The Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs is, in the eyes of many, the best sports weekend on the calendar. Typically gone are the fringe playoff teams lucky to have made it, and only the elite remain. Two Divisional Round games will be played on Saturday, Jan. 22 and another two will take place on Sunday, Jan. 23. Divisional Round odds will be posted at sportsbooks as soon as matchups are set.
NFL Divisional Round odds
NFL Divisional Round odds have been posted by top US sportsbooks. Point Spreads, moneylines and over unders are available to bet on.
Early line betting strategy for NFL Divisional Weekend
If you are looking to bet the NFL Divisional round odds markets early on, keep an eye out for the opening lines dropping on Sunday, Jan. 16 and Monday, Jan. 17. As matchups become locked in, sportsbooks looking to cater to customers will provide early lines.
For example, the 49ers/Packers line was on the board about 15 minutes after the matchup became official.
These lines will be softer and more beatable than the later-week numbers. You will likely have better results if you bet early. Have a number in mind for each likely matchup, and be prepared when the line drops. Monitor Twitter and you’ll be able to see when this happens and react quickly with a bet if you see value.
Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers
These teams played back in Week 3 in San Francisco. The Packers raced out to a 10-point lead before the 49ers got back in the game in the second half.
The 49ers do have a notably strong matchup with their rush offense, which has been playing at a high level of late, against the Packers’ soft run defense.
However, it has proven difficult to win playoff games on the road at Lambeau Field over the years. The Packers did not lose any home games this year either.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. LA Rams
The Buccaneers will host the Rams in the second round of their Super Bowl defense. Back in Week 3, the Rams took a pretty convincing 34-24 home victory over the Bucs. Matt Stafford was basically flawless with 343 yards, 4 TDs and a QBR of 92.
However, he finished the season with a slump, throwing a flurry of interceptions. He played better against the Cardinals in the Wild Card round, but can he keep up this form?
Both defenses look to be in better shape than they were in that early matchup. The Bucs just got a number of starters back from injury and the Rams, of course, added pass rushing star Von Miller via trade during the season.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Buffalo Bills
The Bills and Chiefs meet once again after the Chiefs bounced Buffalo from the playoffs in dominant fashion in last year’s AFC Championship. The Bills returned the favor earlier this season in KC with a resounding 38-20 victory. Can they do it again?
The metrics will certainly tell you yes, with the Bills rated as the strongest team by a number of advanced stats. Both of these teams have the ability to take advantage of the other’s weak points.
With these two incredibly explosive offenses, it’s hard to see this being anything but a shootout, and appointment viewing.
Tennessee Titans vs. Cincinnati Bengals
One question surrounds this game. Will Titans RB Derrick Henry play, and if he does, will he be close to 100%?
The Titans are just a different team with Henry, as they raced out to the No. 1 seed with victories over bluebloods Kansas City and Buffalo. They managed to reclaim that seed late in the season when the Chiefs stumbled, but nobody is afraid of this team without Henry.
The Bengals, meanwhile, enter the game as hot as anyone. Joe Burrow has played at an MVP level to close the season, and they handled the Raiders with relative ease. The key going forward will be converting red zone chances. They kicked too many field goals against Las Vegas.
Postseason Round 2 schedule
Divisional Round time slots for 2022 have been locked in. Here is a look at the Divisional Round schedule.
- Tennessee vs. Cincinnati, Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ET
- Green Bay vs. San Francisco, Saturday, 8:15 p.m. ET
- Tampa Bay vs. LA Rams, Sunday, 3:05 p.m. ET
- Kansas City vs. Buffalo, Sunday, 6:40 p.m. ET
The winners of each game will advance to the Conference Championship round, which will be played on Sunday, Jan. 30.
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