Sunday NFL playoff odds have Saints, Patriots as favourites

Arnold Nichols
January 14, 2019

While Andrew Luck did not come through last week, largely due to game script in the Colts' blowout win, he looks like a solid bounce-back candidate against the Chiefs.

With the emphatic victory, the Chiefs buried their many playoff demons.

"This is where Dallas's season ends". But Tom Brady is a ideal 7-0 against Chargers' quarterback Philip Rivers. Much will rely on how Philadelphia's defense does here, but Foles needs to keep his team in the game at the very least.

Crunching the numbers, our projections have Luck slated for 316.82 passing yards, which gives him slightly more than 11 yards of value on his player prop. Well, if you read the last article that I wrote, you might remember how high I was on the Chargers beating the Ravens in Baltimore. If the Chargers can turn in another stifling defensive performance, their odds are good.

"Playing a game of that magnitude in a stadium that small is a big issue to a lot of people around here", one league source said of Dignity Health Sports Park, via CBS Sports. And now it could be the setting for Prescott to reach something Romo never could: an NFC championship game.

The sources said that the move could happen if the Rams don't advance to the NFC Championship Game and the Chargers do advance.

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid gestures during the first half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Kansas City Mo

There are two factors in play here. In his first playoff win, the third-year quarterback completed 15 of 28 passes for 186 yards. This pick could be the difference between winning your NFL Playoff Challenge pool or going home with nothing.

"I think, really, you could look at it where if you want to maintain your rhythm and your routine and being able to play - it's been a couple weeks off - but I think the players would say that the rest is definitely the best way to go", Rams coach Sean McVay says. If the Colts start well, things could get hot under the collar. Mahomes completed 66 percent of his passes for 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns while leading the Chiefs to a 12-4 record during the regular season, which made him the first Big 12 quarterback to win more than 10 games in an National Football League season. They have lost four out of five to Drew Brees and his men. Dallas simply runs out of time and firepower to keep up in this one. Again, it sounds nuts - they started 1-5! - but have been red hot ever since, and have now won 10 of their last 11, including last Saturday's thorough dismantling of the Texans.

I have had this debate with myself all week, but the decision has been made, this week I'm taking Drew Brees at home over the first playoff game of Patrick Mahomes. The Patriots are near flawless at home and the Chargers are near ideal, 8-1, on the road.

The rookie ended up leading all tacklers in the game, tallying 14 total, 10 solo and one for a loss of yardage. QB Andrew Luck is a possible Comeback Player of the Year candidate, after missing last season with a shoulder injury.

Dallas' elite linebacking corps suffocated the Seattle Seahawks' run-heavy attack in Arlington last Saturday night, but key changes in venue and opposing personnel will be make it hard for the Cowboys to get past the Rams. They were also tops in passing yards per game and yards per play in the L.A. Coliseum. While the bulk of the weather is likely to have passed by kickoff, there is potential for several inches of snow to fall ahead of the game, and it will be cold.


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