A wonderful NFL season has finally hit the business end as we hit the Divisional Round of the playoffs for the 2022/23 campaign.
The remaining eight teams will go head-to-head this weekend for a place in the Conference finals, before competing for a spot in the Super Bowl LVII. But who are likely to be the stand-out performers in those teams?
We’ll look all four games across Saturday and Sunday and pick out the best prop bets to give you our best free NFL picks, and see if we can earn you some extra cash for the end of the weekend.
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McKinnon has emerged as a huge weapon for the Chiefs, who have realized that their wide receivers just aren’t reliable. McKinnon finished the regular season with over 30 receiving yards in four of his final games, and he can do it again here.
Jacksonville ranked 30th in the NFL in receiving yards allowed to RBs during the regular season. The trend continued late into the schedule, as the Jaguars ranked 28th in the final four weeks, so this is a tasty bet.
The Jaguars will obviously have to throw the ball to keep up with the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes, and there are plenty of points expected in this game.
The Chiefs allowed nine TD receptions to tight-ends during the regular season, which was tied for 28th in the NFL. They allowed four TD catches to TEs in the final four weeks of the season, so Engram will be licking his lips here.
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This might look like a bet that is going against the trends considering what happened last week. However, these divisional rivals are very familiar with each other and will be matching up for the third time this season.
In the regular-season finale, the Eagles scored 22 points against a Giants team that was not playing for anything at all, although they also didn’t play their strongest team. New York has not allowed more than 22 points in four of its past five games, and this gives you breathing room even if that does happen.
Hurts is the danger man when it comes to the Eagles, with his throwing arm among the best in the entire NFL this season.
But he has been dealing with a shoulder injury in recent weeks, and that has seen him rush more regularly than before. In what is likely to be a close game, expect that he could do it again when they’re near the end zone and find himself bagging yet another TD for himself.
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Buffalo ranked fifth in rushing defense during the regular season, and against the Dolphins it was Jeff Wilson as the leading rusher vs the Bills in the Wild Card round with just 23 yards.
Mixon has failed to get past the projected rushing total in four of his past six games and his average 58.1 rushing yards per game is his lowest seasonal average since his rookie year. This should land in a frustrating night for Mixon.
I believe this is the game where Josh Allen’s picks will cost him, having ranked second in the regular season with 14 interceptions. Then he got two more in the Wild Card.
On the other hand Joe Burrow has thrown more than one interception only once in his last seven games.
It can’t be ignored that this is a game between two very evenly matched sides, so a turnover could well be the difference and it seems as though Allen is far more likely to do it.
|NFL Divisional Round Props|
|Dallas Cowboys win 1st half||+150||+143|
|San Francisco 49ers win 1st half||-180||-176|
Brock Purdy is going to face his toughest matchup yet. The Dallas defense led the NFL with 33 takeaways and was third with 54 sacks during the regular season.
The Cowboys will put Purdy into many adverse situations early as they look to cause an upset with the bookmakers.
The playmakers on its defensive unit will be able to limit big plays from San Francisco’s usual standouts, especially early on, so the first half moneyline is a great bet.
Aiyuk has soared past the projected total in his last four games and five of his past six. He averaged 59.7 receiving yards per game during the regular season, so this total is easily surpassable.
Dallas ranked 25th in receiving yards allowed to wide receivers during the regular season. Add to that the fact that the Cowboys’ defense will be heavily focused on San Francisco’s other top playmakers, Aiyuk will be a downfield target as the Cowboys try to stifle the 49ers.