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Steelers Lead Way on Divisional Round Props

Steelers Lead Way on Divisional Round Props - Bovada Sportsbook

After missing the final two games of the regular season, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is expected to return for the team’s divisional playoff matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, and has emerged as a +500 favorite to record the most receiving yards this weekend on the NFL playoffs props.

Brown led the NFL with 1,533 receiving yards despite being sidelined by a leg injury in Weeks 16 and 17, and has tallied over 100 yards in four of his past five appearances going into Sunday afternoon’s game at Heinz Field.

The eight-year veteran has also cracked the century mark in four of his past five playoff appearances, and proved to be the lone bright spot in Pittsburgh’s 30-9 loss to the Jaguars as 7.5-point favorites in early October, tallying 157 yards on 10 catches.

Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones closely trails Brown at +650 on those divisional round betting props. Michael Thomas of the New Orleans Saints follows at +800, while New England Patriots teammates Brandin Cooks and Rob Gronkowski are joined by Minnesota’s Adam Thielen at +900.

Jones finished second to Brown this season with 1,444 receiving yards, and racked up 94 yards in the Falcons’ 26-13 win over Los Angeles on wild card weekend despite struggling with ankle and rib injuries.

Thomas impressed in his postseason debut, catching eight passes for 131 yards in New Orleans’ 31-26 win over Carolina, and has compiled over 100 yards in three of his past nine outings.

 

Bell Atop RB Divisional Round Betting Props

Elsewhere on the NFL playoffs odds, Pittsburgh Steelers star running back Le’Veon Bell has emerged as a strong +150 favorite to record the most rushing yards during this weekend’s divisional playoffs.

Bell struggled in Pittsburgh’s recent loss to the Jaguars, running for just 47 yards, and has averaged just 64.5 rushing yards per game in two career meetings with Jacksonville. However, the 25-year-old has amassed at least 167 yards on the ground in two of three postseason appearances going into Sunday afternoon’s matchup at Heinz Field.

While Bell struggled, Jaguars rookie Leonard Fournette racked up a season-best 181 yards and a pair of touchdown runs in Jacksonville’s Week 5 win in Pittsburgh, and is pegged as a +450 bet on the divisional round props to be the weekend’s top rusher. Fournette cracked the 100-yard mark on five occasions during his rookie campaign, but has averaged just 47.33 yards per game in his past three road outings.

Tennessee’s Derrick Henry rounds out the front of the pack at +750, followed by Vikings rusher Latavius Murray at +750, while New England’s Dion Lewis is listed as a +800 bet.

And after enjoying a bye on wild card weekend, quarterback Tom Brady returns to action in the Patriots’ matchup with Tennessee as a +225 favorite to record the most passing yards in NFL divisional round action.

Brady emerged as a candidate to claim NFL MVP honors for the third time in his career after throwing for a league-best 4,577 yards this season, and has averaged 349.8 yards per game over his past five playoff contests.

Drew Brees smashed the NFL record for completion percentage for a third time this season, and threw for 376 yards in New Orleans’ victory last weekend. The Saints pivot joins Atlanta’s Matt Ryan and Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger at +500, while Philadelphia Eagles passer Nick Foles trails at +600.

 

*Odds as of January 10, 2018

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