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NFL Divisional Playoffs Betting Insights

The 2014 NFL Divisional playoffs will begin this weekend, and the winners will advance to their Conference Championship games, where they will play for a chance to go to the Super Bowl. Here is a quick look at the games that will be played this weekend.

Baltimore Ravens (11-6) vs. New England Patriots (12-4), Saturday, January 10, 4:35 PM. ET. NBC.

The Baltimore Ravens are coming off an impressive win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card round, and will try to win their second consecutive playoff game at New England, to advance to the AFC Championship game. They relied on Joe Flacco and their passing game against the Steelers, because they were unable to get their running game going, but they will try to establish the run in this game, because the Patriots have a very good secondary.

The Patriots won home field advantage in the playoffs, and will try to take advantage of that, and advance to their fourth straight AFC Championship game. The Patriots had one of the best passing offenses in the NFL this season, while the Ravens had one of the worst pass defenses, so the Patriots will try to play to their strength and throw the ball a lot in this game.

Game Line: The Patriots are favored to win this game by 7 points, the Over/Under is 47.5 points.

Personal Pick: The Patriots have a much improved defense than they had in the past, which will be the difference maker, and help them get the win.

Carolina Panthers (8-8-1) vs. Seattle Seahawks (12-4), Saturday, January 10, 8:15 PM. ET. FOX.

The Panthers were impressive defensively against the Arizona Cardinals in the Wild Card round, but some of that was due to the fact that the Cardinals were down to their third string quarterback and backup running back. They will face a tougher challenge against the Super Bowl champions, who have been playing very well after a slow start to the year. They will need to find a way to get their running game going again in this game, because the Seahawks have the stingiest pass defense in the NFL.

Seattle managed to win home field advantage in the NFC playoffs, and once again find themselves as the favorites to advance to the Super Bowl from the NFC. They will be in for a tough fight against the Panthers, who have won five straight games, and have played them very tough in their last three meetings.

Game Line: The Seahawks are favored to win by 10.5 points, the Over/Under is 39.5 points.

Personal Pick: Carolina has played three very close games against Seattle recently, but all those games were played in Carolina, this time around, expect the noise factor in Seattle to be instrumental in their big win against the Panthers.

Dallas Cowboys (13-4) vs. Green Bay Packers (12-4), Sunday, January 11, 1:05 PM. ET.

The Dallas Cowboys will put their 8-0 record on the road this season to the test, when they play the Packers, who are also 8-0 at home this year. They were able to get the win against Detroit last week due to some late game heroics from Tony Rome, and some fortunate penalty calls. Their best bet to get the win in Green Bay is to run the ball with DeMarco Murray, because the Packers have had trouble stopping the run in a lot of games this year.

The Packers will be hoping that Aaron Rodgers' play won't be affected much by the calf injury he sustained at the end of the season, because they will need him at his best to defeat the Cowboys. The Packers will try to take advantage of the fact that Dallas has the 26th ranked secondary, and throw the ball as much as possible.

Game Line: The Packers are favored to win this game by 5.5 points, the Over/Under is 52.5 points.

Personal Pick: The Packers high scoring offense will be tough for the Cowboys to slow down, especially in the cold, which will cost them the game.

Indianapolis Colts (12-5) vs. Denver Broncos (12-4), Sunday, January 11, 4:40 PM. CBS.

The Colts played very well in their Wild Card game against the Cincinnati Bengals, but have a tougher game this week against a rested Broncos team that defeated them earlier this season. Despite the loss, they played well enough in that game, and were a touchdown away from tying up the game, but Adrew Luck couldn't complete the comeback, and their game tying drive ended on the Denver 39 yard line. This time around, the Colts will try to avoid falling behind early, and give themselves a chance to win the game.

Peyton Manning will be facing his old team for the first time in the playoffs, and will be expected to be even more focused in this game. The Broncos have had success running the ball this season, even in the absence of Montae Ball, so expect them to challenge the Colts run defense, especially if the weather is cold during the game.

Game Line: The Broncos are favored to win this game by 7 points, the Over/Under is 54 points.

Personal Pick: Andrew Luck isn't going to be intimidated by the Broncos, because he has played well against them in the past, and will lead his team to the surprise victory in Denver.