NFL divisional lines getting bet into place

By Dave Tuley  (VSiN.com senior reporter) 

January 6, 2020 07:29 AM

The Seahawks closed out NFL wild-card weekend by beating the Eagles 17-9 for the second time this season (and by the exact same score).

The game closed pick ‘em at six of the 12 Las Vegas sportsbooks on the Don Best odds screen (see our screen at https://www.vsin.com/odds/nfl/) with four books closing Eagles -1 and two with Seahawks -1, so we grade that a consensus pick ‘em with no favorite or underdog. For the wild-card round, underdogs went 2-1 ATS in the games with a fave while Unders went a perfect 4-0 in totals wagering.

As soon as the Seahawks secured their victory to set up an NFC divisional playoff matchup next Sunday in Green Bay, several books (including the Westgate SuperBook, Circa Sports and Caesars Palace group) opened the Packers as 3.5-point home favorites over the Seahawks while others (including VSiN’s host hotel at the South Point) went with the Packers -4. After the first hour of wagering, 11 of the 12 Vegas books had settled on Packers -4 while the Over/Under is 46 at nine of 12 books with the others at 46.5.

Earlier Sunday, the Vikings upset the Saints 26-20 in OT after closing as 7.5-point road underdogs and plus-325 on the money line (game also stayed Under the betting total of 49.5). As the NFC’s No. 6 seed, Minnesota has to travel to No. 1 seed San Francisco for next weekend’s first divisional playoff game on Saturday. Vegas books opened the 49ers as 7-point home favorites with a total split between 45.5 and 46. After four hours of wagering, that line has been bet down to 49ers -6.5 at 10 of the 12 Vegas books with Circa and the Wynn being the only books holding the line at Vikings 7, though you have to pay extra vig (-115 at Circa, -120 at Wynn to get the full 7.

The AFC divisional playoff lines went up Saturday night after the two matchups were determined. In this upcoming Saturday night’s matchup, the Ravens opened at 9.5-point home favorites vs. the Titans and were bet up to -10, but as of early Sunday night the line was back down to -9.5 at most Vegas books, though Circa, Boyd Gaming, Caesars and MGM were holding the line at -10. In next Sunday’s AFC matchup, the Chiefs opened as low as 7-point home faves vs. the Texans at Treasure Island and -7.5 at the Westgate and William Hill books, but the vast majority of early money has come in on the Chiefs and the line is up to -9.5.

Here are the consensus Vegas lines as of 8:55 p.m. ET/5:55 p.m. PT Sunday:

SATURDAY, JAN. 11

Vikings (O/U 45.5) at 49ers (-6.5)

Titans (O/U 49) at Ravens (-9.5)

SUNDAY, JAN. 12

Texans (O/U 49) at Chiefs (-9.5)

Seahawks (O/U 46) at Packers (-4)

Monitor the NFL playoff odds as sportsbooks across Nevada start posting and adjusting them.

 

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