NFL Divisional Round Opening Lines
With Wild Card Weekend now behind us, here's an early look at the Divisional Round lines for the next round of the NFL playoffs.
Falcons at Eagles, 4:35 p.m. ET, Saturday
The Divisional Round will open in Philadelphia where the top-seeded Eagles are actually a home underdog against the defending NFC champions. According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Falcons opened as a 3-point road favorite but the line is now down to 2.5. As for the total, the number hit the board at 44.5 but has been bet all the way down to 41.5 in what could be a defensive struggle in cold Philly.
The home team is 4-1 against the spread in the last five meetings between these two teams while the Falcons have failed to cover the spread in six of their last eight games against the Eagles in Philadelphia. The under is also 8-3-1 in the last 12 meetings in this series.
Titans at Patriots, 8:15 p.m. ET, Saturday
Despite pulling off the biggest upset of the Wild Card round, the Titans predictably find themselves as double-digit underdogs for their Divisional matchup with the Patriots. Tennessee opened as a 13.5-point underdog and that's where the line currently sits, while the total opened at 47. The Titans are winless at 0-4 against the spread in their last four games versus the Patriots and are just 1-4 against the number in their last five games in New England. The favorite is also 5-2 against the spread in the last seven meetings between these two teams while the over is 4-1 in the last five meetings in New England. Public bettors love the Patriots, who are currently receiving over 80% of the tickets.
Jaguars at Steelers, 1:05 p.m. ET, Sunday
In a rematch of a regular season game in Pittsburgh, the Steelers will host the Jaguars at 1:05 p.m. ET on Sunday. Pittsburgh opened as a 7-point home favorite while the total is sitting at 41 points. The road team is a perfect 4-0 against the spread in the last four meetings between these two teams while the underdog has cashed in nine of the last 10 meetings in this series. The Jaguars are also 4-1 at the betting window in their last five games in Pittsburgh and 12-5 against the number in their last 17 games versus the Steelers overall.
Saints at Vikings, 4:40 p.m. ET, Sunday
The final game of the Divisional Round might be the most interesting, as the Saints travel back to Minnesota for the second time this season. This two teams met in the opening week of the year, which wound up being a 29-19 Vikings victory when Sam Bradford was still Minnesota's starting quarterback. The over is 5-0-1 in the last six meetings between these two teams in Minnesota and is 7-2 in the last nine meetings overall. The favorite has cashed in all four of the last four meetings between these two teams.