NFL Playoffs Jan. 17 – Seahawks at Panthers/ Steelers at Broncos- Quick Predictions
Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers
The defending NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks will look to hand the 15-1 Panthers their first home loss of the season Sunday.
This game matches the NFL’s number one scoring offense, Carolina, against the leagues best scoring defense, Seattle. Week 6, Carolina pulled out a 27-23 victory at Seattle. This is also a rematch from last seasons divisional playoffs where Seattle ended Carolina’s season 31-17.
Both teams have great players defensively. With the big game experience and return of Marshawn Lynch, I’m leaning towards Seattle pulling this one out. With a game that I expect to be this close, I’m taking the underdog, because being able to get the spread over a touchdown is an excellent play for a two team teaser.
Seattle 27 Carolina 24 (Seattle +9)
Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos
At 39 years young, Peyton Manning will look to win his first career playoff game in sub 40 degree weather. Manning and his teams have failed in the previous five attempts.
I’ve liked the Steelers all week in this game, but there are so many question marks about the team. Even without Deangleo Williams and Antonio Brown, I think the +9 the Steelers are receiving, is a gift. The fan in me would love to see Peyton Manning pull this out, however, as a gambler I can not trust him to cover that many points, in what I expect will be a low scoring game. Do not be surprised if Gary Kubiak goes to Brock Osweiler if needed. The -9, is way too many points for me to recommend anyone betting on Denver. Even without Williams, Brown and a bang up Ben Roethlisberger, I see the Steelers competing and covering. A Pittsburgh victory would not surprise me, but in the end, the Denver defense will lead them to victory. I’m taking an easier approach and teasing +6.
Denver 21 Steelers 17 (Steelers +15)
Two Team Teaser +6 Play of the Week
Seattle Seahawks +9
Pittsburgh Steelers +15
**Bet Sports Strong Rating for two team teaser A****
A-Bet with confidence
B-Strong lean, but bet with caution
C-Slight lean, enjoy the game but be careful with your money
D-Prediction but not a good feel either way