The NFL Playoffs continue with two huge matchups which feature a pair of California teams traveling to some cold-climate cities Sunday. The Cincinnati Bengals host the San Diego Chargers while the San Francisco 49ers travel to Wisconsin to face the Green Bay Packers.
We talk to an oddsmaker from BetDSI about all the betting action coming in on both of these postseason showdowns:
San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals - Open: -7.5, Move: -6.5
This line has been on both sides of the key of a touchdown at some markets, with sharp money influencing the adjustments just minutes after odds opened. Bettors are liking the home team in this one as the Bengals were a force at home all season, posting perfect 8-0 records both SU and ATS.
"This has been the only matchup that has a side being backed by sharp action," the oddsmaker tells Covers. "Smart money is backing Cincinnati at the -6.5 (-115) value. Bet count is 3-to-1 in favor of Cincy and money wagered is about 2-to-1. Teaser action has been heavily focused on the Bengals as well, and a San Diego win would be the largest teaser swing of the weekend."
San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers - Open: 48, Move: 45.5
The weather at Lambeau Field is expected to be frigid and the total has sharp and public bettors divided. Sharp action came in on the Under when the number was posted, but public money has been liking the Over.
"This has been the most bet game of the wildcard playoff matchups this weekend and by far has been the biggest public side," the oddsmaker said. "Sharp bettors have hit the total on the Under 48 value which is now at 45.5. The public is on the Over which is helping to keep the books balanced here. Action overall is very balanced for a game that will polarize bettors based on fan base and geo-location."
The 49ers opened as 2.5-point road faves at most outlets with that line still holding firm since open.