NFL Divisional Round Recap | Early Lines and Futures

By: Joe Berra


I’m left licking my wounds this morning after I got beat up pretty bad this weekend, although I’ll take it considering the great football we were treated to. We had it all…status quo with the Patriots returning to yet another AFC Conference Championship, their fifth in a row and tenth since 2001-02 followed by a Saturday night contest that had another successful Aaron Rodgers Hail Mary to force OT, only to have the coin flip botched and end on the first possession…and that’s only the Saturday action.


Sunday saw Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks enter near God-like status, falling short of a comeback after being down 31-0 at the half to get it to 31-24 before time ran out on them. Divisional Weekend ended in Denver, with Peyton Manning looking his age as he game-managed his team to a 23-16 win over a pesky Steelers team that took a 13-12 lead into the half.


This sets up a meeting between the top two seeds in each conference, one featuring the 17th meeting between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning and the other featuring the first conference final between two Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks.


I know everyone is probably already sick of the Brady-Manning rhetoric…and it’s only Monday, but their rival is something to behold. As I stated, this will be the 17th, and quite possibly the last meeting between Tom and Peyton, with Brady having the edge at 11-5. It will be their 5th post-season head-to-head match-up, which is split 2-2 with Peyton winning the last 2 and 2-1 in Conference Championship games and 2-0 at home.


I just read an interesting stat I think is worth sharing; between Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger, they will have represented the AFC in 13 of the last 15 Super Bowls, while Brady and Manning alone have been there 10 of the last 15.


The Panthers win over the Seahawks ended Seattle’s run, who represented the NFC in the past two games for the Lombardi Trophy. After going down 14-0 in the first 4-minutes, and 31-0 at the midway point, Seattle showed their poise and character, falling just short of a comeback after scoring 24 unanswered second half points.

Early lines at America’s Bookie have the New England Patriots as a 3-point road favorite with the moneyline at -170 with the Broncos paying +150 for the win. The total is set at 44, but can be seen at 44½. In the NFC, the Panthers are giving the 3-points as a home favorite with the moneylines the same as the AFC (Panthers -170, Cardinals +150) with the total a little higher at 47.


The best offshore sportsbook would lead you to believe it’ll be a re-match of the Super Bowl XXXVIII that saw the Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots meet at the big dance at Reliant Stadium in Houston, with those teams the favorites to win the Super Bowl. Most recent Super Bowl winning odds are:


New England Patriots +140
Carolina Panthers +175
Denver Broncos +200
Arizona Cardinals +250


Lucky thing America’s Bookie is the best around for payouts, or I could possibly be broke today. When I was riding my hot streak a few weeks ago, I called them up on a Tuesday morning to request a payout and I had it by the end of the day. Although I got beat up badly this weekend, losing three out of four (NFL Divisional Round | The Saturday Spread, NFL Divisional Round | Sunday Style), I’ll be calling America’s Bookie up today, reloading my account and taking advantage of their bonuses and getting ready for the Conference Championships!

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