NFL: Back Patriots, Seahawks, Packers and Broncos in Playoff Acca
The NFL playoffs are now in full swing, and Coral continue to give great offers to their customers. Here we tell you why you should consider backing individual odds-on favourites New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos all to win in this week’s Divisional Round at an enhanced 9/4 price.
Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots
Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady can move closer to a record sixth Superbowl appearance with a win over the Ravens at Gillette Stadium.
Brady has been at the forefront of a New England side which has dominated the NFL for the last 15 seasons. His 18 playoff wins in that span are the most by any NFL quarterback ever.
Brady could be in position to exploit a favourable matchup on Saturday against the Ravens – Baltimore’s pass defense ranked just 23rd out of 32 teams in the NFL this season.
Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski is likely to be mismatched against the Ravens’ linebackers, and is 6/1 to catch the first touchdown.
Baltimore cannot afford to give up big plays to Brady if they wish to progress, so this weakness is very detrimental to their efforts, and could be enough to see the Patriots secure yet another home win in Foxborough.
Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks
Defending NFL champions Seattle can take a big step towards retaining their title with a win over Carolina at Centurylink Field.
The Seahawks have already seen off the Panthers away once this season, triumphing in October.
Carolina’s job was made more difficult this week with the news that defensive tackle Star Lotulelei is out with a broken foot. Lotulelei will be a big miss for a Panthers side that desperately needs to stop in the run if it is to stand any chance here.
Seattle could take advantage in the running game as a result, and their star running back Marshawn Lynch is 1/2 to score anytime.
The Seahawks own the NFL’s best defense this season and Carolina quarterback Cam Newton would have to play mistake-free football in order to hurt them in this game.
However Newton managed to complete just 56.7 of his passes in last week’s game at home to Arizona. It’s hard to see him being able to improve on that poor effort on the road in the hostile atmosphere created by Seattle’s vociferous fans.
It seems likely therefore that the Seahawks can triumph once again at Centurylink, where they have won 24 out of their last 26 games.
Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers
NFC North division champions Green Bay can freeze Dallas in their tracks, as the Packers face the Cowboys at an ice-cold Lambeau Field on Sunday.
Home advantage is likely to be all-important in this fixture, where the temperature at game-time is expected to be well below freezing.
Crucially, Green Bay have gone undefeated this season at their own ground. Star quarterback Aaron Rodgers is especially good at home, having passed for 25 touchdowns against zero interceptions in eight games at Lambeau in 2014 – an outstanding record.
In their last seven played away against NFC North opposition, the Cowboys have lost six, which shows that in general they do not travel well to the northern region (their lone win came against Chicago).
Their pass defense meanwhile ranked just 26th this season, and the Packers will no doubt look to exploit that matchup here. Packers’ wide receiver Randall Cobb can be backed at 4/6 to score anytime on Sunday.
Battling against the elements as well as a tough Green Bay side may well prove to be more than Dallas can handle in this contest.
Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos
Broncos can outpace the Colts at Mile High in perhaps the most eagerly-anticipated tie of the weekend.
The omens are good for a deep playoff run for the Broncos, as the current team is much-improved compared to the side of last year that came up just short of winning the Superbowl.
Denver made a considerable effort this season to strengthen on the defensive side of the ball, spending big to acquire top talent such as Aqib Talib and DeMarcus Ware. As a result, the Broncos defense was much improved, ranking second against the run, and ninth against the pass this season.
The Broncos offense led by legendary quarterback Peyton Manning, meanwhile, continues to be potent, ranking second-overall in points scored in 2014.
These two teams have already faced each other this season, with Denver beating the Colts 31-24 on the opening weekend.
Indianapolis were unable to establish any kind of running offense in that game, posting a disappointing 35 rushing-yards. The Colts will have their work cut out if they are to improve this time around.
Ultimately, what could be the undoing of the Colts in this matchup is their relative inability to hold onto the ball. Of all the teams left in the playoffs, they are the only side with a negative turnover-difference this season (minus-five).
The Colts surely cannot afford to lose the turnover battle here, as the Broncos will be ready to punish them for any costly mistakes that are made.