Top NFL Picks Against the Spread: Handicapping Divisional Weekend

By Bart

I regretfully do not have a lot of time while doing this post, but I want to make sure I get picks in before the start of the games.  I went 3-5 last weekend, so I need to do a little better this time around.  I’ll do a summary of all of my playoff picks before the conference games next week.  Let’s just get to it:

Denver – 9 vs Baltimore, Over 44.5 – the lines have moved by a 1/2 point on both.  It started at 9.5 and 44.  Denver has been on a roll and are playing at home.  I think that both teams are going to score on one another, even though Denver’s Defense has been playing very well.  However, Denver will outscore Baltimore by double digits, so I like them at home.  Final score prediction: Denver 30- Baltimore 17.

SanFran -3 vs Green Bay, Over 45 – similarly, I also believe that both of these teams are going to score on one another.  You know Green Bay will score with Aaron at the helm, and this is the game that Green Bay’s weaker defense lets them down on the road.  Packers – this is what you get for losing that last game of the season!  Final Score prediction: San Fran 30-Green Bay 24

Atlanta -2 vs Seattle, Over 46.5 – I’m finding that I’m liking all of the home teams and overs, which makes me a little nervous.  However, this is the year that Atlanta breaks through.  I wasn’t a fan of them all year because all of their wins were close, but it was those wins which will pay dividends in this high scoring, close game.  Final Score prediction: Atlanta 34- Seattle 24

New England -9.5 vs Houston, Under 48.5 – Did Houston learn anything in their throttling vs New England during the season?  Not enough.  I may feel differently if this was in Houston, but it’s not.  New England’s Defense steps up to slow down the Texans keeping this game under.   Final Score prediction:  New England 27 – Houston 13