National Football League divisional playoffs: Picks and betting lines

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When it comes time for the playoffs, Bill Belichick is quite possibly the most risky man in the NFL. Two games on Saturday and two on Sunday, a weekend where a permanent imprint can be left on one's couch.

That's why I expect the entire divisional round of the playoffs to be closer to the noncompetitive Falcons-Rams game. You have an offense that hasn't clicked as much as some had hoped this year perhaps rounding into form. I'll also go with the under - Matt Ryan in the cold and the Eagles trying to run to keep Foles' throws to a minimum makes me think this could be a low-scoring affair.

"Since losing in early December (to the Minnesota Vikings), they are 4-1 including last weekend's Wild Card win". At the same time, the AFC seems to be a two team race with both teams from the bye week set for a collision course next weekend. The Falcons are the first ever six seed to be favored over a one seed. I think Atlanta could be that team this year. Keenum will be making his playoff debut, while Brees will be playing in his 13 postseason game.

"You don't bet against New England at home, in the playoffs". In a week with just four games, Bell laps the field in terms of value expectation. The Patriots must be very happy the way this has played out for them. New England isn't great against the run though. "So I'm looking forward to this game and just excited".

"I was disappointed about the way the first game went and the way it turned out".

Eagles fans have good reason to be concerned about this game.

"Talk about a game that is important for [Blake] Bortles". They need to find ways to open up running lanes against packed boxes while providing great protection for a quarterback who can't function without it.

"But this isn't an easy match-up for them".

"But I knew that we were going to be in the playoffs". They have playoff experience, the weather will favor them, the homefield advantage is big.

The defending NFC champs looked like anything but a team who needed to win their regular season finale to get into the playoffs. The Steelers' defense limped down the stretch and hasn't been the same since linebacker Ryan Shazier was lost for the season. This team will be ready. The Jacksonville offense needs to be better than it was last week, and I think it will be.

Clearly, the Vikings have an outstanding defense, and an offense capable of putting enough points on the board to win. They fly to the ball.

The Green Bay Packers aren't here, but they've kept things entertaining for us the past couple of weeks. Still, for me, I just can't get past the fact that heading into this matchup, the difference in quarterback play drastically favors the Falcons, and that's going to be very hard to overcome. Peterson is no longer with New Orleans, who really took off once the running game was turned over to Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara.

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