The New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens will open up the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs at 4:35pm ET on Saturday afternoon, with Tom Brady and company set as the 7-point home favorites on the opening betting lines for the game at the online sportsbooks.
New England went 12-4 SU and 9-7 ATS during the regular season to earn a first-round bye in the AFC side of the postseason bracket, while Baltimore advanced to Saturday’s game at Gillette Stadium by upsetting the rival Pittsburgh Steelers 30-17 as a 3-point road underdog at Heinz Field on Wild Card Weekend.
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Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos also opened as 7-point home favorites for their Divisional Round matchup at 4:40pm ET on Sunday afternoon at Sports Authority Field against Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts, with the Broncos returning to action after getting a first-round bye thanks to their regular-season marks of 12-4 SU and 8-8 ATS.
The Colts rolled over the Cincinnati Bengals on Wild Card Weekend to set up the showdown in Denver, with Indianapolis grabbing a 26-10 win in that first-round matchup to easily cover the 3-point spread at home. Indianapolis lost 31-24 to Denver when the teams met during the regular season, but covered an 8.5-point spread at the sportsbooks in that September matchup.
Matchups: Baltimore vs. NE | Carolina vs. Seattle | Dallas vs. GB | Indianapolis vs. Denver
Over in the NFC both home teams for the Divisional Round of the playoffs opened as healthy favorites as well, including the Seattle Seahawks as big 11-point chalk against the Carolina Panthers in an 8:15pm ET kickoff for Saturday night. The Seahawks met the Panthers during the regular season and escaped with just a 13-9 road victory as a 6-point favorite in the third straight UNDER result for totals bettors between the two teams.
And the Green Bay Packers opened as a 6.5-point home favorite against the Dallas Cowboys for 1:05pm ET on Sunday afternoon, with the Cowboys needing to mount a second-half comeback to knock out the Detroit Lions on Wild Card Weekend. Green Bay is 3-0 both SU and ATS in its last three games against Dallas dating back to 2009, topping them 37-36 as a 4-point road underdog in their last meeting in December 2013.
Divisional Playoffs NFL Opening Betting Lines:
SATURDAY, JANUARY 10
Baltimore at New England (-7), 4:35pm ET
Carolina at Seattle (-11), 8:15pm ET
SUNDAY, JANUARY 11
Dallas at Green Bay (-6.5), 1:05pm ET
Indianapolis at Denver (-7), 4:40pm ET