The NFL’s Divisional Round is in the books leaving the Saints, Rams, Patriots and Chiefs to battle it out for a place in Super Bowl LIII.
Here’s how the round looked for punters:
Chiefs And Patriots Do It Easy
There were plenty of punters excited about the Colts and Chargers in the build-up to this week. In the end, those same punters were counting their losses early.
The Chiefs got out to a 17-0 lead and never looked like losing from there. Likewise, Tom Brady got off to a flier which saw the Patriots head into halftime up 35-7.
Patriots hang 35 points on the Chargers in the 1st half
31 points (Chiefs) was the previous high in the playoffs this season.
New England just did it in one half. pic.twitter.com/ZIdppc2USm
— The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) January 13, 2019
Punters now have another decision: who wins next week?
The Chiefs have opened as $1.61 and -3 favourites to send Brady and the Patriots home one game short of the big one. Can you bet against Brady, though? Those that have in the past have been burned time and time again.
Saints Sneak Home
It didn’t come quite as easy as most thought it would, but the Saints got home in the end. With the Eagles building a 14-0 lead, it looked as though the game might get away from the Saints. However, Drew Brees was having none of it. He found 301 yards in the air while throwing two touchdowns. One went to Michael Thomas who also had 171 receiving yards. It was a far from convincing win, but it hasn’t stopped our traders pegging them as significant favourites in the NFC Championship.
Some key Saints got the job done:
Brees: 301 yards, 2 TDs
Thomas: 12 receptions, 171 yards, TD
Kamara: 71 rushing yards, 35 receiving yards
Moving on. pic.twitter.com/COuqRQ0RNY
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) January 14, 2019
The Saints have opened at $1.56 and -3 to account for the Rams who put on a decent show to beat the Cowboys 30-22. Keeping Ezekiel Elliott to fewer than 50 rushing yards is no mean feat but it doesn’t get much easier for the Rams who now have Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram III to deal with.
Super Bowl Odds Update
They may not have looked the best in the last round, but the Saints are still the favourites to lift the Vince Lombardi Trophy at $2.70. Favourites to advance next week, the Chiefs are on the second line of betting at $3.70.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 14, 2019