Vegas expects home teams to take a bath in Wild-Card Round

If you're hungry for some playoff underdogs, the division champs are where you need to look

Home-field advantage is great, but it doesn't necessarily come with respect.

The opening odds are out for next weekend's Wild-Card Round and three of the four home teams are underdogs — and at some books, all four division champs opened as dogs.

Again ... these are division winners we're talking about.

The Bengals (12-4) won the AFC North, but Vegas likes the wild-card Steelers (10-6).

While the Texans (9-7) claimed the AFC South, but aren't expected to beat the wild-card Chiefs (11-5).

VegasInsider.com tweeted the opening odds for the AFC games from the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

But a closer looks the numbers shows tagging both road teams as favorites isn't a stretch.

Kansas City is on a 10-game winning streak, while Pittsburgh faces a Cincy squad known for losing playoff openers — the Bengals have dropped four in a row the past four seasons and are 0-7 in the playoffs since beating the then-Houston Oilers on Jan. 6, 1991.

It's close to the same story in the NFC.

The Vikings (11-5) captured the NFC North, but opened as a seven-point — SEVEN-POINT!! — underdog to the wild-card Seahawks (10-6).

The final wild-card matchup has the wild-card Packers opening as two-point dogs at the NFC East champion Redskins — making Washington the only home team giving points.

But even then, the 'Skins aren't exactly resounding favorites. Some spots opened with them getting points at home, too. 

At least the dogs won't have to travel far if they lose next weekend.

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