Mahomes and an offensive attack that is likely to do exactly what they did the last playoffs. Another huge reason they are favored is because this team never seems out of a game. Last year, for instance against Houston, they were down 24 and again in the Superbowl they were down 10 and ultimately came back to win it all. The only weakness this team seems to have is a below average 4th down efficiency on the season at around 55% and they average more penalties than their opponents.
Josh Allen has excelled as Buffalo’s starting QB and the offense ranks 3rd in total touchdowns with 60 on the season. The biggest reason they can win it all is because of the aforementioned Allen who has over 4,500 passing yards on the season and 37 touchdowns and has the ability to gain crucial conversions with his legs. At 6.40 odds going into the playoffs, the biggest weakness the Bills have is their defense, at times, can take series off and seemingly rely on their offense to just come back out and score points. Of their 3 losses the Bills gave up 32+ pts twice but also had some very close wins because of their defense letting teams come back to make it close.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have a good complete team. They can run, they can pass and they can play defense. After winning their first 11 games, they ended the season losing 4 of 5 and to teams like the Washington Football Team and Cincinnati Bengals, questions were raised about their offense. Yes they are very balanced but as they don’t excel at one thing offensively, it is going to be interesting to see if their balanced attack can keep up with teams that do put up points on the scoreboard. If they can pressure the opposing QB they can make a deep run into the playoffs but if they stall out like they did in the last 1/3rd of the season, we wouldn’t expect them to make it past the first round. At 19.00 odds, while that price may look juicy, we expect the AFC championship game would be as far as they can get.
Derrick Henry is the catalyst to this team. He is probably the best running back in these playoffs but he’s also the most important non-QB of these playoffs. The Titans go as far as he goes so we expect teams to load up the box and if Tannehill beats them, so be it. At 27.00 odds, the oddsmakers clearly know that it is tough for a running back to carry his team to a Super Bowl win and that’s why the price is so high on the Titans. The Titans have a below average defense so the game plan is simple: Time of Possession. That starts and ends with Henry, so that is both the reason they can win and also the reason they can lose.
One of the hotter teams going into the playoffs is surprisingly the Baltimore Ravens. Winners of their last 5 games, albeit against the bottom teams of the league, the Ravens do boast last year’s reigning MVP in Lamar Jackson who hasn’t quite had the same level of success as he had last season and a lot of that has to do with a limited receiving core that has put up pretty awful numbers. The playoffs though cause some weird and unexpected things to happen, so a reason they can do well is that. Also, in their 5 losses, four of them have been within 6 points, so they do have the ability to keep things within a distance to win. Unfortunately, that’s not much to work with as far as reasons why they can win and with a bevy of reasons they can lose, for some reason the 10.00 odds seem a little off as they should be around a 22.00, so as far as price goes, betting on them to win the superbowl may be a little overzealous especially at that price.
At 45.00 odds, they are the 3rd lowest when it comes to odds of winning the Super Bowl mainly because their a team that looks better than they appear. Their offense can be quite dormant but their defense actually can show flashes. The reason they can win is mostly due to the reasoning that the defense can keep them in it if they don’t give up a lot of points, but without Odell Beckham Jr., we don’t expect the Browns to make it out of the first round and if they somehow do, they are the Browns. They just don’t win Super Bowls.
If I had to pick a longshot to win the Super Bowl at 40.00 odds, I guess I would pick the Colts. For the first 5 games the Colts had the best defense in the league as far as yards allowed. They have beat teams like Green Bay and the Tennessee Titans and may give the Bills a run for their money to start off their playoffs. Reasons they can win it all: they keep games close and are pretty solid on both ends of the football. Reasons they can’t win it all: They play the Chiefs if they do win Saturday.