NFL Games - Jaguars at Steelers and Saints at Vikings

Friday, January 12th, 2018

By Tom Wilkinson
BETCRIS NFL Divisional Jacksonville Jaguars vs Pittsburgh Steelers

NFL Games of the Week feature two NFL Divisional Playoff games, as the Jacksonville Jaguars visit the Pittsburgh Steelers, while the New Orleans Saints visit the Minnesota Vikings. These matchups can be seen on CBS and FOX on Sunday, January 14. Both games are rematches from earlier this season, as the Jaguars upset the Steelers, while the Vikings beat the Saints. Let’s look at the two games and NFL Divisional Playoff picks.

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Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Date and Time: Sunday, January 14, 2018, 1:05 p.m. ET

Location: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA

Opening NFL Wild Card Playoff Odds at BetCris: Steelers -7, O/U 41

Jaguars vs. Steelers TV Coverage: CBS

The Jaguars are coming off a defensive win last week against Buffalo in the Wild Card round of the playoffs while the Steelers had a bye. The Jaguars beat the Steelers earlier this season in Pittsburgh, so this is a revenge game for the Steelers. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger played poorly in that contest, as he threw five interceptions. Big Ben and the Steelers will want to prove that performance was a fluke, while the Jaguars will want to prove they can do it again. “I’m sure they’re thinking that game was a fluke,” said Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey recently.

The Pittsburgh offense has been rolling of late, as they are scoring the most points in the NFL since Week 11. The Pittsburgh offense will be going against a stout defense in Jacksonville, as the Jaguars are first in the NFL in fewest passing yards allowed. The Jaguars held the Bills to just three points last week and they have held opponents to less than 10 points a total of eight times this season.

Jacksonville is 4-4 ATS on the road, with five of the eight games going under the total. Pittsburgh is 3-5 ATS at home, with five of the eight games going over.

Key Stat

The Jaguars are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Pittsburgh. The Jaguars are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 playoff road games. The Steelers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 playoff home games. The Under is 8-1 in Jaguars last 9 vs. the AFC. The Over is 5-1 in the Steelers last 6 home games.

aguars vs. Steelers Free Picks

How can you have any confidence in Jacksonville with Bortles at quarterback? The only way the Jaguars can win this game is if their defense scores. That happened in the first meeting with the Steelers but I can’t see it happening again. I will lay the points and take Pittsburgh in this game and also play the game under the total.

Jaguars vs. Steelers ATS Pick: Steelers -7 and Under 41 at BetCris

Jaguars vs. Steelers Score Prediction: Steelers 17, Jaguars 6

New Orleans Saints vs. Minnesota Vikings

Date and Time: Sunday, January 14, 2018, 4:40 p.m. ET

Location: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN

Opening NFL Wild Card Playoff Odds at BetCris: Vikings -4, O/U 45

Saints vs. Vikings TV Coverage: FOX

The Saints are coming off a win last week against Carolina in the Wild Card round, while the Vikings had a bye. These teams met back in Week 1 and it was Minnesota winning 29-19. Both teams look much different than they did in Week 1, as the Saints are rolling on offense and the Vikings are playing well on both sides of the ball.

The Vikings went 13-3 this season and they are favored to win this game and to win next week’s NFC title game. Minnesota has the No. 1 defense in the NFL so they are capable of shutting down Drew Brees and the Saints. The Minnesota offense has also looked good with Case Keenum having the best season of his career. He could have a lot of success against a New Orleans defense that looked bad last week against Carolina.

The Saints are 4-4 ATS on the road, with four games going over and four going under. The Vikings are 6-2 ATS at home, with five of the eight games going under.

Key Stat

The Saints are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 road games. The Vikings are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 playoff home games. The Vikings are 34-16-1 ATS in their last 51 home games. The Over is 9-3-1 in the Saints last 13 playoff games. The Under is 7-1-1 in the Vikings last 9 playoff games. The Over is 5-0-1 in the last 6 meetings in Minnesota.

Saints vs. Vikings Free Picks

The only way the Saints are going to have a chance in this game is if the game is high scoring, as the New Orleans defense simply isn’t that good. I will go over the total in this contest.

Saints vs. Vikings Wild Card Playoff Pick: Over 45 at BetCris

Saints vs. Vikings Score Prediction: Vikings 30, Saints 24

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