In this season’s final edition of NFL ‘Hot and Not’ for BetAnySports, we already know which four
teams are the hottest heading into this Sunday’s conference championship matchups in the
AFC at 3:05 p.m. on CBS and at 6:40 p.m. on FOX for the final showdown in the NFC.
As part of a 7-1 record against the spread through the first two rounds of the playoffs,
Jacksonville was one of those underdogs that put money in the pocket of anyone riding this
trend. After failing to cover as 8.5-point home favorites in a tight 10-3 victory against Buffalo in
the Wild Card Round, the Jaguars advanced to AFC Championship by taking care of business
on the road as seven-point underdogs with a wild 45-42 victory against Pittsburgh.
The New England Patriots closed as heavy 13.5-point home favorites in their postseason debut
on Saturday night and they became the only team to buck this trend with a 35-14 victory against
Tennessee. The Patriots define hot with an 11-2 run ATS over their last 13 games. They are
currently favored by 9.5 points at BetAnySports for Sunday’s game and the total line has been
set at 46.5 points.
New England has a perfect 5-0 straight-up record in its last five home games against
Jacksonville and it is 5-1 ATS in its last six home games against the Jaguars.
In the wildest playoff game in recent memory, the Minnesota Vikings blew an early 17-point lead
to still go on and beat New Orleans 29-24 on a last-second 61-yard touchdown catch by Stefon
Diggs. The Vikings failed to cover as 5.5-point home favorites in that game after taking a knee
when it came to kicking the extra point. They will now go on the road to face Philadelphia as
3.5-point favorites. The total line for this NFC title clash has been set rather low at 38 points.
The Eagles have been the ultimate underdogs as the top seed in the conference. No Carson
Wentz at quarterback, no problem as they knocked off Atlanta 15-10 last Saturday as 2.5-point
home underdogs in this Divisional Round matchup. The defense rose to the occasion by
keeping the Falcons out of the end zone on a potential game winning drive with time running out
in the fourth quarter.
Philadelphia has the clear edge in the betting trends for this matchup with a 7-1 record both SU
and ATS in its last eight home games against Minnesota.