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The opening weekend of the NFL playoffs went to the favourites. Will the trend continue into this weekend, too? At least one of the favourites seems bound to win, as the New England Patriots are the biggest playoff favourite since 1998. The question is, by how much?


Will the Houston Texans get Shut Out this Weekend?

Yes: +750
No: -2000

The Patriots have dominated the Texans under Bill Belichick, winning seven of the last eight meetings by an average score of 33.4 points per game. But this prop specifically stems from the first meeting between the Texans and New England Patriots in Week 3, when the Patriots held the Texans scoreless in a 27-0 victory. The Patriots’ defense was so dominant that the Texans didn’t cross the 50-yard line until their third drive of the second half. The closest they got to scoring position was the Patriots’ 35-yard line. However, the Texans did score at least nine points in every other game this season.


Will Aaron Rodgers Throw for Four or More Touchdowns with Zero Interceptions this Weekend?

Yes: +750
No: -2000

While this is a high bar, even for Rodgers, he’s done exactly that for three straight weeks. He did it against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 16, the Detroit Lions in Week 17 and in the first round of the playoffs against the New York Giants.

This Sunday, the Packers are in Arlington, Texas. Rodgers has already faced the Dallas Cowboys once this season, finishing with one touchdown and one interception. However, that was early in the season when the Packers were struggling. He’s caught fire of late and is leading the Packers on a seven-game winning streak. Including last week, Rodgers has thrown for four touchdowns with no interceptions five times this season.


Will there be a Defensive or Special Teams Touchdown this Weekend?

Yes: -200
No: +150

Although most of the scoring comes from offensive teams, don’t be surprised if a defensive or special teams touchdown makes the difference this weekend. The matchups are projected to be tight in three of the four contests, so all three facets of the game will be important.

Only eight NFL teams scored on defense this season, and three of them will be in action this weekend: The Patriots, Cowboys and Packers. In terms of special teams touchdowns, Kansas City is the only squad to have scored on a return this season.


How Many Road Teams Will Win this Weekend?

Over 1.5: EVEN
Under 1.5: -140

Home-field advantage in the playoffs has proven to be quite valuable of late, as the top NFC playoff seeds have won 10 straight playoff games, including a perfect record at home during last season’s playoffs.

Recent history shows that home-field advantage has been equally important for AFC teams. AFC home teams are 28-12 since 2008, whereas NFC home teams are 25-15 over that same span.


*Odds as of January 13, 2017