With the 2016 NFL playoff picture set, a few of the lowest seeds have a good chance to make a run towards Super Bowl 50. Only one home team is favored to advance to the second round ahead of Wild-Card Weekend.
The Seattle Seahawks are the No.6 seed in the NFC, and they are tied for the worst record of any playoff team in the conference with 10 wins. But Russell Wilson and Co. are considered one of the favorites to win the championship after reaching the Super Bowl in two consecutive years. Seattle is a 6.5-point favorite for when they visit the Minnesota Vikings.
Minnesota capped off an 11-win season by defeating the Green Bay Packers in the final game of the regular season. The betting public, though, is heavily backing Seattle, who opened as a 3.5-point road favorite. The two teams met in Minnesota in Week 13, and the Seahawks won in dominant fashion, 38-7.
The Kansas City Chiefs visit the Houston Texans in the first game of the playoffs, and the AFC’s No.5 seed is a three-point road favorite. Kansas City is on an NFL-best 10-game winning streak, and their only victory prior to Week 7 came against the Texans. The Chiefs won in Houston, 27-20, in Week 1.
The contest between the Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins is the only wild-card playoff game that isn’t a rematch from the regular season. It’s also the only game in which the home team is favored, though that might change later in the week. Green Bay is getting one point in their visit to Washington, having lost six of their last 10 games. The Redskins have won four games in a row.
The week begins with no betting line for the game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals because it is unknown if Andy Dalton will play. The quarterback hasn’t suited up since Dec. 13 because of a thumb injury, and the odds seem to favor AJ McCarron getting another start. Dalton is hoping to get his cast removed on Monday.
If Dalton is ruled out, the visiting Steelers will almost certainly be favored. Pittsburgh won in Cincinnati when Dalton injured his thumb, and the Bengals are 2-1 with McCarron as the starter. Dalton has lost on Wild-Card Weekend in each of his first four NFL seasons.
Below are the complete betting lines for all the first-round playoff games, including the point spreads and totals. These are the consensus odds from multiple sportsbooks in Las Vegas, via vegasinsider.com.
Kansas City Chiefs (-3) at Houston Texans, 40.5
Seattle Seahawks (-6.5) at Minnesota Vikings, 42.5
Green Bay Packers (+1) at Washington Redskins, 46
Pittsburgh Steelers (N/A) at Cincinnati Bengals