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In the second part of this weekend’s divisional playoff round preview, our sportsbook will get you set to bet on NFL lines that will be contested on Sunday. Both games promise quality football, so don’t miss a moment of the action. 

 

Jacksonville Jaguars vs Pittsburgh Steelers

Favourite: Steelers -7.5   

Sunday will kick off at Heinz Field, with the AFC’s second-seeded Steelers hosting the No. 3 seed Jaguars. This is the second-ever meeting between the two teams in the postseason, with the NFL playoff odds favouring Pittsburgh by 7.5 points. Jacksonville came away with a 31-29 victory over the Steelers in the 2007 playoffs, which is coincidentally also the last time the Jags made the postseason until this year.  

The Jaguars made the divisional round thanks to an ugly 10-3 victory last weekend against the Buffalo Bills. Doug Marrone’s team will need to perform at a much higher level this week to be successful against a star-studded Pittsburgh squad, having gotten outgained by a mediocre Bills roster in total yards a week ago. 

The matchup to watch will be Pittsburgh’s potent offense against the best pass defense in the NFL, which features elite cornerback play by Jalen Ramsey and AJ Bouye. The Jags gave up a minuscule 170 passing yards per game on defense this season, so Pittsburgh’s running back Le’Veon Bell’s services may be required to carry the bulk of the offensive load this week. Super Bowl 52 odds have the Steelers at +500 and the Jaguars at +1800. 

 

New Orleans Saints @ Minnesota Vikings

 Favourite: Vikings -4   

The last contest of the weekend may prove to be the most entertaining. The fourth-seeded Saints visit the second-seeded Vikings in a mouth-watering NFC divisional playoff affair. Saints vs Vikings odds are set at four points in favour of Minnesota, who are the second favourite on the Super Bowl 2018 odds board (+375 at press time). The Saints are +550 to win the title. 

Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees was phenomenal in a 31-26 NFC South showdown with Carolina a week ago, airing it out for 376 yards on an accurate 69.7% completion mark. Despite that, the Panthers had a real shot thanks to a soft New Orleans defense, which kept Carolina in the hunt until the very end. 

The Vikings field the stingiest defense in the NFL, giving up just 15.8 points per game, and will look to make Drew Brees uncomfortable in the pocket. Offensively, quarterback Case Keenum isn’t nearly the gunslinger of his New Orleans counterpart, but he’s been the second most accurate passer this season (behind Brees, of course). This is the fourth-ever playoff matchup between these two teams, with the Vikings holding a 2-1 lead. Sunday night promises to deliver an exciting back and forth tilt.

 

*Odds as of January 12, 2018