Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 9:51 AM
Saturday's Divisional Playoff Parlay & Prop Best Bets
One round of this year’s NFL postseason is in the books and the stage is set for another jam-packed weekend of playoff football coming up this weekend.
Saturday's NFL card has two Divisional Round games on tap:
- L.A. Rams at Green Bay (4:35 p.m. ET)
- Baltimore at Buffalo (8:15 p.m. ET)
VI has you covered with another slate of parlay and prop suggestions to help handicap all the action.
My selections for Saturday's action can be found below.
NFL Divisional Round Parlay Best Bets
Two-Team Money-Line Parlay
- Green Bay Packers (-330) vs. L.A. Rams
- Baltimore Ravens (+128) at Buffalo Bills
Payout: (+197) at FanDuel
The top seed in this year’s NFC Playoffs, the Green Bay Packers, will host the Los Angeles Rams in Saturday’s first matchup and the advantage of the first-round bye has already made itself apparent, as the Rams will be limping into this contest with Jared Goff (thumb), Aaron Donald (ribs), and Cooper Kupp (knee) all currently nursing injuries – but are all expected to suit up for this game.
With Rams’ backup quarterback, John Wolford, listed as unavailable for this contest with a neck injury that he suffered in the first quarter of last week’s victory over the Seahawks, Goff is being forced to play the majority of a second consecutive game after having screws surgically inserted into his right thumb back in late December.
Goff was bailed out last week by some decent weather in Seattle though (44 degrees, cloudy, 3 MPH wind), but will likely face some much more adverse conditions this time around at Lambeau, considering Saturday’s forecast calling for 13 MPH winds and a chance of snow in the morning at the game site.
Green Bay’s offense ranks first in the NFL in points scored per game (31.8), 5th in total yards per game (389.0), 1st in time of possession percentage (54.21%), and 7th in team turnover margin (+0.4).
While Los Angeles has eclipsed 31 points in just three games so far this season.
I have a tough time envisioning a scenario in which the Rams win this game. I’ll roll with the Packers on the money line to start.
For the second pick in this parlay, I will head over to what is projected to be the best matchup of the weekend as the Ravens are set to visit the Bills in snowy Buffalo on Saturday night.
Baltimore’s defense played absolutely lights out last week against the Titans, holding Tennessee’s to just 165 yards of total offense and Derrick Henry to just 40 yards on the ground (20-13).
The Bills are currently the hot team to bet on, considering most mainstream media platforms are just now figuring out how great Josh Allen is, and everybody is saying that Buffalo is currently the only team in the AFC capable of knocking off the Chiefs.
In a game that the Bills were heavily favored to win though, Buffalo’s defense really struggled against Phillip Rivers and company last week – surrendering 472 yards of total offense with 163 of those yards coming on the ground.
The Ravens have the top rushing attack in the NFL this season, currently ranking 1st in rushing yards per game (194.5), 2nd in rushing touchdowns per game (1.5), and 1st in yards per rush attempt (5.6).
While Buffalo’s defense tends to struggle against teams that have a reliable ground-game, currently ranking 20th in rushing yards allowed per game (122.2), 25th in yards allowed per rush attempt (4.7), and 27th in rushing touchdowns allowed per game (1.3).
Now looking at the Bills’ offensive strengths, Baltimore’s defense ranks 7th in the league in passing yards allowed per game (217.3), 2nd in opponent yards per pass attempt (5.9), 4th in passing touchdowns allowed per game, and 8th in takeaways per game (1.4).
I expect the Bills’ defensive front to really struggle in its attempt to contain Baltimore’s dynamic rushing attack in potentially snowy, Buffalo conditions on Saturday night. I’ll take the Ravens to win this game as short ‘dogs to close out my parlay.
NFL Divisional Round Prop Best Bets
Odds & Props Available at FanDuel
Baltimore RB J.K. Dobbins – Anytime Touchdown Scorer (+120)
J.K. Dobbins punched in seven rushing touchdowns over the Ravens’ last seven regular season games, and kept that momentum going into the post-season with a touchdown in Baltimore’s Wild Card Weekend victory over the Titans this past week.
Back Dobbins to punch in another touchdown in the divisional round against a Buffalo defensive front ranking 25th in yards allowed per rush attempt (4.7) and 27th in rushing touchdowns allowed per game (1.3).
Los Angeles Rams RB Cam Akers – Over 73.5 Rushing Yards (-112)
Cam Akers has been the featured back in Los Angeles for five consecutive games now, averaging 122.4 total yards on 24.8 touches per game across that stretch.
With Goff receiving thumb surgery back in late December, the Rams elected to rely heavily on the ground-game in their victory over the Seahawks last week – handing the ball off to Akers a season-high, 28 times for 176 total yards.
Back Akers to rush for 74+ yards against a Packers defensive front ranking 21st in yards allowed per rush attempt (4.5) and 27th in opponent rushing first down percentage (35.8%).
Odds and Payouts per at FanDuel (Subject to Change)
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