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After an exciting Wild Card weekend, the Divisional Round truly can't get here soon enough for NFL fans.


And, as it's never too early to start thinking about what bets to make on this weekend's matchups, let's take a look at the opening betting lines, courtesy of ​FanDuel Sportsbook.

The highest scoring game of the weekend figures to be the first game of the weekend, the Saturday AFC matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs are favored by six and with an opening over/under of 57, this game has the highest projected total of the week, and football fans will likely be in for some fireworks on Saturday afternoon.

Conversely, the lowest projected point total belongs to the other ​AFC matchup between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Chargers. Bookmakers at ​FanDuel Sportsbook set the total at 47 points, despite two legendary quarterbacks in Tom Brady and Philip Rivers sharing the field.

And this is a particularly interesting matchup, with the Patriots opening as 4.5-point favorites at home. New England has been ​unbelievably successful in the Divisional Round coming off a bye, but ​Brady has struggled when facing the Chargers in the playoffs. In other words, ​something has to give.

The NFC slate is no slouch either, and we kick off on Saturday night with an extremely high-profile matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and the Los Angeles Rams. It has been a tale of two seasons for both teams, as the Cowboys finished up the second half on a hot streak, while the Rams stumbled down the stretch. Los Angeles opened as 7-point favorites, but the Cowboys are coming off an impressive victory, so we could see some line movement later in the week. The over/under of 48 is pretty standard in a game with two teams that are solid on both sides of the ball.

​The final game of the weekend pits the top-seeded New Orleans Saints against the defending champion ​Philadelphia Eagles. This matchup in New Orleans has the Saints as 9-point favorites at home over ​Nick Foles and the Eagles with an over/under of 51. The Saints throttled the Eagles, 48-7, back in November, but Carson Wentz was leading Philadelphia back in Week 11. Now that Foles is back at the helm, it feels like anything is possible with this Eagles team.

All in all, this weekend is shaping up to be must-see TV for both football fans and NFL bettors alike.


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