There are two teams playing, Saturday Jan 12, in the AFC and NFC Divisional Round. In the AFC the Baltimore Ravens travel to Denver to take on the Broncos, and in the NFC the San Francisco 49ers host the Green Bay Packers. Here are the NFL Playoff Divisional Odds 2013 for Saturday Games. The Broncos are -9.5 point home favorites over the Ravens with the over/under set at 46 points, while the Niners are -3 point home favs against the Packers with the over /under listed at 44.5 points. Lets take a look at each game heading into the Divisional Round. Get the current 2013 Super Bowl Betting Lines now.
Baltimore’s run defense is ranked only 20th against the run during the regular season and gave up 172 yards rushing Sunday to the Colts. Denver rushed for 163 yards (118 by Knowshon Moreno) against the Ravens last month. Ray Lewis made 13 tackles Sunday and allowed Colts QB Andrew Luck only three points out of three trips to the red zone.
The Broncos beat the Ravens 34-17 three weeks ago, in Baltimore, for their 11th consecutive win. QB Peyton Manning completed 17 of 28 passes for 204 yards with one touchdown pass. RB Knowshon Moreno was their chain mover on the ground and WR Eric Decker also had a big day catching for 133 yards with a touchdown.
Hounded by CB Champ Bailey, WR Anquan Boldin had a miserable game against the Broncos in their Dec. 16 meeting. He was the intended target for six Flacco passes but didn’t record a reception.
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NFC: Saturday, Jan 12, 2012@8:00 PM ET
Green Bay Packers vs San Francisco 49ers (-3) (o/u-45)
Green Bay’s defensive preparation the first time around with the 49ers was focused on quarterback Alex Smith. Preparing for Smith included seeing very few deep pass plays, and instead expecting a calculated game-management type of quarterback. But Smith has been out as San Francisco’s starter since Week 8 when an injury brought in second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Like Smith, Kaepernick does not throw many interceptions or take a lot of risks in the passing game. That’s about where the comparisons end. Kaepernick has more rushing yards in seven starts this season than Smith had in his past five years combined.
Aaron Rodgers and his Packers offer a daunting challenge for the 49ers to make their case. “Great defenses win this time of year,” safety Donte Whitner said Monday. “This is the time when you show you are a great defense and you can carry your team to a championship. Defenses truly become great only if they prosper in the postseason. The 49ers allowed the second-fewest points in the league this season and third-fewest total yards, but those numbers mean little.
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The Bottom Line: I like the Packers over the Niners. The Packers have a healthy roster and they aren’t the same team that lost to them in Week 1. I like the Broncos over the Ravens. Peyton can read and analyze any defensive scheme thrown at him. We recommend you check out the latest NFL Point Spreads heading into the NFC Divisional Round.