National Football League divisional playoffs: Picks and betting lines

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The top seeds are coming off their BYE weeks, and will have to fend off the lower seeds at home. They did beat Kansas City on the road. They were outscored by 22 points during the regular season and needed a Week 17 win over Jacksonville to earn their first playoff berth in nine years.

Picking the two AFC games feels obvious.

It was the franchise's first postseason appearance and win since 2007. Mariota, while good enough to defeat the Chiefs, won't be able to get by the Patriots' pass defense.

Marcus Mariota and Derrick Henry led the charge.

"Now it's all about preparing the best way I can and trying to help my team win this next game". Give me the points. Ahead of this weekend's divisional games, all four NFC teams have respectable odds of reaching the Super Bowl amid fluctuation since the start of the playoffs. Quarterback Blake Bortles was awful, throwing for just 87 yards, and missed easy passes that I myself probably could have completed. They also allowed just 13 passing touchdowns, also the fewest in the NFL.

And when Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is under pressure, he is much less effective. Antonio Brown is fully healthy, and have I mentioned that Blake Bortles is trash? What if the Jags defense can't keep up with all those Steelers weapons? The Jags have covered 11 of their last 15 games as an underdog of 3.5 to 9.5 points.

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For about three and a half quarters last week, it looked like the Titans were going to get run out of the building before staging an epic comeback against Kansas City. Since 2002, 11 teams have qualified for the playoffs while also leading the league in this category; only two (2005 Chicago Bears and 2006 Baltimore Ravens) failed to make it to the conference championship game. It would be a surprise if Agholor weren't heavily involved in a win-or-go-home game against the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons have gone under in six straight games and is probably in play in this one. The Eagles, on the other hand, are on a steep decline.

That's why it's kind of ironic and weird that the same thing sort of happened in last week's wild card round of the National Football League playoffs.

Jason: The Falcons caught a huge break, as the No. 1 seed in the NFC is playing without quarterback Carson Wentz, who was in the middle of a Pro Bowl caliber season. Foles is a solid backup, but so far he has had trouble integrating himself into the offense that was so successful with Wentz. Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald dominated their offensive line as expected, but they made winning plays. I don't buy that and even if it were true Julio Jones anyone???

With that, I think this spread is too large for playoff football. A near flawless game plan in Los Angeles kept the high powered Rams offense off the field - they limited running back Todd Gurley to just 18 touches and dominated the time of possession by over 15 minutes! However, the Vikings stand in the way, and won't be an easy task, especially in Minnesota.

Tasked with picking their playoff road to the Super Bowl, and eventual victor, can Graves triumph over the likes of England cricketer Liam Plunkett WWE superstar Baron Corbin and Sky Sports News Deadline Day expert Jim White? We are picking all four games in a ten-point teaser. The Minnesota Vikings and quarterback Case Keenum have been proving doubters wrong all year long on their march to a 13-3 record. That being said, now that the Saints have found a run game and some kind of defense, this one could get interesting quickly. This game features two evenly matched teams and should go down to the wire, but in the end I think that Brees and his extensive playoff experience will prevail.

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