The Saints and Falcons both jumped ahead of the Eagles after Wild-Card Weekend, while the Vikings have remained the favorites since the end of the regular season. The rest of his team will just need to be on its A game.
The Vikings defense will seemingly match-up well against the Saints offense but it will depend on how well the Saints running back core hold up. Overall, the Eagles have won seven of their last home games against Atlanta, including a 24-15 victory past year. But remember back to week 1 and who was the Saints number two back behind Mark Ingram? They have not lost two straight home playoff games since doing so in 1988 against the Washington Redskins and 1993 against the Chicago Bears. Meanwhile, the Saints are 1-6 all time on the road in the playoffs.
For more perspective on line value, consider the Rams closed as a 6-point favorite at home against the Falcons last weekend and as the underdog at home against the Eagles in Week 14.
"Now it's all about preparing the best way I can and trying to help my team win this next game". Jacksonville could pull off the upset in Pittsburgh if they can run the ball and cover Pittsburgh's fast receivers.
Tennessee improbably came back against the Chiefslast week, earning a date against the defending Super Bowl champs. Headed into the playoffs, the Titans were bland at everything, but with Henry as the go-to back, the running game is terrifying. Back in Week 5, Doug Marrone's team went to the Steel City and handed the current AFC North champions a 30-9 loss in which Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger produced more interceptions (5) than touchdowns (0).
What more can be said of New England's offense? Since 1999, only one other tight end has more than four in the postseason (Vernon Davis - 7). The argument for the Titans pulling the upset is that Mariota is becoming a gritty quarterback who catches his own touch downs, throws game winning blocks and can win playoff games on the road. The Vikings had Keenum run play-action 29 percent of the time in 2017, just a fraction of a percentage point lower than Jared Goff for the highest rate in the National Football League, which helped boost his passer rating from 92.8 to 111.8 on those attempts. But in keeping with the theme of the week the Eagles boast the league's #5 defense, leaving the Falcons' #22 unit in the dust and mitigating the Matt Ryan vs. Nick Foles factor. The Titans were outscored by their opponents this season and are lucky just to be in the playoffs.
Ryan has recorded a passer rating of at least 100 or more in five consecutive games, the second longest streak in National Football League history. The odds are not in their favor to turn things around this week.
In fact, the Texans (and Jaguars) have the third-best odds in the AFC despite coming off a 4-12 record. It's been reported that Chris Hogan and Kyle Van Noy will play and that could be huge, as is the possible return of Rex Burkhead.
Divisional round games continue on Sunday with the AFC North champion Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3), who like the Patriots and Eagles had a first-round bye, hosting AFC South victor Jacksonville Jaguars (11-6). If anything, their defense was underrated because many were focusing on Wentz's excellence during the regular season.
STEELERS -7 over JaguarsLast week, Blake Bortles ran for 88 yards and threw for 87 yards, and it was as butt ugly as that sentence indicates.