2009 NFL Divisional Playoff Matchups Overview & Betting Odds

2009 NFL Divisional Playoff Matchups Overview & Betting Odds

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In the NFL, we are coming down to what is known as the “nitty-gritty.” The conference semi-finals are about to kick off, and they offer tremendous wagering opportunities for BetUS customers.

In New Orleans, the Saints, who are going to try to reverse their momentum after losing three straight to end the 2009 season, are a seven-point favorite over the Arizona Cardinals, who rode a 29-for-33 passing performance by Kurt Warner to a thrilling 51-45 win over the Green Bay Packers last week. The Saints, despite that mini-slump to end the season, are still listed at 4/1 to win the Super Bowl, while the Cards are getting less respect than the other three remaining NFC teams, posted at 14/1.

The other NFC games pits the Dallas Cowboys against the Minnesota Vikings, and because of Dallas’ hot streak, which has included wins over the Saints and Eagles down the stretch and a convincing win over Philadelphia in the playoffs, Tony Romo’s crew is just a 2.5-point underdog. The Cowboys, who are converting some people into believers after winning their first playoff game since 1996, are +650 to win the championship. The Vikings, who entered a whole new world when Brett Favre became the starting quarterback, are a 6/1 shot to win the Super Bowl.



In the AFC, the Baltimore Ravens surprised many with the ease with which they handled the New England Patriots in the opening round, and they travel this Saturday to Lucas Oil Stadium, where they are six-point underdogs to the Indianapolis Colts. In this game, a lot will depend on whether the Colts can slow down that running game of Baltimore, which rambled for 234 yards in Foxborough, and that will be the key for Indy, which is the +275 future book favorite to win the Super Bowl, to advance. The Ravens have now won three playoff games on the road since John Harbaugh took over as coach, and are a 12/1 shot to capture the Super Bowl title.

Rex Ryan said of his New York Jets, “If we get into the playoffs, look out.” Everyone’s looking closer after they beat the Cincinnati Bengals in the first playoff round, and now the Jets are going to a warmer climate in San Diego, where they are catching 7.5 points from the Chargers. The Jets had the #1 rushing attack in the NFL this season, and they still have a mountain to climb, which is reflected in 18/1 odds to win the Super Bowl. They are facing the team with the longest current winning streak in the league. The Chargers are respected enough that they are at +350 to capture Super Bowl glory, right behind the Colts. The Jets are arrogant and confident, just like their head coach. Do they have enough to break San Diego’s eleven-game winning streak?

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Baltimore Ravens at Indianapolis Colts


  • Saturday, January 16th – 8:15 pm EST

  • Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

  • NFL Point Spread: Indianapolis -6, O/U: 44


  • Ravens made history last Sunday, crushing the Patriots 33-14 and becoming the first visiting team to win a playoff game at Gillette Stadium, EVER. From literally the first play of the game, Baltimore owned this matchup. They picked off Brady three times, unheard of in the postseason against the Patriots. The Ravens rushed for 234 yards and Joe Flacco played just well enough not to blow the game. It may sound dramatic, but last week’s win officially ended the New England dynasty.  So now the Ravens have another dynasty to contend with: the Colts. Colts finished the season 14-2, but neither of their losses came when the starters played a full game. Peyton Manning won his record 4th MVP award last week, and with good reason. Manning finished the season with 4,500 yards, 33 touchdowns and a club-record 68.8 completion percentage. There really isn’t much else to say about Manning. He and his Colts just know how to win.

    Arizona Cardinals at New Orleans Saints


  • Saturday, January 16th – 8:15 pm EST

  • Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

  • NFL Point Spread: Indianapolis -6, O/U: 44


  • Ravens made history last Sunday, crushing the Patriots 33-14 and becoming the first visiting team to win a playoff game at Gillette Stadium, EVER. From literally the first play of the game, Baltimore owned this matchup. They picked off Brady three times, unheard of in the postseason against the Patriots. The Ravens rushed for 234 yards and Joe Flacco played just well enough not to blow the game. It may sound dramatic, but last week’s win officially ended the New England dynasty. So now the Ravens have another dynasty to contend with: the Colts. Colts finished the season 14-2, but neither of their losses came when the starters played a full game. Peyton Manning won his record 4th MVP award last week, and with good reason. Manning finished the season with 4,500 yards, 33 touchdowns and a club-record 68.8 completion percentage. There really isn’t much else to say about Manning. He and his Colts just know how to win.

    Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings


  • Sunday, January 17 th – 1:00 PM ET

  • Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis

  • NFL Point Spread: Minnesota -2.5, O/U: 45.5


  • It used to be Tony Romo couldn’t win in December. Then he won three straight to close out the season. The accusations then became Romo couldn’t win in the playoffs. He shut those people up with an impressive 34-14 win over the Eagles on Wild Card weekend. Now most of the critics are silent and the pundits are calling the Cowboys the most dangerous team in the NFC. Whether or not that’s true remains to be seen, but these Cowboys today are, without a doubt, the most confident Dallas team in years. A lot was said about the Vikings slide at the end of the season. They lost three of four at one point and looked nothing like the team that started the year 10-1. But all three of those losses came on the road. Their final game of the season was at home, and they shellacked the New York Giants 44-7. Minnesota is a fast team that’s built for games played indoors. Luckily for them, this one is at the Metrodome.

    New York Jets at San Diego Chargers


  • Sunday, January17th – 4:40pm EST

  • Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA

  • NFL Betting Line: San Diego Chargers -7 (42)


  • In the Sunday night game, the New York Jets travel to the west coast to take on the AFC West champs, the San Diego Chargers. The Jets impressed last weekend dismantling the AFC North Champs the Cincinnati Bengals, can they make it two in a row? Let’s have a look. The BetUS Sportsbook has the Jets +7 point underdogs and the predicted game total at 42 points. You will have to risk $300 to win $100 for a straight up wager if your taking the Chargers. The Jets were a public dog on wildcard weekend, meaning the odds makers listed them as the underdog but the NFL betting public knew better and loaded up on the Jets. It was a nice win and so far this week many of the NFL experts expect a repeat, maybe not an outright win but the sharps I talk to expect New York to keep it within a touchdown. The game opened at -9 Chargers but since Sunday, it has dropped to -7, so it’s not just the sharps betting on the Jets, it’s everyone else.



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