The NFL Divisional playoffs are set for this weekend and the lines have been posted. Three of the four divisional playoff games have points spread of at least a touchdown, while the other games has a road team favored.
Saturday, January 11
New Orleans vs. Seattle (-8)
The Saints travel to the great northwest to take on the Seahawks in a rematch of their blowout loss to Seattle 34-7. In that game, the Seahawks easily covered the spread on sports books such as Bovada and topbet.
The Saints also played the Seahawks in 2010 in the postseason in Seattle. In that game, the Saints on sports books like betonline and sportsbook.com were 10-point favorites on the road and lost straight up to Seattle, which had a record of just 7-9.
New Orleans has struggled on the road, losing 6 of their past 7, but did beat Philadelphia on Saturday to advance.
Indianapolis vs. New England (-7.5)
New England will host Indianapolis on Saturday. The Patriots had a bye week, while the Colts overcame a 28-point deficit to defeat Kansas City 45-44. New England is banged up on both offense and defense. The teams did not play head to head this season.
The line opened on many sites at 7 but has since moved up a notch and could go higher as the week progresses.
Sunday, January 12
San Francisco (-1.5) vs. Carolina
The 49ers showed they can win in frigid cold Green Bay and have been given the status as road favorite in this matchup. The teams played head to head in San Francisco on November 10, with the Panthers prevailing 10-9. The Panthers however, were 7-1 SU and 6-2 ATS at home this season. They did not cover in the loss to Seattle and as a favorite by double digits to the New York Jets.
Carolina is undefeated straight up at home since Week 1 and is 11-1 SU in its past 12 games overall. San Francisco is 7-0 SU in its past seven games overall. Only five home teams have been underdogs in this round of the postseason and four of the five won outright, of which one was the Carolina Panthers in 1996.
San Diego vs. Denver (-10)
Denver is 7-1 SU and 5-3 ATS at home. Their only blemish was a Thursday night loss to San Diego in Week 15. San Diego is 5-0 SU over its past 5 games played, including their win on Sunday in Cincinnati 27-10 in inclement weather.
Critics have said Peyton Manning cannot perform in the cold, but sports book such as Bovada have still given the Broncos a 10-point favorite status.
Denver has won just 2 postseason games since the 1998 season when John Elway retired. Philip Rivers, the starting quarterback for San Diego has won four playoff games with the Chargers.