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Odds, analysis and predictions for Saturday’s NFL playoff games

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Odds, analysis and predictions for Saturday’s NFL playoff games

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CINCINNATI BENGALS (-5.5) over Las Vegas Raiders; Over 49

One of my favorite handicapping angles during the regular season is to wipe out teams with quick turnarounds, especially after rousing wins. This situation rarely arises in the first week of the playoffs, but here we are with the Raiders, who played a full overtime Sunday night that ended in the elimination of the hated rival Chargers from the playoffs. Now they are due to play Saturday afternoon in Cincinnati, traveling three time zones east to face a Bengals team that rested Joe Burrow and many of his stars last week.

Do I expect guys like Derek Carr, Hunter Renfrow and Maxx Crosby to say, “Man, I’m just too tired!” Not at all. They’re tough guys who led the Raiders through a minefield of adversity to a playoff spot. But the situation helps the Bengals, who have plenty of ways to score points, with Ja’Marr Chase, Joe Mixon, Tyler Boyd and, if healthy, Tee Higgins. The Bengals won 32-23 in Las Vegas in November, and it should be similar.

Bengals, 34-17

Ja’Marr Chase and the Bengals will win and cover against the Raiders.
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BUFFALO BILLS (-4) against the New England Patriots; Under 44

Is it possible Bill Belichick used all his remaining magic when he coached the Patriots to a 14-10 win over the Bills by calling just three assists on that windswept, North Pole-like night in Orchard? Park in early December? Since then, the Patriots are 1-3 SU and ATS, the only success in a 50-10 home rout of the Jaguars. Last week, needing a win for a chance at the AFC East title, the Patriots were small, losing 33-24 to Miami.

Meanwhile, the Bills are 4-1 SU and 3-2 ATS since that meeting. Their overtime loss at Tampa Bay came with a 17-3 fourth-quarter comeback that turned Buffalo’s slumping season on its head. On December 26, the Bills went to Foxborough and won, 33-21, as one-point underdogs. I think this game is a better approximation of where these two teams are now. Belichick is still Belichick, but he has rookie quarterback Mac Jones, while the other side has perennial MVP contender Josh Allen.

Bills, 24-16

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