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2011 NFL Playoff Gambling: Lines | Divisional Matchups & Predictions

NFL Playoffs – Divisional Round Matchups

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The NFL postseason now moves onto the Divisional Round with last weekend’s Wildcard Round winners from the AFC and the NFC taking on the top two seeded teams in their respective conferences, who had earned a bye for the first round.

The winners from each conference this week will advance to face one another in the AFC and NFC Championship Games on Sunday, January 23rd.

The following is a brief look at each matchup in the divisional playoff round along with the current pointspread as supplied by Sportsinteraction.com.

Saturday, January 15

4:30 PM (ET)
Baltimore at Pittsburgh (CBS-TV)
Pointspread: Pittsburgh -3
Over/Under: 36 ½

The Ravens travel to Pittsburgh for the second time this season after beating the Steelers 17-14 in Week 4 as a two-point road underdog. Baltimore QB Joe Flacco completed 24-of-37 attempts for 256 yards and one touchdown, but RB Ray Rice was held to 20 yards on eight carries. Sunday against the Chiefs, Flacco threw for 265 yards and two TDs, but Rice still only gained 57 yards on 17 carries. The Ravens will have to do a better job of running the ball this time around to have a chance to win this game.

The Steelers did not have Ben Roethlisberger behind center for the first meeting against Baltimore, but he did throw for 253 yards and one TD in their 13-10 win as a three-point road underdog in Week 13’s rematch. Pittsburgh only ran for 54 total yards in that game, but just like the Ravens will have to do a better job of moving the ball on the ground to not only control the clock, but to win the battle of field position which could be extremely important if weather becomes a factor.

8:00 PM (ET)
Green Bay at Atlanta (FOX-TV)
Pointspread: Atlanta -2
Over/Under: 45 ½

This game is a rematch of the Packers 20-17 loss to the Falcons as a 2 ½-point road underdog in Week 12. In that game, Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers threw for 344 yards and one TD, but he was also the team’s leading rusher with 51 yards. The Packers may have found an answer for their 24th-ranked rushing offense in rookie RB James Starks, who rushed for 123 yards on 23 carries in their 21-16 win over Philadelphia in the Wildcard Round.

The Falcons have been the best team in the NFC for the better part of the regular season with just three losses all year and just one loss at home. Atlanta QB Matt Ryan only threw for 197 yards in that Week 12 matchup, but he was extremely effective; completing 24 of 28 attempts for one TD and no interceptions. RB Michael Turner also had a very productive day; rushing for 110 yards on 23 carries and one TD. The key to a Falcons’ victory will be their ability to be just as balanced on offense this time around as they were the first time these two teams met. NFL Betting

Sunday, January 16

1:00 PM (ET)
Seattle at Chicago (FOX-TV)
Pointspread: Chicago -10
Over/Under: 40

The Seahawks will try and keep the dream alive by taking their show on the road to one of the toughest places to play a game in the middle of winter. It is one thing to pull-off an upset as a double-digit underdog in your own stadium, but it is a whole new ball game on the road, especially for a team that went 2-6 SU away from home this season. The one thing in Seattle’s favor is that it already beat Chicago 23-20 in Week 6 as a six-point road underdog for one of those two wins.

The Bears finished the regular season 5-3 at Soldier Field but gave up an average of 22.5 points per game, which was slightly higher than their overall average of 20.9 points. In the Week 6 loss to the Seahawks, Chicago QB Jay Cutler completed just 43.6 percent of his passes for 290 yards on no touchdowns. This will be his first career playoff game, which has to be some cause of concern given his propensity for erratic play.

4:30 PM (ET)
New York at New England (CBS-TV)
Pointspread: New England – 9
Over/Under: 45 ½

This year’s series against New England has been the ‘tale of two games’ for the Jets with a dominating 28-14 win in Week 2 as a three-point home underdog and an embarrassing 45-3 butt-kicking in Week 13 as a four-point road underdog. Unfortunately for New York, it looks like Patriots are coming into these playoffs at an even higher level than the team that stomped it a little over a month ago. The main thing for the Jets this time around is to be able to maintain their composure in a highly-charged atmosphere.

You have to think that Patriot head coach Bill Belichick has New York right where he wants it, in their own backyard. The Jets have only won twice on the road in the last 10 games of this series with the last time being a 34-31 OT win in 2008. New England comes into this game with the league’s No. 1 scoring offense that averaged 32.4 points per game for the season and 38.2 points in its last six games.

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