Another week of NFL playoff means another week of betting action. There are plenty of plays that are sharper than some others are; the trick is to find the sharpest plays.
The Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots have loads of postseason history between them. This will be the fourth time the two have played in the postseason since 2009.
The first three games and now this one have all been played in New England at Gillette Stadium.
New England is 1-2 straight up and 0-3 against the spread in the previous three, so it natural the public would lean toward Baltimore and that has been the case thus far.
It has been reported by Bovada and topbet that 57% of the bets on this matchup are behind Baltimore, but the line stayed firm all week at -7 for the Patriots.
The point total, currently at 47.5 has dropped which is likely because of the cold weather forecasted. The number opened at 49.
The Carolina Panthers are 10.5-point underdogs on the road against the Seattle Seahawks this weekend.
Carolina has been given double-digits even though they have won five straight games.
The line opened at -11.5 for Seattle. It has come down a point, even though almost 60% of the bets are behind Seattle.
Seattle does not allow points. The Seahawks have not given up over 14 points in any one game for the past two months. Six of Seattle’s last seven opponents have scored 7 or fewer points. That is the biggest reason the point total has dropped to 37 from its opening 39.5.
In the Dallas vs. Green Bay matchup, bettors are uptight because of the torn calf muscle Aaron Rodgers has.
The percentage of bets in this one are nearly split down the middle. According to betonline and sportsbook.com, 54% of all wagers on this one are behind Green Bay.
However, in the past two days, with Rodgers not practicing much, the line has been bet down from Green Bay -6.5 to -5.5.
Green Bay is also 1-3 SU in its past four games in the postseason. Two of the three losses have been at Lambeau Field.
The point total has fallen one point from its open of 53.
In the Indianapolis vs. Denver game, there has been zero movement on the line since it opened. The line was out Sunday night a Denver -7 and has stayed there since.
The total moved up a half point to 54.
Each team has half of the total bets in this one and with Andrew Luck trying to come out from under the shadow that Peyton Manning left at Indy, this game has the makings of the best of the weekend.