Divisional Round action report: Seahawks getting support


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The NFL Divisional Round begins Saturday with the New England Patriots hosting the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC, while over the NFC, the Carolina Panthers visit the Seattle Seahawks.

We talked to Peter Childs of Sportsbook.ag about the action coming in on Saturday’s games

Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots – Open: -7

Much has been made about the Ravens’ past success in Foxboro as well as the elevated play in the postseason of quarterback Joe Flacco. The Delaware product has 10-4 straight up and against the spread in his postseason career, including a 28-13 win in the Pats’ home field in the playoffs back in 2013.

Books opened the Pats as 7-point home favorites with the total tabbed at 49. There’s been little movement on the spread as action has been fairly split but as Childs explains, his book will certainly be pulling for one of the squads.

“We haven’t moved the line all week,” Childs states. “Our bettors are still taking the Ravens, but only at a 55 percent to 45 percent clip money wise. As I stated earlier, we’re more than happy going into this game needing the Pats and that’s exactly what we need at this point.”
Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks – Open: -11, Move: -10.5, Move: -11

The Panthers squeaked into the postseason thanks to a 7-8-1 record which was good enough to crown them as NFC South champs. Still, they’ve won when it’s counted and are riding a five-game winning streak (3-2 ATS) into Saturday’s showdown in the Pacific Northwest.

The Seahawks finished as the No. 1 seed in the NFC, closing out the regular season with six-straight wins and going 5-0-1 at the betting window during that stretch.

Bettors backed the Cats out of the gate forcing oddsmakers to adjust but since then, as Childs explains, Seahawks money has come back around.

“The Seahawks started gaining some support, especially at -10.5 and we moved this game back to Seahawks -11, at that number we’re seeing more two-way action,” Childs tells Covers. “We also lowered this total a bit, going from 40-flat to 40 (U -115), a small move but we’re starting to see more and more money come in on the under so we adjusted a bit based on that money.”


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