NFL divisional round early betting look: 49ers at discounted price?


The first week of postseason NFL action saw three road teams come away with wins. What's in store for next weekend? Here's an early look at where the betting value lies in the divisional round of the playoffs.

Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers (-6.5, 45.5)

First and foremost, that Mike Zimmer defensive game plan in New Orleans -- and the players' execution -- was about as good as I have seen since the Titans held Tom Brady and Bill Belichick to 13 points on Saturday. Drew Brees had led the Saints to 36.6 points per game since they fell 26-9 to the Falcons at home on Nov. 10. Besides Taysom Hill's pass for 50 yards that led to a Saints touchdown and his 50 yards on the ground, New Orleans managed only 208 yards through the air from Brees and 42 yards on the ground combined from Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray. A Minnesota fumble on the opening drive gifted the Saints three of their 20 points as well. The Vikings' effort gets a round of applause from me.