NFL Divisional Round Opening Odds
The odds for the Divisional round of the NFL playoffs have been released and this time around, the four home teams are all favored.
Chiefs at Patriots, 4:35PM ET, Saturday
After shutting out the Texans 30-0 as a 3-point road favorite in the Wild Card round, the Chiefs opened as a 5-point underdog for this weekend in New England. Things to monitor for this matchup is the health status of quarterback Tom Brady, who is reportedly dealing with a high-ankle sprain, as well as Kansas City receiver Jeremy Maclin, who is also battling a high-ankle sprain suffered in the win over the Texans. The Chiefs have now won 11 straight games, while the Patriots have lost two in a row. The total for this matchup currently sits at 43 points.
Packers at Cardinals, 8:15PM ET, Saturday
Green Bay finally got its offense in gear on Sunday as Aaron Rodgers and Co. hung 35 points on the Redskins in a 35-18 victory. But despite their impressive performance, the Packers opened as a 7.5-point road underdog versus the Cardinals according to oddsmakers from online sports book RealBet.eu. It's not surprising that oddsmakers would set the line over a touchdown seeing as how Arizona lambasted Green Bay 38-8 in Week 16, sacking Rodgers eight times in the process. In that game, the Cardinals were a 6-point favorite and covered easily. The total for the rematch has been set at 50 points, which is the highest opening over/under of the four Divisional round matchups.
Seahawks at Panthers, 1:05PM ET, Sunday
Packers-Cardinals isn't the only rematch in the Divisional round, as the Seahawks will be seeking revenge against the Panthers for beating them earlier this season in Seattle. After getting a miracle Blair Walsh missed field goal on Sunday in a 10-9 win over the Vikings on Sunday, the Seahawks opened as a 3-point road underdog versus the Panthers. In the aforementioned first matchup, Carolina came from behind in the fourth quarter to beat Seattle 27-23 as a 7-point underdog. The Panthers would go on to win their next nine games in a row before losing to the Falcons in Week 16. The total for Sunday's game is sitting at 44 points.
Steelers at Broncos, 4:40PM ET, Sunday
No spread in the Divisional round has the potential to move as much as Sunday's in Denver. That's because the health status of Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder), Antonio Brown (head) and DeAngelo Williams (ankle) aren't known. The Steelers opened as a 5.5-point underdog but the line has already been bet up to 7 at most sports books. The Steelers are reportedly optimistic that Big Ben will play this weekend, but if he's ruled out then the line will certainty jumped to double-digits in favor of the Broncos. If Brown and/or Williams are out as well, then Denver could wind up being a two-touchdown favorite by the time the two teams kick off on Sunday.