In the first round of the 2014 playoffs, three of the four games were expected to be decided by a field goal or less. In the second round, the games aren’t expected to be nearly as competitive.
For the second straight week, the Chargers are the biggest underdogs on the schedule. They’re getting just less than 10 points from the Broncos. The two AFC West teams had two meetings in the regular season. In San Diego, the Broncos won by eight in November, and the Chargers pulled off a seven-point upset victory in Denver on Dec. 12. The matchup also includes the largest over/under of the first two weeks at 55 points. Denver finished 2013 first in total yardage, while San Diego finished at No.5.
Indianapolis and New Orleans are both getting at least a touchdown, after coming off wins on wild-card weekend. The Saints were blown out in Seattle earlier this year, while the Colts will face the Patriots for the first time since November 2012.
The contest between San Francisco and Carolina features the smallest betting line of the weekend. The 49ers are the only road favorite, giving two points to the Panthers. In Week 10, Carolina went on the road and beat San Francisco by one point.
Below are the complete betting lines for all the divisional weekend games, including the point spreads and totals. These are the consensus odds from multiple sportsbooks in Las Vegas.
New Orleans Saints (+8) at Seattle Seahawks, 46.5
Indianapolis Colts (+7) at New England Patriots, 53
San Francisco 49ers (-2) at Carolina Panthers, 42
San Diego Chargers (+9.5) at Denver Broncos, 55