Eight teams remain in the hunt for this year’s Super Bowl. It’s getting harder to select a pick six, so I will include a couple totals in this weekend’s divisional games.
Here are the opening NFL Odds for the Divisional weekend. Enjoy the weekend.
Rams vs. Packers -6.5
The Packers are well rested coming off a bye (as the first seed) and have won six straight games entering this matchup with the Rams. This head-to-head matchup between the highest scoring offence (Packers) versus the number one defence (Rams) will be the number one storyline. Interesting note, DT Aaron Donald is nursing a rib injury, he is definitely not 100 percent and quarterback Jared Goff is two weeks out from thumb surgery. Goff has played in just two games in below freezing temperatures; in those two he has thrown zero touchdowns and five interceptions. He crumbles this weekend at Lambeau.
Pick: Packers -6.5
Ravens at Bills -3
Two of the young exciting quarterbacks in the league will be the feature matchup in this game. Last weekend, the Bills were sloppy at times, but got past the Colts (27-24), while the Ravens held rushing champ Derrick Henry to a season-low 40 yards along the ground in a win against the Titans (20-13). Something has to give. The Bills have won seven games in a row, while the Ravens have won six straight games. I’ll take the points in this weekend’s most evenly matched contest.
Pick: Ravens +3
Browns vs. Chiefs -10.5
The Browns dumped a 17-game curse in Pittsburgh last weekend with a stunning 48-37 upset win in the Steel City. Everything went right for the Browns in that first quarter, interceptions, bad snaps, and they capitalized on all these mistakes. Could the same thing happen in Kansas City this weekend? Likely not. The Chiefs needed this rest period. In fact, they may have had a little too much rest. A lot of starters were inactivate in Week 17 versus the Chargers plus last week’s bye week. The Chiefs have had a brilliant year (14-2) but this team plays differently than last year’s Super Bowl winner, they simply don’t blow teams out. In their last 10 games, they are 3-7 against the spread.
Looking for a longshot? The Browns are listed at +3000 to win the Super Bowl.
Pick: Browns +10.5, Over 55,
Buccaneers vs. Saints -3
Tom Brady versus Drew Brees will have the nostalgia factor, as two of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the game meet one more time. Could it be the last time?
During the regular season the Saints owned the Bucs with two convincing wins and now they are looking to make it three in a row. The quick analysis is this; both teams have plenty of weapons on offence, but the Saints defence is something else. Since Week 9 they have held their opponents to single digit scoring four times, including last week’s dominant win (21-9) against the Bears.
Pick: Saints -3, Under 52
Last week: 3-3
Written by David Bastl, who co-hosts Inside the Lines brought to you by Sports Interaction, Canada’s Sportsbook, Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET on The Sportsnet Radio Network.