Just as the underdogs handled business against the spread (ATS) in the regular season, they continued to cash winning tickets in the 1st round of the NFL playoffs.
Before taking a look at SportsbookWire staff’s Divisional Round picks, here’s a recap of what happened during the 6-game Wild Card Weekend.
Underdogs went 4-2 ATS with the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants winning outright. The Jaguars, who were getting 2 points at home, rallied from a 27-point deficit to upset the Los Angeles Chargers 31-30, while the 2.5-point road underdog Giants knocked off the Minnesota Vikings 31-24.
The 2 dogs who covered in defeats were the Miami Dolphins and the Baltimore Ravens. Miami, a 14-point road underdog almost stunned the Buffalo Bills in a 34-31 loss, while Baltimore was a 7.5-point underdog in a 24-17 loss at the Cincinnati Bengals.
The 2 favorites to cover were the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys. San Francisco covered as a 10-point home favorite in a 42-23 victory over the Seattle Seahawks, and Dallas won at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-14 as a 2.5-point favorite.
Overs went 5-1 as the Dallas-Tampa Bay game was the only Under winner.
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The Divisional Round schedule (all games ET):
- Jaguars (10-8) at Chiefs (14-3), 4:30 p.m. (NBC)
- Giants (10-7-1) at Eagles (14-3), 8:15 p.m. (FOX)
- Bengals (13-4) at Bills (14-3), 3 p.m. (CBS)
- Cowboys (13-5) at 49ers (14-4), 6:30 p.m. (FOX)
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