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NFL Wild Card Opening Odds Analysis

Road teams have the respect of the oddsmaker judging by early numbers in the NFL Wild Card playoff round. Perhaps by kickoff all four visiting clubs will be favored.

Kansas City opened minus three at AFC South winner Houston, Pittsburgh is 2.5-point road chalk against AFC North champion Cincinnati, and Seattle is minus 4.5 at Minnesota. The NFC East champion Washington Redskins are the only home favorite - and that's by just one point against Green Bay.

Line On Chiefs Went Up on Early Wagering

Let's begin with the first of the Wild Card matchups, the Saturday day game between the Texans and Chiefs. Some of those minus three's on the Chiefs had gone up to 3.5 by Monday afternoon. The remaining three's had strong juice attached to them. The Chiefs-Texans total also drew early money, going from 41 down to 40.5.

The other big move came on the Seahawks. They were bet up to 5.5 by Monday afternoon with a few books even going to six. Those wagering early like the Seahawks' playoff experience - two straight Super Bowl appearances - and Seattle's dismantling of Arizona this past Sunday. The Seahawks are averaging 32 points in their last eight games. They also remember Seattle burying the Vikings, 38-7, at Minnesota five weeks ago. The Seahawks-Vikings total remained at 42.

As of Monday afternoon, there was no line movement on the Steelers-Bengals side, but the total had edged up from 46 to 46.5.

Redskins Holding As Favorites Over Packers

The Packers-Redskins over/under has gone down from 47 to 45.5 with the side holding at Washington minus one. The Packers' offense has never been this bad in Mike McCarthy's 10 seasons as head coach and Aaron Rodgers had his worst statistical season.

It will be interesting to see, though, if the Packers close a favorite since the Redskins went 0-3 against the three foes they faced who had winning records - Carolina, New England and the New York Jets. The Redskins were outscored 105-46 against those opponents, although all of those matchups were on the road.

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