If you’re an NFL betting enthusiast that is fired up for the start of the divisional round of action this coming weekend, then you probably know that you just can;t gather enough insightful betting information that could help you in your quest for postseason betting success. Thankfully, that’s where I come in with my expert betting guide on this approaching week’s quartet of NFL divisional round matchups.
No matter which of the remaining eight teams you like to win it all, you’ll find the expert NFL betting insight that you’re about to get quite useful in your efforts to cash in early and often this coming weekend. Okay, with all of that said, let’s get started.
2019 NFL Divisional Round Betting Guide
Indianapolis Colts (11-6) at Kansas City Chiefs (12-4)
- When: Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 4:35 PM ET
- Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
- NFL Divisional Round Odds: Kansas City -6 / Total: 57
Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts won four straight to close out the regular season before jumping all over Houston in Saturday’s surprisingly dominant 21-7 smackdown of Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans. With 39 TD tosses and 4,593 passing yards, Luck, who returned after missing the entire 2017 campaign, has been the driving force behind Indy’s startling success this season. Indy ranks fifth in scoring (27.1 ppg) and 10th in points allowed (21.5 ppg).
After getting off to a stellar 8-1 start through nine games, the Kansas City Chiefs suffered a trio of losses over their final six games, although all three defeats were extremely close and hard-fought battles that came against a trio of playoff participants. Nevertheless, Kansas City is going to be super difficult to stop because of their league-leading offense (35.3 ppg), which id led by likely league MVP Patrick Mahomes. The second-year signal-caller passed for a mind-boggling 5,097 yards while becoming just the third player in NFL history to throw 50 TD passes in a single season. The Chiefs allow a generous 26.3 points per game defensively (24th).</p?
The Colts are a near-perfect 7-1 ATS in their last eight road dates against Kansas City and a perfect 7-0 ATS in their last seven games. Kansas City is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS win.
Dallas Cowboys (11-6) at LA Rams (13-3)
- When: Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 8:15 PM ET
- Where: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
- NFL Divisional Round Odds: Rams -7 / Total: 49
Dallas won two straight and seven of eight to close out the regular season, but if that weren’t impressive enough, Dak Prescott and company got past Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks 24-22 in their NFC wild card clash on Saturday to advance to the divisional round. Prescott tossed one TD pass and ran for a crucial 16-yard score late in regulation to put the Boys up for good. Dallas averages a modest 21.2 points per game (22nd) but limits the opposition to just 20.2 points per contest defensively to rank sixth in points allowed. The bad news is that Dallas is just 3-5 in eight road games this season.
While the Rams suffered a pair of crushing losses to Chicago and Philadelphia in Weeks 14 and 15, L.A. managed to win its final two regular season contests and has gone 7-1 SU at home this season. The Rams rank a stellar second in scoring (32.9 ppg) while also ranking a modest 20th in points allowed (24.0 ppg). L.A. has gone 6-6 ATS this season as a favorite of 7 points or more.
Dallas is 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against their NFC counterparts but just 1-4 ATS in their last five playoff games. Conversely, the Rams are just 1-4-1 ATS in their last six home games and 0-4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record.
LA Chargers (13-4) at New England Patriots (11-5)
- When: Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 1:05 PM ET
- Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
- NFL Divisional Round Odds: New England -4.5 / Total: 47
Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers won five of their final six regular season contests and extracted some revenge against Baltimore this past weekend for handing them their only loss during the stretch. The Bolts got past the Ravens 23-17 in Baltimore no less, as the defense shined by shutting out Baltimore for the first half while allowing just three points through three quarters. L.A. averages an impressive 26.8 points per game to rank sixth in scoring while limiting the opposition to just 20.6 points per contest defensively to rank an equally impressive eighth in points allowed.
New England managed to win their final two regular season contests after dropping their previous two to non-playoff teams in Miami and Pittsburgh in Weeks 14 and 15. The Patriots rank a stellar fourth in scoring (27.2 ppg) and equally encouraging seventh in points allowed (20.3 ppg), but this is a team that lost to lowly Jacksonville, Detroit and Miami as well as mediocre Tennessee and underachieving Pittsburgh. The good news for the Pats as they get set for their divisional matchup is that they’ve gone 8-0 SU at home this season. The bad news is that they’ll be facing a Chargers team that is 8-1 in nine road dates this season.
While New England has gone 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Divisional Playoffs games and 4-1 ATS in their last five games in the month of January, the Chargers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and a near-perfect 5-1 ATS in their last 6 playoff road games.
Philadelphia Eagles (10-7) at New Orleans Saints (13-3)
- When: Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 4:40 PM ET
- Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
- NFL Divisional Round Odds: New Orleans -9 / Total: 51
Philadelphia won three straight to close out the regular season under veteran backup Nick Foles and now, they look super dangerous under their Super Bowl MVP heading to New Orleans. The Birds are coming off an absolutely thrilling 16-15 win over Chicago on Sunday that saw Foles toss two second half TD passes to lead the Eagles to victory. Philadelphia averages 22.9 points per game (18th) while allowing 21.8 points per contest defensively (12th).
The Saints may not have shown up for their meaningless regular season finale of a loss to dysfunctional Carolina, but prior to that, New Orleans had won 13 of 14, including a statement-making 48-7 beatdown of Philadelphia in Week 11 to easily cover the chalk as a 7-point favorite that day. This season, future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees was as good as ever in completing a career-high 74.4 percent of his passes while throwing for 3,992 yards with 32 touchdowns and just five interceptions. The Saints average a stunning 31.5 points per game to rank third in scoring while allowing 22.1 points per game defensively (14th). The Saints are 6-2 SU at home this season while Philly went 4-4 on the road during the regular season before beating the Bears in Chicago on Sunday.
The Eagles are 4-0 ATS in their last four playoff games and 7-2 ATS in their last nine road playoff games. While the Saints are an uninspiring 1-4 ATS in their last five games, Drew Brees and company are also 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in January and a seriously consistent 25-6 ATS in their last 31 home games against a team with a winning road record.