Over the years, we have come to expect the unexpected once the NFL playoffs roll around. We are just 1 week into the postseason, and we have already seen some major drama and surprises, with none bigger than the Jacksonville Jaguars digging out of a 0-27 hole to come back and win against the LA Chargers. In the playoffs, though, there is no time to dwell on past victories, as the next game up is always right around the corner, as is the potential for elimination. As we head into the Divisional Round this weekend, we have to wonder if more surprises are in store. There are some NFL playoffs Lines, big underdogs in here, but can they go out, do the business, and cover the spread? Let’s get into our ATS picks for the NFL Divisional Round.
Divisional Round ATS Betting Predictions | 2023 NFL Odds
Jacksonville Jaguars at Kansas City Chiefs
We quickly discussed the amazing comeback that we saw from the Jaguars in the Wild Card Round, but outside of that, this team is still a scary proposition. On the brink of elimination, this is a team that has essentially been playing playoff ball for weeks now, winning their last 5 regular season games to win the division. They are a big underdog here, though, with the #1 seeded Chiefs in as an 8 ½ point home favorite. The Jags have had a rough time against the Chiefs, but they are also 5-1 ATS in their last 6 overall. Jaguars to cover.
New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles looked to be cruising to the #1 seed at the tail end of the season before losing QB Jalen Hurts to injury. They did eventually nab the top seed, but not before losing both games that Hurts missed with a bad shoulder. That extra week off will have been a godsend. The Giants put in arguably their best performance of the season in their Wild Card win over the Minnesota Vikings, but they are still in as a 7 ½ point dog for this one. The Eagles won both regular season meetings, but the last one was close. Giants to cover.
Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills
We may have had a whole lot more to go on with this one has they been able to complete their Week 17 game. That didn’t happen, though, but I still think this game looks to be the best matchup in the Divisional Round. Both teams needed to work very hard to get out of the Wild Card Round, but the reality is that it doesn’t matter how you win and move on. The Bengals will hit the road as a 5-point underdog, but they have covered in 7 of their last 8 road games. Bengals to cover.
Dallas Cowboys at San Francisco 49ers
It’s a bit of a short week for the Dallas Cowboys, with their Wild Card Round win over the Buccaneers coming last Monday night. I don’t particularly think that will be too much of a factor here, though, especially since the Cowboys won that game in a bit of a canter. The 49ers once again looked great against the Seahawks, winning easily to extend their win streak to 11 games. They come into this one as a 3 ½ point favorite, but I have a sneaking suspicion they could be in trouble here. Cowboys to cover.