NFL Playoffs

Top Betting Trends for the NFL Divisional Round Playoffs

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 29:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos in action against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum on December 29, 2013 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Doc MosemanCorrespondent IJanuary 6, 2014

The gloves are off in the NFL after the Wild Card Round of this year’s playoffs. The top two seeds from both the AFC and the NFC will be in action this weekend against the survivors from last weekend’s games in a battle for a trip to the conference championships. The following is a look at BetOnline’s NFL betting odds for each game as well as the top two or three betting trends, as provided by Covers.


Top Betting Trends: Saints vs. Seahawks

Heading into last Saturday’s Wild Card matchup against Philadelphia, all anyone talked about was New Orleans’ recent struggles on the road after posting a 3-5 straight-up record in the regular season with a costly 1-7 record against the spread.

The Saints exorcised some of those demons with a last-second 26-24 victory over the Eagles as three-point road underdogs.

The real test comes against a Seahawks team that clobbered them 34-7 in Week 13 as 6.5-point road underdogs. They have been opened as eight-point road underdogs this time around, with the total set at 47.5.

The Saints are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games following an SU win and 0-4 ATS in their last four games against a team with an SU winning record at home.

The Seahawks are 4-1 ATS in their last five playoff games played at home and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games within the conference.

The favorite in this series is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings, and the total has gone “over” in three of the last four games.


Top Betting Trends: Colts vs. Patriots

It took a monumental 28-point comeback victory over Kansas City last Saturday as 1.5-point underdogs at home for the Colts to even punch a ticket to this game, and now they come into Foxborough for this Saturday night’s tilt as seven-point road underdogs to keep this ride alive. The total for this contest has been set at 53.

The Colts are 23-11-2 ATS in their last 36 games against a team with an SU winning record but 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games against a team with an SU winning record at home. The total has stayed “under” in their last six playoff games on the road.

The Patriots are 6-1 ATS in their last seven home games but a costly 2-8 ATS in their last 10 playoff games at home.

Indianapolis has covered in four of its last five trips to Gillette Stadium, and the total has gone over in four of those five games.


Top Betting Trends: 49ers vs. Panthers

San Francisco extended its current SU winning streak to seven games with this past Sunday’s 23-20 victory over Green Bay as a 3.5-point road favorite on a last-second field goal. It only has four SU losses on the year, but one of those was a 10-9 setback to Carolina in Week 10 as a six-point home favorite.

The Panthers went 7-1 SU at home this season, with the lone loss coming against Seattle in their season opener.

The 49ers are 4-1 ATS in their last five divisional round games and 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 games against a team from the NFC.

The Panthers are 7-2 ATS in their last nine games against the conference and 6-2 ATS in their last eight postseason games.

Carolina’s victory earlier this year was its fourth straight against the 49ers, and it is now 13-3 ATS in the last 16 meetings. The total has gone over in 10 of the last 13 games between the two.


Top Betting Trends: Chargers vs. Broncos

The third time will be a charm for one of these teams in this AFC West clash after they split this season’s series 1-1 both SU and ATS. The Broncos drew first blood with a 28-20 victory as seven-point road favorites on Nov. 10, but San Diego extracted its revenge in Week 15 by beating Denver 27-20 as a 10-point underdog on the road. This was the Broncos’ lone SU loss of the season at Mile High.

The Chargers are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 road games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with an SU winning record.

The Broncos are 6-2 ATS in their last eight playoff games at home and 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight games against a team from within their division.

The road team in this rivalry has now covered in six of the last seven meetings, and the total has gone over in six of the last eight games played in Denver. San Diego has covered in six of the last 11 meetings in Denver, while four of the other five games ended as a “push.”

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