Wildcard weekend opens the NFL playoffs on Saturday and bettors are wondering if the winner of Super bowl XLIX will come out of this weekend.
The eight teams playing this weekend in the NFL’s opening round of the postseason are all 10 to 1 or longer on futures boards on Bovada and topbet.
The Dallas Cowboys have the shortest price at 10 to 1 with each of the other seven teams 20 to 1 or higher, including the four teams playing in the AFC as Pittsburgh and Indianapolis are both 20 to 1, Baltimore is sitting on 30 to 1 and Cincinnati is at 40 to 1.
When looking at Indy Andrew Luck gives the bettor, an idea the Colts could win it. Ben Roethlisberger has won the Super Bowl before and knows what it takes at Pittsburgh, while Joe Flacco has been a Super Bowl MVP and could lead the Ravens back there again.
Andy Dalton at Cincinnati does not have the same stats as the other three and has struggled for the Bengals during the postseason.
However, Cincinnati has defeated Denver this season with its talented defense and strong running game, which makes it high on the list for some.
New England is 5 to 2 and Denver 6 to 1, but both have gone through stretches where they looked vulnerable.
Denver’s injury list is long, and can Peyton Manning come through in the end?
That is what makes it interesting on wildcard weekend as the four AFC teams, might just surprise in the second round, if they survive the opening round.
Injuries are concerning to Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. Le’Veon Bell for the Steelers and A.J. Green for the Bengals likely will not play.
Nonetheless, the bottom four AFC seeds have more appeal than the bottom four in the NFC of Detroit, Dallas, Carolina and Arizona.
The big problem for the bottom four in the NFC is the Seattle Seahawks. On betonline and sportsbook.com, Seattle is sitting at 9 to 4 to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Dallas can stay out of the Seahawks sites until the NFC Championship game, but Arizona and Carolina are not as lucky, and if the Lions defeat Dallas this weekend, they get to travel to Seattle for round two.
Dallas is a tough choice even at 10 to 1. The Cowboys must travel to Green Bay if they defeat Detroit this weekend. Green Bay is 8-0 at home this season.
The road for anyone of the four NFC teams this weekend is a tough one, but if Dallas can defeat Detroit and then Green Bay, they likely would face Seattle.
They have already beaten Seattle in Seattle this season, but who would bet on that happening for the second time in one season, few, if any.