Playoff Betting, Road to the Super Bowl

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Jan 2016

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Playoffs betting bracket With the playoff games getting more exciting, betting will be at an all-time high, as the best teams in the league face each other for their shot to get to the Conference finals and ultimately to the Super Bowl. We have four teams that made their way through the Wild Card weekend, and the other four who did so well during the regular season that they got a bye. Now, these eight teams will play for only four spots, and it looks like any team can make it. Sportsbooks and fans have been getting ready, as these match-ups are sure to be competitive. We have the four teams coming back from their bye week, New England Patriots, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, and the Denver Broncos. The rest could give them an advantage, but with momentum on their side, the Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, and the Kansas City Chiefs could give them a run for their money.
Game Time Spread
Chiefs @ Patriots 4:35 PM ET Patriots (-5)
Packers @ Cardinals 8:15 PM ET Cardinals (-7)
Seahawks @ Panthers 1:05 PM ET Panthers (-3)
Steelers @ Broncos 4:40 PM ET Broncos (-6.5)
  The obvious favorites are those well-rested teams, but it wouldn’t hurt to bet on the underdog if the odds are in your favor. With the way the Seahawks are playing, and making amazing comebacks, they could definitely beat the 3-point spread, although it was a very close game against the Vikings, and the Panthers have gone 11-5 ATS. The Chiefs were able to completely shut down the Texans, beating them 30-0. It doesn’t mean that they will do the same to the Patriots, especially with Tom Brady still at the helm, but it does show that they are a great team that will need to be taken seriously or an upset could happen. The Steelers are not looking very good, with half their starting team injured, it will be a tough match. A few betting trends to know about:
  • The last ten Wild Card teams to win in the first round of the playoffs went 4-6 straight-up and 7-2-1 against-the-spread in the Divisional Round.
  • The last ten No. 1 seeds in the NFL Playoffs have gone 6-4 straight-up and 2-7-1 against-the-spread in the Divisional Round.
  • All-time in the playoffs, teams that won by three touchdowns or more and then are underdogs the next game went 15-27 straight-up and 16-26 against-the-spread.
  • The last ten favorites of a touchdown or greater in the Divisional Round went 7-3 straight-up but 3-6-1 against-the-spread.

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