For the first time since 2006 every home team won on Wild Card Weekend, eliminating all four Wild Card teams in one fell swoop. History tells us the home teams won’t sweep again in this week’s NFL betting action as no postseason since the playoffs expanded to 12 teams in 1990 has ever had the home teams go 8-0 in the first two weeks.
The most surprising home Sportsbook in last week’s most exciting game was Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos, prevailing as a 7.5-point underdog over the defending AFC Champion Pittsburgh Steelers. This week, OddsShark bettors love Denver with the points as 78.6% of bettors are picking the Broncos to cover the spread at New England on Saturday. New England is a 13.5-point favorite at home at Sportsbook. New England won 41-23 when these two teams met in Denver in December.
The New York Giants are red-hot coming off of a dominant 24-2 win over Atlanta, their third straight win both SU and ATS. Some bettors are beginning to think that the Giants are peaking at just the right time like they did in 2007 when they won the Super Bowl. However, they’ll have to get through the mighty Packers who are 15-1 SU overall and 8-0 SU (7-1 ATS) at home this season. Green Bay is a 7.5-point favorite at Sportsbook. Greg Jennings (knee) is set to return after missing Green Bay’s final three games of the regular season.
The New Orleans Saints are the hottest team in the NFL and are also the only road favorite this week, going into San Francisco as a 3.5-point favorite at Sportsbook. New Orleans has scored 42+ points in four straight games and is 9-0 SU and ATS in its last nine games, but will face one of the league’s toughest defenses on the road this week. New Orleans is 0-4 SU all time in road playoff games.
Despite an impressive 31-10 win last week over the Cincinnati Bengals, Houston is a big underdog on the road at Baltimore this week as they opened as a 9-point underdog at Sportsbook. Baltimore was a perfect 8-0 SU at home this season with a 4-3-1 ATS record. The Houston Texans have never beaten the Baltimore Ravens, holding an 0-5 SU and 1-4 franchise record against them.