The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be looking to book a return trip to the NFC Championship Game with a fifth straight victory when they host the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday as three-point betting favourites on the NFL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Tampa Bay opened its playoff run with a lopsided 31-15 win over the Philadelphia Eagles and has now posted straight-up wins in eight of nine outings going into Sunday afternoon's matchup at Raymond James Stadium.
In addition to extending their current SU win streak in playoff action to five games, the Buccaneers have claimed victory by an average margin of 20 points in back-to-back home victories. Overall they have covered nine times during a 10-1 SU run at home, according to the OddsShark NFL Database. Despite their current surge, though, the Buccaneers continue to lag on the Super Bowl 56 odds as a +600 wager to repeat as champions.
The Rams are set as road underdogs for just the second time this season after manhandling the Arizona Cardinals at home in a 34-11 win in their wild card matchup. Los Angeles has averaged almost 27 points during a three-game surge on the road. Veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for two scores and ran for a third in Monday night's victory over Arizona and has connected on 20 total touchdown passes in nine road games this season.
The Rams have also won and covered in seven of their last eight meetings with the Buccaneers, including four straight outright victories as road underdogs.
NFC divisional playoff action kicks off on Saturday as the Green Bay Packers play host to the surging San Francisco 49ers as six-point chalk at online betting sites. After claiming the top seed in the NFC, the Packers enjoyed a bye last weekend. The layoff has provided quarterback Aaron Rodgers with an opportunity to rebound from a toe injury that had hobbled him in recent weeks.
The Packers return to action with a perfect 8-0 SU record this season at Lambeau Field. However, they have dropped two of their last three to the 49ers on home turf, and have covered just once in five home dates with San Francisco since 2008.
The Niners extended their current SU win streak to three games with last weekend's narrow 23-17 victory in Dallas. San Francisco has now won eight of 10 games since opening the season on a shaky 3-5 SU run, and has seen its two most recent road victories come while listed as betting underdogs.