Vegas tabs Cards, Panthers and Pats as Divisional Round favorites
The Las Vegas sportsbooks knew what they were doing when tabbing three road teams as favorites in the Wild Card Round of the NFL playoffs.
By Sunday night, all four road teams had won, marking the first time in NFL history that visitors went 4-0 on a Wild Card Weekend.
So what's in store for the Divisional Round?
Panthers open -2.5 over Seahawks @BookMakerdotEU Total is 43.5— Larry Hartstein (@LarryHartstein) January 10, 2016
In the NFC, the No. 2 seed Cardinals host the Packers on Saturday night (8:15 p.m. ET), while the top-seeded Panthers welcome the Seahawks on Sunday afternoon (1:05 p.m. ET on FOX). At midnight PT, Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook had Carolina as a 2½-point favorite, while at some other websites the line either opened at or moved to 3 by the time Sunday turned to Monday.
Arizona -7 over GB, Carolina -3 over Seattle are the opening lines @WilliamHillUS— Larry Hartstein (@LarryHartstein) January 11, 2016
In the AFC, the No. 2-seed Patriots get a home game against the Chiefs on Saturday (4:40 p.m. ET), while the top-seeded Broncos host the Steelers in the final game on Sunday (4:40 p.m. ET).
AFC Divisional Opening Lines per @golfodds: Chiefs at Patriots (-5.5, 44.5) Steelers at Broncos (Off board with Big Ben status uncertain)— Covers (@Covers) January 10, 2016
The Denver-Pittsburgh matchup is off the board because of the unknown status of several injured players, including quarterbacks Peyton Manning (Broncos) and Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers).
As for picking the Super Bowl winner, Westgate lists Arizona as the favorite at 3-1 with Carolina and New England coming in at 4-1 each. Green Bay is the biggest long shot at 20-1.
Cardinals lead way in updated SB 50 winner odds from @LVSuperBook ARI 3-1 NE 4-1 CAR 4-1 DEN 5-1 SEA 6-1 KC 10-1 PIT 12-1 GB 20-1— Covers (@Covers) January 11, 2016