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Best bets for the NFL playoffs divisional round

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The divisional round of the NFL playoffs has arrived, and unlike wild-card weekend -- which featured games with close lines -- this weekend's games have well-delineated favorites in each contest.

Each game offers at least a few potential betting angles, and our experts -- Preston Johnson, Warren Sharp and Mike Clay -- are here to break down all four games, sharing best bets as well as the spots you should avoid.

All lines courtesy of Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, as of Friday morning


Los Angeles Chargers at New England Patriots (-4)

Sunday, 1:05 p.m. (CBS)

Total: 47.5
Money line: Chargers +170; Patriots -200

Sharp: In last week's wild-card game against the Chargers, the Ravens produced two turnovers in their first five drives, missed a field goal and called some truly bizarre deeper passes to start off. It was a strange start to the game that put the Ravens in a huge hole, and they couldn't dig out of it. With Tom Brady at quarterback as opposed to Lamar Jackson, the Patriots won't have such troubles. The Chargers bring their top-10 pass defense to New England, but the Patriots have beaten the last four top-10 pass defenses they've faced by at least seven points. The Patriots are a more pass-oriented team, but there is a chance they will stay balanced because of the Chargers' strong pass rush.