NFL Divisional Round Playoff Spreads, Free Picks & TV Schedule

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NFL Divisional Round Playoff Spreads, Free Picks & TV Schedule

We’re down to the NFL’s version of the Elite Eight — the divisional round of the playoffs, keep reading for NFL Divisional Round Playoff Free Picks! 

On Saturday, Baltimore, who upset Pittsburgh in Round 1, battles New England before Carolina takes on Seattle.

Then, on Sunday, Dallas travels to Lambeau Field to battle Green Bay. In the second game on Sunday, second seed Denver hosts Indianapolis in what could be a quarterback duel.  

A Closer Look At The NFL Divisional Round Playoff Spreads, My Free Picks & TV Schedule

Matchup: Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots
Date: Jan. 10, 2015 
Start Time: 4:35 p.m. ET 
Location: Foxboro, Massachusetts 
Stadium: Gillette Stadium
TV Info: NBC
Radio:  BaltimoreVs  New England
Point Spread: Patriots -8.5
Game Total: 47.5

Analysis: Baltimore’s defense was terrific in the Ravens’ 30 to 17 upset road win over Pittsburgh in the Wild Card Round. The Steelers passed for 319 yards, but Baltimore held Pitt to only 68 yards rushing and the D sacked Ben Roethlisberger 5 times.

Joe Flaaco threw for 259 yards and 2 touchdowns. Flaaco won’t have the same success against New England’s defense this Saturday, though. The Patriots can play man to man on Baltimore’s top wide receivers with Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. They can then cheat up and take away the middle of the field with one of their strong safeties.

On offense, Tom Brady has a plethora of weapons to punish Baltimore’s suspect pass defense. The Pats figure to utilize Shane Vereen in the short passing game before opening things up for Gronk, Tim Wright, Brandon Lafell on the edge and Julian Edelman down the middle. New England should do enough to cover the spread in this matchup.

Pick: New England -7

Matchup: Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks
Date: Jan. 10, 2015 
Start Time: 8:15 p.m. ET 
Location: Seattle, Washington
Stadium: CenturyLink Field
TV Info: FOX
Stream: FOX Sports Go
Radio:  Carolina Vs  Seattle
Point Spread: Seahawks -12.5
Game Total: 40

Analysis: This should be a tough fought, defensive battle between two of the smartest defensive-minded coaches in the NFL:  Pete Carrol with Seattle and Ron Rivera with Carolina. Carolina was as good as advertised in the 27 to 16 beat down of Arizona in Round 1.

The Panthers held the Cardinals to only 78 total yards of offense, a new record, but there’s a caveat. Arizona played with their third string quarterback, Ryan Lindley. The Panthers are going to have to sell out to stop Beast Mode, Marshawn Lynch, from getting to 100 yards in this game.

Seattle’s offensive line is healthy, which is why Beast Mode has been on fire in the Seahawks last few games. The defense up in Seattle is also healthy. It should have no trouble taking it to Carolina quarterback Cam Newton early. Newton had some errant throws against the Cardinals and it’s doubtful that they’ll try to run Cam too often in this one since Seattle’s defenders are good at closing on rushers.

10.5 is a lot of points to give up, but it’s hard to see Seattle not covering the spread in this matchup because there is a good chance that they blank the Panthers.

Pick: Seattle -10.5

Matchup: Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers
Date: Jan. 11, 2015 
Start Time: 1:05 p.m. ET 
Location: Green Bay, Wisconsin
Stadium: Lambeau Field
TV Info: FOX
Stream: FOX Sports Go
Radio:  Dallas Vs Green Bay
Point Spread: Packers -7
Game Total: 53

Analysis: Dallas got some lucky breaks against Detroit. Not only was the non-call pass interference really pass interference, but Dez Bryant ran onto the field to question the call without his helmet. That was a 15 yard penalty for sure.

But, hey, the NFL and the networks wanted to see Dallas versus Green Bay, Romo versus Rodgers, so this is what we get. This one could be an absolute blow-out. Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, if the ankle is okay, should be able to throw at will against a Dallas defense that allows 251.9 yards per game through the air. Romo should be able to counter, but Green Bay’s defense plays much better at home than it does on the road.

The Packers allowed only two teams to score more than 21 points against it in Green Bay’s 8 home games during the regular season, the Jets who scored 24 in Week 2 and Atlanta who scored 37 on Dec. 8. It’s possible that Dallas gets over 30, but it’s also likely that Green Bay scores over 40.

The Cowboys’ Tony Romo is hurt more than Rodgers is, meaning that Dallas could be in some trouble in this matchup.

Pick: Green Bay -6.5

Matchup: Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos
Date: Jan. 11, 2015 
Start Time: 4:40 p.m. ET 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Stadium: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
TV Info: CBS
Radio:  Indianapolis Vs  Denver
Point Spread: Broncos -7
Game Total: 54

Analysis: This is the most difficult game of the four to handicap. Although Indianapolis didn’t look that great against Cincinnati until Bengals’ linebacker Ray Maualuga got hurt, Andrew Luck can throw the football against anybody. Luck averages 305.7 yards per game.

Denver is more balanced on offense, though. The Broncos’ running back, C.J. Anderson, should keep the pressure off of Peyton Manning. Defensively, Denver might have some issues because safety T.J. Ward and linebacker Brandon Marshall are both hurt.

The Broncos ran out to a 24 to 7 half time lead against Indianapolis in Week 1 before Luck rallied the Colts. Luck should keep Indy closer in this game in the first half. The Colts defense is good enough to pressure Manning, if it can stop Anderson from pounding them with the rush, Indianapolis could actually upset Denver straight up in this matchup.

In any case, the Colts are the pick ATS.

Pick: Indianapolis +7