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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.

Playoff Betting Odds

NFL Playoff Betting Odds: Chargers, Buccaneers, Over Titans, Giants

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The first day of wild card weekend went almost as planned. Both favorites won, but only one of them covered the point spread. Seattle won big over Washington in the NFC. Over in the AFC, the Jaguars use a last minute field goal to get by the Steelers, but they did not cover the two and a half point spread.

Today, the sports books take their shot at predicting the games once again. San Diego is favored heavily over what appears to be an over matched Titan team. In the NFC, Tampa Bay is a small favorite over the Giants.

Not many people are giving the Titans much of a chance to win in San Diego Sunday. Although Tennessee won their last game against Indianapolis to get into the playoffs, that win only gave them a road trip to San Diego. The Chargers are one of the hottest teams in football.

In the NFC, the Giants travel to face Tampa bay. Many analysts think the Giants can pull the upset. The problem with trying to handicap this game is that neither team has played consistently. That leaves the team that brings their “A” game as the probable winner.

Today concludes Wild Card weekend, and the winners of today’s games will join Jacksonville and Seattle on the road for next weeks Divisional games. Dallas, Green Bay, Indianapolis, and of course, New England, will be waiting.

NFL Betting Odds: Gamblers Going The Way of Undefeated Patriots

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New England has been a strong point spread covering team all season. They started strongly covering most of their early season games with ease before tailing off a bit in the second half.

If they cover the spread tonight against Jacksonville, they will cement the idea in people’s minds that they can run the table on this football season.

The point spread opened up in most places at Patriots -11.5. The number as of today is -13.5 and climbing. That indicates that gamblers are not sold on the idea that Jacksonville can present a problem for the Patriots.

Jacksonville certainly will have the added motivation of being a team that has not been give any respect by gamblers. How far that motivation will carry them tonight is the question that will have to be answered ion the minds of people betting on tonight’s game.

New England will not be free of pressure. They are almost two touchdown favorites. Any challenge from the Jaguars early in the game could present a problem and start the stress that comes with losing a perfect season.

The game is set for 8:00 in New England. The total on the game is fifty.