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Ravens in upset, Panthers in squeaker for divisional playoffs

One Saturday divisional playoff game shapes up as a possible upset while the other looks like a potential blowout. Read on for some tips on how to beat the NFL betting lines this weekend and put some cash in your pocket.

AFC divisional playoff odds - Baltimore Ravens (11-5) at Tennessee Titans (13-3) -3 O/U 34

This game should be a defensive battle featuring the Ravens and their second- ranked defense and the Titans and their seventh-ranked defense.

Neither team has a great offense (Baltimore 18th Tennessee 21st) but the Ravens have shown some punch of late. Their defense is also a threat to score.

Of note, the road team has won outright seven of the past 10 meetings between these teams. Check out all the other NFL betting trends in the {URL=}matchup report here {/URL}at

For the Ravens to pull off the upset, they will have to contain Titans’ RB Chris Johnson (1,228 yds 9 TD), who is the key to their offense. Kerry Collins had a good year, but the Titans will have a hard time winning if he has to beat the Ravens with his arm.

The Ravens also like to set up the pass with the run, so the Titans will have to contain the running game. The Ravens offensive line gave up 33 sacks this year and they will have to protect Joe Flacco and open up holes for the running game in order to win this game.

One key factor in this game will be turnovers, as since the game should be a defensive battle any turnover will hurt, big time.

This season, the Ravens are 12-4 ATS and the Titans are 12-3-1.

The Ravens are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games on the road. The total has gone Under in 6 of the last 7 games when the Titans play the Ravens and Tennessee is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against Baltimore.

OddsBlogger Divisional Playoff Pick: Both teams have great defenses, but the Ravens have a more well balanced offense and that will be the key, as the Ravens will pull off an upset and win in a low scoring affair. Best NFL underdog odds are usually found at Bovada


Arizona Cardinals (9-7) at Carolina Panthers (12-0) -9.5 O/U 48

These two teams played this season in Carolina and the Panthers barely won that game 27-23 as 5.5-point home chalk.

The Panthers have the league’s 18th ranked defense and their secondary is mediocre at best. They will have to contain a Cardinals’ offense that ranks fourth in the league and second in terms of passing yards per game. View the {URL=}matchup report here {/URL}and get some action down with a huge signup bonus when you click here to visit Bovada

The Panthers defense will have to put pressure on Kurt Warner and not give him time to throw the ball. Check the status of Anquan Boldin.

For the Cardinals to win this game their defense will have to contain Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (1515 yds 18 TD). The Cardinals only rank 19th on defense, but they are pretty legit at stopping the run. If Williams can move the chains on the ground it will keep the dynamic offense of the Cardinals on the sidelines.

If Williams has a good game, it will also open up the passing game for the Panthers and QB Jake Delhomme make some big plays against a weak Cardinals’ secondary.

This season, the Cardinals are 9-7 ATS and the Panthers are 9-6-1. This season the Panthers are undefeated at home and the total has gone Over in 6 of the Panthers last 7 games. The total has gone Over in 6 of the Cardinals last 7 games and in 14 of their last 20 on the road.

OddsBlogger Divisional Playoff Pick: Look for Williams to have a big game, but for the Cardinals to be successful passing the ball. The Panthers will win this game, but it will be close and the Cardinals will cover the spread, which seems to be what many bettor think will happen as the line has dropped a half point since Monday to 9.5.

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