Now that Wild Card Weekend is behind us, fans can now look towards the Divisional Round and maybe make a wager or two. From Tim Tebow facing Tom Brady to Drew Brees facing Alex Smith, it looks as if the star quarterbacks will be showing the young guns how it's done.
Drew Brees has led the New Orleans Saints' offensive onslaught right on through the playoffs.
Unlike the very undisciplined Detroit Lions, the San Francisco 49ers play sound defense. The 49ers are probably the most overlooked team in the playoffs this year. This can be credited to their coaching philosophy of running the ball and making the quarterback a game manager.
Unlike Brees, Alex Smith doesn’t have great accuracy and movement in the pocket. Definitely look for a much more low-scoring game for the Saints on Saturday at 4:30ET.
Las Vegas has the Saints beating the 49ers in a close game (-3.5).
The Tim Tebow media bandwagon has reached an all-time high, but now the Broncos face a healthy New England Patriots team in Foxboro on Saturday at 8:00ET.
The former coach who drafted Tebow will be an assistant coach for the Patriots. Josh McDaniels might know some nuances of Tim Tebow and other players, but that doesn’t always translate on the field.
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The Patriots secondary is very questionable, but the offense can keep them in any game. If Tim Tebow wants to make it to the conference championship, he will have to score more points than he did last week.
Las Vegas has the Broncos losing big to the Patriots (-14.0).
Rookie quarterback T.J. Yates will have to go against a well-rested Baltimore Ravens team on Sunday at 1:00ET. While the Texans offense went off against a consistent Bengals defense, the Ravens are a level above most defenses in the NFL.
Arian Foster will not be nearly as effective against a run-stuffing Ravens defense. The Ravens will probably look to blitz Yates early to get him to rush and make mistakes.
The real question is about the offense of the Ravens. Will Joe Flacco come out throwing or will the Ravens go back to their old ways and get Ray Rice involved early?
Las Vegas has Baltimore winning by just over a touchdown (-8).
The Green Bay Packers will face the New York Giants on Sunday at 4:30ET after their bye week.
Most likely, Aaron Rodgers will not be rusty against the New York Giants, who played the Packers very close in their matchup during the regular season. It was a high-scoring game that ended in a 38-35 Green Bay win.
Eli Manning will have to deal with a blitzing 3-4 led by Charles Woodson and Clay Matthews. Both teams can play in cold weather, but the Giants are even better equipped to play in the elements. This could be the closest game of the weekend.
Las Vegas has picked the Green Bay Packers to win at home (-9).