The UF Squad is back with their best selections ahead of the first two Divisonal Round games in this year’s NFL Playoffs.
After landing five winning tips out of a possible seven last weekend, the UF Squad are back with more tips for this year’s NFL playoffs.
This weekend sees the Divisional Round get underway, with four games scheduled across Saturday and Sunday.
The first of our two NFL articles this week reviews the first two games, as we look at the Jaguars @ Chiefs matchup as well as the Eagles @ Giants clash.
Here are the UF Team’s best selections for Saturday’s NFL Divisional Round games.
JAX Jaguars @ KC Chiefs (Saturday, 4:30pm ET)
After their near-miraculous comeback against the Chargers last week, Trevor Lawrence and the Jags are handed a tough matchup in the Divisional Round, as they hit the road to take on the Chiefs.
Kansas City make their entrance into this year’s NFL playoffs, after receiving a first-round bye due to the AFC West franchise claiming the #1 seed in the conference.
This seems to be a game where the Jaguars have been written off before it has started, which always add more fuel to the fire for the underdog.
Patrick Mahomes may never have thrown an interception in a divisional game, let alone lose one, but this is giving vibes of the AFC Championship game against the Bengals all over again.
We’re not implying that the Jaguars will win this game, but the spread looks achievable, with a touchdown plus two points giving a nice buffer for the AFC South franchise.
Mahomes could break his no divisional round interception here as well, which is a nice price looking at the Jags interception record on the road this season.
Jacksonville recorded seven interceptions in their nine road games in 2022, including one against Mahomes in Week 10, so history could well repeat itself here.
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NY Giants @ PHI Eagles (Saturday, 8:15pm ET)
With the Giants stunning the Vikings on the road last week, Daniel Jones and the Big Blue brigade head to Philly to face their NFC East rivals and #1 seed, the Eagles.
New York have impressed critics alike in their last two games, as they pushed Philadelphia all the way in their final regular season game with just their backups before putting in a sublime performance in Minneapolis to progress to the next round of the playoffs.
However, this Eagles team is much better in every aspect and if Jalen Hurts is back to his best, they could face an uphill battle from the get-go.
The Giants’ ‘never say die’ attitude along with the elite talent of Saquon Barkley and the cool composure of Daniel Jones could help them here, with both names mentioned needing to produce the game of their careers.
Jones’ rushing game caught the eye last weekend and he could well produce that once again here, with Philadelphia allowing the fourth-most rushing yards to QBs in the regular season.
Over eight rushing attempts looks possible here, as Jones has surpassed that total in four of his last six starts. The Giants QB registered 17 attempts against the Vikings alone last Sunday.
The week off for the Eagles may not benefit them in the slightest, and we feel this will be where the upset of the Divisional Round will be, with the Giants rolling back the years and reaching the NFC Championship game for the first time since 2012.
All odds listed correct as of Friday January 20.