Patriots, Niners open as faves ahead of conference showdowns

Jan 13, 2013 |
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, 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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