2022 NFC Divisional Round Betting Prediction

By Hank Blaine

The NFC Divisional Round games are set. On Saturday, Jimmy Garoppolo leads the San Francisco 49ers into Green Bay to take on the Packers. Then on Sunday, Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host Matthew Stafford and the Los Angeles Rams. Can Garoppolo and Stafford lead their teams to upset wins? Or are we on the cusp of a Brady versus Aaron Rodgers NFC Championship? Check out NitroBetting against the spread NFL odds, analysis, and free picks for this weekend’s two NFC Divisional Round matchups.

The NFL Divisional Playoffs are set. All four seeds in the American Football Conference advanced. On Saturday, the 4-Cincinnati Bengals head to Nissan Stadium in Nashville to take on the 1-Tennessee Titans. Then on Sunday, the 2-Kansas City Chiefs host the 3-Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead Stadium. Check out against the spread odds, analysis, and a free pick for this weekend’s AFC Divisional Round games.

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San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay Packers

  • When: Saturday, Jan. 22. 8:15pm ET
  • NFL Odds: Green Bay Packers -5.5

Plenty of reasons exist to back the 49ers to upset the Packers on the moneyline. First, Jimmy Garoppolo and San Francisco’s offense dropped 23 onto the Dallas Cowboys. Second, the 49ers’ defense held the Boys, the highest-scoring team in the NFL, to just 17 points. If San Francisco plays against Green Bay the way they did against Dallas, SF can win this game on the moneyline. But there’s no guarantee that happens. In fact, the opposite might be true.

San Francisco played great against the Cowboys, but it came at a cost. Jimmy G. suffered a shoulder injury in the second-quarter, which explains why he kept floating passes above his recievers’ heads in the second half. Nick Bosa, San Francisco’s best defender, suffered a concussion. There’s no telling if Bosa will be cleared in time to play on Saturday. Without Bosa and Garoppolo, the 49ers will find it more difficult to keep this close.

But before backing the Packers to cover, it’s important to note how badly Green Bay’s defense has played. In the last 7 games, the Packers’ D allowed 28 points or more 5 times. Chicago, with their terrible offense, dropped 30 onto the Pack. So did the Ravens without Lamar Jackson. The Lions scored 37 in Week 18, a Green Bay loss. The Browns scored just 22, but Cleveland had a chance to beat Green Bay even though Baker Mayfield threw 4 picks.

Aaron Rodgers will do his part. AR doesn’t play defense, though, which is why San Francisco, even with the injuries to Bosa and Jimmy G., is the play against the spread. If you want to take a bigger risk, consider backing the 49ers on the moneyline. Even without Bosa and a banged up Garoppolo, San Francisco should move the football and score touchdowns against a bad Green Bay defense.

NFC Divisional Round Pick: San Francisco 49ers

Los Angeles Rams vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • When: Sunday, Jan. 23. 3:00pm ET.
  • NFL Odds: Tampa Bay Buccaneers -3

In the impressive 34-11 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, the Los Angeles Rams quieted their naysayers. Or did they? No doubt, the Rams dominated. But we should put the victory in perspective. Arizona entered the game losers of 4 of their final 5 games. The Cards went 3-5 straight up in their final 8 games.

Things were going so poorly for AZ that Seattle upset them 38-30 in their final game. If Zona had won that contest, they’d have hosted the Rams at State Farm Stadium on Monday night. That’s not to say the Rams didn’t play well. Los Angeles did. But it is to say things set up for a Rams blowout win. Los Angeles took on a team that hadn’t played good football in a while. Also, Arizona has a shaky quarterback and an even shakier head coach.

On Sunday, the Rams take on the greatest quarterback of all time, a solid coaching staff, and one of the best defenses in football. They must also play against Brady and the Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium, which could lead to a blowout victory against LAR. Versus Arizona, Aaron Donald and the front seven hid the Rams’ problems in the secondary. Brady has so much experience, he knows where to throw the ball before Ryan Jensen snaps it to him.

So if the Rams try to blitz Brady, the Terrific One will burn LAR all night. Not only that, but Matthew Stafford should have trouble against Tampa’s healthy defense. Things could get out of control in this one. At -3, the Bucs are an overlay.

NFC Divisional Round Pick: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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