NFL odds: Wild Card Weekend opening line report

The dust has settled after 17 weeks on the NFL gridiron and now it’s time to separate the men from the boys.

The four matchups have been determined for Wild Card Weekend and oddsmakers are scrambling to set their lines. We chatted with Peter Korner, founder of Nevada-based oddsmaking service The Sports Club, about the opening odds for this weekend’s playoff games.

Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers (-8, 46)

Adrian Peterson’s career-high 34 carries led the Vikings to their fourth straight victory (4-0 ATS) Sunday to set up a rematch with Green Bay at Lambeau Field. Despite Minnesota’s hot run, Korner’s team of oddsmakers decided on a suggested spread of Green Bay -8 with home-field advantage in mind.

“We pumped it up a little,” Korner told Covers. “This is going to be a tough cover for Green Bay.”

Korner’s crew also suggested a total of 46, but that number could plummet rapidly depending on the weather conditions at Lambeau.

Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens (-4.5, 47)

This game features two teams heading in different directions. The Ravens stumbled into the playoffs, dropping four of their last five games while the Colts finished strong with victories over the Chiefs and Texans.

Korner’s team had this game between Ravens -3 and -6, but settled right in the middle at -4.5.

“We didn’t want to give bettors a deal,” says Korner. “Indy is not as good on the road.”

The heart and soul of the Baltimore defense will be back to pester Colts QB Andrew Luck in his playoff debut. Linebacker Ray Lewis (triceps) was activated from IR prior to Week 17 and will suit up for this one.

Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans (-5, 45)

The Texans had multiple opportunities to clinch a bye, but back-to-back losses dropped them to the No. 3 seed in the AFC to set up a date with the streaking Bengals.

“Cincinnati is hotter than hell,” notes Korner. “This one would have been Houston -7 or -8 a few weeks ago. But we had to account for how well the Bengals are playing, so we settled at Texans -5.”

The Bengals have picked up wins in seven of their last eight games, covering the spread in each of those victories.

Seattle Seahawks at Washington Redskins (+2.5, 45)


The Seahawks leave CenturyLink Field for a road playoff game in Washington. While they haven't been nearly as potent as visitors, they have proven they can win away from home and books are convinced, setting them as 2.5-point road favorites at FedEx Field.

"This is the team nobody wants to play right now," Korner says of Seattle. "Most of the money is going to be on Seattle. At this low number, you start thinking who is going to win the game straight up."

As for the total, The Sports Club opened with a higher number at 48, reflecting Seattle's recent offensive explosion.

We didn't want to get caught low with the way Seattle is performing," says Korner.

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Posted by yaz
1 year ago

Beware the Cats. They are live dogs against the tumbling Texans.
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Posted by bIGbLuephantom
1 year ago

I'LL BE STARTING 2013 ON A VERY GOOD NOTE...WITH THESE SPREADS. Though GB hasn't been able to find an answer for Peterson, when the money is on the line Don Capers will decide to force Ponder to win the game. I look for Ponder to throw 1 or 2 picks here, giving Captain Rodgers a short field. I see GB up early which is going to simply compound the fact that Ponder will need to throw the ball in order to get back in the game. The problem there is #1 he has no receivers & #2 he's not a very good quarterback. Take GB The Colts are playing with HOUSE MONEY. There's absolutely NO PRESSURE on them. On the other hand, Joe Flacco was asked if he were an elite QB? and he said without question that he was. He hasn't played as one in fact got Cam canned. They get a bunch of defensive players back Sugar Ray, T-Sizzle. Luck runs hot & cold during the same games. If they're able to score early on a Raven secondary that is VERY SUSPECT AT BEST. [[[ OVER RATED ]]] <---yes I said it. Reed & Co look to make the big hit instead of the tackle which has led to big plays. I can see Joe getting very tight if he has to play from behind. If he allows the rookie to come into his backyard and out play him, he can forget about any BLOCKBUSTER CONTRACT. With that in mind I'll take IND to cover the points but not win the game. I don't really know what the issues are in Houston. I do know that CIN is playing extremely well down the stretch. Houston has proven [to me at least] that they're still a small market team. They tend to fold under the bright lights. CIN is also the same type of team coming into this season but I think [in their minds] they've gotten that monkey off their backs with wins over PIT & BAL down the stretch. I like CIN to pull of the upset. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU - there is a financial God somewhere looking down on me saying "I apologize for all that Mayan end of the world scare shiggity...here's a token of my appreciation" WASHINGTON is a dog at home against a team that historically has never been able to perform on the road. Russell is cool hand Luke at home but on the road he is VERY SHAKY. I'll take WAS to also pull off the upset. HAPPY NEW YEAR to all my peeps....thanks for reading
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Posted by Datpro23
1 year ago

Wash +3 is a huge play. Seattle is not good on the road and they have a rookie QB
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Posted by 37fendog
1 year ago

i love all the dawgs here w/ the points - i'll wager 2 win out right
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Posted by mollyman
1 year ago

Packers, Colts, Bengals, Redskins
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Posted by sportsgenius22
1 year ago

Ravens and bengals
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Posted by anterazor
1 year ago

Atlanta Falcons to the superbowl!
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Posted by cocky24
1 year ago

Seattle is next in line to lose to the Skins
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Posted by rangersmets
1 year ago

Packers, Colts, Bengals. And probably Seattle depending on the line. Sprinkle on the ML for the Colts and Bengals and maybe Seattle.
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Posted by mollyman
1 year ago

"Packers, Colts, Bengals, Redskins"