NFL Divisional Playoffs Opening Lines and Spreads

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FILE - Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers looks to throw during the first half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis, in this Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, file photo. Rogers was selected Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, for The Associated Press NFL All-Pro Team. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
  • Opening lines have been posted for the four Divisional round games of the NFL Playoffs
  • The defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs are 10-point favorites over the Cleveland Browns
  • All the odds, lines and spreads can be found below

The matchups are set for the Divisional round of the NFL Playoffs.

In the NFC, the top-seeded Green Bay Packers will host the sixth-seeded Los Angeles Rams on Saturday while the fifth-seeded Tampa Bay Buccaneers will visit the second-seeded New Orleans Saints on Sunday night.

In the AFC, the second-seeded Buffalo Bills will host the fifth-seeded Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night and the sixth-seeded Cleveland Browns will travel to the top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Here are the opening lines for those games in the latest NFL odds.

NFL Divisional Playoffs Opening Lines

Team Moneyline Spread Over/Under
Los Angels Rams +265 +7 (-110) Over 46.5 (-110)
Green Bay Packers -330 -7 (-110) Under 46.5 (-110)
Team Moneyline Spread Over/Under
Baltimore Ravens +118 +3 (-128) Over 49.5 (-110)
Buffalo Bills -142 -3 (+104) Under 49.5 (-110)
Team Moneyline Spread Over/Under
Cleveland Browns +385 +10 (-110) Over 55.5 (-110)
Kansas City Chiefs -500 -10 (-110) Under 55.5 (-110)
Team Moneyline Spread Over/Under
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +146 +3 (-106) Over 49.5 (-114)
New Orleans Saints -174 -3 (-114) Under 49.5 (-106)

Odds taken Jan. 10 from FanDuel

Packers TD Pick

Not surprisingly, the Packers are the bigger favorite in the two NFC games at seven points. The Packers went 13-3 in the regular season while the Rams had a 10-6 record.

The Rams notched a 30-20 road win over the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday in a wild card game, pulling the upset as three-point underdogs. Rookie Cam Akers rushed for 131 yards a touchdown to lead the Rams.

The top defense in the NFL slowed down the Seahawks’ offense, the highlight being Darious Williams intercepting Russell Wilson and returning it 42 yards for a touchdown.

The Packers and Rams last met in 2018. The Rams won 29-27 as 7.5-point home favorites.

The over/under is 46.5 points.

Saints Favored Again

The Saints (13-4) opened as a three-point favorites over the Buccaneers (12-5) after sweeping Tampa Bay in the regular season.

Tom Brady had a fine playoff debut for the Buccaneers in their 31-23 win at Washington in a wild card game on Saturday night. He threw for 381 yards and two touchdowns in his 42nd postseason start. The Buccaneers did not cover as 10-point favorites.

This was the 43-year-old Brady’s first playoff game with a team other than the New England Patriots. He showed he still has arm strength as his 36-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown was his longest scoring throw in the postseason since 2011.

The Saints advanced with a 21-9 victory over the visiting Chicago Bears in a wild card game Sunday as 11-point favorites. Drew Brees, who turns 42 this week, completed 28 of 39 passes for 265 with touchdowns to Michael Thomas and Latavius Murray.

Alvin Kamara rushed for 99 yards and a TD. He missed last week’s regular-season finale and did not practice in advance of facing the Bears after testing positive for COVID-19.

Kamara got slimed after his score.

The Saints and Buccaneers met twice during the regular season in NFC South matchups with New Orleans winning both – 34-23 in Week 1 at home as a four-point favorite and 38-3 in Week 9 at Tampa as a three-point underdog.

This game has the higher total of the NFC games at 49.5.

Bills Picked by a FG

The Bills are three-point favorites over the Colts with a 49.5-point total.

The Bills (14-3) earned their first playoff win in 25 years Saturday when they beat the Indianapolis Colts 27-24 at home in their Wild Card game, though Buffalo did not cover the seven-point spread.

Josh Allen threw for two touchdowns and ran for another. He passed for 324 yards, connecting on scoring strikes of five yards to Dawson Knox and 35 yards to Stefon Diggs.

The Ravens (12-5) beat the Tennessee Titans 20-13 on the road on Sunday in a wild card game as 3.5-point favorites.

Lamar Jackson rushed for 136 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown, and threw for 179 as the Ravens rallied from 10 points down.

The Ravens also held the Titans to the lowest point total of the season while shutting down Derrick Henry. The NFL’s leading rusher was held to 40 yards on 18 carries.

The teams did not meet this season, but the Ravens earned a 24-17 win over the Bills in 2019 in Baltimore.

Chiefs Big Favorites

Though the Browns knocked off the Pittsburgh Steelers 48-37 as five-point road underdogs on Sunday night in an AFC Wild Card game for their first playoff in 26 years, they are 10-point dogs against the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs in Kansas City.

Baker Mayfield threw for 263 yards and three touchdowns, including a 40-yard score to Nick Chubb on a screen pass. The Browns also intercepted Ben Roethlisberger four times.

The 55.5-point total is the highest of the four division round games.

The teams last played in 2018 with the Chiefs winning 37-21 in Cleveland as 7.5-point favorites.

Line Movement?

Though the Packers are the top seed, the seven-point line seems a tad high. If bettors do believe defense does indeed still win championships, then money is likely to go the Rams’ way and the spread will go down a bit.

The three-point spread in the Bills-Ravens game could also shrink as various power rankings have Baltimore higher than Buffalo.

Meanwhile, the Saints-Buccaneers and Chiefs-Browns lines seem pretty much on the mark.

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