The red-hot Kansas City Chiefs and the banged-up Pittsburgh Steelers are both road underdogs in the divisional round of the 2016 NFL playoffs.
The Kansas City Chiefs have the longest active winning streak in the NFL, as they're-11–0 straight up and 8-3 against the spread record over their last 11 games. They'll put that streak on the line this Saturday on the road against the New England Patriots in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs.
Kansas City is a 5.5-point betting underdog against the Patriots according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. This is the first time in Kansas City's last nine games that the Chiefs are listed as the underdog.
The Chiefs were 0–8 SU and ATS in their last eight playoff games heading into last Saturday's game against the Houston Texans, but they broke that losing streak in style with a big 30–0 win. Now, the Chiefs are tasked with breaking an 0–3 straight up and against the spread slump in the divisional round on the road against the New England Patriots.
New England is 4–0 SU and 3–1 against the spread in its last four games in the divisional round. The Patriots closed out their regular season on an 0–2 straight up and against the spread skid, but still had a strong enough record at 12–4 straight up to secure a first-round bye to rest and prepare for this week's game.
In their last nine games coming off consecutive losses, the Patriots are 9–0 straight up per the OddsShark NFL Database.
On Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers are a 6.5-point underdog on the road against the Denver Broncos. The Steelers survived a wild game in Cincinnati with an 18–16 road win last Saturday, but the game took a physical toll as Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown both suffered injuries.
Both offensive stars are currently listed as day-to-day heading into this week's game. Pittsburgh is 4–0 straight up in its last four division round games.
The Denver Broncos went 5–4 straight up and 2–6–1 against the spread over their last nine games, but with wins over Cincinnati and San Diego to close out the season that ended up being enough to lock up a first-round bye.