With the Super Wild Card Round done and dusted for another NFL season, only eight teams remain as we work towards Super Bowl LVII. From kickoff in the first game to the final seconds of the fourth, the Divisional Round is shaping up as a beauty.

The Jacksonville Jaguars can’t afford to start in the same way they did in the Wild Card Round. Giving a rested and ready Kansas City Chiefs team the slightest head start will end badly.

The Jaguars enter this one as +8.5 and $3.90 underdogs. Given the form of their defence (horror first half last week aside), the +8.5 appeals. Underdogs cleaned up throughout the Wild Card Round and the Jaguars are positioned well to cover the spread in another close one after going 5-1 ATS in their last six games. For the Chiefs, this marks the 14th consecutive playoff game they will play as favourites – the longest in the NFL era. Seeing the Chiefs as favourites comes as no surprise. They’re favourites most weeks. What may be a surprise is Patrick Mahomes’ record as a favourite of 7+ points over the last three seasons: 11-18 for 38%.

Mahomes made an interesting point throughout the week about the intensity of the Jaguars right now while the Chiefs come in having watched from home last week:

Will being game-ready help the Jaguars keep it close or cause an upset?

Will having last week off help or hinder the highly-fancied Chiefs?

The Chiefs handled the Jaguars in Week 10, but Jacksonville has won seven of their eight games since then. While it’s difficult to look past the Chiefs to win as heavy favourites, the Jaguars have played well enough in recent weeks to suggest they can keep it close through to the end.

Tip: Handicap – Jaguars +8.5 @ $1.90

Daniel Jones will need to do it all over again if the New York Giants are to upset the Philadelphia Eagles as $3.60 and +7.5 underdogs. Superb last week for 301 passing yards, two touchdowns and 78 rushing yards, Jones led the Giants to an upset 31-24 win over the Minnesota Vikings. It’s the Giants’ first playoff win since 2012.

It’s a different challenge for the Giants this week, though. They come up against an Eagles outfit that is the only team in the NFL to rank inside the top three in both offence and defence. They do it on both sides of the ball and have done all season. The Giants know all too well of what the Eagles are capable of after being blown out by 26 points in December.

The Eagles are particularly strong in defending the pass. Their 179.8 passing yards allowed is the best mark in the NFL. Jones is coming off an outstanding rushing performance in the Wild Card Round while Saquon Barkley’s bounceback season translated into 109 yards from scrimmage along with two touchdowns last week. However, the Giants aren’t in the best form right now. They started the season well to get people excited before stumbling to the finish. They’re 3-5-1 in their last nine games…

While the Eagles stumbled a little bit themselves, they did so without Jalen Hurts for the most part while knowing their spot in the playoffs was under little threat.

The Giants can keep it close but this presents as a game for the Eagles to reignite their season. They’re 14-1 with Hurts behind centre and the expectation is for him to make it 15-1 this week. Barkley appeals as a touchdown scorer any time the Giants enter the red zone but the Eagles should win it relatively comfortably in the end.

Tip: Anytime Touchdown Scorer – Saquon Barkley @ $2.08

Both the Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills played out relatively close and competitive wins in the Wild Card Round. The Bengals pushed past the Baltimore Ravens 24-17 while the Buffalo Bills slogged out a 34-31 win over the Miami Dolphins.

The two wins made this one a battle of the winning streaks as the Bengals come into the Divisional Round on a nine-game winning streak while the Bills, ignoring the last time these two teams met, have won eight on the bounce. Buffalo is the team expected to extend their streak to be $1.44 and -5.5 favourites at the time of writing.

It’s no surprise to see the Total Score line up at 48.5 points. These two teams pile up points every week to both rank inside the top eight in the NFL in points scored per game, offensive yards per game and passing yards per game. However, the Under has come in throughout eight of Cincinnati’s last nine playoff games.

The Bengals’ +5.5 line will appeal to those following the trends. Cinncy’s 12-4-1 record against the spread this season is far superior to Buffalo’s 8-8-1. Josh Allen’s turnover issues of late is another factor. We can trust Allen to produce a handful of highlight reel plays and generate points. He has been turning the ball over a lot, though. Just last week he registered two interceptions and three fumbles. It’s the sort of player he is, and while he can put a team to the sword, Allen also provides the opposition chances to strike back. Expect Joe Burrow to take enough of those chances to strike to keep the game close.

Tip: Tri-Bet – Either Team 7 or Less @ $2.03

It was all a little bit too easy for the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers in the Wild Card Round.

The 49ers pulled away in the second half to end up thrashing the Seattle Seahawks 41-23. Later in the round, the Cowboys cruised out to an early lead over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and never looked back to win 31-14.

For the 49ers, it’s not a lot different to what we’ve seen for a while now. They’ve won 11 games in a row while Brock Purdy looks every bit like a quality NFL quarterback. It is being made possible by a versatile offence and elite defence. The Cowboys, on the other hand, have struggled at times. Dak Prescott has turned the ball over too often recently which has put a lot of pressure on a defence that hasn’t kept up with its early-season form.

In what is expected to be a close game, Cowboys kicker Brett Maher’s struggles could prove pivotal down the stretch, too.

Defence wins championships, and the 49ers are on the second line of betting in the Super Bowl LVII market at $5.50 for a reason. They’re excellent on that side of the ball and will be putting Prescott under pressure all night. In return, an offence led by Deebo Samuel, Christian McCaffrey and George Kittle will apply pressure back the other way.

Shaun King, Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Flacco, Mark Sanchez are the only four rookie quarterbacks to make it through to the conference title game. If Purdy can continue to put the top-shelf offensive players around him into good positions, he looks good to be the fifth.

Tip: Half-time/Full-time – 49ers/49ers @ $2.20