This weekend, NFC East rivals Philadelphia and the New York Giants throw down on Saturday and then on Sunday, historical NFC rivals Dallas and San Francisco take to the gridiron in the National Football Conference’s two divisional round games. Will conference favorite Philadelphia take another step towards Super Bowl 57? Will the 49ers cool off the scorching Cowboys? Check out NFL Playoffs Odds, analysis, and free ATS and O/U picks for both of this weekend’s NFC Divisional Round matchups.
NFL NFC Divisional Round Betting Prediction
NFC Divisional Round
- When: Saturday, Jan. 21 – Sunday, Jan. 22
New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles -7.5 | Eagles vs Giants Total – 48
Because they secured the 1-seed through the NFC Playoffs, the Eagles got to take last week off. Usually, rest is a good thing for a team. But in Philly’s case, rest may not be so great.
Saturday will be starting quarterback Jalen Hurts’ second game since Dec. 18. Hurts returned from injury in week 18 to steer the Eagles past the Giants in a 22-16 game.
But Jalen didn’t play great. The fact he had to take another week off is concerning. Also of concern is how Philadelphia will handle Daniel Jones’ ability to both pass and rush the football. The Eagles rank sixteenth in the league against the rush.
If Philly tries to stop Saquon Barkley, they must then deal with Jones’ ability to run with the football. If they concentrate on stopping Jones from rushing, Daniel will throw short passes to Saquon, one of the top pass-catching backs in the NFL.
7.5 points are too many. The Giants cover the spread. As far as the total is concerned, the G-Men play a bend but don’t break, which means Hurts and the Eagles should move the ball. Over is a real possibility.
NFL NFC Divisional Round Eagles vs Giants ATS Prediction: New York Giants +7.5
NFL NFC Divisional Round Eagles vs Giants O/U Prediction: Over 48
Dallas Cowboys at San Francisco 49ers -3.5 | Cowboys vs. 49ers Total – 46
If Brady doesn’t throw a pick near the Dallas goal line, the Buccaneers go up 7-6. The entire complexion would have changed, meaning Dallas may have not looked so great.
Another thing to consider is the differences between SF and Tampa. The 49ers boast one of the top front sevens, maybe the best overall, in the National Football League. The Niners will have no trouble pressuring Dak Prescott.
On the other side of the ball, Brock Purdy is much more mobile than Brady. He also has two of the top weapons in pro football, RB Christian McCaffrey and WR Deebo Samuel.
Dallas doesn’t often play as well on grass. Not only that, but the Cowboys also struggle on the road. The spread line is overvaluing the Boys after the impressive win over the Buccaneers’. The Niners cover.
The total in this one assumes both teams score points. But San Francisco’s defense is well-suited to containing the Cowboys’ offense. Backing under is the way to go.
NFL NFC Divisional Round 49ers vs Cowboys ATS Prediction: San Francisco -4
NFL NFC Divisional Round 49ers vs Cowboys O/U Prediction: Under 46