2011 NFL Divisional Playoff Lines – Divisional Round Odds Breakdown

Last Updated: January 11th, 2011 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist)

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The NFL playoffs are officially in full swing, and we only have eight teams that are left trying to beat the Super Bowl odds to claim the Lombardi Trophy.

In the first playoff tussle in the second round of the postseason, the Baltimore Ravens are going to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers. These two divisional rivals really hate each other, and it should show on the field on Saturday afternoon at 4:30 ET. The Ravens and Steelers each won on the other’s home field over the course of the regular season, and this will be the decisive battle to determine who will represent the division in the AFC Championship Game next week. This game will be one that is won by a defense, as it demonstrated by the fact that the ‘total’ has only been set at 36.5. However, if recent history is any indication, this isn’t a number that is truly low enough. However, both teams are throwing the ball more this year than they have in a lot of years in recent history, and there might be a lot more deep passing threats than you think. The oddsmakers remember that these two teams were only separated by three points in both of their first two meetings, and they have very appropriately made the hosts favorites on the NFL playoffs odds by 3.5 points.

You can bet that both of these teams are going to be rooting like all heck for the New York Jets this week. If they beat the New England Patriots in Foxboro, the AFC Championship Game will be played at either Heinz Field or M&T Bank Stadium next week.

These two AFC East foes hate each other about as much as the two combatants from the AFC North. Head Coach Rex Ryan and Head Coach Bill Belichick have a very deep history that goes back two years. The home team has won all four meetings of these teams since Ryan has taken over, but the one that really stings in the memory banks for the men in green and white was the 45-3 beat down in which nothing went right here at Gillette Stadium just six weeks ago. QB Tom Brady is most likely the league’s MVP this year, but he could be without one of his top targets, rookie TE Aaron Hernandez. Still, this is an offense that has scored at least 31 points in eight straight games, and it will be tough to stop. There’s a reason that the oddsmakers have lined the hosts as nine point favorites on the opening lines.

The Atlanta Falcons have to be wondering what they did to deserve this. They are playing their first game ever as the top seed in the NFC Playoffs, and they are subject to taking on one of the hottest teams in the league, the Green Bay Packers. The Pack did their job last week, hanging on at the death to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 21-16, and they now advance to the Divisional Round of the playoffs. RB James Starks is apparently going to be the man carrying the rock on a regular basis, as he had the second most yards on the ground in the first round of the playoffs with 123. The Falcons have a fantastic ground defense though, and QB Aaron Rodgers is going to have to play some big time ball to survive the trip to the Georgia Dome. The hosts are only favored by a single point, insinuating that the visitors are the better team even though they were the last team that made it into the playoffs this year in the NFC.

Finally, the biggest shocker still standing in the playoffs, the Seattle Seahawks, are going to be heading to a site that they already know they can win at, Soldier Field. They took down the Chicago Bears 23-20 in Week 6, and little did anyone know that they would be making a return trip in January. Things absolutely could not have worked out any better for the Bears, as they have gotten the most favorable draw that they have had since they were in the Super Bowl. QB Matt Hasselbeck was revived last week, while RB Marshawn Lynch made a fantastic, bust out performance for the Seahawks. They say that it takes everything that you’ve got to beat the champions, but Seattle is hoping that that just isn’t the case. The pro football odds are clearly stacked against the Seahawks here in the Windy City. In spite of the fact that they won this game as six point underdogs several weeks ago, they are 9.5 point underdogs on Sunday.

2011 NFL Divisional Round Odds @ Oddsmaker Sportsbook (as of 1/9/11):
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NFL Playoff Lines for Saturday, 1/15/10

109 Baltimore Ravens +3.5
110 Pittsburgh Steelers -3.5
Over/Under 36.5

111 Green Bay Packers +1
112 Atlanta Falcons -1
Over/Under 45.5

NFL Divisional Round Lines for Sunday, 1/16/10

113 Seattle Seahawks +9.5
114 Chicago Bears +9.5
Over/Under 40

115 New York Jets +9
116 New England Patriots -9
Over/Under 45.5

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