NFL Divisional Round Picks 2017 NFL Divisional Round Predictions: Seattle Seahawks 11-5-1 VS Atlanta Falcons 11-5-0 (-5), Houston Texans 10-7-0 VS New England Patriots 14-2-0 (-16), Green Bay Packers 11-6-0 VS Dallas Cowboys 13-3-0 (-5) Pittsburgh Steelers 11-5-0 VS Kansas City Chiefs 12-4-0 (-1.5)

2017 NFL Divisional Round Predictions

New England shutout Houston 24-0 when Tom Brady was suspended in week 3. Brady is back this time.

Chris Ransom Last Updated: January 10, 2017.

3. Seattle Seahawks 10-5-1
2. Atlanta Falcons 11-5-0

Chris Ransom's Pick

I still lead and am now 163-97 despite going 2-2 in wild card. Tanya Holmes went 3-1 in wild card week. As a result she's now 162-98 only one game back. Oren Shiri is now in third place with a 159-101 record with a 2-2 wild card record. Jesse Lucas went 2-2 as well putting him at 158-102. Jason Bantle is 158-102 tied with Jesse heading into the Divisional round. There are seven games left and Jason and Jesse both only trail by 5 games and still have time to make up some ground if they get picks right in the Divisional Round.

Why the Seattle Seahawks Will Win: Seattle has a better core of players. Plus unlike Atlanta their defense is healthy. Seattle should be favored due to experience and its easy to see why the Seahawks are receiving more betting action on them at the moment.

Why the Atlanta Falcons Will Win: Atlanta got screwed with the pass interference call with Richard Sherman hitting Julio Jones. Atlanta also handed Russell Wilson his first career playoff defeat as a rookie when Gus Bradley was Seattle's defensive coordinator and when Dan Quinn was a defensive line coach before being promoted to defensive coordinator. Atlanta will want this game more despite being hampered with injuries thanks to Desmond Trufant being injured.

Prediction: Atlanta is a 4.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $180 dollars, the maximum bet is $230 dollars with the average gambler betting around $195 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 51 points. I am taking the over as Atlanta wins and covers.

Final Score Falcons 33 Seahawks 20

Who Everyone Else Picked

Tanya Holmes Oren Shiri Jesse Lucas Jason Bantle

4. Houston Texans 10-7-0
1. New England Patriots 14-2-0

Chris Ransom's Pick

@CockyBelichick is my favorite Twitter user of all time. His twitter feed is that epic. He always inserts the #kisstherings hashtag and it is badass. I'm going to post his 5 best tweets on our site every week like David Letterman does with his top 10 jokes until the owner of this twitter feed requests I take them down because his tweets are that epic. I did this last year and plan on doing it once again in 2016. Let's go with the top 5 Tweets from the wild card week with the Patriots on a bye week with home field in the AFC.

Bird is the word.

Yes you are.

I had the Packers beating the Patriots to win Super Bowl 51 in July. I can see how this comment would be homophobic. Let's move on.

All of those slap dick teams except for the Texans have a fair shot to make Conference Championship week.

That's a scary though. I'll have to keep that in mind when picking this game.

Why the Houston Texans Will Win: There is no reason to pick Houston to win this game. If Osweiler avoids turnovers they will score points and play better than people expect. Romeo Crennel and Mike Vrabel are gonna have their hands full with Brady.

Why the New England Patriots Will Win: New England should destroy Houston. Martellus Bennett will go off against these safeties and Tom Brady will keep this defense on its heels. Unlike last time, Houston does not have J.J. Watt which cancels out the Patriots not having Rob Gronkowski. Only three other playoff games in NFL history had higher point spreads including Super Bowl 3 Colts over Jets as a 19 point favorite and 49ers over Chargers as a 17.5 point favorite in Super Bowl 29.

Prediction: New England enters as a 16 point favorite. The minimum bet is $1,000 dollars, the maximum bet is $1,800 dollars with the average gambler betting around $1,400 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 44.5 points. I am taking New England to win and cover with the under in a offensive game with its fair share of defensive moments as well. New England has covered their last 5 games on the point spread.

Final Score Patriots 28 Texans 10

Who Everyone Else Picked

Tanya Holmes Oren Shiri Jesse Lucas Jason Bantle

4. Green Bay Packers 11-6-0
1. Dallas Cowboys 13-3-0

Chris Ransom's Pick

The Dallas Cowboys are now 29-19 under Bill Lumbergh even after the Cowboys 4-12 season in 2015. Lumbergh went 12-3 after taking over for Stephen Jones following the week 1 loss to the 49ers back in 2014. Lumbergh now has to give Coach Garrett advice while dealing with more suspensions than he's used to. If Lumbergh cannot maintain a winning record after year 3, I am open to making a new fictional character the Cowboys GM. Right now Dallas is 13-3 and Lumbergh will keep his job another year.

Here is this weeks advice from Bill Lumbergh.

Hey Dak Prescott. What's happening? If you can win your first playoff game that would be terrific. You don't want to choke in the playoffs and turn into Peyton Manning. Also if you can get Ezekiel Elliott to send me those TPS reports that would be great.

Why the Green Bay Packers Will Win: Aaron Rodgers should get revenge. No rookie quarterback has ever reached the Super Bowl. Now that Randall Cobb and Demetrious Randall are healthy at wide receiver and corner I love Green Bay in this game.

Why the Dallas Cowboys Will Win: Dallas has exceeded expectations and should be proud of a 13-3 season. The Cowboys need to makes some defensive upgrades in the 2017 NFL Draft, but if they do that, the Cowboys will easily be the team to beat in the NFC next season assuming they avoid injuries and it won't even be close.

Prediction: Dallas enters as a 4.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $185 dollars, the maximum bet is $215 dollars with the average gambler betting around $200 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 52. Green Bay wins and covers with the over now that Jordy Nelson is out.

Final Score Packers 31 Cowboys 30

Who Everyone Else Picked

Tanya Holmes Oren Shiri Jesse Lucas Jason Bantle

3. Pittsburgh Steelers 12-5-0
2. Kansas City Chiefs 12-4-0

Chris Ransom's Pick

Season 7 of Draft Utopia is back on Talkshoe and Joseph Potter enters year 3 with us at Draft Utopia. You can check out his site Draft Evolution. This week Andrew Kermish of Draft Evolution and I co-hosted a podcast where we previewed Clemson VS Alabama.

Why the Pittsburgh Steelers Will Win: Pittsburgh put up a clinic against Kansas City last time they played the Chiefs on NBC. This will be more of a defensive game with Justin Houston back, but Kansas City usually loses divisional round games. Kansas City is 0-3 when having a first round bye dating back to 1990. In fact the last time the Chiefs won a divisional round game without playing a wild card game was 1969 the year the Chiefs won Super Bowl 4. History favors Pittsburgh from a league standpoint and a ratings standpoint even though the Chiefs have the better defense in my opinion. Le'veon Bell could run wild with Derrick Johnson on injured reserve.

Why the Kansas City Chiefs Will Win: Ben Roethlisberger VS Chiefs pass rusher Justin Houston is the match to watch. Ben is wearing a walking boot, but Houston has a knee injury. Kansas City beat Landry Jones in Arrowhead last year when Ben was out. Pittsburgh would probably put up another clinic if Houston was out just like they did in week 4 so the health of Roethlisberger and Houston has to be the focus point of this game. Outside of Jamaal Charles and Derrick Johnson being placed on injured reserve Kansas City is completely healthy and one can argue they have better starters than Pittsburgh on the defensive side of the ball. At the same time you can make the argument that Pittsburgh's defense is just good enough to limit this shaky inconsistent offense.

This game will feature a lot of good matches. Antonio Brown VS Chiefs corner Marcus Peters. Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey VS Chiefs nose tackle Dontari Poe. I think this game is pretty even and will be a lot closer than last time. The team that does more with third down conversions will win.

Prediction: Kansas City is a 1.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $105 dollars, the maximum bet is $125 dollars with the average gambler betting around $125 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 44.5 points. I am taking Kansas City to win with the under because I'm torn on this game. A majority of people are betting on Pittsburgh, but Vegas increased the point spread from Kanas City -1 to Kansas City -1.5. Both of these teams have the best chance of keeping the Patriots from winning the AFC. Pittsburgh has the offense, but lacks the defense to stop Brady. Kansas City has the defense to stop Brady, but lacks the offense to outscore the Patriots. I'm gonna say we get a defensive game where the Chiefs win by 2. Kansas City has not won a game with a first round bye since 1990 with first round bye losses in 1995-1996, 1997-1998, and 2003-2004. Kansas City is bound to buck this trend at some point, but this game will be a war of attrition.

Final Score Chiefs 21 Steelers 19

Who Everyone Else Picked

Tanya Holmes Oren Shiri Jesse Lucas Jason Bantle

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