The NFL postseason is just one week away from the conference championships. That means four games to consider betting this weekend, starting with two Saturday. The Bengals and Titans kick things off, followed by the 49ers and Packers.
Betting analysts Doug Kezirian (17-30-2, 0-1 last week), Tyler Fulghum (25-33, 0-0), Joe Fortenbaugh (57-52-2, 3-5-1), Anita Marks (324-286, 14-15) and Erin Dolan (7-5, 3-0), fantasy and sports betting analyst Eric Moody (149-150, 6-13), ESPN Stats & Information's Seth Walder (64-58, 3-4) and Mackenzie Kraemer (8-15, 0-0), sports betting deputy editor David Bearman (30-31-1, 0-1) and Football Outsiders' Aaron Schatz (63-47-1, 3-1-1) will provide their top plays across the NFL landscape. (Records through wild-card weekend.)
Here are their best bets for Saturday's divisional round games.
Note: Lines from Caesars Sportsbook as of Thursday (unless otherwise indicated).
Saturday's best bets
(4) Cincinnati Bengals at (1) Tennessee Titans (-3.5, 47)
Fortenbaugh: Everybody is aware of the ruthlessly effective nature of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid when he's coming off a bye week. But don't sleep on Titans head coach Mike Vrabel, who is a career 4-0 straight up and against the spread while beating the closing number by an average of 19.1 points per game when given an extra week to prepare. Vrabel isn't winning by an average of 19.1 PPG off the bye, he's beating the closing point spread by 19.1 PPG! Cincinnati survived the Raiders last week but went an alarming 2-for-5 in the red zone against one of the worst red zone defenses of the current millennium. This is a bigger step up in class than most people think.