I’ve been studying the ‘total’ for the NFL Playoffs odds for quite some time, and I’m ready to make my Divisional Round picks for the clash between the Denver Broncos and the Baltimore Ravens. The Baltimore vs. Denver kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m. ET at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, and I’m going to show you which way to bet on the NFL playoffs to make your NFL pick on for this great game.
Divisional Round Playoff Picks
Baltimore Ravens (11-6, 7-9-1 ATS) +9
Denver Broncos (13-3, 10-6 ATS) -9
When the Ravens and the Broncos met the first time around a month ago, the end result really wasn’t all that pretty for Baltimore. The only reason this game exceeded the ‘total’ was because QB Joe Flacco hooked up with TE Dennis Pitta for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. However, there are definitely some reasons to believe that this could be a high scoring game. There were four touchdowns that covered at least 30 yards and three of those went for at least 50 yards. Yet for some reason, the oddsmakers have dropped the ‘total’ in this game from the 48 that it was listed at four weeks ago to 45.5 in this one at Mile High.
I know that the Broncos have a great defense, and I know all about Baltimore’s offense has had some problems here in the playoffs historically. I also know that last week, the Ravens defense held the Indianapolis Colts to just three field goals. However, the Colts did end up putting up 25 first downs and 419 total yards from scrimmage, and that doesn’t bode well against a significantly better team on the road. QB Peyton Manning has been out of this world this year, and if you take away his very first two games playing with the Broncos and prorated that over the course of the rest of the season, he would have thrown for 4,760 yards and 39 TDs against nine picks. He threw for at least three touchdown passes nine times this year, and he threw for at least 300 yards nine times as well. Not surprisingly, there were at least 34 points scored in each of the last three games this year, and in 11 games this year, Manning led his team to at least 30 points.
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The Broncos went 6-2-1 for ‘over’ bettors in their last nine games, and both of their games in the playoffs last year eclipsed the ‘total’ with relative ease as well. Baltimore should have allowed just a ton more points last week against the Colts, and it isn’t going to get away with that on Saturday at Mile High. As long as QB Joe Flacco and the gang find a way to put at least 14 on the board, I’ve got confidence that this game is going to get past the ‘total’.
Baltimore vs. Denver Picks & Tips: Over 45.5