NFL Divisonal Playoff Picks Rundown

Steven Suarez

Saturday, January 11, 2014 2:54 PM UTC

Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 2:54 PM UTC

Who's ready for another fantastic weekend of NFL playoff action? If you're looking for the full list of our sports picks for the upcoming games, you've come to the right place.

New Orleans Saints vs. Seattle Seahawks

The Saints get a chance to redeem themselves when they take another trip to Seattle to do battle with Russell Wilson and the Seahawks. In Week 13 we saw New Orleans fall 34-7 at CenturyLink Field.

Looking at the sportsbooks, we find Seattle is favored by 8.5 or 9 points, though a site or two even have a number as high as 10. The O/U is currently at 44.5.

Jason Lake was tasked with this NFC showdown and he's come up with both a spread and total play.

When it comes to betting the spread, he believes Seattle will take care of business once again. They've had an extra week to prepare and get rested, but the Saints will come in energized after a big win over the Eagles last week. For his total play, Jason thinks the UNDER is the way to go, as Seattle's defense is obviously top notch, while New Orleans has improved dramatically in that respect this season.


Indianapolis Colts vs. New England Patriots

One week after an incredible come-from-behind win over the Chiefs, the Colts hope their improbable run will continue against New England.

The Patriots looked mighty good to close out the regular season, thumping the Ravens 41-7 in Baltimore in Week 16 and then finishing with a 34-20 home win over Buffalo. For the year New England went a perfect 8-0 SU at Gillette Stadium.

With that in mind, it's no shock to see the Patriots favored by 7.5 points at most NFL betting sites. The O/U has dropped from an opening number of 53 to its current offering of 50.5.

With his NFL picks for this encounter, Jason Lake is going with Indianapolis against the spread and the UNDER. He believes the public will be all over New England and is wary of the square play, while that extra half-point is important. As for the total, Jason doesn't expect a shootout like the one we saw in Indy's win last weekend, so the UNDER is the way to go in his mind.


San Francisco 49ers vs. Carolina Panthers

Though the Panthers are the home team and have enjoyed a fantastic season thus far, they're enter Sunday's game as the underdogs in the NFL odds.

It's been quite a ride in terms of the line movement for this game. Carolina opened as a dog before the odds shifted to a pick'em, and now we find the Panthers getting a small number at most sportsbooks we've checked. For those interested in a total, the O/U has moved from 43.5 to 41.

Jason feels as if that tough road win over the Packers at a frigid Lambeau Field could have taken its toll on the 49ers, one of the reasons he believes there's good value on Carolina in this spot. Jordan Sharp likes the Panthers as well, mainly because of their terrific balance on both sides of the ball.

It's a low total for Sunday's contest, but Jason still likes the UNDER to hit. After all, these are two of the most dominant defenses in the NFL, suggesting points are really going to have to be earned.


San Diego Chargers vs. Denver Broncos

To close out the weekend, we'll have the Broncos and Chargers meeting up for the third time this season. Denver won in San Diego in Week 10 before the Broncos got their revenge in Week 15.

The odds are most certainly in Denver's favor for Sunday afternoon however. Peyton Manning and company are giving away nine points to the visitors, while the total's easily the highest of the entire playoff slate at 54.5.

Jason and Jordan are in agreement with their spread pick for this one. They both think San Diego will cover this large spread.

Meanwhile, Jason again likes the UNDER, despite the fact these two offenses know how to move the chains. San Diego will try to control the clock and keep Manning off the field as much as possible, meaning Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead and the running game will really need to step up.


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