NFL playoff betting heads to divisional round

By: Sports Interaction | Friday, January 14, 2011
Mark Sanchez

Mark Sanchez and the Jets are big underdogs at the New England Patriots.

Baltimore’s visit to Pittsburgh is the standout matchup of the four games. How could it not be? Everything that people love about football will be there, and nobody will leave anything behind them on the field. These guys give their all.

Pittsburgh is a three-point favorite with home-field advantage. So much is similar about the teams – similar smash ‘em up, blue-collar football mindsets, tough defense, no frills offense. Baltimore has an advantage over the Pittsburgh offensive line, Pittsburgh has a definite edge at quarterback.

And that’s what will make the difference in the game. Ben Roethlisberger is able to make plays that Joe Flacco can’t, and can take a beating better than Flacco if the pocket collapses. Roethlisberger delivers under pressure. Pittsburgh minus three against Baltimore with Sports Interaction is the pick.

Green Bay plus 2½ is a line that shows how public a team Green Bay is currently, and there was some speculation during the week that a lot of money would go on Green Bay. But that hasn’t happened, as people remember everything that Atlanta has achieved this year.

Atlanta is a very solid team in so many areas, enjoys home-field advantage and, if the Falcons can control the ball and limit Aaron Rodgers’ time on the field, the Falcons can march on to the NFC Championship Game. Atlanta minus 2½ against Green Bay is the pick.

Seattle enjoyed one of the great wins in postseason history when it beat New Orleans last weekend, but the Seahawks will be hard-pushed to emulate that this weekend at Soldier Field.

One of Seattle’s two road wins was at Chicago this year but the Bears are protecting Jay Cutler better now. Equally, the danger of under-estimating Seattle is clear and present to the Bears, and you can expect them to respond accordingly. Chicago minus 10 against Seattle with Sports Interaction is the pick.

Finally, the Jets’ visit to Foxboro is a contrast in styles in every way. The brash, trash-talking Jets against the say-nothing and get-on-with-it Patriots. Nine is quite a big number to cover and it’s happened in the past that when a team hammers another, like the Patriots hammered the Jets in Week 13, history doesn’t repeat.

However, there is a clear gulf in ability between Tom Brady and Mark Sanchez. The Patriots have not been noted in the Bill Belichick era for an aversion to running up the score and they might not like the bulletin board material coming from New York this week. New England minus nine against the New York Jets with Sports Interaction is the final pick of the week.

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