NFL Picks: Ghosts of Playoffs Past to Haunt AFC Championship?

Swinging Johnson

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 8:32 PM GMT

Let's take a look at some stats from the vaults to see how the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots have performed against the odds in the past in hopes of helping you make your NFL picks.

NFL Picks: Patriots vs. Broncos Opening Odds Report

Denver Broncos

For the bettors who can't get enough stats, even if they are indeed irrelevant to the game at hand like how one team has fared versus another over the past ten years - say what?! Yeah, I know but there are guys who cling to the notion that the ghosts of seasons long past somehow have a bearing on the future. 

But below I will give you some recent stats on how the Broncos have been performing and if you think this may give you a compass as to which way you will navigate your NFL picks on the game between Denver and New England, well I am glad I could be of service. Here we go.

The Broncos have played four straight Unders in NFL odds.

The Broncos are 8-3 ATS over the past 11 games.

The Broncos are 2-7 ATS over their last nine playoff games.

The Broncos are 0-5 straight up and against the spread in their last five games against AFC East teams.

NFL Picks: Patriots vs. Broncos Betting the Spread

New England Patriots

The Pats will be in unfamiliar territory, from a betting perspective at least. They have been favored in their last 11 postseason games but that streak has been snapped as the oddsmakers pinned them initially as 6 ½ point dogs in many offshore shops but that number has dropped to as low as 4 ½ in NFL odds.

Brady embraced the news that his team was labeled as the underdogs on Sunday, "I know when we played Baltimore nobody picked us to win," Brady said. "I'm sure no one's going to pick us to win this week. We've had our backs against the wall for a while. Really, the whole season we've lost players, and teams have really counted us out...." The underdog Patriots are currently getting a five-point head start in most shops.

Patriots vs. Broncos: What Latest Gossip Means for your NFL Picks

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