2020 NFL Divisional Round Parlay Picks

2020 NFL Divisional Round Parlay Picks

Written by on January 7, 2020

Can Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers live up to their billing as the top seed in the NFC playoffs when they host Kirk Cousins and the upset-minded Minnesota Vikings in their huge NFC divisional round showdown on Saturday?

Will Derrick Henry and the Tennessee Titans run the ball down Baltimore’s throats while figuring out a way to stop the jaw-dropping Lamar Jackson when they visit the Baltimore Ravens in their AFC divisional matchup later on Saturday?

Can Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans work some more magic to pull off the huge upset over reigning league MVP Patrick Mahomes and the Super Bowl-hopeful Kansas City Chiefs when they battle in the other AFC divisional round matchup on Sunday?

Last, but not least, will Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks be able to keep up their tremendous play on the road when they visit Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in their NFC divisional date?

If you’re looking fr some expert 2020 NFL divisional round betting predictions, then let’s find out which teams are offering the best value against their NFL odds this coming weekend.

2020 NFL Divisional Round Parlay Picks

Minnesota Vikings (11-6) at San Francisco 49ers (13-3)

Say what? Kirk Cousins outplayed Drew Brees to lead Minnesota to the huge, 26-20 overtime upset of the Saints in their NFC wild card clash last weekend! While top-seeded San Francisco got a first round bye, the Niners look like a team that could also get upset – if they can’t solve the Vikings’ stout defense and they allow Cousins to have his second straight mistake-free game.

While Frisco went 6-2 at home this season and Minnesota went a more modest 5-4 on the road, I like Minnesota’s overall talent base at the skill positions far more than I do San Francisco’s far more limited skill position performers, which features tight end George Kittle first and foremost. San Francisco is 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record, but just 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games. On the flip side of the coin, Minnesota has gone 4-1 ATS in their last five games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games.

I don’t care that the Niners are playing at home in this NFC divisional round showdown, I genuinely believe that if the Vikings can shut down Drew Brees and the offensively explosive Saints like they did last weekend, then they can and will do the same to Jimmy G and the Niners in this intriguing matchup.

Pick: Minnesota 23 San Francisco 21

Tennessee Titans (10-7) at Baltimore Ravens (14-2)

Sure, Tennessee managed to get past Tom Brady and the offensively-challenged New England Patriots 20-13 last weekend, but their victory cam almost exclusively because of Derrick Henry’s tremendous 182-yard rushing effort and Tennessee’s stingy defense.

Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson and the top-seeded ravens are well-rested after getting a bye in the opening round and they hit the postseason riding the wave of a phenomenal 10-game winning streak. Jackson was quite literally unstoppable in throwing a league-high 36 touchdowns while setting a new NFL record for rushing yards for a quarterback with a mind-boggling 1,206 yards and an additional seven scores.

I though Tennessee’s Ryan Tannehill was mediocre at best in the second half against New England and that just doesn’t bode well heading into this contest against a Baltimore defense that finished third in points allowed. I don;t see Tannehill having his way against Baltimore’s stout defense while the Titans – like everyone else – fail to contain the virtually unstoppable Jackson. Baltimore wins bug to cover the nearly double-digit spread.

Pick: Baltimore 31 Tennessee 21

Houston Texans (11-6) at Kansas City Chiefs (12-4)

Houston dispatched Buffalo 22-19 in overtime in their wild card showdown last weekend as quarterback Deshaun Watson passed for 247 yards and one touchdown while pulling off a stupendous escape against two would-be tacklers on the game’s most important play in overtime to lead the way to victory.

Nevertheless, I believe Houston is facing an uphill battle to get past Patrick Mahomes and the 12-win Chiefs in their AFC divisional matchup this coming weekend. The Chiefs are on fire as they hit the playoffs riding a six-game winning streak. Kansas City might be known for their high-scoring ways after finishing fifth in scoring (28.2 ppg), but it is the improved play n the defensive side of the ball that gives Kansas City the look of a team that could beat anyone. The Chiefs ranked an encouraging seventh in points allowed (19.3 ppg) and I believe they’ll show up in a big way to get past a Texans team that has limited talent at the skill positions and relies far too heavily on Watson to make plays.

Houston has gone 5-2 ATS in their last seven games as a road underdog, but the Texans are also a dismal 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win. Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs have gone 5-0-1 ATS in their last six games and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 home games. More importantly, the Chiefs are the better team on both sides of the ball, not to mention they’re playing at home in always-difficult Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City wins big to cover the chalk and advance to the AFC Championship.

Pick: Kansas City 35 Houston 23

Seattle Seahawks (12-5) at Green Bay Packers (13-3)

  • When: Sunday January 12, 2020, 6:40 PM ET
  • Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
  • TV: FOX
  • Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
  • NFL Divisional Round Odds: Green Bay -4 / Total: 46

Seattle continued their dominant ways on the road by beating Philadelphia 17-9 in their wild card matchup last weekend to cash in as a 2.5-point road favorite. Russell Wilson passed for 325 yards and one score while adding 45 rushing yards in the win. More importantly, Seattle’s defense consistently shut down Philadelphia by limiting the Eagles to 282 total yards of offense and no touchdowns. The Seahawks closed out the regular season ranked ninth in scoring (25.3 ppg), but just 22nd in points allowed (24.9 ppg).

Green Bay won 13 games to win the NFC North and get a first round bye and they hit the playoffs having won five straight to close out the regular season. While the Packers rank an encouraging ninth in points allowed (19.6 ppg), the NFC champs also have some real question marks on offense and a serious lack of talent at the skill positions. Green bay ranked a modest 15th in scoring (23.5 ppg) and I believe it’s evident that Rodgers is trending downward in the second half of his career.

I know Green Bay went 7-1 at Lambeau Field during the regular season, but the Packers are also an uninspiring 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games against a team with a winning road record. More importantly, Seattle has been absolutely stupendous on the road this season by going an identical 8-1 SU and ATS away from CenturyLink Field. Forget about Seattle’s 0-5-1 ATS mark in their last 6 road dates against Green Bay. Seattle has the better quarterback and the huge edge in coaching. Seattle covers the 4-point spread – by winning outright!

Pick: Seattle 28 Green Bay 27