The playoffs are here. 12 teams are left, 4 will be eliminated this weekend. This first round promises some close games, if point spreads can be trusted. 3 of the 4 games have spreads under 3 points. Let’s buckle up, hunker down, and watch some football.
Indianapolis @ Houston: The Texans are favored by 1.5 points, the O/U is 48.5. Andrew Luck vs Deshaun Watson will be marquee football. Both teams have a more than able running game, but the QB play is where all eyes will be focused. T.Y. Hilton is probable, but I think he’s been probable since Week 3. He’ll play, he’ll probably get 100 yards. The Texans just need to keep him out of the endzone. DeAndre Hopkins is a weapon himself and should be able to take advantage of the Colts’ secondary. The effectiveness of each team’s running game could very well determine how wide open this game gets.
Seattle @ Dallas: The Cowboys are favored by 2 points, the O/U is 43.5. The Addition of Amari Cooper has ignited the Cowboys’ offense. Opposing defenses can no longer stack the box against Dallas. This allows Dak Prescott to be himself and play his game. The dual threat aspect he brings to the game will keep the Seahawks’ defense on their toes. Russell Wilson is easily one of the best QBs in the game, yet he continues to fly under the radar for the most part. He has a couple weapons downfield, but Chris Carson in the backfield is straight money. This will be a great game. With 2 solid running games and aerial attacks, we’re getting a good one here.
Los Angeles Chargers @ Baltimore: The Ravens are favored by 2.5 points, the O/U is 42. I’ll say right off the bat that I think the Chargers win this game. I’m actually surprised they’re the underdog. But Vegas usually knows. Lamar Jackson leads Baltimore onto the field and he has become the main part of their offense. The Ravens don’t stand out offensively at any position, but Jackson’s athleticism creates problems for defenses. It’s their defense that has won a lot of games for them. Phillip Rivers has an array of receivers that allows him to spread the field. With Melvin Gordon back, this only opens it up a bit more. Again, I like the Chargers to win outright, but I guess we’ll see tomorrow. I’d pound the over too. 42 seems very low for this game.
Philadelphia @ Chicago: The Bears are favored by 6.5 points, the O/U is 41.5. Mitch Trubisky has had a breakout year. In addition, the Bears’ defense is one of the best in the league. Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen give Chicago fresh legs at all times in the backfield. Big Dick Nick Foles is back in the spotlight in Philadelphia. Can he pull off another magic trick? With no dominant RB, the Eagles will rely on the passing game and Foles. He has a lot of targets to choose from. Alshon Jeffery, Zach Ertz, Nelson Agholor, and Golden Tate will all be vital to the Eagles pulling off an upset. I think the Bears win, and probably cover, but I’m not counting Foles out.
So we have 4 games over the next 2 days. The playoff picture will be a little more decided after tomorrow and all of us Monday morning QBs will surely give our takes and opinions. More importantly, we’re one week closer to the Super Bowl. Enjoy the games and bet wisely.