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NFL best bets: Picks, predictions for the Divisional Round

By VSiN Staff  ( 


We have two games left on Sunday in what many consider to be the best weekend of the entire NFL season.

Our best bets article features picks from Matt Youmans, Adam Burke, Dave Tuley, Wes Reynolds and Ben Brown of Pro Football Focus.

Lines from our VSiN NFL Odds page as of Thursday afternoon. Betting splits available here.


Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-3, 48)

DraftKings betting splits: 54% of bets on Rams, 58% of money on Rams

Rams-Buccaneers odds

Burke: Offensive line injuries are the big story for the Buccaneers in Sunday’s matinee against the Rams. Ryan Jensen and Tristan Wirfs are huge pieces of the puzzle even when not facing off against Von Miller and Aaron Donald, but given the personnel for the Rams, those guys take on even greater importance.

Tom Brady should get Leonard Fournette back and his addition to the lineup will be enormous, particularly if Brady is under duress more than usual with the standouts on the Los Angeles defense. Fournette will be a focal point and enough to create more single coverage for the wide receivers or Rob Gronkowski.

The burning question for the Rams offense is Matthew Stafford. He played well against Arizona in the Wild-Card Round, but wasn’t asked to do much, as he only had 17 pass attempts in a game that the Rams controlled throughout. Even late in the season, though, Sean McVay opted for more Sony Michel carries. Perhaps that had to do with a lack of confidence in Stafford, but the game-plan seems to feature more of a run-pass mix than what we saw over the course of the season.

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