The New Orleans Saints are 5-0 straight up and 3-2 against the spread in their last five postseason home games.

The Saints can extend that winning streak to six with a win this Sunday over the Carolina Panthers.

New Orleans is a 7-point home favorite in this wild card matchup at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. In their last eight games against divisional opponents the Saints are 6-2 ATS.

The Saints actually left the door open for Carolina to win the NFC North when they lost 31-24 on the road to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday but managed to hold on for the division title when Carolina was defeated by Atlanta.

The front office has a link to Darvish via GM Thad Levine, who was previously an assistant with the Rangers. They’re already aggressively pursuing the 31-year-old righty. Add Darvish to Ervin Santana and a full season of Jose Berrios and suddenly that rotation looks a lot better.

Stephanie Apstein: I could see him going back to Texas. By all accounts he loved it there, and it’s possible that they think they’re a piece or two away from contention.?

Only three other starting quarterbacks (Drew Brees, Jared Goff, and Alex Smith) of the eight playing this playoff weekend can say they were good enough to win a division and earn the right to play at home.

Andy Dalton’s game-winning touchdown inspired Bills fans to donate to his charity.
“Andy and JJ are thankful for the generosity of Bills fans and honored to have the opportunity to use these donations to support the families in need through our Foundation’s programs,” the foundation shared through a statement to SB Nation. “The city of Buffalo truly is the city of good neighbors and crazy fans.”

In the middle of the night, the Eagles arrive at their home for the next six days, a hotel in Orange County across the street from a luxury shopping mall. In the NFL, familiarity is held in high regard—this is the same place where the Eagles stayed for their Oct. 1 game against the Chargers. “I do well in hotels,” Long says later, “so I’m not stressed.” blues_1051

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