PLAYOFF WATCH 2017: J.J. Watt or Jerry Jones to get most screen time?

Dallas Cowboys NFL football first-round draft pick Ezekiel Elliott, second from left, poses for photos with his new jersey and director of player personnel Stephen Jones, left, team owner Jerry Jones, second from right, and head coach Jason Garrett, right, after a news conference at the team's training facility, Friday, April 29, 2016, in Irving, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Dallas Cowboys NFL football first-round draft pick Ezekiel Elliott, second from left, poses for photos with his new jersey and director of player personnel Stephen Jones, left, team owner Jerry Jones, second from right, and head coach Jason Garrett, right, after a news conference at the team’s training facility, Friday, April 29, 2016, in Irving, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Good morning! This is Playoff Watch 2017, the early buzz on NFL playoffs.

Jerry Jones or JJ Watt to get most air time?  If you want to wager on another sure thing, the odds-makers list Jerry Jones (1/3) as the owner you’ll see on-screen the most while they’re also confident that injured Texan J.J. Watt (3/5) will get more screen time than hobbled Patriot Rob Gronkowski (5/3).  On the field, it’s not surprising that Vic Beasley Jr of the Falcons (4/1) is favored to record the most sacks and Ezekiel Elliott of the Cowboys is favored to be the leading rusher (2/1) but the odds are long (10/1) that he celebrates a TD by jumping into the Salvation Army Kettle.   Steven Hauschka (3/1) is the most likely of the eight kickers to miss a game winning field goal while Dan Bailey (9/1) is the most reliable.

Houston Texans J.J. Watt, left, and Houston Texans outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus (59) stands on the sidelines during anthem before the first half of an AFC Wild Card NFL game between the Houston Texans and the Oakland Raiders, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

Houston Texans J.J. Watt, left, and Houston Texans outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus (59) stands on the sidelines during anthem before the first half of an AFC Wild Card NFL game between the Houston Texans and the Oakland Raiders, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

Brandon Marshall on Inside the NFL of Showtime on the Dallas Cowboys: “I just don’t think that Green Bay has enough on the defensive side. I think that the way that the Dallas Cowboys approach it on the offensive side it’s going to be way too much for Green Bay. There is way too many holes in that defense… Coach [Dom] Capers, he’s been running the same defense for years and everyone knows about it. I just don’t think they have enough stars on that side of the ball to slow down the Dallas Cowboys.”

The NFL on CBS’s broadcast of the AFC wild-card playoff game featuring the Pittsburgh Steelers win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, Jan. 8 (1:00-4:15 p.m.) scored its highest overnight household rating/share in the metered markets since 2014 for the AFC wild-card game. The game earned average overnight household rating/share of 19.2/38, up +4% from an 18.5/37 in the comparable early Sunday window in 2015 for the wild-card game (Cincinnati-Indianapolis; 1/3/15; 1:00-4:15 p.m. on CBS) and tied last year’s primetime AFC wild-card game (19.2/32; Pittsburgh-Cincinnati; 1/9/16; 8:15 p.m.-12:00 Midnight, CBS). The game rating peaked at a 20.8/40 from 3:00-3:30 PM, ET.

Odds, Props and other notes from the gaming world. After a week of the home team favorites holding serve on NFL Wild Card Weekend, the odds-makers at www.SportsBettingDime.com are doubling down on the home teams, offering just 4/1 odds that all four home teams (NE, Dallas, KC, Atl) win again this weekend.  But, if you think last week’s winners can flip the script, odds-makers are offering 200/1 odds that all four road teams (Houston, GB, Pitt, Sea) survive and advance.  Not surprisingly, the odds-makers list all four home teams as favorites to reach the Super Bowl with the Patriots (9/5) nearly a sure thing and a Patriots-Cowboys match-up (18/5) the most likely.  And in an odd twist, each of this weekend’s game is a regular-season rematch.  The odds of New England, Pittsburgh, Dallas and Seattle repeating their regular season triumph is an appetizing 19/2.

Here is a look at a host of NFL Divisional Playoff odds and props from the odds-makers at www.SportsBettingDime.com.  Additional analysis is available at https://www.sportsbettingdime.com/news/nfl/nfl-odds-divisional-playoff-props/

NFL DIVISIONAL ROUND ODDS & PROPS

TEAM PROPS

Odds of winning Super Bowl LI:

New England: 9/5

Dallas: 5/1

Atlanta: 7/1

Kansas City: 17/2

Green Bay: 9/1

Pittsburgh: 11/1

Seattle: 12/1

Houston: 75/1

Odds of specific Super Bowl matchups:

Dallas vs. New England: 18/5

Dallas vs. Pittsburgh: 16/1

Dallas vs. Houston: 90/1

New England vs. Green Bay: 13/2

New England vs. Seattle: 17/2

Seattle vs. Houston: 175/1

Odds all four home teams win in the Divisional Round (KC, NE, DAL, ATL): 4/1

Odds all four road teams win in the Divisional Round (PIT, HOU, GB, SEA): 200/1

All four match-ups occurred during the regular season. Odds the results are the same:

New England beats Houston: 1/13

Dallas beats Green Bay: 3/5

Seattle beats Atlanta: 8/5

Pittsburgh beats Kansas City: 4/3

All four results recur: 19/2

PLAYER PROPS

Most sacks in Divisional Round

Vic Beasley Jr., Falcons: 4/1

Michael Bennett, Seahawks: 8/1

Justin Houston, Chiefs: 8/1

Jadeveon Clowney, Texans: 9/1

Clay Matthews, Packers: 9/1

James Harrison, Steelers: 11/1

Trey Flowers, Patriots: 11/1

David Irving, Cowboys: 12/1

FIELD: 21/4

Most yards rushing in Divisional Round

Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys: 2/1

Le’Veon Bell, Steelers: 5/2

Thomas Rawls, Seahawks: 13/2

LeGarrette Blount, Patriots: 8/1

Devonta Freeman, Falcons: 16/1

FIELD: 11/1

Odds each kicker misses a game-winning kick in the final minute

Steven Hauschka, Seahawks: 3/1

Nick Novak, Texans: 9/2

Cairo Santos, Chiefs: 5/1

Chris Boswell, Steelers: 13/2

Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots: 7/1

Matt Bryant, Falcons: 8/1

Mason Crosby, Packers: 8/1

Dan Bailey, Cowboys: 9/1

Odds Aaron Rodgers throws a successful Hail Mary pass: 85/1

Odds Aaron Rodgers doesn’t throw an interception (for the ninth straight game): 3/5

Odds Steelers linebacker coach Joey Porter will be on the sideline for the Kansas City game: 99/1

Odds the following controversies are mentioned during the broadcast of the relevant game

Pass interference no-call in the first Seahawks/Falcons game: 1/19

Joey Porter bar fight: 1/9

Texans’ “QB controversy” (Brock Osweiler vs Tom Savage): 1/8

Tom Brady’s DeflateGate suspension: 3/4

Tyreek Hill’s domestic violence conviction: 1/1

Tony Romo’s proclamation that Dak deserved to be the Cowboys starting QB: 5/2

Rumors of Mike McCarthy being fired: 3/1

Odds on which sidelined superstar will be shown on camera more during the Texans/Patriots game

J.J. Watt: 3/5

Rob Gronkowski: 5/3

Odds of which high-profile owner will be shown on camera most during the broadcast of the relevant game

Jerry Jones, Cowboys: 1/3

Paul Allen, Seahawks: 5/1

Robert Kraft, Patriots: 7/1

Arthur Blank, Falcons: 10/1

Odds of receiving an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty

Richard Sherman: 12/1

Antonio Brown: 15/1

Dez Bryant: 15/1

Tyreek Hill: 20/1

Travis Kelce: 25/1

Martellus Bennett: 25/1

Kam Chancellor: 25/1

Odds Ezekiel Elliott jumps into Salvation Army kettle: 10/1

Over/under on the closing point spread in the Texans/Patriots game (currently NE -16): NE -14.5

Playoff Watch 2017 will appear Monday through Friday mornings.

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RECAP OF THE ATLANTA FALCONS 2016 REGULAR SEASON

GAME 16: Falcons 38, Saints 32

5 things we learned from the Falcons win over the Saints

Falcons defense sags late but hangs on vs. Brees

Julio Jones says bye week will be ‘great for me’ with sore toe

GAME 15: Falcons 33, Panthers 16

5 things we learned from the Falcons win over the Panthers

NFL playoffs: Falcons clinch NFC South title

Third-and-21, no problem for Coleman

What Dan Quinn had to say after the win over the Panthers

GAME 14: Falcons 41, 49ers 13

5 things we learned from the Falcons’ win over the 49ers

What Matt Ryan had to say about the win over the 49ers

PHOTOS: Falcons win over the 49ers

GAME 13: Falcons 42, Rams 14

REPORT CARD: Falcons handled their business against woeful Rams

GAME 12: Chiefs 29, Falcons 28

5 things we learned from the Falcons’ loss to the Chiefs

Falcons still control their playoff destiny

PHOTOS: Falcons have a bad day at the office

Matt Ryan tormented by Berry’s big interceptions

Beasley becomes a double-digit sacker

GAME 11: Falcons 38, Cardinals 19

5 things we learned from the Falcons’ win over the Cardinals

MARK BRADLEY: The Falcons keep getting better as they go

Julio Jones gets calls this time

Taylor Gabriel continues scoring streak in win over Cardinals

Coleman scores TD in return from injury

Falcons’ offensive line ‘stepped up to the task’

GAME 10: Eagles 24, Falcons 15

5 things we learned from the Falcons’ loss to the Eagles

Ryan, offense slowed down to a crawl

Perkins stalls key drive with costly penalty

Defense gets blown of the line of scrimmage

Keanu Neal can expect fine but Falcons’ biggest issue is injuries (Trufant and Tamme)

Falcons go into bye week wrong way — beat up by Eagles

What Dan Quinn had to say after the loss to the Eagles

What Matt Ryan had to say after the loss to the Eagles

What the Falcons had to say after the loss to the Eagles

PHOTOS: Falcons fall to the Eagles

GAME NINE: Falcons 43, Buccaneers 28

5 things we learned from the Falcons’ rout of the Bucs

GAME EIGHT: Falcons 33, Packers 32
 

GAME SEVEN: Chargers 33, Falcons 30 in OT

5 things we learned from the Falcons loss to the Chargers

Dan Quinn’s gamble with house-money backfires

6 penalties ‘unacceptable’ for Falcons offensive line

Philip Rivers confounds Falcons with short passes: ‘He picked us apart’

Matt Ryan’s late-game interception leads to overtime loss

PHOTOS: Chargers rally to beat Falcons

GAME SIX: Seahawks 26, Falcons 24

5 things we learned from the Falcons loss to the Seahawks

MARK BRADLEY: The Falcons didn’t win, but they made one guy believe (me)

MARK BRADLEY: The Falcons got jobbed but did themselves proud

Matt Ryan’s turnovers were costly

What Dan Quinn had to say after the 26-24 loss to Seattle

Seattle slows down Falcons’ running backs Freeman, Coleman

Ryan Schraeder, offensive line rebounds in second half

Julio Jones: ‘It was just a missed call’

What the Falcons had to say after the 26-24 loss to Seattle

What Matt Ryan had to say after the 26-24 loss to Seattle

Richard Sherman non-commital on pass interference non-call

PHOTOS: Falcons at Seahawks in Seattle

GAME FIVE: Falcons 23, Broncos 16

5 things we learned from the Falcons upset of Super Bowl champs

MARK BRADLEY: The Falcons rock a rookie in the Rockies

What Dan Quinn have to say after the win over Denver

Coleman amassed 163 yards to power the offense

Vic Beasley has breakout game with 3.5 sacks

Kemal Ishmael moved to linebacker, led team in tackles

What the Falcons had to say after the win over the Broncos

Photos: Falcons battle the Broncos

GAME FOUR: Falcons 48, Panthers 33

5 things we learned from the Falcons’ 48-33 win over the Panthers

Tweetcap: Falcons 48, Panthers 33

Old pro Freeney shows new trick with Falcons

Falcons’ rookie Neal holds on vs. Olsen

What Julio Jones had to say after the 48-33 win over the Panthers

What Dan Quinn had to say after the 48-33 win over the Panthers

What Matt Ryan had to say after the 48-33 win over the Panthers

Alford battled; Collins to return

Early view in NFC South isn’t what most expected; Falcons on top

GAME THREE: Falcons 45, Saints 32

5 things we learned from the Falcons’ 45-32 win over the Saints

Falcons, Saints protest with unity circle before game

REPORT CARD: Falcons earned high marks for drubbing Saints

What Dan Quinn had to say after the 45-32 win over the Saints

What Matt Ryan had to say after the 45-32 win over the Saints

What the Falcons had to say after the 45-32 win over the Saints

Keanu Neal makes strong debut for Falcons

Falcons’ Deion Jones runs for glory, not survival, in return home

AJC POWER RANKINGS: Falcons best in NFC South?

GAME TWO: Falcons 35, Raiders 28

5 things we learned from the Falcons’ win over the Raiders

Trufant’s heads-up play saves the day

Tight ends help to power offense

Weatherspoon plays strong in first start since 2013

Matthews, Schraeder held Mack sack-less

JEFF SCHULTZ: Falcons put on offensive show and win

What Matt Ryan had to say after beating the Raiders

What Dan Quinn had to say after the win over the Raiders

GAME ONE: Buccaneers 31, Falcons 24

5 things we learned from the Falcons’ loss to the Bucs

No sacks for new-look Falcons pass rush

Julio Jones not worried about his ankle injury

Falcons have a case of the “no-huddle” blues

REPORT CARD: Falcons can’t ‘gift’ opponents 17 points

FILM REVIEW: Beasley missing in action

AJC’S NFL POWER RANKINGS: Where are the Falcons?

Hageman charged is domestic violence case

 


 

 


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