NFL Divisional Best Bets

January 21, 2022

9:30 PM ET Jan 22
Tennessee Titans vs Cincinnati Bengals
Bengals +3.5
8:00 PM ET Jan 23
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Los Angeles Rams
Buccaneers -3

We are looking to keep rolling on our NFL Divisional Round  Week betting picks and player prop picks. You will find the best picks and predictions for Divisional Playoff Weekend below. 

We made it through this land mine laden season. The playoffs roll on, and it completely remains my personal favorite sporting time of the year. The playoff field is no longer as watered down as it was last week. Some undeserving teams were eliminated last week. It has created a much better week of matchups. 

We will have a pair of betting plays out of the four games happening between Saturday and Sunday. Be sure to check the NFL betting picks to view those. 

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Without any further ado, let's get to our pair of betting picks.

Tennessee Titans -3.5 vs Cincinnati Bengals

✅ The Bengals are still being slept on despite their offense being a steam roller down the stretch. Their passing offense has been nearly indefensible. Rookie Jamarr Chase has already established himself as one of the league's elite wide receivers. Tee Higgins is among the most underrated players in the league, not just wide receivers. Now we saw tight end CJ Uzomah emerge last week with perhaps his best game as a pro. Joe Burrow us absolutely dealing, and his embarrassment of weaponry will keep the points flowing. 

✅ The Titans as a whole are extremely fortunate to have gotten the 1 seed in the AFC. They were able to clinch that birth despite the absence of Derrick Henry for the entirety of the second half of the season. They did sustain a decent run game throughout that stretch, and will need to continue to do so. The passing game has been mostly a dud this season, so a favorable game script will be of the utmost importance. If they find themselves trailing at any point, they could have real issues. 

✅ The Titans secondary has been their Achilles heel all season. This is the wrong matchup for a leaky pass defense and could lead to an early exit for the 1 seed. In any event, this will be a fun and competitive game where getting the points is wildly attractive. I do believe the Bengals win, but getting more than a field goal is huge. This means any walk off kick for either side makes the Bengals a winner. 

Betting Pick: Bengals +3.5

Tampa Bay Buccaneers -3 vs Los Angeles Rams

✅ Tom Brady's postseason legacy just continues to grow and grow. He won hiss seventh Super Bowl last season and is set up just as well as any other player and team for number eight. Brady was super sharp again last week as the Bucs rolled on the Eagles to advance. The health of the Rams secondary could play a big part as Brady and his weaponry can exploit the second tier safeties. 

✅ Sean McVay has an unsung conservative side. He loves running the ball when the playoffs roll around. The Rams also got Cam Akers back last week, so that temptation may be too much to fight for McVay. The problem therein lies in the matchup. The Bucs front is amazingly stout. They are difficult to impossible to run on. Depending on the stubbornness of McVay, we could see the Rams first handful of possessions derailed by too many run calls, creating an early deficit. 

✅ All in all, every factor points to a Bucs win. The game is in Tampa. Tom Brady remains the best postseason star we have ever seen in any sport. The Rams run game will be derailed, and they are likely to be turned one dimensional. That part could get ugly as Matthew Stafford has been mistake prone this season. A Rams offense turned to an obvious pass heavy approach will result in turnovers, even with Cooper Kupp continuing to be dominant. 

Betting Pick: Buccaneers -3
TJ Calkins
TJ Calkins was raised in a gambling loving household. He knew how to handicap horse races and follow line movements well before his tenth birthday. While sports betting remained a passion into adulthood, poker and Daily Fantasy Sports also became passions and remain as such today.