NFL Divisional Round Saturday Predictions, Previews & Betting Odds
We have NFL Divisional round Saturday predictions, previews and betting odds for you as the race for the Super Bowl heats up.
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NFL Divisional Round Saturday Schedule
Divisional Round Saturday Games
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Kansas City Chiefs | 9.30 pm, Sky Sports Main Event
New York Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles | 1.15 am (Saturday night/Sunday morning), Sky Sports Main Event
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Kansas City Chiefs
Venue: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City
Kick-Off Time: 9.30 pm
What Channel? Sky Sports Main Event
Handicap: Chiefs -8.5
The Jaguars are one of the form teams in the league coming into this divisional round game. They needed to win their last four regular season games to qualify for the playoffs, which they did.
Last weekend in the Wildcard round they pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in playoff history by coming back from 27 points down to beat the LA Chargers 31-30.
The Chiefs had the best regular season record in the AFC at 14-3 which makes them the top seed in these playoffs.
Kansas City are currently on a 5-game unbeaten run with their last loss being at the start of December in a tight game with the Bengals.
Since Trevor Lawrence was drafted by the Jaguars these teams have only played once. That game was back in November of this regular season when the Chiefs won comfortably on a scoreline of 27-17.
Chiefs vs Jaguars Matchups
Chiefs Offence vs Jaguars Defence
Kansas City has the best offence in the NFL by many metrics. That includes the most important metric which is point per game, the Chiefs offence come in #1 at 29.2 points per game.
Over the season as a whole Jacksonville are a good but not great defence. However, the defensive units for the Jags has really rounded into form over the last 3 games where they are only giving up an average of 16.3 points which is the 4th best in the NFL over that stretch.
Jaguars Offence vs Chiefs Defence
The Jaguars have slowly been improving into one of the better offensive teams in the league in recent weeks. Over the last 3 games they are putting up 27.3 points per game which puts them at 7th best in the league over that stretch. They will also be very confident given their massive comeback last weekend.
The Chiefs have a much improved defence this year when compared to previous seasons. Before the defence was a liability but now it can hold its own in big games. This Kansas City defence has only given up 15.7 points per game over the last three games, good enough for 3rd best in the league.
Chiefs v Jaguars Divisional Round – Betting Trends
The Chiefs are 5-0 in their last 5 at home
The UNDER is 6-2 in Chiefs home games this season
The Jaguars are 4-16 in their last 20 away games
Prediction: Chiefs -8.5 | Under 52.5
New York Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles
Venue: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
Kick-Off Time: 1.15 am (Saturday night/Sunday morning)
What Channel? Sky Sports Main Event
Handicap: Eagles -7.5
The Giants reached a mark of 7-2 in the regular season but their form has been patchy since then and as a result they finished the regular season with a record of 9-7-1.
Despite their poor form they still secured a wildcard spot and beat the #3 seed Vikings last weekend in the Wildcard round in an impressive display.
The Eagles had a bye week last week courtesy of having the best regular season record in the NFC at 14-3.
Philadelphia were at one stage 13-1 but an injury that sidelined QB Jalen Hurts saw them lose two of their last three games. Hurts is back for this game and should be close to full health which will make this team very tough to beat.
Eagles vs Giants Head-to-Head Results
The Eagles are 3-1 against the Giants in the last two seasons with two of those wins coming by 24+ points.
Philadelphia won their most recent matchup two weeks ago 22-16 but the Giants were resting their starters in that game.
Giants @ Eagles Matchups – NFL Divisional Round
Giants Offence vs Eagles Defence
The Giants have a mediocre offence by almost every metric. In points per game they are ranked 14th in the league and by yards per game they are 17th.
It’s not bad, but it’s by no means great especially at this stage of the playoffs.
With that being said, head coach Brian Daboll is a highly respected offensive mind and should be able to design a game plan that will give this Eagles defence some trouble.
Daniel Jones played maybe the best game of his life last weekend against the Vikings and a similar effort will be required here if New York are to advance to the Conference Championship.
The Eagles defence is one of the better units in the league. They rank 8th in the NFL in points per game conceded.
Eagles Offence vs Giants Defence
The Eagles are one of the best offences in the league by any metric or statistic that you want to look at. In terms of points per game they are ranked 3rd and they are also 3rd in yards gained per game.
QB Jalen Hurts is particularly deadly when this offence is in the redzone due to his ability to run the ball when his receivers are covered. This makes Philadelphia’s offence the 3rd best in the league in touchdown percentage once they get inside the opponent’s 20 yard line.
Eagles v Giants NFL Divisional Round – Betting Trends
The Eagles are 6-3 against the handicap at home this season
The OVER is 6-3 in Eagles home games this season
Prediction: Eagles -7.5 | Over 48.5
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