December 11, 2022; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Divisional Round Picks: Boys, Bengals, Birds

Still well above .500 entering the NFL divisional playoffs, here are four fresh takes for arguably the best weekend of the year. Here are the NFL Divisional picks for the 2022 season, with a pair of big home favorites and a pair of small road dogs.

Lines are as of Friday Jan. 20 at FanDuel Sportsbook watch for late line moves for any injury updates that may affect your wager.

OVER UNDER Picks | JAX vs KC | NYG vs PHI | BUF vs CIN | DAL vs SF

Jacksonville Jaguars at Kansas City Chiefs (-9): CHIEFS

I think the Jags won their Super Bowl last Saturday night against the Chargers. Now, they’re on the road against the inevitable MVP and Andy Reid with two weeks to prepare. It’s a bad recipe. Kansas City by double digits easily.

New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles (-7.5): EAGLES

The hook scares me in a divisional game with Jalen Hurts less than 100 percent, so I’d buy that back if you can at a reasonable rate. Still, the blowout potential exists after Philly dominated in the regular season. Remember, these Giants had a negative scoring margin this year. They might hit a wall.

Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills (-5.5): BENGALS

I just don’t trust the Bills, who have turned the ball over six times in their last two games and cut it way too close against Miami twice in the last month. Cincinnati has just one six-plus-point loss all year, and that came nearly three months ago.

Dallas Cowboys at San Francisco 49ers (-4): COWBOYS

I’m not laying more than a field goal with a team quarterbacked by a rookie seventh-round pick. There’s too much of a risk the slipper comes off of Brock Purdy, and Dallas looked damn good last week. This feels like a field-goal game.

Cincinnati Bengals at Tennessee Titans (-3.5): Titans


Archived NFL Divisional Picks article from Jan. 21, 2022

Can the Bills get over the hump and avenge their loss a season ago in KC? Does rest help Tennessee get healthy and overcome surging Cincinnati? And will the 49ers get after Aaron Rodgers to chase the MVP from the playoffs?

Check out picks analysis on all four games and then get the short-version quick picks here.

Packers vs Rams | Bengals vs Titans | Bills vs Chiefs | Rams vs Bucs 

Lines are as of Friday Jan. 21 at FanDuel Sportsbook watch for late line moves for any injury or Covid-related activity that may change your wager.

I hate the hook and I’m afraid of the fact we don’t know exactly what to expect from Derrick Henry in his return from injury, but Henry is a playoff king and the well-coached Titans beat a lot of good teams this season. I also think the Bengals have hit their limit, but I’d consider buying back half a point before taking the fave, if possible.

San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers (-5.5): Packers

The Packers aren’t trustworthy but they’re a lot healthier than San Francisco and they are usually good for at least one playoff win before choking. It’s a little surprising they’re laying less than a touchdown at Lambeau, because it’s possible San Francisco peaked in Dallas last week.

Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-2.5)

On the road against a team that dominated last January and is led by the most decorated player in NFL history, and potentially without veteran left tackle Andrew Whitworth, it’s downright silly that the Rams are getting less than a field goal in this spot. The Bucs aren’t exactly a picture of health either but should be considered the better team, and this line indicates otherwise.

Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs (-2): Bills

Neither result would surprise me at all here, but I think it’s Buffalo’s time. They’re completely healthy and rolling on all cylinders, and quite simply the better team at this point. Arrowhead could be a factor, but I think we’ll see a change of the guard here.

Archived NFL Divisional Round Picks article from Jan. 15, 2021

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Injuries didn’t cost the Rams against the Seattle Seahawks on wild-card weekend, but Seattle was overrated and unable to properly take advantage of L.A.’s many deficiencies. It’ll be a different story in Green Bay against a Packers team that has outscored its opponents by 16.0 points per game over the course of a four-game home winning streak.

The Pack have also had two weeks to prepare. And although Rams breakout back Cam Akers could heat up against a vulnerable run defense, that unit has also improved. We saw that when they shut down David Montgomery in Week 17.

With big questions at quarterback and All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald hurting, there’s no way I’m taking the Rams with only 6.5 points on their side.


I went back-and-forth on this one so I’d probably prefer to sit back and enjoy it. The Ravens are tempting because it’s hard to imagine anyone stopping Lamar Jackson right now, but let’s not forget that the Bills would be riding an 11-game winning streak if not for a Kyler Murray Hail Mary in Week 10.

Meanwhile, Baltimore’s hot streak is a bit deceptive because the Ravens spent much of December beating up on bad teams. Josh Allen can match Jackson’s impact, and both have monkeys off their back after registering their first playoff wins last weekend. The Bills might not win big, but they should at least be favored by a full field goal at home.


Why are the Chiefs laying double-digit points? I know, Andy Reid is 25-5 in his career following regular-season or postseason byes, but the Chiefs haven’t been themselves for quite some time, they’re still pretty banged up, they might be rusty coming off essentially three weeks’ rest, and the Browns have absolutely nothing to lose right now.

That makes this a sucker’s line. Kansas City hasn’t won by more than six points in any of its last eight games, and Patrick Mahomes hasn’t been right for much of that stretch. Why should we suddenly expect that to change here, especially with standout right tackle Mitchell Schwartz still out of the lineup for the Chiefs?

The Browns are healthier now than they were when they rocked and shocked the Pittsburgh Steelers in the wild-card round. They’ll hang around here, and the backdoor cover is your friend anyway.


I’m really betting this game will push and taking this opportunity to warn you against betting against it at all with this line. The Saints are the much better all-around team and they won handily in Tampa in November, so it’d be silly to go against them with the Bucs slightly worn down on the road here.

Gun to my head, I’ll take the team I have pegged to win the game with only three points to give up, but add a hook and I’m jumping to the Bucs. That’s how serious I am about this thing being decided by about three points.

NFL Divisional Round Picks courtesy of Brad Gagnon. Watch NFL odds all week here at NFP.

Brad Gagnon has been passionate about both sports and mass media since he was in diapers -- a passion that won't die until he's in them again. He was a lead contributor to an earlier incarnation of and was happy to return when new management revived the brand in 2020. Based in Toronto, he's covered the NFL since 2008 and has been a national NFL writer at Bleacher Report since 2012. He despises all 32 NFL teams equally but remains a fan of the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto Raptors. He can be reached at


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