The NFL’s wild card round did not disappoint as three of the four games were decided by less than a touchdown. Now we look ahead to the divisional round with points aplenty on the forecast.
The divisional round is set! pic.twitter.com/tKO4z3jNFv
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 7, 2019
Texans Don’t Turn Up
It was the only dud of the round as the Texans came out half asleep, allowing Andrew Luck and the Colts to fly out of the blocks for a 21-0 lead. While the quickfire 21 points got the Colts off to a good start, it’s conceding just seven points on the road that is the most encouraging aspect of the game. Up against the highest scoring team in the NFL and $2.40 favourites to win the AFC in the Chiefs, it’s defence that will get the Colts through to the Conference Championship.
Cowboys Keep Riding
Some may say the Cowboys rely on them too much, but Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott got the job done. Prescott threw for 226 yards and a touchdown while rushing one in himself with Elliott adding a barnstorming 137 rushing yards and a touchdown in the 24-22 win over the Seahawks. Now, they prepare to face a somewhat stumbling Rams side.
The matchup is set.
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) January 7, 2019
The Rams are on the second line of betting to win the NFC at $2.50. However, they’ve not been at their best to finish the season. Following back-to-back losses, the Rams were pushed further than many expected against the Cardinals and 49ers in the last two weeks. Perhaps the week off will do the trick. If not, Prescott and Elliot may have a chance to pull off the upset.
The Ravens gave it a decent crack, but in the end, it was too little too late. Phillip Rivers and the Chargers did enough to secure the 23-17 win to book a place in the divisional round against last years Superbowl losing Patriots.
Revenge ✅ pic.twitter.com/JsdmGDBmAp
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) January 6, 2019
It’s not been an easy season for Tom Brady and the Patriots. Cracks have begun to show but our traders have every faith they’ll find their groove, as they do, at this time of year. They’re on the second line of betting to win the AFC at $3 with the Chargers on the third at $5.
Bears Season Ends In Heartbreak
All Cody Parkey wants to do is go home to see his wife and his dog. A dog he knows won’t judge him for missing the field goal that would have locked the Bears into a date with the $3.40 Superbowl favourites in the Saints. He hit it first crack, but a timeout just before the play iced him and Parkey was forced to kick another. The second didn’t go quite as well.
With a hint of a deflection off the defence, the ball hit the upright before falling down onto the crossbar and bouncing back into the field of play.
KICKER IS ICED! #Bears kicker who has missed more kicks this year than anyone else nails the first kick then misses the one that counts … Enjoy the win #Eagles!!! #PHIvsCHI 16-15 pic.twitter.com/7gxfjP9ZHJ
— Steven Van Over (@StevenVanOver) January 7, 2019
Just like that, the defending Superbowl champion Eagles avoided heartbreak and are now at $9 to win their next two games to win the NFC.