NFL Playoff Predictions 2013: Divisional Round Picks Against the Spread
The Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs features three rematches from the 2012 Regular Season.
Is it a coincidence that the winners of the regular season matchups are all home teams this time around? I think not.
In the opening round of the playoffs last weekend, the home team went 3-1.
Which four teams will remain after Sunday? Which teams will cover the spread?
Let's take a look at what Schreiber thinks will happen in his NFL Playoff Predictions 2013: Divisional Round Picks Against the Spread.
All lines courtesy of VegasInsider.com.
Baltimore Ravens at DENVER BRONCOS (-9)
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The Broncos dominated the first meeting between these two teams in Baltimore. This game is in Denver, so I have no reason to believe things will be different this time around.
The Broncos are also riding an 11-game winning streak.
They are going to demolish the Ravens Saturday and extend their streak to 12 games.
The Broncos will cover the spread and soundly win the game.
Green Bay Packers at SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (-3)
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The Packers lost to the 49ers at home to kick off their year and they'll end the year to the same team on the road.
Colin Kaepernick will have a big game. The tone will be set early on by the 49ers defense. Aldon Smith and Patrick Willis will just be way too much for Aaron Rodgers to handle. If Green Bay's offensive line didn't rank near dead-last in the league, the outcome would be different.
The 49ers will win as well as cover.
Seattle Seahawks at ATLANTA FALCONS (-2)
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The injury to Chris Clemons will prove to be more costly than most people think.
Seattle does have the big, physical cornerbacks to match up with receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White. Although, I think both receivers will get the better of their battles.
Whoever I take to cover the spread is also my picks to win. The Falcons have done way too much this year to come away without at least one playoff victory for Matt Ryan.
Falcons win and cover.
HOUSTON TEXANS (+9.5) at New England Patriots
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In the end, I don't see the Patriots losing at home, but I don't think this game will be anything like the 42-14 rout we saw a few weeks back.
The Texas will bring their A-game this time. Matt Schaub now has his first playoff game under his belt and played solid enough to win.
I like the Patriots to win the game but only by a slight margin. The Texans will cover the disrespectful 9.5-point spread Vegas put against them.