The NFL Playoffs continue this weekend with the Divisional Round. In the NFC, the Seattle Seahawks entertain the New Orleans Saints, while in the AFC, the New England Patriots host the Indianapolis Colts.
We talk to oddsmakers about all of the betting action coming in on both of these postseason showdowns.
New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks - Open: -8, Move: -7.5
Most wagering outlets opened this with the home team either -8 or -8.5 with not a whole lot of line movement since post. The Saints earned their first postseason road victory in franchise history in Philadelphia last week and will look to build on that in Seattle. CenturyLink Field is a different beast, however, and the Seahawks posted a SU record of 7-1 (5-3 ATS) in the regular season.
"The Seahawks line hasn't moved one bit since early Monday morning when we went from -8 to -7.5, and I honestly don't see this line moving much if at all before game time," says Michael Stewart, an oddsmaker with CarbonSports.ag. "Action is coming in exactly as we expected, with a bit more Saints money coming in and we're OK with that money."
The Total has been a different story for this NFC matchup. Most shops opened the number at 48 and with some unsavory weather conditions in Seattle's forecast, bettors - sharp and public alike - have backed the Under all week.
"Tuesday we got wiseguy play on Under 48, so moved to 47.5, and another sharp played it Under 47.5, so we have gone all the way to 45.5," said Mike Perry, an oddsmaker with Sportsbook.ag. "This appears to be a weather play, as there is supposed to be rain all day accompanied by 25-30 mph winds. Fifty-nine percent of cash is on the Under."
Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots - Open: -7
Here we have a similar situation as above. There hasn't been a flurry of movement as most books opened the Pats as TD-faves over the visiting Colts.
"Regarding the line, we've been dealing Pats -7 all week but just this morning we went to Colts +7 (-115)/Pats -7 (-105) because we're starting to see a lot more money come in on the underdog Colts," Stewart tells Covers.
As far as the total is concerned, bettors have again backed the Under with some weather conditions to consider.
"Got sharp play under 53, so moved to 52," Perry says. "Another game with somewhat nasty weather expected. It's supposed to rain all day and winds will be 20 mph."