NFL Playoff Picks Against The Spread 2018: Predictions ATS For Divisional Games

NFL Playoff Picks Against The Spread 2018: Predictions ATS For Divisional Games

The Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints and Pittsburgh Steelers all have a top-10 defense per Football Outsiders' Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, which measures a team's efficiency by comparing success on every play to a league average based on situation and opponent.

But the veterans conquering the newbies wasn't the narrative in the other three Wild Card matchups. Despite losing their starting running back (Dalvin Cook) and starting quarterback (Sam Bradford) to injury, the purple and gold are once again on the precipice of greatness and looking to becoming the first team in National Football League history to host the Super Bowl.

Apparently, the Falcons are starting to find believers because they are favored on the road at Philadelphia on Saturday in the NFC divisional round, although this likely due largely to Carson Wentz's absence. The Eagles will be without Carson Wentz, relying on Nick Foles in their first playoff game. That should give Matt Ryan problems, especially on the road in cold weather. Only former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana had a longer streak with eight games.

Preview : The Titans are coming off a big win over the Kansas City Chiefs. If they get into a 21-3 hole against the Patriots at Gillette Stadium, there probably won't be any digging out of it.

Prediction : New England Patriots win by 17+.

This pass was ultimately caught by Marcus Mariota himself for a touchdown to start the comeback for the Titans
This pass was ultimately caught by Marcus Mariota himself for a touchdown to start the comeback for the Titans

If defense wins championships, five of this week's teams have a good chance at winning the Super Bowl. The Titans are easily the worst team still alive in the playoffs, and the Patriots are still the Super Bowl favorites with the MVP at quarterback and a defense that finished the regular season fifth in points allowed.

New England will be rested and probably annoyed by the widely disputed report of turmoil within the organisation.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be out to prove that 30-9 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 5 was a fluke. He's a game maker and back breaker.

The Steelers reportedly have Antonio Brown back.THIS IS HUGE!

This might be the best game of the weekend and is also a rematch of sorts from a regular-season game. The Vikings also look different after quarterback Sam Bradford and rookie running back Dalvin Cook were lost to knee injuries. The Minnesota Vikings and quarterback Case Keenum have been proving doubters wrong all year long on their march to a 13-3 record. Minnesota has the NFL's No.1 ranked defense and an offense that's 10th in points scored, while New Orleans has the No.2 offense with a defense that's 10th in points allowed.

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