J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans are heavy underdogs on the road against Kansas City
It only took one weekend of NFL playoff action for things to get turned on their head and rightfully so with all the road teams being so impressive. The competition level takes another step up this coming round however as the field for the Lombardi Trophy narrows once again.
Note: All times are ET.
Here are NFL picks against the spread for the Divisional Round:
Saturday, Jan. 11
No. 6 Minnesota Vikings at No. 1 San Francisco 49ers, 4:35 p.m.
The Vikings shocked the Saints (again) with an improbable win and their reward is to head to the other side of the country to take on a very talented San Francisco team. While Kirk Cousins' squad does have momentum in this one, asking them to pull off the upset two weeks in a row is a tall task. Expect both teams to move the ball even as the home team covers in the end. The Picks: Over 45, 49ers -7
Sunday, Jan. 12
No. 4 Houston Texans at No. 2 Kansas City Chiefs, 3:05 p.m.
Both these teams have changed quite a bit since their first meeting back in October, a 31-24 Texans win at Arrowhead. While there's little doubt that the Chiefs have rounded into the form of a Super Bowl contender, a line approaching double digits is a bit hard to fathom given how closely matched teams have been this postseason. Andy Reid has been great with time off to prepare but even he has to respect what Deshaun Watson can do with the ball in his hands no matter the score. The Pick: Houston +9.5
No. 5 Seattle Seahawks at No. 2 Green Bay Packers, 6:40 p.m.
It feels strange that Aaron Rodgers is being discounted so much in a home playoff game but all the momentum seems like it's on Russell Wilson’s side coming into this one. The Seahawks do play better away from home but even they have to admit this is no easy task going into Lambeau. Both sides have done just enough to eke out more than a few wins this year but the Packers have played slightly more consistent on both sides of the ball to hang on at home by a touchdown. The Pick: Packers -3.5
Wild Card Weekend: 2-2
— Written by Bryan Fischer, an award-winning college football columnist and member of the Athlon Contributor Network. You can follow him from coast-to-coast on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat at @BryanDFischer.