NFL Divisional Round Playoff Betting Cheat Sheet

NFL Divisional Round Playoff Parlay Picks

The NFL Divisional Playoffs is this week. The first game might be the best on which to wager as Kansas City takes on the Patriots in New England. Kansas City looked great when beating Houston 30 to 0 in the Wild Card Round and they face a short-handed Pats team that struggled late in the season. Other games are Green Bay at Arizona and Pittsburgh traveling to Denver to take on the Broncos. I’m putting Kansas City, Green Bay and Pittsburgh into my 3-team NFL Divisional Round Playoff Parlay Picks for this week.

NFL Playoff Divisional Round 3-Team Parlay Pick

  • Kansas City +5                   
  • Green Bay +7.5

What: Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) at New England Patriots (12-4)
When: Saturday, January 16, 2016
Kickoff: 4:35 PM ET 
Where: Foxboro, MA
Stadium: Gillette Stadium
Spread: Patriots -5
Moneyline: Kansas City +195 vs New England -235
Game Total: 43
Watch: CBS
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Kansas City vs New England

Analysis: The Chiefs travel to New England as the most impressive winner of any of the Wild Card Round Games. The Chiefs got their offense going in the second half. The one stat that football handicappers have to pay attention to is how the Chiefs rushed for 141 yards against one of the top rush defenses in the NFL. Kansas City dominated at the line of scrimmage.

New England doesn’t allow a lot of rushing yards but that’s because the Patriots aren’t that great against the pass. More importantly, New England gave up 143 rushing yards to the Jets in Week 16 and 350 passing yards and 2 touchdown passes to QB Ryan Tannehill at Miami in Week 17. New England is going to have to pick their poison on defense. While Kansas City’s defense can shut down the Patriots’ rushing and passing attacks.

Pick: Kansas City

What: Green Bay Packers (10-6) at Arizona Cardinals (13-3)
When: Saturday, January 16, 2016
Kickoff: 8:15 PM ET 
Where: Glendale, AZ
Stadium: U of Phoenix Stadium
Spread: Cardinals -8
Moneyline: Green Bay +255 vs Arizona -310
Game Total: 50
Watch: NBC
Stream:  NBC Sports Live Extra
Listen: Green Bay vs Arizona

Analysis: Arizona looked great for most of the season. Usually, I wouldn’t put too much stock into a team imploding the way that the Cardinals did against Seattle in the 6 to 36 Week 17 home loss. But the way that Arizona lost was frightening if you’re a Cardinals’ fan. QB Carson Palmer completed 12 of 25 passes for 129 yards. He threw a an interception. The Cardinals could rush for only 27 yards.

What’s scarier than the offense’s play?  How about the defense, which gave up 145 rushing yards to Seattle in that loss?  Sure, Green Bay looked horrible when losing 8 to 38 to Arizona in Week 16. But, the Packers seemed to put it all together in their professional 35 to 18 win against Washington in the Wild Card Round. They’re the hot team. They should keep this game within the number.

Pick: Green Bay 

NFL Playoff Divisional Round 3-Team Parlay Pick

  • Kansas City +5                   
  • Green Bay +7.5
  • Pittsburgh +7

What: Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6) at Denver Broncos (12-4)
When: Sunday, January 17, 2016
Kickoff: 4:40 PM ET 
Where: Denver, CO
Stadium: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Spread: Broncos -7
Moneyline: Pittsburgh +230 vs Denver -270
Game Total: 40.5
Watch: CBS
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Pittsburgh vs Denver

Analysis: There are a lot of questions regarding Pittsburgh’s ability to score in this game. If WR Antonio Brown can’t play due to a concussion, the Steelers might have some trouble. QB Ben Roethlisberger has a hurt shoulder and is questionable as well.

But, Brown gets an extra day in order to pass the NFL’s Concussion Protocol. The guess here is that he will do so. Big Ben returned for the final drive against Cincinnati in Pitt’s win over the Bengals. That’s a reason to expect Ben to suit it up on Sunday. Another reason to think that Pitt can keep this close is because Denver’s number one ranked defense gave up 34 points to Pittsburgh on Dec. 20, 17 points to Cincinnati and back-up QB A.J. McCarron on Dec. 28 and 20 points to San Diego on Jan. 3.

Denver’s defense just might not be as shut down at this point in the season as it was earlier in the season. Pittsburgh should cover.

Pick: Pittsburgh

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