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Opening NFL Betting Odds for the 2021 Divisional Round

| January 11, 2021 5:19 am PDT
2021 NFL Divisional Round Odds and Betting Lines

The first round of the 2021 NFL playoffs did not disappoint. It was a great round for NFL player props, and I scored an awesome upset win after picking the Browns to beat the Steelers.

In all, the Wild Card round also included mostly well-contested games, featuring some impressive defensive play by the Rams and Ravens. Buffalo and Tampa Bay looked strong offensively in wins, as well.

As fun as the first round was, things could get even more intense in the Divisional Round.

The best NFL betting sites have already pushed out 2021 NFL Divisional Round odds, and it may pay to get a jump on the action and place bets early.

Whether you plan on betting right away or not, analyzing the early NFL odds and betting lines at least prepares you for the week. With that, join me for a breakdown of the 2021 NFL Divisional Round odds.

Los Angeles Rams vs. Green Bay Packers Odds

Rams (+7) -114
Packers (-7) -106
Rams to Win +280
Packers to Win -350
Over 46.5 -105
Under 46.5 -115

The second biggest spread of the 2021 NFL Divisional Round goes to the Packers, who will seem like a daunting favorite at home.

Green Bay went 13-3 during the regular season, working hard to secure the #1 overall seed and home-field throughout the NFC playoffs.

Aaron Rodgers also wrecked the whole year, putting up a career-high 48 touchdowns and an NFL MVP-level season.

The Packers are the rightful favorites, but their league-leading offense will be tested against a ferocious Rams defense that made Russell Wilson look really bad last week.

L.A. arguably has the coaching edge, too, but most will be quick to point out this is a team that has been inconsistent on offense and also comes in with a laundry list of injuries.

Still, they can run the ball (Cam Akers went off last week), and their defense is nasty. The spread looks like the way to go here, and a Rams upset really isn’t out of the question.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Buffalo Bills Odds

Ravens (+2.5) -110
Bills (-2.5) -110
Over 50.5 -110
Under 50.5 -110

The other NFL playoff game on Saturday goes down in Buffalo, where Josh Allen and co. will host Lamar Jackson and the Ravens.

This game should be a lot more compelling, as both offenses offer more star power and a lot more explosiveness. The Ravens do present another quality defense to worry about, but stifling the Bills seems like a tall order.

Due to that, this game total feels fairly tame and may be the first point of attack here. I also think bettors can get solid value with the favored Bills at home.

That said, Josh Allen is 1-1 as a starter in the playoffs. He imploded in a loss last year, and his Bills barely beat the Colts last week. Will he wilt in the face of an even tougher matchup in round two?

Bettors need to consider that, which probably keeps Baltimore in play as a trendy upset pick.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints Odds

Buccaneers (+3.5) -120
Saints (-3.5) +100
Buccaneers to Win +140
Saints to Win -160
Over 51 -110
Under 51 -110

Tom Brady willed the Buccaneers to a tougher than expected road win last week, as the Buccaneers edged out the Washington Football Team.

I wouldn’t hold those struggles against the Bucs, though, as it was a road game, and Washington’s defense is pretty good. That said, the opponent gets tougher in the Divisional Round, especially when you consider how badly Tampa Bay lost to the Saints the last time they clashed.

Tom Brady vs. Drew Brees III is the hype story you’ll be force-fed all week, and it surely won’t disappoint.

But what’s more important is Brady going up against an underrated Saints defense on the road.

Brady really hasn’t looked good at all in two meetings with New Orleans this season, so the Bucs are the understandable underdogs going into the tense matchup.

Tampa Bay still offers pretty nice value, of course, and if there’s a game for them to figure the Saints out and move along, this is it.

The Bucs could be a fun upset play, but more than anything, I’d be looking for the perfect price on this total. At 51, it feels a tad low.

Cleveland Browns vs. Kansas City Chiefs Odds

Browns (+7.5) -110
Chiefs (-7.5) -110
Over 54.5 -110
Under 54.5 -110

Lastly, we have the Browns and Chiefs. Cleveland shocked the world in the Wild Card round, as they delivered a nasty combination of punches to the Steelers and never let up.

Seriously, their 28 points to start that beatdown were the most ever in the first quarter of an NFL playoff game in league history.

That’s crazy, but what was even wilder was the fact that the Browns looked so good without their head coach, as well as two key offensive lineman.

Cleveland will be more themselves in round two, and their top-5 rushing attack hopes to hit Kansas City’s most glaring weakness; their shaky run defense.

Can Baker Mayfield exchange heavyweight blows with Patrick Mahomes and live to tell about it? Probably not, but the Browns may have what it takes to keep this close, as well as put up enough points to get to the Over.

Summary

It’s early, and the 2021 Divisional Round odds are subject to change. They could especially look a lot different for that Rams vs. Packers game, which has perhaps the most question marks.

Green Bay is the clear favorite, but I’m still a bit wary there. To be honest, though, all four of these games could go either way in a sense.

This is the second round of the NFL playoffs, and truly anything can happen. If you’re looking for more guidance as to how to bet on the NFL Divisional Round, head over to our NFL picks section.

Noah Davis
Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.

When it comes to the NFL, Noah's favorite team is the Cleveland Browns. He enjoys cheering them on with his wife and daughter.

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