Divisional Playoff Openers
January 7, 2013
By VI News
The favorites cleaned up during Wild Card weekend by winning and covering all four games. The only division winner knocked out so far is Washington, as the Redskins squandered a 14-0 lead in a 24-14 defeat to Seattle. The matchups are now set for the divisional playoffs next weekend with four intriguing showdowns.
Ravens at Broncos - 4:30 PM - Saturday
Denver opened up as a nine-point favorite, while the total is set at 45 ½. The Broncos defeated the Ravens in Baltimore in Week 15 by a 34-17 count as three-point road 'chalk.' Baltimore split eight road games, while posting a 3-5 ATS record (1-3 ATS mark as an underdog). Since starting 2-3, the Broncos finished the season with 11 straight wins, including four consecutive covers.
Packers at 49ers - 8:00 PM - Saturday
These two teams aren't strangers to meeting in the playoffs, hooking up for sixth time since 1996. San Francisco is listed as a three-point favorite, as the total sits at 45. The 49ers beat the Packers back in Week 1 with a 30-22 triumph as six-point road underdogs. Colin Kaepernick is making his postseason debut for San Francisco, which split a pair of playoff home games last season as the Niners fell to the Giants in the NFC Title Game. Aaron Rodgers owns a 4-1 SU/ATS in five playoff games away from Lambeau Field, including the victory over the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV.
Seahawks at Falcons - 1:00 PM - Sunday
Seattle has the inevitable task of traveling back to the East Coast for the second straight week after knocking off Washington on Sunday. The Falcons are surprisingly listed as a short home favorite, laying two points, while the total is set at 45 ½. Atlanta has never won a playoff game with Matt Ryan at quarterback, losing three times, including a blowout defeat to Green Bay in the divisional round two seasons ago. The Seahawks compiled a 6-1 ATS record as an underdog this season, but won only two of those games straight-up away from home.
Texans at Patriots - 4:30 PM - Sunday
New England blew out Houston at Gillette Stadium in Week 14, a 42-14 rout as 5 ½-point favorites. This time around, the Patriots are listed as nine-point 'chalk,' as the total sits at 48 ½. The Texans slipped past the Bengals on Saturday, while managing to cover as four-point favorites. Since losing to Arizona in Week 2, New England has won six of seven home contests, but went 4-3 ATS. In the last four home playoff games, the Pats covered just once, coming last season against the Broncos.
Odds to Win 2013 Super Bowl XLVII (Sportsbook.ag)
Denver Broncos 3/1
New England Patriots 7/2
San Francisco 49ers 5/1
Green Bay Packers 7/1
Atlanta Falcons 8/1
Seattle Seahawks 8/1
Houston Texans 20/1
Baltimore Ravens 20/1
Odds to win 2013 NFC Championship
San Francisco 49ers 2/1
Atlanta Falcons 2/1
Seattle Seahawks 3/1
Green Bay Packers 3/1
Odds to win 2013 AFC Championship
Denver Broncos 11/0
New England Patriots 7/5
Houston Texans 10/1
Baltimore Ravens 10/1