Patriots, Niners open as faves ahead of conference showdowns

The New England Patriots opened as 9.5-point favorites when they host the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Game next Sunday.

Mike Perry, oddsmaker for Sportsbook.ag, has opened the floodgates at New England -9.5 with the total set at 51 after the Patriots’ 41-28 victory over the Texans. However, the win did come at a cost. New England lost tight end Rob Gronkowski after he re-injured his surgically repaired right forearm in the first quarter while diving to make a catch. Running back Danny Woodhead (thumb) was also forced to leave the game.

When asked if the potential loss of Gronkowski next week factored into his line for the AFC Championship Game Perry simply replied, “not really. Not with the way this Pats offense is rolling.”

The Patriots lost 31-30 at Baltimore in Week 3, but covered the spread as 2.5-point underdogs – the only time New England has been a pup this season.

Perry is reporting that 74 percent of the early action is on the Ravens now at the +9 number Monday morning.

The San Francisco 49ers opened as 3-point favorites when they visit the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game next Sunday.

Perry opened at San Francisco -3 with the total set at 47.5 after Atlanta’s dramatic 30-28 victory over the Seahawks. Perry was contemplating a line of Niners -1 after the Falcons took a 20-0 lead at the half, but wasn't impressed with Atlanta's near collapse in the second half and pumped the line up to Niners -3.

Around 78 percent of the early money is on the Niners -3.5 as of Monday morning.

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Posted by JOZUFF
1 year ago

ill take the favs ........trust me
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Posted by erratic
1 year ago

You are all wrong - its a fix. The best television ratings come from the Hargh-bowl match-up. Just watch... it'll be BAL vs SF.
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Posted by JOZUFF
1 year ago

if that was the case dont u think it wouldve happend last year !!
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Posted by albanian-raki
1 year ago

pats all the way
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Posted by ncdcbag
1 year ago

Ravens cover that 9.5. Texans are not the team the Ravens are and we have the fact that the Ravens blew it last year. This team won't make the same mistake, Balty will cover
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Posted by crutch
1 year ago

NEW ENGLAND/SAN FRAN SUPER BOWL LINE NEW ENGLAND 4 AND 52
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Posted by sirrobinhood
1 year ago

I'LL GO AGAINST THE MONEY, AND TAKE FALCONS(OUTRIGHT). PACKERS ARE VERY FLAWED, NO DEFENSE AND NO RUNNING GAME, AND I CANT GET THE SECOND NINER/SEAHAWK GAME OUT OF MY HEAD. ONE MIRACLE IS ENOUGH, PATS OVER RAVENS BY 13.
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Posted by stats1
1 year ago

balt./atl. money lines!!!
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Posted by 666LES
1 year ago

If you watched NE/Hstn NE easily covers that game and if you relay on Lewis stomp and lucky charms your cause is lost.
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Posted by tomnolan
1 year ago

new england rolls the ravens this time. patriots 42 ravens 21
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Posted by warcameagle56
1 year ago

I like the points ALL THE WAY...Gronk isnt playing...Heck,Ravens shouldve won that game last yr....Patties win but it stays inside number...
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Posted by Bucks10
1 year ago

Ravens
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Posted by YukonTrav
1 year ago

NE barely covered against Houston, and Baltimore has a better run game (Rice) and Ray Lewis' charisma ... NE will win, but those points look tempting. Factor in Baltimore's lucky charms going into Denver and winning, Fate makes Balty the pick for me ...
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Posted by JOZUFF
1 year ago

the refs won the game in DENVER .. balt.... didnt
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Posted by greengrocer
1 year ago

PATRIOTS BY DOUBLE DIGITS!
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Posted by greengrocer
1 year ago

"PATRIOTS BY DOUBLE DIGITS!"