Our gambling guide to the best bets for the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffsGet the Full StoryAbbie Parr Getty Images
After an exciting weekend of Wild Card action, just eight teams remain in the battle to become Super Bowl champions.
More importantly for the gambling public, there's just seven games of professional football remaining before we have to resort to gambling on basketball and baseball as we wait for the 2018 preseason. Thankfully, as the slates get shorter, our gambling options grow far wider, with props and side bets available on every game remaining on the NFL schedule.
Last week we went 3-1 against the spread as every underdog was able to cover the number, with two of them winning outright. Unfortunately, our prop bet picks were slightly less successful, resulting in our winnings being cut down to a meager 65. That said, had Marcus Mariota completed one more pass and Tyrod Taylor gained just one more yard rushing, we'd be sitting pretty with 275 in our pockets. I'm not crying over lost wages, but rather trying to take comfort in the fact that it feels like we're trending in the right direction.
All that said, let's get to the bets for the Divisional Round! There's several intriguing matchups on the board and plenty of prop bets for those feeling lucky.
Below are our best bets for this weekend of NFL action. All lines come courtesy of the Las Vegas Hilton SuperBook.Atlanta Falcons -3 at Philadelphia Eagles Saturday, 4:35 p.m. ET
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The bet: Eagles 3 110 to win 100
The logic: I'm an Eagles fan by trade so take this with a grain of salt I won't deny I'm a homer when it comes to this team. The Eagles looked less than impressive in their past two games with Nick Foles at quarterback, but I have reason to believe their the right side in this one.
First off, Philadelphia has had two weeks to prepare for this game. Had the team looked good at the end of the season, I would fear that they come out looking rusty. Instead, I think they come out inspired with the extra reps Foles will hopefully look reasonable under center, and if the rest of the team can play strong around him, I don't see Foles throwing them out of the game.
But more importantly, I think the conversation around the Falcons heading into this game has become too comfortable. One win over a Rams team that hadn't seen the playoffs in ages and now everyone seems to think that the Falcons are destined for another trip to the Super Bowl. I don't buy it. Atlanta is a strong team, but they do have flaws. Plus, this might be my last chance of the season to bet a home underdog, and I'm not going to miss it.
Will Julio Jones score a touchdown?
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The bet: Yes, Julio Jones will score a touchdown 50 to win 75
The logic: I thought these odds were way too low at first, but looking at the numbers, Jones found the end zone in just two games throughout the entirety of the regular season. Still, I'm taking him to score in Philly on Saturday he was able to reel one in last week against the Rams, and it serves as a reasonable hedge should the Eagles fall apart.
Over Under 4.5 total sacks for both teams
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The bet: Over 4.5 total sacks 50 to win 60
The logic: Between the relative immobility of Nick Foles and the power of Philadelphia's defensive front, it feels like either team could get five sacks on their own in this one. Getting both teams combined feels like easy money.
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