NFL Divisional Playoffs: Picks for All the Games

Brandon RibakSenior Writer IJanuary 11, 2011

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 02:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on in the first half against the Miami Dolphins on January 2, 2011 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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After watching last seasons two Super Bowl odds contestants fall short during Wild Card Weekend, it's time for the Divisional round of the NFL playoffs to begin.


Baltimore Ravens (12-4) vs Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)

The Baltimore Ravens will look to snatch their second consecutive playoff win against a well-rested Pittsburgh Steelers squad. 

Pittsburgh holds a 5-3 record at home this season, while Baltimore completed the season with a 5-3 record on the road.

During Week 4 of this season, the Ravens were able to take down the Steelers in Pittsburgh by a score of 17-14 (without Ben Roethlisberger).

Spread: The Steelers are the favorites to win this game, giving up three points to the Ravens.

Sportsbook Prediction: Although the Ravens have played very well all season long, their road will end in Pittsburgh this Saturday. Expect the Steelers to win by more than three points.


Green Bay Packers (10-6) vs Atlanta Falcons (13-3)

QB Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are on a hot streak, capping off the season with a 2-0 record and taking down Michael Vick and the Eagles during Wild Card Weekend. 

Rodgers picked up his first career playoff win and will look to grab another one as he faces up against arguably the best team in the NFL.

The Falcons held an impressive 7-1 record at home this season and managed to take down the Packers in Week 12 with a last-second field goal. 

QB Matt Ryan and Rodgers both threw for 28 touchdowns this NFL betting season and 3,500+ passing yards.

Spread: The Packers are provided with +2.5 points in this exciting matchup.

Prediction: We've already witnessed two upsets during the postseason thus far, who says the Packers won't take down Atlanta this weekend? Take Green Bay with the spread and watch the game go down to the wire.


Seattle Seahawks (7-9) vs Chicago Bears (11-5)

Seattle will have to prove they are worthy once again as they head into Soldier Field this Sunday. The Seahawks hold the worst road record of all playoff teams (2-6).

Chicago's defense will be forced to play a major role in this match-up unless QB Jay Cutler can find a way to limit his turnovers.

Spread: The Seahawks are +10 in this game.

Prediction: The Bears should be able to grab this win, but the biggest concern will be whether or not they can prevent Seattle from getting within 10 points.


New York Jets (11-5) vs New England Patriots (14-2)

Mark Sanchez and the inconsistent Jets will line up against Tom Brady and the big bad Patriots this Sunday.

Last time both teams met (in Week 13), the Patriots dismantled New York by a score of 45-3, proving that this matchup should be anything but difficult for them.

Sanchez will have to perform to the best of his ability and the Jets defense will have to find a way to contain Brady or this game will be all but lost in a hurry. 

Spread: New England will be giving up 8.5 points to New York in this contest.

Prediction: Expect a very similar outcome to what went down during Week 13. Take the Pats spread.