The NFL Divisional Round is next on the docket following this past weekend’s Wild Card games.
Saturday’s action begins when No. 1 Green Bay hosts No. 6 Los Angeles in the NFC. The Rams pulled off an upset at Seattle as 3.5-point underdogs, while the Packers had the week off.
Green Bay opened as a 7.5-point favorite, but the line had ticked down to -7 as of Monday afternoon. By Tuesday morning, more shops had the Packers at -6.5, although there were still a few spots at -7. The total has seen a slight shift from 46.5 to 46 points.
The other game on Saturday pits No. 2 Buffalo against No. 5 Baltimore. The Ravens took care of business in Nashville as 3.5-point favorites against Tennessee. Things got shaky for Buffalo down the stretch, but it held on for a non-covering home win over Indianapolis.
The Bills opened as 2.5-point home favorites over Baltimore but, as of Tuesday morning they were favored by 1.5 or two points at most spots. Saturday’s total opened at 49.5 and has ticked up to 50 points.
The early game on Sunday features No. 1 Kansas City hosting No. 6 Cleveland. The Browns raced out to a 28-0 first-quarter lead at Pittsburgh on Sunday night and held on for the win as 5.5-point underdogs.
Kansas City opened as a 9.5-point favorite and has been bet up to -10. The total has moved a full point from 55 to 56 points.
Cleveland has compiled a 3-4 record both straight up and against the spread in seven games as an underdog, but this is its richest ‘dog spot of the season. Andy Reid’s club owns a 2-4 spread record in six games as a double-digit ‘chalk.’
The Divisional Round concludes when Tom Brady and No. 5 Tampa Bay travel to face Drew Brees and No. 2 New Orleans. Tampa Bay got past Washington and New Orleans dominated Chicago over the weekend.
The Saints opened as 3.5-point favorites and have been bet down to -3. Sunday’s total has been bet up from 51.5 to 52 points. There were even a few shops at 52.5 this morning.
New Orleans beat Tampa Bay by double digits twice in the regular season, but Brady has never lost to the same opponent three times in one season.
Kansas City is a +200 ‘chalk’ to win the Super Bowl and is -130 to win the AFC. Green Bay is expected to be the Chiefs’ biggest title challenger at +400. Buffalo (+500) and New Orleans (+550) are the next teams listed in the Super Bowl market.
BetOnline currently has the AFC at -3 (+100) with the total at 56.5 points for the early Super Bowl betting line.