Consensus Game Picks from the Most Accurate Experts (Divisional Round)

Jan 11, 2019

If the Wild Card Round was a sign of things to come for the NFL playoffs, then we have quite a ride ahead. Following a weekend of underdogs getting it done, at least against the spread, what will this weekend’s slate of games have in store?

Unlike last weekend where we had only one game with a spread of more than a field goal, this weekend we have a pair of games expected to be decided by a touchdown or more, while the two others have spreads higher than three. Still, our top experts expect several of the underdogs to pay off once again this weekend.

While we at FantasyPros have you covered on the fantasy front, our new site BettingPros has you covered on everything sports betting. Ahead of the weekend slate, here are consensus picks from the most accurate experts at BettingPros.

Saturday Games

Colts at Chiefs (-5)

ATS – 60% Colts
O/U – 85% Over

The Colts are the NFL’s hottest team with 10 wins in their last 11 games. It isn’t simply Andrew Luck carrying the team as Indianapolis has boasted a top offense and defense over the last three months. Kansas City is difficult to beat at home, but their inability to stop anyone could make this a competitive, high-scoring affair. The Chiefs haven’t beaten a playoff team by more than five points since Week 1. Kansas City went 4-4 against the spread at home, and Indianapolis is 7-3-1 against the spread since Week 6. ~ Anthony Riccobono (IB Times)
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Cowboys at Rams (-7)

ATS – 59% Cowboys
O/U – 54% Under

The Cowboys should be able to control the ball and finish long drives. To counter, the Rams need a healthy Gurley to grind through Dallas’ stout front seven, and Goff to be patient against a good, bend-but-don’t-break pass defense. The Cowboys match up well against the Rams, and the lack of home-field edge for the hosts also hurts in an upset. ~ Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News)
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Sunday Games

Chargers at Patriots (-4)

ATS – 72% Chargers
O/U – 60% Over

These are not your older brother’s Patriots (as partly shown by the lack of a comeback in the 2018 Super Bowl). They also have struggled so far this winter in two of their last four games, and one could argue a third. After losses on the road at Miami and Pittsburgh, they came home and played mediocre in beating Buffalo, before wiping out the could-care-less Jets in Week 17 when they needed to secure a bye. ~ Jim Derry (NOLA.com)
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Eagles at Saints (-8)

ATS – 67% Saints
O/U – 54% Over

Perception vs. reality. There’s been a lot of talk this week that the Eagles are an unstoppable force under Nick Foles, the one team no one should want to play against right now. The numbers and results don’t match the superlatives and narratives. Yes, surely the Eagles have gotten a boost behind the quarterback that led them to last year’s Super Bowl but three of their four wins since he’s taken over have come by a touchdown or less. The exception came in a must-win week 17 game against a Redskins team down to their third string at many positions, including quarterback, that the Eagles won 24-0. The Foles-led offense was anemic until late in the wild-card game against the Bears last week, and the Eagles still only escaped by virtue of Cody Parkey’s, “double doink.” Don’t misinterpret coincidence as destiny. The Saints pounded the Eagles 48-7 less than two months ago as 7-point favorites, a result that deserves to shift the line more than a single point in their direction. The feeling seems to be that the Eagles have some magic mojo on their side; the truth is that the way they’re winning isn’t sustainable long-term. ~ Case Keefer (Las Vegas Sun)
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