In order to get an inside edge on the four teams doing battle during Saturday’s postseason slate, we’ve enlisted the help of those who know these teams best. NFL expert bloggers strap on the pads and debate not only who will win but who will cover Saturday.
New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks (-10, 44)
WHY SAINTS WILL COVER
Andrew Juge writes for Saints Nation. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter @SaintsNationBlg.
The 8.5 points in favor of the Seahawks is an astronomically-high spread for a playoff game that is inflated due to the Seahawks’ embarrassing win over the Saints on December 2. But the Saints learned some valuable lessons from that trip and their confidence on the road is peaking after a historical team win on the road against the Eagles the previous week. It is extremely difficult to beat a good team that badly twice in the same season and Sean Payton is a master at making adjustments and motivating his players.
WHY SEAHAWKS COVER
Rob Davies writes for Field Gulls. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter @FieldGulls.
In the Russell Wilson era, the Seahawks are 4-4 ATS as a double-digit favorite at home. However, when favored by less than 10 points at home, as they are this week, Seattle's a perfect 5-0 ATS since the beginning of the 2012 season. The Saints are not only looking up at trying to cover on the road - something they're not particularly adept at - but they're attempting to do so in Seattle, in arguably the most intimidating stadium in NFL history.
Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots (-7.5, 50.5)
WHY COLTS WILL COVER
Kyle Rodriguez is a senior writer and assistant editor at The Colts Authority. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter @ColtsAuthority.
The Colts have been an up-and-down team all season, but during the last five weeks they've found their stride offensively, which bodes poorly for New England. As long as the Colts and Andrew Luck are playing as well as they have over the last month, the defense can make enough critical plays to keep the game close. Even last week, when they allowed 44 points, they allowed just six points over the final 25 minutes. As long as the Colts don't try to get too cute against the Patriots, and keep doing what's working, they should still be in the game in the fourth quarter. Andrew Luck is 16-2 in one-possession games so far in his career, so if the Colts have a shot late in the game, they trust Luck to get it done.
WHY PATRIOTS WILL COVER
Richard Hill is an editor at Pats Pulpit. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter @patspulpit.
The Patriots are going to slice open the Colts defense that was exploited by the Chiefs, and the Patriots will take T.Y. Hilton out of the game. Belichick has a plan to take out the most important player on the Colts offense and he won't let Indy back into the game once they fall behind. Lead foot on the gas pedal.
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