2022 NFL Divisional Round Odds
The Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs provided plenty of entertainment. There were multiple blow-out wins, but we were treated to the dramatic ending in Dallas. Let’s hope for more of the same in the first playoff round.
My bets were right on only three of the six games.
With odds for the Divisional round finding their range, let’s preview all four games.
This week I shall be making picks for all the games.
Bengals (+155) @ Titans (-175)
Bengals: Cincinnati beat the Raiders convincingly to move onto the Divisional round. Joe Burrow had an accurate game with a 71% completion rate. He threw for 244 yards and two TDs with no turnovers.
Ja’Marr Chase added yet another 100-yard day to his outstanding rookie season. He also added 23 rushing yards on screens and jet sweeps. For once, Joe Mixon was disappointing with just 2.8 yards per carry.
The Bengals defense dominated proceedings. They had three sacks, an interception, and a fumble recovery. Thanks to nine defended passes, the secondary held Carr to a 54% completion rate.
Titans: Tennessee was the number one seed in the AFC and they were able to enjoy a bye week during the wild card round. Last time out, the Titans squeezed past the Texans to exact revenge for the upset in Week 11. Ryan Tannehill led the way with 287 yards and four TDs.
The run game wasn’t as productive as usual, with D’Onta Foreman going for 69 yards at 3.3 yards per carry. However, Derek Henry’s eagerly anticipated return is slated for this weekend’s game.
The defense didn’t manage a turnover and finished with just two sacks. Davis Mills was allowed to go for 301 yards from 23 completions. However, Tennessee’s D relinquished three yards per carry thanks to eight tackles for a loss.
The Bengals are on fire at the moment. They have an explosive offense that can hurt you on the ground and through the air. Their defense has been excellent this season as well.
The Titans should have a fully fit roster that includes their infamous trio of Jones, Brown and Henry. The Bengals have one of the best run defenses in the league, which I think will help them produce an upset.
Therefore, I am taking the Bengals to cover the spread of +3.5.
49ers (+215) @ Packers (-250)
49ers: San Fran beat the Cowboys in a gripping game at AT&T Stadium. Jimmy G had a very conservative game. He threw for 172 yards, with no TDs and an INT.
Deebo Samuel had an outstanding game. He caught three passes for 38 yards and rushed ten times for 72 yards and a TD. Elijah Mitchell was also useful with 96 rushing yards.
The defense held Dallas’ explosive offense to 347 total yards and 17 points. The 49ers had five sacks which helped put plenty of pressure on Dak. This resulted in Prescott completing 53% of his passes.
Packers: Green Bay is the number one seed in the NFC, so they are had a bye week during the wild card round. Last time out, the Packers lost to the Lions in a gripping game.
Aaron Rodgers only played the first half of this game but still threw two TDs. Aaron Jones was rested, so A.J. Dillon started and went for 63 yards at 4.5 yards per carry.
The defense was very disappointing, even when considering that players were rested. They didn’t have a turnover and only managed one sack. The Lions had 412 total yards at 7.1 yards per snap.
The 49ers didn’t produce a perfect game against the Cowboys. If San Fran is to win, they will have to produce their best performance of the season. The Packers have been unstoppable in the second half of the season. I think the Packers will overpower the 49ers easily.
Therefore, I am taking Green Bay to cover the spread of -5.5.
Rams (+132) @ Buccaneers (-149)
Rams: LA blew away the Cardinals on Monday night. Matthew Stafford had a solid game even though he didn’t throw very often. He finished with 202 yards and two TDs from 13 completions.
Cam Akers returned from injury and went for 55 yards. Sony Michel had 58 rushing yards. Unsurprisingly, Cooper Kupp was the leading receiver with 61 yards and a TD.
The defense won the game for the Rams. They had two interceptions, including a pick-six and held the miss-firing Cradinals’ offense to under 200 total yards.
Buccaneers: Tampa Bay beat the Eagles by 16 points at Raymond James Stadium. Tom Brady extended his playoff record to 34-11. He threw for 271 yards and two TDs on Sunday.
Even without Leonard Fournette, the Bucs rushed for 106 yards. Ke’Shawn Vaughn was the leading rusher with 53 yards at 3.1 yards per carry. Mike Evens put together an excellent game with 117 yards and a TD from ten catches.
The Bucs’ defense was outstanding with two INTs and a fumble recovery. The D held the league’s best rushing team to under 100 yards, making Philly’s offense inefficient.
The Rams have been tough to predict this season. Stafford didn’t have the best stretch in the regular season. However, he put together a mistake-free performance against the Cardinals.
The Bucs might be missing players but still have Tom Brady at the helm. They might be without Godwin for the rest of the season.
I think this will be a high-scoring game, so I am betting on these teams to hit over 48.5 points.
Bills (+115) @ Chiefs (-125)
Bills: Buffalo blew away the Patriots in a cold Highmark Stadium. Josh Allen produced his best performance of the season. He incredibly threw more TDs (five) than incompletions (four).
The Bills’ run game was rampant and destructive. They rushed for 174 yards at almost six yards per carry. Devin Singletary had 81 of those yards and two rushing TDs.
The defense also put up some impressive numbers. They had two INTs and three sacks on the day. They also held the run-heavy Pats’ offense to under 100 rushing yards.
Chiefs: Kansas impressively lit up the Steelers on Sunday. Mahomes had an outrageous game. He finished with 404 yards, five TDs and an early INT. He also completed 77% of his passes.
Travis Kelce was the pick of the receivers with 108 yards and a TD from five receptions. He also threw a two-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter. The backs had some action by rushing for 106 yards at 4.8 yards per carry.
The defense did manage a fumble recovery and two sacks. The front seven held the Steelers’ run game to under 56 yards, and Big Ben was able to throw for just 215 yards.
The Bills beat the Patriots by a surprising margin. They will be hoping for revenge after the Chiefs kicked them out last year. Kansas will face a much tougher test this week.
The Bills’ offense is two-dimensional and should trouble the Chiefs’ defense more than the Steelers did. I think that this will be a close game.
Therefore, I am betting on these teams scoring under 55 points as the line is set high.
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