The AFC Wildcard Playoff was a one-sided affair but sure thing backers of Pittsburgh (1.21) over Miami weren’t complaining as the Steelers romped home 30-12.
Running back Le’Veon Bell ran for 167 yards and two TD’s while wide receiver Antonio Brown (pictured below) caught for 124 yards and two TD’s.
Next up for the Steelers is an AFC Divisional Playoff against the Kansas City Chiefs.
It was heartache for best bet backers of Alabama (1.36) over Clemson in the College Football Playoff with the Crimson Tide surrendering a 24-14 lead at the start of the fourth quarter to go down by four in a 35-31 defeat.
In an incredible finish, the Tigers nabbed the match-winning TD in the dying seconds.
Meanwhile, Big Bash value bet pickers were hit for six when the Hurricanes were blown away by the Thunder in Hobart.
We’re looking to the NFL’s Divisional Playoffs and One-Day International Cricket for our top 3 bets this weekend.
Sure Thing - Patriots (1.07) to give Houston a problem in AFC Divisional playoff
New England v Houston | Sunday, January 15, 12.15pm (AEDT), Gillette Stadium, Foxborough
The New England Patriots (14-2, 6-2 home) blanked the Houston Texans 27-0 in their week 3 match-up earlier this season and amazingly, they did it without star quarterback Tom Brady who was out suspended.
Parity has been restored at Foxborough and the AFC East champions have their star signal caller back and they're consequently prohibitive favourites against the Texans (9-7, 2-6 away) who won their AFC Wildcard Playoff against Oakland 27-14.
The Patriots come into this match fresh off the bye and while the feared Texans ‘D’ will offer a stern test, Brady and co will make light work of the visitors and keep their Super Bowl dream alive.
Unibet Odds: New England 1.07 Houston 9.00
Tip: New England
Best Bet - Seattle +9.5 (1.55) to cover v Falcons in battle of the birds
Atlanta v Seattle | Sunday, January 15, 8.35am (AEDT), Georgia Dome, Atlanta
The feathers will be flying when the Seahawks and Falcons get their claws out for an NFC Divisional Playoff at the Georgia Dome.
Matt Ryan’s Atlanta Falcons (11-5, 5-3 home) are deserved favourites after clinching the NFC South, but we like the Seahawks’ ‘D’ and running game to cover a +9.5 start at the superline.
Atlanta might be prolific scorers but their defence is giving up 25.4 PPG so a touchdown plus start for the Seahawks looks like an offer too good to refuse.
Look for the Seahawks to ground and pound with their running game on the back of ‘baby beast’ Thomas Rawls who is coming off a two touchdown 161 yard rushing game in the Seahawks’ 26-6 win over the Lions in last week’s NFC Divisional Playoff.
The Seahawks are a great chance to steal this outright, but even if they don’t, they should be able to cover with a healthy start at the superline.
Unibet Odds: Atlanta 1.44 Seattle 2.90
Tip: Seattle +9.5 (1.55)
Long Shot - Chris Lynn (5.50) Top Batsman Home Team
Australia v Pakistan | Friday, January 13, 2.20pm (AEDT), Gabba, Brisbane
Steve Smith and the Australian ODI squad venture north to the Gabba for the first of five ODI’s against Pakistan and we’re looking to a local boy to deliver us a long shot.
Brisbane Heat Big Bash star Chris Lynn (pictured above) has been called into the ODI squad and given his form for the Heat, he’s great value (5.50) to be the top batsman for the Aussies.
Lynn comes off a scorching innings against Perth in the west where he torched the Scorchers attack for a blistering 98 off just 49 at a phenomenal strike rate of 200.00.
His whirlwind innings included three fours and a massive 11 sixes.
Back on his home track, Lynn will be keen to carry on his Big Bash momentum into the international arena and if he’s on-song, the Pakistani bowlers could be in for a long day at the office.
If you fancy Lynn being the top batsman from both teams, you can help yourself to a healthy 8.50, but we’re taking the 5.50 to be the top Australian batsman.
Unibet Odds (Top Batsman Home Team): David Warner (3.75), Steven Smith (4.00), Usman Khawaja (4.50), Chris Lynn (5.50), Mitchell Marsh (8.00), Glenn Maxwell (8.00), Travis Head (10.00), Mathew Wade (21.00), James Faulkner (34.00)
Tip: Chris Lynn
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