2019 NFL Playoffs Divisional Round Betting Odds

2019 NFL Playoffs Divisional Round Betting Odds

The LA Chargers will look to shock New England on Sunday and the defending Super Bowl Champion Eagles get another shot at defending their crown against the odds-on favorite to win it all this year, the New Orleans Saints. It will be an exciting day of Football, as all four of these teams are hungry for success. The Eagles may be defending the title, but NO is trying to give Drew Breese another Lombardi trophy before he retires, LA is making its first playoff appearance since 2013, and New England needs another Super Bowl win in order to maintain that they are a dynasty. All in all, we should see top teams bring their best to the field on Sunday, which will make for some great football.

The first game of the day sees the Chargers take on the Patriots in New England. Although they are the 5th seed in the NFC coming into the matchup, the Chargers are still favored in this game (+4-110 spread, o47 ½ - 110 total, +170 money line) while the Patriots will be defending home field as underdogs (+4-110 spread, u47 ½ - 110 total, -200 money line).

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The good news for the Patriots is that they may have the kind of defense that is well suited to stifle the Charger offense. While Chargers QB Philip Rivers is one of the best deep ball throwers in the NFL, the Patriots boast one of the best long-ball defenses in the league. They rank second place at defending against passes that travel at least 16 yards in the air.

If the Chargers are unable to move the ball in the air, they will then have to rely on their running game, which may not be at 100% after top RB Melvin Gordon left the Wild Card game against the Ravens last week with a knee injury. He was not a full participant in practice this week, and his status for Sunday´s game is questionable.

Rivers is aware of the threat the Patriots defense poses to him and his team.

"The ability for them to be very multiple and do things very well and really you see how ... they do of trying to take away what you do best," he said.

Rivers has had two other playoff matchups against the Patriots in his career but has lost both of them. He will do his best not to make it three this weekend.

On the other side of the field, Tom Brady may be in the twilight of his career, but another Super Bowl win is not out of his realm of possibility. Throughout his career he has been known to be dangerous when he is most under threat, so coming into this game as an underdog should get his competitive juices running.

Fast forward to 4:40 pm Eastern time, and another great matchup comes our way with the defending champ Eagles taking on the mighty New Orleans Saints. The Eagles are coming off a one-point win in their wild-card game against the Bears, so they certainly have had their mettle tested, once again with backup QB Nick Foles leading the way. Foles did what he did best -get the ball away quickly- in that win and will look to benefit this week from a New Orleans defense that is not too terribly adept at pass rushing. Their defensive line is 26th in the league in pass rush win rate, only beating their blocks within 2.5 seconds 44% of the time.

New Orleans remains the favorite in this game, however (-8-110 spread, u51-110 total, -390 money line), and deservedly so as they finished the regular season at 13-3 and decimated the Eagles 48-7 early on in the season. They have a great all-around team that is capable on both sides of the ball. RB Alvin Kamara and WR Michael Thomas are especially dangerous, having combined for 2,288 total yards this year. Thomas finished the regular season as the league´s top receiver, pulling down 1,405 yards worth of passes.

However, this time around the Eagles are playing much better defensively, especially in the back end. The secondaries have been cohesive and helped the team down the stretch in the race for a wild-card spot. They have helped Philadelphia win six of the last seven games since that blowout against the Saints back in mid-November.

The underdog Eagles (+8-110 spread, o51-110 total, +320 money line) also are weak in their running game, having managed just 42 yards on 23 carries in last week’s game against the Bears. They are now going up against a Saints defense that finished the regular season ranked second in the league. So Foles will really have to be in top form if he hopes his team can get on the board enough to ward off Drew Breese and the Saints.