To preface, a massive shoutout to my brother, Chris, who bet Browns Moneyline. That may not seem that crazy; however, given he works at a running store and watches less than 2 NFL games a season is CRAZY. Check out B3Tsports on Instagram for his pick in the Divisional Round. Before you listen to the runner, here are my choices for the Divisional Round.
Packers -7 vs. Rams:
This is a great bet, especially if you buy a point back to make it -6.5. In the Wild Card game against the Seahawks, the Rams did not play well. After Jamal Adams sent Sean Mcvay’s Golden boy, John Wolford, in an ambulance, Jared Goff had to step in. Jared Goff played well at times this season but not when nursing a broken thumb after surgery. If Goff could not play the third-string QB for the Rams would have been the punter, John Hekker. If the starting QB nursing a broken thumb wasn’t enough to bet on the Packers, Aaron Donald was listed as questionable with torn rib cartilage. On the other hand, the Packers are not injured, and as the one seed, they had an extra week of rest. Hammer the Packers as it is Aaron Rodgers’ year.
Buccaneers ML +148 vs. Saints:
The Saints looked decent but not great. Scoring only 7 points against the 8-8 Bears in the first half is a sorry effort for one of the most lethal offenses. It could have been that they were mesmerized by the Nickelodeon animations or their inability to create big plays. The Saints showed real weaknesses Sunday. One of those weaknesses they showed was on the Defensive side. They did hold the Bears to only 9 points but considering it was the Bears; it was a lackluster performance. The Buc’s offensive could not be more different than that of Chicago’s. The Saints will face the GOAT Tom Brady under center, the best WR core in league with Antonio Brown looking more like his 2016 self, Leonard Fournette in the Backfield, and one of the best O lines; the Saints are in TROUBLE defensively. Tom Brady looks good this season, he is more mobile than in past years, and his reads are on point. Take the Buccaneers.
Bills ML -127 vs. Ravens:
The Key to this game is going to be a defense. The game will be won or lost on the defensive side, much like the Wild Card game last week for the Ravens. Lamar Jackson and the Ravens were fortunate enough to play the Titans last Sunday as the Titans have struggled against Mobile QB’s. From the start of the game, it became apparent that the game plan for Tennessee was to contain Lamar. It works until they slipped late in the 2nd quarter, and Lamar Jackson ran for a 48 yard TD. He ended the day with 136 yards rushing, and for this Titans defensive, an impressive feat. The difference between the Titans and Bills are the Linebackers. Buffalo has one of the best Linebacking cores with Matt Milano and Tremaine Edmunds as the heart. If any team can hold Lamar and the explosive Ravens offense, it is Buffalo. These two teams didn’t play in the regular season, but the Bills have faced their fair share of mobile QB’s this season. They held Cam Newton to 54 yards and then 24. When they played Kyler Murray, they held him to 61 yards.
Simply put, Lamar will find little success running on this defense. I know what you are thinking, pass it, with Marquise Brown, Mark Andrews, and Willie Snead. Think again, similar to the run defense, the Bills have been nightmare fuel for wide receivers all year. Tre’Davious White, Josh Norman, Micah Hyde are the leaders on this shut down passing defense. To conclude, this matchup will be great for the Bills’ defense, and for Ravens fans, they better pray Lamar Jackson gets another “cramp.”
I love those picks above and if you parlay them, you get odds of +766. If you want to do all moneyline bets the odds go to +477. Happy Betting!
– JJ Walks