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Sport NFL Divisional Playoffs Q&A: What are the odds …?

20:00  12 january  2018
20:00  12 january  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Here are more questions entering the NFL divisional playoffs : What are the odds … the Titans can pull off another upset? Tennessee improbably came back against the Chiefs last week, earning a date against the defending Super Bowl champs.

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It's been a long time since Week 1, when the Vikings defeated the Saints, 29-19, that's what Drew Brees wanted everyone to know heading into this week's NFC divisional playoff matchup between the teams.

This week's rematch is one of the most anticipated of the weekend, featuring the Saints' red-hot offense and underrated defense against the Vikings, who went 7-1 at home this season.

Proving Brees' point, the two teams have gone through a number of roster changes since their Week 1 clash. Sam Bradford started at quarterback for Minnesota that week, and the Saints' two-headed running back attack consisted of Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson.

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The Saints now have Ingram and Alvin Kamara, both of whom finished the season with more than 1,500 yards from scrimmage. The Saints have won three of their last four meetings against the Vikings.

So, what are the odds the Saints avenge their Week 1 loss?

The Vikings are 4-3 in their last seven home playoff games but have lost two of their last three. They have not lost consecutive home playoff games since doing so in 1988 against the Redskins and 1993 against the Bears. Meanwhile, the Saints are 1-6 all time on the road in the playoffs.

Both teams possess stingy defenses and solid running games, but Brees is much more experienced than Vikings quarterback Case Keenum.

a man wearing a uniform: Drew Brees © (Getty Images) Drew Brees

While the Saints have struggled on the road in the playoffs, they have a good chance to change that this week.

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What are the odds … the Titans can pull off another upset?

Tennessee improbably came back against the Chiefs last week, earning a date against the defending Super Bowl champs. While this game may look one-sided on paper, the Titans clearly are playing with heart and passion right now.

The Patriots are 9-1 at home in the playoffs since the 2011 season. No other team has more than five home wins in the postseason in that time. New England also has Rob Gronkowski back this year after he missed last postseason. Gronkowski has caught nine touchdowns in the playoffs. Since 1999, only one other tight end has more than four in the postseason (Vernon Davis, seven).

The third quarter could be huge for the Titans — they've outscored opponents 98-49 in the third quarters of games in 2017 (including the playoffs). Their plus-49 differential is the third highest in the NFL. But the odds are against them this week.

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What are the odds … the Eagles win a playoff game without Carson Wentz?

When Wentz went down Week 14 with a torn ACL, many thought the Eagles' season was over. But Nick Foles came into the lineup and won two games, keeping hope in Philadelphia for an Eagles Super Bowl.

The Falcons have won three of their last four road games, and Philadelphia has totaled less than 220 yards of offense in its last two home games. Atlanta is 4-2 in the playoffs since the 2012 season.

The Eagles have lost their last four playoff games, tied for the longest such streak in franchise history. The odds are not in their favor to turn things around this week.

What are the odds … the Jaguars can force enough turnovers to beat the Steelers?

Antonio Brown looks poised to play this weekend, giving Pittsburgh its most lethal offensive weapon for this playoff clash. The Steelers have won three of their last four against Jacksonville, although the Jaguars won their matchup earlier this season – a 30-9 victory in Pittsburgh in Week 5.

The Jaguars forced five Ben Roethisberger interceptions in that game, and they had 11 interceptions on the road during the regular season, tied for the second most in the league.

Given the Jaguars' elite defense and Pittsburgh's inconsistent offense, Jacksonville actually has decent odds at pulling off an upset this week. It all comes down to whether Blake Bortles can maintain possession long enough to score a few points.

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