Cowboys vs. Packers headlines a weekend full of primo matchups. (Photo Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

After suffering through the Wildcard Weekend games, we’ve been rewarded with three marquee matchups in the Divisional Round — 3 out of 4 ain’t too bad. And if you play Fanduel, you might have a reason to tune in to the Houston @ New England game. Mike & I didn’t kill it last week on the totals or spreads, so hopefully we do better this week.

Voodoo’s postseason record:
Against the spread: 2-2
Straight up: 4-0
Over/Under: 1-3
 
Mike Procopio’s postseason record:
Against the spread: 2-2
Straight up: 4-0
Over/Under: 2-2
 

 
DIVISIONAL ROUND:

Saturday January 14th @ 4:35pm ET
Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta Falcons (-5)
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Over/Under: 51.5
Temperature: Indoor
Wind: Indoor
 

Depending on which Seattle team shows up, this should be one hell of a game. They have been notoriously streaky on offense, and a lesser version of their dominant selves on defense. Atlanta’s offense is powerful enough to have their way with Seattle’s D, so I do expect a lot of points from them — thinking in the high 20s, maybe low 30s range. For Seattle to keep up with them, their offense needs to show up today. If Atlanta’s D line can’t get pressure on Russell Wilson, the Seahawks will be able to pile up some points. And if Rawls & Wilson are, rolling then Seattle will pull off the “upset”.
Seattle 34 – Atlanta 30

Voodoo’s picks:
Against the spread: Seattle
Straight up: Seattle
Over/Under: Over
 
Mike Procopio’s picks:
Against the spread: Seattle
Straight up: Seattle
Over/Under: Under
 

Saturday January 14th @ 8:15pm ET
Houston Texans vs. New England Patriots (-16)
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Over/Under: 44
Temperature: 26°
Wind: 3-8mph
 

This game is such a foregone conclusion, that its outcome doesn’t even need to be discussed. For what it’s worth, if you’re playing in a Fanduel league, I like Dion Lewis as an RB bargain. LeGarrette Blount has been ill this week, and even if he plays, they’ll probably rest him when the game is out of hand to work in Lewis. He’ll be a valuable weapon in their playoff run, and the Texans are the perfect tuneup game to make this happen.
New England 37 – Houston 6

Voodoo’s picks:
Against the spread: New England
Straight up: New England
Over/Under: Under
 
Mike Procopio’s picks:
Against the spread: Houston
Straight up: New England
Over/Under: Over
 

Sunday January 15th @ 4:40pm ET
Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys (-5)
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Over/Under: 52
Temperature: Indoor
Wind: Indoor
 

Another Green Bay game, another “Matchup of the Week”. It’s an understatement to say that offense will be on display in this one. Not a whole lot of defense, but who cares? Part of me thinks that the Cowboys’ youth, unproven coaching, and 3-week layoff makes them ripe for a loss. The other part of me says that their offensive line is so dominant, that it’ll take a lot for Dak to get rattled and for Elliott to get shut down. Dak has more time to throw than any QB in the league, and Elliott is running through lanes that I could drive my Jeep through.

This is the playoffs, though, where momentum can take over a game, and the pressure affects a team to the point where they either play way above their abilities, or they completely fall apart. I do expect the Cowboys to win this game, especially if it’s a grind-it-out, back and forth contest. But if Green Bay can drop a quick 14 points or so in the 1st quarter? That’s how Green Bay wins this one — they NEED a fast start. A couple more tidbits regarding momentum entering the game: Dallas has not experienced a victory since December 26th (20 days); and on the flipside, Green Bay has ONLY been winning since November 20th (56 days). This could have an effect, especially in the beginning stages of the game.

What’s really confusing me is why the line at -5. It seems like Vegas is begging the public to load up on Green Bay. If it was at -3/-3.5 I’d feel good about Green Bay, but this line makes me think that Vegas knows something we don’t (which they do, and it’s why they’re Vegas). So I’m being persuaded to think this will be a back & forth slugfest, with a well-rested Dallas team grinding it out with Zeke down the stretch to advance to the NFC Championship.
Dallas 38 – Green Bay 31

Voodoo’s picks:
Against the spread: Dallas
Straight up: Dallas
Over/Under: Over
 
Mike Procopio’s picks:
Against the spread: Green Bay
Straight up: Dallas
Over/Under: Over
 

Sunday January 15th @ 1:05pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Kansas City Chiefs (-1.5)
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Over/Under: 44.5
Temperature: 36°
Wind: 5-10mph
 

This game was moved from its original time slot of 1:05pm due to some freezing rain storms that would apparently make it too difficult to …. play football? I don’t know how to feel about this whole situation, but I’m guessing that maybe the decision was based on the safety of the fans driving to the stadium, and not the experience of the game. The elements are part of the game, and it bothers me when the NFL freaks out over anything other than a hurricane or an earthquake (i.e., a natural disaster). It sets a horrible precedent, and before you know it, they’ll postpone games if there’s heavy snow in the forecast. Oh wait, they already did that in Philly in 2010 against the Vikings. Remember Tuesday Night Football? Total joke. Actually, Andy Reid was the coach of the Eagles then, and he supported that decision when it was made. Verrrrrrrry Interesting…

Anyway, this should be a great game, with two teams that are rolling along. The Steelers have more firepower on offense, and a much much much better QB. But the Chiefs have simply found ways to win all year. They’re also at home, with a very advantageous home field. This is a true tossup, and should come down to the wire. I’m going with the Steelers, winning in dramatic fashion with a FG in OT.
Pittsburgh 23 – Kansas City 20

Voodoo’s picks:
Against the spread: Pittsburgh
Straight up: Pittsburgh
Over/Under: Under
 
Mike Procopio’s picks:
Against the spread: Pittsburgh
Straight up: Kansas City
Over/Under: Over
 

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Voodoo Brown started playing fantasy football way back in 1994 — when you had to manually add up scores with the Monday edition of USA Today (yes, that’s how it was done). Since that time, he has amassed 11 titles and 6 runner-ups, with most of his success coming after 2003 (avg. participation of 2-3 leagues per year). These accomplishments are evidence that Voodoo steadily adjusts to the ebbs & flows of the ever-changing fantasy landscape. It’s a different game now than it was in 1994 — hell, even 2004. Rarely finishing as a doormat, Voodoo’s teams are always in the mix. If you want any roster or lineup feedback, you can message him at vb@voodoobrown.com, or hit him up on Facebook or Twitter (@VoodooBrown)

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