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Each week we will provide a betting trend for every NFL game. Some trends will be team specific and others situational. Our database goes back to 2003, the trends include all games in that time frame unless otherwise mentioned.
Texans (-3.5) vs. Raiders
The quarterback situation for Oakland is a mess. The team will be forced to start either Matt McGloin or Connor Cook. Neither option is appealing but luckily for the Raiders, the Texans are in a similar situation.
Tom Savage is in the NFL concussion protocol meaning Houston might be forced to start Brock Osweiler who they benched in Week 15 for poor play. This game could be ugly and will likely be decided by the defenses.
Seahawks (-8) vs. Lions
Touchdown underdogs in the playoffs have performed well against-the-spread but the Lions haven’t had much success winning postseason games. The team’s last victory in the playoffs came in 1991 and the last time the franchise won a road playoff game was 1957.
Russell Wilson is very good against-the-spread when the public bets against him. The quarterback is also undefeated at home in the playoffs and will be facing an exploitable Lions’ secondary.
Steelers (-10) vs. Dolphins
Pittsburgh is looking to win just its second playoff game since 2011. With quarterback issues plaguing the other challengers in the AFC, the Steelers are setup to make a deep postseason run with one of the most talented offenses in the league.
This is Miami’s first trip to the playoffs since 2008. Matt Moore has played nine seasons but has never taken a playoff snap before. If the Dolphins are to compete with the Steelers, Jay Ajayi will need to have success on the ground.
Packers (-4.5) vs. Giants
Aaron Rodgers has thrown an NFL-best 40 touchdowns this season with just seven interceptions. The Packers, winners of six straight, are the hottest team in football and already beat the Giants once this season.
Eli Manning hasn’t played his best football this season but Giants fans will be confident when New York goes to Lambeau on Sunday. Eli has won both his playoff starts in Green Bay including his last in 2011 en route to the team’s most recent Super Bowl.
2016-17 NFL Playoffs
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