NFL divisional playoffs Sunday betting picks ATS: Road underdogs Bucs & Chiefs look to avenge regular season losses

The divisional round of the playoffs continues today, with the Buccaneers facing the Lions in Detroit at 3 p.m. ET, followed by the Chiefs taking on the Bills in Buffalo at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Of course, the home teams are favored in both, but anything can happen in the playoffs.

Let’s take a look at the odds for both Sunday NFL playoff games, along with some betting picks and predictions.

Betting picks & predictions for Sunday’s NFL divisional playoff games

Here are the latest NFL betting odds and our picks for Sunday’s divisional playoff games.

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Buccaneers (10-8 SU, 12-6 ATS) vs. Lions (13-5 SU, 12-6 ATS)

The Lions handled the Buccaneers with relative ease when these two teams met in Detroit during Week 6. But the Lions will face a Tampa Bay team that has come a long way since that early season contest.

While the Bucs did go on to lose five of their next six following the Week 6 loss to the Lions, everything came together down the stretch. Tampa Bay won five of its last six, securing a division title and home playoff game in the process.

In that game, the Bucs were 3.5-point home underdogs to the Eagles but played like a team that should have been a heavy favorite, winning easily 32-9. The defense contained the Eagles’ high-powered offense, allowing a single touchdown and a field goal.

Baker Mayfield carved up the Philly secondary for 337 yards and three touchdowns.

But while the Buccaneers have come a long way and have the hot hand heading into the divisional round, the Lions will be tough to beat at home. Emotions are probably still high coming off the franchise’s first playoff win in 32 years.

Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford carved up Detroit’s secondary in the wild card round for 367 yards and a pair of touchdowns. But while the defense did bend quite a bit, they did not break in the second half, giving up just a pair of field goals.

However, the Lions offense got bogged down in the second half. Detroit scored a field goal on its opening drive of the half but had just two first downs the rest of the way.

It’s tempting to want to ride the hot hand in this one and go with the Buccaneers to win. But the Lions are hungry for more postseason success and will not be denied at home.

Tampa Bay’s defense will not make things easy on the Detroit offense. 

Pick: The Lions will win outright but take the Buccaneers .

Read more: Buccaneers vs. Lions preview | Buccaneers vs. Lions TD scorer props

Chiefs (12-6 SU, 10-7-1 ATS) vs. Bills (12-6 SU, 8-10 ATS)

Today’s game will mark the third time in four years that the Chiefs and Bills have faced off in the postseason, but the first time in Buffalo. Kansas City was favored in both prior postseason meetings and won both SU and ATS.

It has been an odd season for both teams. Both were among the favorites to win Super Bowl 58 coming into the season, but neither has looked like a favorite for much of the year.

When the Bills fell to 6-6 with a loss to the Eagles in Week 12, it did not look like they would even make the playoffs. But they rallied after their bye week (Week 13) and won their last five, including a 21-14 victory vs. the Dolphins in Week 18 that secured their fourth straight division title.

While the Chiefs did win their eighth straight division title, the team looked nothing like the offensive powerhouse fans have come to know and love. Without a go-to receiver other than Travis Kelce, Patrick Mahomes often struggled to get the passing game on track.

Consequently, the team had to lean on its defense and the rushing attack to win games.

When these two teams met in Week 14, the Buffalo defense won the day. The Bills defense kept the Chiefs from establishing the run (82 total yards, one touchdown), making it easier to focus on Mahomes and the passing game.

While the defense allowed a touchdown on Kansas City’s opening drive of the second half, it kept Mahomes and the Kansas City offense relatively contained for the rest of the game.

Both teams have had continuity issues on offense this season, but with the game in Buffalo, the Bills have a slight edge. The key to the game might be establishing the run game, making it possible to eat up time and keep the other team’s offense off the field.

To that end, we like James Cook and Josh Allen to have a better day on the ground than Isiah Pacheco and Patrick Mahomes.

Pick: Buffalo

Read more: Chiefs vs. Bills preview | Chiefs vs. Bills TD scorer props | Chiefs vs. Bills betting history and trends

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