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NFL Playoff Predictions, Picks Against The Spread: Divisional Round 2015

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The second round of the 2015 NFL playoffs is about to start. Here are my suggestions when trying to beat Las Vegas.

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Before the next round of the 2015 NFL playoffs kicks off, I thought we'd have some fun by looking at the spreads for this week's edition of Divisional Round games. Here are my suggestions when trying to beat the spread. You can find all of today's NFL betting lines and more at the SB Nation odds page. Click here for a complete schedule of this weekend's games.

I finished the regular season with a record of: 104-124-6, which is pretty bad. Last week I went 2-2 ATS but 3-1 straight up.


Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots (-7): It's never a very smart idea to bet against the New England Patriots at home.  The Patriots are 16-1 SU in their last 17 home games and 12-5 ATS. History suggests that the Ravens won't just fold in New England, however. Baltimore most recently upset Bill Belichick's squad in 2013. I like John Harbaugh's team here with the points to cover, but I think New England will win. Pick: Ravens +7

Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks (-11): The Seahawks and Panthers played a close game earlier in the season when the game was in Carolina but I think things are going to be different this time around. The Seahawks weren't nearly as hot then as they are now. 11 points is a big spread but I like the Seahawks to cover because they're well rested and the Panthers have had to make the cross-country trip out west. The Seahawks are 28-2 SU in their last 30 games as double-digit favorites (but "only" 16-13-1 ATS). Pick: Seahawks -11

Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers (-6): Doesn't the line look a little low here? Only six points? Something's fishy. The Packers should be favored by more considering that they've been unstoppable at home in 2014 with a perfect 8-0 record. Then again, the Cowboys are 8-0 on the road, so something has to give. Aaron Rodgers is dealing with a calf injury but will play. How effective he'll be remains to be seen. Eagles fans aren't going to like to hear this but I have a feeling the Cowboys are going to inexplicably win this one. Maybe they'll have some help for the second straight week. Pick: Cowboys +6

Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos (-7): In the battle of Andrew Luck versus Peyton Manning, it's the veteran player who is a bigger question mark. Manning finished the season with only three touchdowns and six interceptions in his past four games. Manning is dealing with a thigh injury. The Broncos beat the Colts earlier this season but I think Luck will pull out a big win this time around. Pick: Colts +7

Who are you taking?