The 2013 NFL playoff schedule continues this weekend, with the final four game weekend of the year. The Divisional Round of the postseason starts, meaning the top two seeds in each conference make their playoff debut, with all eight remaining teams looking for their chance to make the Conference Championship games.
Here is a look at each game, the current odds for that game, and how likely an upset is.
Current Favorite: Broncos by 10
The Broncos will likely come away with this win, and probably cover the spread as well. The Ravens are not the team from just a few years ago, though they will be playing with emotion as they try to extend Ray Lewis' final season. Peyton Manning is going to be too much for the Ravens in this game, and there's not a lot of chance for an upset in Denver this week.
Pick: Broncos 27-14
Current Favorite: 49ers by 3
That spread is probably exactly right. Either one of these two teams could advance, with the 49ers having the 3 point advantage based on playing at home. Are you going to bet against Aaron Rodgers, however? The 49ers, meanwhile, beat the Packers in Green Bay in Week 1, but these are two completely different teams 19 weeks later, especially the 49ers who are now quarterbacked by Colin Kaepernick instead of Alex Smith. There is a decent chance at an upset on Saturday night, but don't be surprised if the 49ers cover as well.
Pick: 49ers, 17-14
Current Favorite: Falcons by 3
The Falcons being favored by three points actually surprises me. This is the game that will most likely end up seeing the lower seed beat the higher seed this week. The match up for the Falcons against the Seahawks just does not look good for Atlanta. The Falcons cannot stop the run this year, and the Seahawks run the ball. The Seahawks defense can swarm all over the Falcons running game, a running game that has not been able to carry the team like in past years, and could make it a long day for the Falcons. This will probably be a Seahawks win, let alone beating the spread.
Pick: Seahawks, 28-17
Current Favorite: Patriots by 10
As we discussed earlier this week, this is probably the game featuring the best home field advantage, and the betting lines match that. Houston will be a tougher team for the Patriots to put away than the Houston team that showed up in Foxboro five weeks ago, and lost 42-14. The game will probably be closer than 10 points, but the Patriots should be heading for another AFC Championship game, likely featuring another Tom Brady and Peyton Manning match up.
Pick: Patriots, 31-27