NFL Playoff Lock Picks – Divisional Round

NFL Playoff Lock Picks - Divisional Round

NFL Playoff Lock Picks – Divisional Round

Every NFL favorite took it home against the spread during Wildcard Weekend. What that means is that there are some great match ups this Saturday and Sunday in the NFL Divisional Playoffs. Can 2nd seed Atlanta hold Seattle at bay on Saturday, Jan. 14? What’s going to happen when favored Kansas City hosts Big Ben, Le’Veon, Antonio, and the rest of the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Jan. 15?

NFL Playoff Picks – Divisional Round

What: Seattle Seahawks (10-5-1) at Atlanta Falcons (11-5)
When: Saturday, January 14, 2017
Start Time: 4:35 PM ET  
Where: Atlanta, GA
Stadium: Georgia Dome
Spread: Falcons -4.5
Moneyline: Seattle +185 vs Atlanta -220
Game Total: 51
Watch: FOX Sports
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Listen: Seattle vs Atlanta

Analysis: Seattle beat Detroit 26 to 6 to not only win their Wildcard Game, but to also cover the spread as a -8 home favorite. But, the Seahawks must travel to the Georgia Dome to take on the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday.

The Falcons only lost 5 games during the regular season. One of the losses was a 24 to 26 game against Seattle on the road. That game occurred back on Oct. 16. Since that time, Atlanta has improved on both offense and defense.

Atlanta averages 415.8 yards and close to 34 points per game. The defense gelled towards the end of the season. Even though the D allowed the Saints to score 32 points against it in Week 17, New Orleans only had 13 points at the end of the third quarter.

I just don’t see how Seattle keeps pace on offense in this game. Seattle’s offense has looked terrible in plenty of match ups this season. Atlanta should beat the Seahawks by at least 6 points on Jan. 14.  

Pick:  Atlanta

What: Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5) at Kansas City Chiefs (12-4)
When: Sunday, January 15, 2017
Start Time: 1:05 PM ET  
Where: Kansas City, MO
Stadium: Arrowhead Stadium
Spread: Chiefs -1.5
Moneyline: Pittsburgh
Game Total: 45.5
Watch: NBC
Stream: NBC Sports Live
Listen: Pittsburgh vs Kansas City

Analysis: Pittsburgh beat Miami 30 to 12 in their Wildcard Game victory this past weekend. But anybody who watched the game knows that the Steelers got the better calls in the first half. There was an obvious call that the refs missed where a Steeler defensive player targeted Miami QB Matt Moore. Not only did the refs not throw the flag, but they also gave Miami RB Jay Ajayi an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for defending his QB.

I doubt Pittsburgh gets the calls at Arrowhead Stadium on Jan. 15. Yes, RB Le’Veon Bell is unbelievable but the Pittsburgh defense isn’t as good as the score over Miami indicates it is. Facing Miami with QB Matt Moore, is much different than facing a loaded KC team. I don’t feel that Pittsburgh’s offense, save for Bell and Antonio Brown, played all that particularly well in the win over Miami, either.

KC is well-rested. They’re the better overall team with the better defense by far. The Chiefs have no excuses not to beat Pittsburgh by at least 4 points in this game.

Pick:  Kansas City