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Team OddsShark Divisional Round Picks

Manning Broncos

After all four road teams earned wins in the Wild Card Round of the NFL playoffs for the first time ever, many thought the home teams might strike back by sweeping the Divisional Round. Team OddsShark does not think that will be the case from a betting perspective though, tabbing three visitors to cover the spread in this weekend’s action.

In fact, the lone host selected to cover based on the team’s consensus NFL picks is the Denver Broncos (12-4), who will face the Pittsburgh Steelers (11-6) in the last game on Sunday. The Broncos were listed as 2.5-point home favorites for this contest but have since jumped to -7.5 according to the latest NFL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. The Steelers officially ruled out leading receiver Antonio Brown (concussion) and running back DeAngelo Williams (foot) on Friday, but quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) has been upgraded to probable and is expected to start.

Only one of the 21 Team OddsShark members picked Pittsburgh in that matchup – David Kaplan – who is also in the minority with his selections of the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots (12-4) and Carolina Panthers (15-1). The second-most popular consensus play is the Kansas City Chiefs (12-5), who visit the Patriots as 5-point road underdogs and have won 11 in a row. The Chiefs were picked by 14 members, including group champion David Fucillo, who also finished in a tie for 24th in the prestigious SuperContest at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

Fucillo scored five out of a possible eight points (sides and totals) last week while Rob Pizzola led the team with seven. Pizzola is also backing Kansas City and Denver, but he and Fucillo disagree on the two NFC Wild Card games.

Fucillo’s expert NFL picks also include the Panthers and Green Bay Packers (11-6) while Pizzola is on the NFC West’s Seattle Seahawks (11-6) and Arizona Cardinals (13-3) in those games. The two-time defending NFC champion Seahawks are the third-most popular pick by the team, selected 13 times, followed by the Packers (11) as the most contentious play since the Cardinals were also chosen 10 times.

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