- All six home teams are favored in the opening round of the playoffs and all by more than a field goal.
- The New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals are given the best chance as road underdogs with +170 moneyline odds.
LAS VEGAS – All home teams are favored to move on in the NFL playoffs but it could actually prove to be better to side with the underdogs.
All Home Teams Favored
The NFL playoffs aren’t expected to start off with much of a bang as every home team, the higher seed, is favored by at least four points on legal online betting sites.
Multiple teams are even favored by more than one possession.
Eagles vs Buccaneers Spread Odds
- Philadelphia Eagles +8.5 -110
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers -8.5 -110
Steelers vs Chiefs Spread Odds
- Pittsburgh Steelers +13.0 -110
- Kansas City Chiefs -13.0 -110
While the other matchups don’t feature such a large spread, the home team being favored remains consistent.
Bengals vs Raiders Spread Odds
- Las Vegas Raiders +5.5 -110
- Cincinnati Bengals -5.5 -110
Rams vs Cardinals Spread Odds
- Arizona Cardinals +4.0 -110
- Los Angeles Rams -4.0 -110
49ers vs Cowboys Spread Odds
- San Francisco 49ers +4.0 -110
- Dallas Cowboys -4.0 -110
Patriots vs Bills Spread Odds
- New England Patriots +4.0 -110
- Buffalo Bills -4.0 -110
Whether the home team is favored due to being on their home field or just due to the nature of the better team earning home-field advantage is up for debate, but it’s likely the latter.
With that said, those betting on the NFL may want to side with the underdogs.
Underdog Success In Wild Card Round
While most of the time it’s easier to see the better team performing well, history has shown it may be more profitable to side with the underdogs. Over the last five seasons, underdogs in the Wild Card games have covered the spread 15 times in 22 games while also winning 10 of the 22 games straight up.
Given the size of some of these underdogs, if a couple pull off a moneyline upset, bettors could leave the weekend with a heavy pocket.
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