Divisional Playoff Openers
January 7, 2013
By VI News
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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
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