Friday, January 11, 2013

NFL Predictions 2012 Playoffs: Divisional Round

If you like to bet favorites, you had a great start to the playoffs! There was a clean sweep as each favorite covered the spread, including three out of four home teams.

Wild Card Round Recap

I got two out of three right with the Colts coming up short. I felt pretty good about that pick until Vinateiri missed a straight-forward field goal which triggered a late collapse.

After the Skins went up 14-0 I have to say I was a bit concerned. That said, it's not unusual for home teams to come out on fire only to give way to the better team the rest of the way.  The Seahawks domination in the final three quarters was the kind of game I expected.  This is one dangerous team and the books took notice by making the Falcons -2.5 point favorites.  In the look-ahead line last week, Vegas had it at -3.

On Saturday, the Texans took care of business as the Bengals went 0-9 on third down.  That was the story of the game really and was one of the primary reasons I didn't like their chances in a "make-or-break" matchup.  Granted, Houston looked tentative at times, especially in the red zone. If they have any hope next week, they can't do it by kicking field goals.

Divisional Picks

*Note: I won't have picks for every playoff game, but I will be doing betting previews for each game all the way until the Super Bowl.

Ravens vs Broncos

Packers vs 49ers

Seahawks vs Falcons 

Texans vs Patriots