NFL Divisional Round Odds & Trends
The matchups for the NFL’s Divisional round have been set, with all four teams laying points for the second round of the playoffs. How did oddsmakers set the lines for next weekend’s postseason games?
301 Minnesota Vikings at 302 San Francisco 49ers, 4:35 p.m. ET, Saturday, January 11
The action gets kicked off on Saturday afternoon in Santa Clara where the top-seeded 49ers will host a Vikings team that pulled off the upset of Wildcard Weekend, knocking off the Saints 26-20 in overtime as an 8-point dog. According to our NFL Betting Odds page, the 49ers opened as 7-point home favorites but the line was quickly bet down to 6.5 at most books. As for the total, that number hit the board at 45.5 and that’s where it current sits.
The underdog is 5-2 against the spread in the last seven meetings between these two teams, but the home side has covered in five of the last seven meetings as well. The hottest trend when it comes to this matchup has to do with the total, where the under is 6-1 in the last seven meetings.
303 Tennessee Titans at 304 Baltimore Ravens, 8:15 p.m. ET, Saturday, January 11
The second game of the Divisional round also pits No. 6 versus No. 1 as the Titans visit the Ravens after beating the Patriots as a 4.5-point underdog in Wildcard Weekend. Baltimore opened as a 10-point favorite and that’s where the line sits, although early betting action is on Tennessee. As for the total, the number opened at 48.5 but has been bet down to 48.
The Titans are 1-3-1 against the spread in their last five meetings with the Ravens while the under is 8-3-1 in the last 12 meetings, including 5-0-1 in the last six meetings in Baltimore.
305 Houston Texans at 306 Kansas City Chiefs, 3:05 p.m. ET, Sunday, January 12
The early game on Sunday will feature a pair of dynamic quarterbacks in Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes, as the Chiefs host the Texans. Despite Houston’s wild come-from-behind victory in overtime over Buffalo, oddsmakers have installed Kansas City as a 10-point home favorite. The total for this game is also the highest of the Divisional round matchups, as it opened at 49 and that’s where it currently sits.
The road team is 6-1 against the spread in the last seven meetings between these two teams, which includes the Texans’ 31-24 win over the Chiefs on October 13 of this year. In that game, the Chiefs jumped out to a 17-3 lead after one quarter, but the Texans responded with 20 points in the second en route to a win and a cover as a 3.5-point underdog.
307 Seattle Seahawks at 308 Green Bay Packers, 6:40 p.m. ET, Sunday, January 12
Finally, the Seahawks will travel to Green Bay to take on the Packers Sunday night at Lambeau Field. The Packers opened as a 4-point home favorite and that’s where the spread currently sits at most sports books, although with 58% of the betting action currently on Seattle, we could see that line dip. The total has stayed at 46 after also opening at that number.
The Seahawks are 0-5-1 against the spread in their last six trips to Lambeau Field and are 0-4-1 against the number in their last five games versus the Packers overall. The over is 7-3-1 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams.