NFL Divisional Round | Sunday Style
By: Joe Berra
Divisional Sunday is offering two great games, and more chances to make some money at America’s Bookie. With more and more options available to place wagers on, the sky is the limit. On top of straight bets on game spreads, totals and moneylines; you have options to bet on quarters, halves and adjusted lines.
And that’s just the start…prop bets will give you the opportunity to wager on team totals, team to score first, time of first score, first score of the game and things such as, will a team score 3 unanswered times or will there be a score in the last two minutes of the first half. That’s literally just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to NFL Playoff betting at the best offshore sportsbook. Go to America’s Bookie right now and see what else they have to offer. Let’s get to the game action, but before I do, have a look at Saturday’s action here at NFL Divisional Round | The Saturday Spread.
Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers
The first Sunday game (1:05 PM ET) sees the Seattle Seahawks (11-6, 8-8-1 ATS, 7-10-0 O/U) visit the Carolina Panthers (15-1, 11-5 ATS, 10-5-1 O/U) at Bank of America Stadium. As you can see from my NFL Early Lines | Divisional Round article, the money has slightly shifted the line in the Seahawks favor, who are now a 2-point road dog compared to the opening line of 3.
These two played in Week 6 this year, a game that saw QB Cam Newton rally his team from a 23-14 4th quarter deficit and score two touchdowns to win 27-23. Newton went 20/36 for 269 yards with a touchdown and two picks while Russell Wilson went 18/30 – 241 and a TD.
The Seahawks come in having won 9 of their last eleven, including a 10-9 win last week in Minnesota that for all intents and purpose should have been a loss after Blair Walsh missed a 27-yard field goal with less than a minute remaining…however, the Seahawks did win, and they’re in Carolina now, not the Vikings. The Panthers were one win away from a perfect 16-0 regular season record, losing to division rival Atlanta Falcons in Week 16.
The total has held steady since it opened at 44, which in my opinion may be the best bet. Although I don’t expect another 10-9 game, Seattle has gone UNDER in their last five games and these two have played to the UNDER in five out of the past 5 meetings in Carolina. I’m going to take the UNDER in a close one I expect the Panthers to win.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Denver Broncos
The Pittsburgh Steelers (11-6, 9-6-2 ATS, 6-11 O/U) are between a rock and a hard place when they climb up to Mile High to play the Denver Broncos (12-4, 8-8 ATS, 6-9-1 O/U) to close out the Divisional Round (4:40 PM ET).
The Steelers will be without wide receiver Antonio Brown who tied Julio Jones with the most receptions during the regular season with 136 and was second in receiving yards, also after Jones, with 1834. On top of that, they will be without running back DeAngelo Williams who filled in admirably for Le’Veon Bell after he went down with a season-ending knee injury. To make matters even worse, QB Ben Roethlisberger is dealing with torn ligaments in his throwing shoulder.
The Steelers have kept it close in all their games this year, with a 10-point loss in Kansas City being their worst of the season. Bottom line, the Steelers know how to ball and they always give themselves a chance to win. Their run defense ranks 5th in the league, allowing 91.2 yards/game and third in sacks with 48. If they can contain the run game and get some pressure on Peyton, they have a legitimate chance to pull off the upset.
Surprisingly, even after both Brown and Williams were ruled out, the line only changed from 6½ to 7½ with the number at 40½. I’m going to call up America’s Bookie and take the Steelers plus the 7½ and pour myself a nice glass of Johnny and water and enjoy my favorite weekend in football. Good luck everyone!
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