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NFL Playoff Betting Odds Have Gamblers Laying High Numbers

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The NFL has a way of working itself out. When teams make runs like the Pittsburgh Steelers did a few season’s ago, it is considered the exception in this league, not the rule.

This week, the NFL is holding semi-final games in the two conferences and sports books do not expect any of the games to be close. The lowest point spread is seven and a half.

The New England Patriots are trying to match the Miami Dolphins as the only football franchises to ever go through a season undefeated. They are hosting a Jacksonville team that is among the hottest in football. The odds makers are not impressed. New England is favored by thirteen and a half.

Indianapolis is the defending Super Bowl champions, and judging from this week’s spread against the Chargers, odds makers like their chances of repeating. The Colts are favored by eight and a half.

In the NFC one has to wonder what the point spread would be in the Dallas-Giants game if Terrell Owens was healthy. Owens is a game time decision, and the Cowboys are still favored by seven and a half. Apparently sports books do not believe Eli Manning can have three good games in a row.

The other game features Green Bay facing the coach who won them a Super Bowl, Mike Holmgren. His current team, Seattle, was in the Super Bowl two years ago, and is hoping to get back. To do that they must beat the number two seeded Packers. Green Bay is favored by eight.

Almost every year there is an upset in this round of the playoffs. So before any of those point spreads look too good to be true, and you think the underdogs are over matched, do some more research.