High-Scoring Offenses for NFC Divisionals
The NFC Divisional Round features a throwback game with the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles against the New York Giants.
The NFL NFC divisional matches are set with three teams from the NFC East and one team from the NFC West. I will breakdown both games with a selection on the winner and the total.
Eagles Handle Giants
The Eagles earned the NFC Bye and are the home team. The Giants are coming in off a road upset victory over the Minnesota Vikings by a score of 31-24. New York quarterback Daniel Jones led the way, Jones became the first QB in NFL Postseason history with more than 300 passing yards, two or more touchdowns passes and more than 70 yards rushing in a playoff game.
The Eagles and Giants have met four times in the postseason and have split the games 2-2. The Eagles have won the last two match ups.
Eagles Head Coach Nick Sirianni should have the advantage over first-year Head Coach Brian Daboll. Sirianni has defeated Daboll twice.
The Giants are 3-2 over the Eagles in their last five regular season games. Giants were 2-3 in their last five games in 2022. The Eagles were 3-2 in their last five in 2022. The Eagles were 7-2 at home while the Giants were 4-4 on the road.
Right now, 70% of the money is on the Giants. The total is 60% over. Keep in mind this is early money.
The Eagles played the Giants on December 11 when the game had divisional implications. The Eagles won the game 48-22. The Giants did not play their starters in the second game against the Eagles, but the game was competitive.
Daboll is a candidate for Coach of the Year. The Eagles have shown a balanced attack and have been dominant most of the season. The question mark about them is the injury to the shoulder of quarterback Jalen Hurts. If Hurts can play at 80% of what he is capable of during his bid for NFL MVP season, then the game is a blowout again.
Jones has been inconsistent throughout his career as a starter in New York. While Jones was impressive last week, The Vikings defense was poor all season. The Eagles will provide more pressure and shutdown running back Saquon Barkley. Take the Eagles minus the points and the game goes over.
Prediction: Eagles -7.5 over Giants (-110 at Golden Nugget)
Prediction: Eagles-Giants Over 48 (-110 at Caesars)
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49ers Dominate Cowboys
The Cowboys and Niners have met seven times in the postseason with the Cowboys holding a 5-2 advantage.
Niners Head Coach Kyle Shanahan has the edge over Dallas Head Coach Mike McCarthy. While McCarthy does have a Super Bowl win to his credit, he has made several questionable moves during his tenure as the coach of the Cowboys.
The Niners won their last five regular season games and have won 10 consecutive overall. The Cowboys were 3-2 in their last five. The Niners had an 8-1 home record while Dallas was 4-4 on the road.
The Niners have 68% of the early action on them. For the total, 66% of the wagers are on the Over.
The Niners are the hottest team in the league right now. They are 12-6 against the spread. The defense has performed well throughout the season.
Dallas showed lapses during the season against teams that were inferior to them. While that won’t be the case here, Dallas does tend to turn the ball over. The Niners are one of the league’s best in scoring defense.
The addition of Christian McCaffrey gives Coach Shanahan multiple ways to attack on offense. The Niners will run the ball and dominate time of possession. Dallas beat a weak Tampa Bay team that couldn’t run the ball. Take the Niners and the over.
Prediction: 49ers -7.5 over Cowboys (-110 at BetMGM)
Prediction: 49ers-Cowboys Over 46.5 (-110 at bet365)
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