We have expert betting predictions for the Divisional Round of the 2020/2021 NFL season, which starts on Saturday.
The Super Wild Card round produced plenty of action, and all six winners of those games square off in must-see games on Saturday and Sunday.
We have our best bets for Rams vs. Packers, Ravens vs. Bills, Browns vs. Chiefs, and Buccaneers vs. Saints.
NFL Playoffs Divisional Picks
LA Rams vs. Green Bay Packers @ Lambeau Field
The Green Bay Packers are the most underrated team this season, and they could show why against the Rams this Sunday.
Green Bay finished the regular season 13-3, and although punters didn’t see them play in the Wild Card round, they shouldn’t be forgotten about.
Aaron Rodgers has thrown 48 touchdowns in another MVP-calibre season. He and linked up with Davante Adams on numerous occasions, and the duo makes for a quality combination.
Looking to end the run for the Packers are the Rams, who got past Seattle last week. The Seahawks were poor with the ball, but that was due to the stout defence shown by the Rams.
Aaron Donald is in doubt for this game after suffering a rib injury, which is a huge blow for the visitors. They are also down their starting quarterback, and there was nothing to like about how Jared Goff played.
We expect Green Bay to get the job done in style to kick off the Divisional Round.
Betting tip: Packers -7
Baltimore Ravens vs. Buffalo Bills @ Bills Stadium
One of the most anticipated games of the season goes off this Sunday as the Ravens head to Buffalo to face the Bills.
The Ravens looked like a team capable of winning the Super Bowl when beating Tennessee last week. They faced a 10-0 first quarter hole before taking the lead in the third quarter.
Lamar Jackson wasn’t at his brilliant best, but Baltimore did enough to secure the win based on Jackson’s ability to run from the pocket.
The defence did an incredible job on Derrick Henry, and they’ll need to do an incredible job defending Josh Allen this week.
Allen has been electric for the Bills this season, and his ability to make throws outside the pocket is why Buffalo demands respect.
They went 13-3 during the regular season, and that was on the back of Allen’s stellar play. However, there are concerns about Buffalo’s defence.
It allowed the Colts to score at will in the fourth quarter, which saw a 14-point lead get trimmed to three points late. If Buffalo wants to beat Baltimore, something needs to change on defence.
However, we are sticking with the home team, as we don’t fully believe in what Baltimore has to offer.
Betting tip: Bills to win
Bills by 7
Cleveland Browns vs. Kansas City Chiefs @ Arrowhead Stadium
The Browns hadn’t scored a playoff win since 1995, but that didn’t stop them as they rolled through the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday.
It was an incredible performance from Cleveland, who got off to a hot 28-0 start on the back of some dreadful Steelers’ play.
Baker Mayfield was able to make plays throughout the game, as the Browns held on to score a 48-37 win. However, they face a Chiefs team that has the best offensive talent in the NFL.
Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs search for a second consecutive Super Bowl tilt, and beating the Browns is needed for that to happen.
The Chiefs enjoyed a week off, which should be ideal. It gives them time to mend any niggling injuries, and prepare for a Browns team that could struggle to recapture the magic from Wild Card weekend.
Betting against the Chiefs at home is tough to do, so we don’t recommend taking the Browns. They got us the money on Monday, but this is an entirely different contest.
Kansas City is lethal on offence and Baker Mayfield might need to score on every play just to keep up. The pressure could get to him, forcing Mayfield into making errant throws.
Class should come through for the Chiefs on Monday morning.
Betting tip: Chiefs -10
Chiefs by 17
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints @ Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Bookmakers have New Orleans as $1.56 favourites for this game, but the market should be much closer.
The Saints weren’t overly impressive in the Wild Card round, and they haven’t stood out this season. They have taken advantage of a poor division, and the Buccaneers have improved with time.
Betting against Tom Brady in the playoffs hasn’t been a recipe for success over the last 10 years, so we fancy the Buccaneers to get the job done on Monday.
Brady has thrown for 40 touchdowns this season, and with the likes of Mike Evans and Ronald Jones II in the team, they could run over the Saints.
It’s a battle of the ageing quarterbacks, but Brady still has a powerful arm, and Drew Brees has taken a backwards step this season.
Punters get value head-to-head odds for Tampa Bay, and the $2.39 is too good to pass up.
Betting tip: Buccaneers to win
Buccaneers by 7
After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. Coupled with his love of US sport, Daryl’s picks have been featured on various websites around the world and viewed by millions of readers. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NBA, NFL, and college sports. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.