NFL 2013 Playoffs Divisional Round 2: Picks, Predictions and Stone Cold Locks – Against the Spread, Totals and Money Line

Whomp! Whomp! Whomp! The Wildcard Weekend was indeed a wild one. Colts erase a 28 point lead, Saints eat the clock and kick a FG, Bengals remind us why they have not won a playoff game in 23 years and Packers fall just short. Exciting day for football fans, not so much for gamblers. Personally, we fell victim to the tune of 0-4 and -11.95 units. That’s okay, because unlike the Eagles, Packers, Bengals and Chiefs, We still have life! Let’s do it. 

New Orleans Saints @ Seattle Seahawks -9: Well, we have 4 of our remaining 5 Superbowl candidates from the beginning of the season still in the playoffs. That changes this afternoon as Superbowl favorite Seattle welcomes in Superbowl dark horse New Orleans. We all know the talking points, Seattle can shut down the pass, 12th man, Drew Brees doesn’t like the cold, Seattle dominates at home and Saint’s can’t win on the road. If I had to pick a side, I would say Seattle -9, but I think there is a safer bet on the board. Game Under 44.5 points 3 units -112

Indianapolis Colts @ New England Patriots -7: This isn’t last years Patriots team. The passing game is missing Gronk, Welker and even Hernandez. While I wasn’t overly impressed with the Colts getting themselves into a giant hole vs the Chiefs, they showed that the can comeback. They have a lot of confidence right now. They might try and keep to the gameplan early, but if the Pats pull ahead by 10 or more, they might give the greenlight to Luck to sling the ball down the field. Tom Brady is great, but Luck has better tools around him. I wouldn’t be shocked if the Colts won SU, but I will take the Colts +7 in this one. Colts +7 3 units -110 

San Francisco 49ers at Carolina Panthers PK: Nothing like a good PK. No spreads to cover, just this team vs that team, and what a great match up it is. It’s a tough one to break down. the 49ers offense isnt electric vs decent defenses. They weren’t even electric vs the Packers defense. The Panthers have been sitting and waiting for two weeks, and that can be bad at times. The 49ers ranked 7th against the pass and 4th against the run. That sounds good, but their opponents the Panthers are 6th against the pass and 2nd against the run.  These two teams also rank 29th and 30th in the league in terms of passing offense. These two teams are quite similar. Lines and sharps are telling me to take the Panthers, but I can’t do it. I think the 49ers find a way. San Fran 3 units -110

San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos -9: Another predicted big win for the home team huh ?  Road teams went 3-1 last week, so excuse my excitement. These home teams are different though. These home teams placed in the top 2 of their conference, last weeks home teams just won their divisions. This is the 3rd straight year the Broncos made it to the divisional round. Last year came from a bye week as well, the year before that was from a Tebow victory over the Steelers. The team has looked different over the span, but here they are again. This line has been dropping from -10.5 I agree. I do not exactly trust these Broncos for some reason. The Broncos may win, but I think it will come down to the last possession. Chargers +9 -110 3 units.