With that, I’m here to provide you with my NFL betting Parlay for the Divisional Round. Stay tuned, this is going to get exciting and most likely profitable.
Lots of questions to be answered
There are a lot of questions that can be answered in this weekend’s slate of game. Could this be Ray Lewis’s last football game of an illustrious hall of fame career? Could this be the end of a storybook-comeback season for Peyton Manning in which he faces Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens. Manning is looking for that elusive 2nd Super Bowl Title. Could this be the year for Tom Brady to win his 4th Super Bowl Title with Eli Manning and the Giants out of the picture?
Houston Texans at New England Patriots
This is the matchup in the Divisionals in which I think a team has the strongest edge. Houston has had a very good season, but is not experienced enough in the post season to deal with a team such as New England. Although Arian Foster was “off the hook” against the Cincinnati Bengals in a 19-13 Wild Card victory, the key matchup in this game is at quarterback and the Patriots are led by Tom Brady.
From zero to hero
Although Arian Foster by no means is a “0”, by being an undrafted player coming into this league, he was basically thought of as a “0” in which no team in the NFL gave consideration into having them as part of their franchise.
Foster has proven all of the naysayers wrong in which he’s run for 3 consecutive 1000 yard rushing seasons. This season, Foster has been brilliant, running for 1,424 yards and 15 touchdowns and leading the Texans to a 12-4 regular season finish, despite a late season slump by Houston. Foster had also tailed off during the latter part of the season, but has picked it back up in the playoffs, rushing for 140 yards and 1 touchdown in last week’s victory over Cincinnati. Look for Foster to run well in Foxboro against a Patriots defense that has some holes.
Tom Brady’s Problem
Tom Brady will have to deal with one of the best defensive players in the game in defensive end, J.J. Watt. Expect Watt to be a factor in this game as he’s been a problem for every team that he’s faced this season. On the season, Watt had 20.5 sacks to go along with 81 tackles and 4 forced fumbles. Watt is the present and future of the NFL.
Houston will have the problem of dealing with a well rested New England offense that’s loaded from top to bottom. New England can beat a team in so many ways, whether is be the two headed monster at tight end of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, slot receiver Wes Welker and all purpose back Danny Woodhead, or running backs Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen.
Look for New England to mix up the run with the pass and for Brady to expose whatever weakness that he sees on the defensive end. Houston had trouble with a boarderline playoff team like Cincinnati and will be no match for New England at home.
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Parlay Pick #1 – New England -10 +105 at 5 Dimes
Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49’ers
Aaron Rodgers has been correct all along. The missed call by the replacement referee in the loss to Seattle would have a later effect on the Packers. It has; Instead of hosting the NFC Divisional Playoffs against the 49’ers, Green Bay must travel out west.
Active and ready
I think that Aaron Rodgers is at his best when there’s no time off and he’s tested on a regular basis. This kind of reminds me of the Packers’ most recent Super Bowl Championship . Rodgers and the Pack have already passed test number 1 as they disposed of the Minnesota Vikings quite easily, 24-10, thanks to Joe Webb starting at quarterback for Minnesota, replacing Christian Ponder.
A happy ending?
Don’t look for the 49’ers to be rusty although the beating that they took at the hands of Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks still has to stick in their minds. Their last game of the regular season was a joke in which they beat up on a team that was already beat up, the Arizona Cardinals, 27-13.
That said, San Francisco has the 4th best defense in the NFL in rushing and receiving. Aaron Rodgers will certainly be tested in getting the football to Greg Jennings, James Jones, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb ,and Jermichael Finley. He was somewhat successful against Minnesota in spreading the football around, but San Francisco will be a much tougher test. The Packers don’t have much of a running game so to speak of, therefore expect Rodgers to look to pass.
Even though this is the young Kaepernick’s show to “run”, it’s nice to know that if Kaepernick show’s any signs of being unable to handle the pressure, Alex Smith is waiting in the wings. I expect coach Jim Harbaugh to stick with Kaepernick as he’s shown the ability to make the big play and also run the ball when need be. This will be a tough test for Colin Kaepernick and this could possibly be the end of the road, at least for this season, for the 2nd year pro.
Look for Kaepernick to incorporate of lot of running back , Frank Gore, with the passing game. Expect for receiver Michael Crabtree to make his presence be felt. Crabtree is a big play receiver and that’s what San Francisco will need here.
Final analysis- Although the 49’ers are at home and have a strong defense. Seattle has proven that this defense can be scored on. The quarterbacks will be the difference here. Aaron Rodgers has a major edge in experience and an edge as an overall passer. Look for the competitive Rodgers and the underdog Packers to move to the next round and defeat San Francisco on the road.
Parlay Pick #2- Green Bay +3 ( buy the half point at -125 at 5 Dimes)
NFL Divisional Parlay – New England -10 (+105) and Green Bay +3 (-125)
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