Aaron Rodgers’ vintage performance of late has sparked two of the more enticing betting props available during the NFL divisional playoff round.
While his Green Bay Packers are underdogs going into Dallas to face the Cowboys on Sunday, there is a prop on whether Rodgers will record four or more touchdown passes with zero interceptions for the fourth consecutive game. The prop pays +1000 for Yes, with -5000 for No, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
The total on road teams winning is 1.5, with the under listed at -140 and the over listed at even money. Home teams won all four games in last season’s divisional round.
Rodgers tops the Most Passing Yards board at +300, with Atlanta’s Matt Ryan and New England’s Tom Brady listed at +350, followed by Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger (+500) and Seattle’s Russell Wilson (+600). Ryan and Wilson, it should be noted, will be passing inside the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
The Most Rushing Yards boards is a two-workhorse race between Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell (+150) and Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott (+200), two of the NFL’s busiest backs. Experts long ago gave up on trying to predict New England coach Bill Belichick’s usage of his running backs, but LeGarrette Blount (+600) is entering a game where the Patriots are likely to get the early lead on the Houston Texans.
The Steelers’ Antonio Brown (+300) and the Falcons’ Julio Jones (+350) are the favorites to amass the most receiving yards, although Brown faces a cold-weather game in Kansas City and Jones will be contending with Seattle Seahawks shutdown CB Richard Sherman. Rodgers’ primary targets, Davante Adams (+800) and Randall Cobb (+1200) are available. Dallas’ Dez Bryant (+850) has the statistically weakest opposition.
One fun prop is whether the New England Patriots will shut out the Houston Texans in their AFC matchup on Saturday, having done so already this season. No is listed at -2000, with Yes at +750.
The playoffs are also when extra film study can lead to a team uncovering an opponent’s tendency or tell. The prop on whether there will be a defensive or special teams touchdown pays -200 for Yes, and +150 for No. An explosive player such as Kansas City’s Tyreek Hill will not need much room to reward the Yes bettors.
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