NFL Playoff Odds – Seahawks to give Saints a run for their Money
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The defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints travel to Quest Field in Seattle to take on the Seahawks in opening round playoff action Saturday. Seattle is a 10.5 point home underdog; the biggest NFL playoff odds for a home underdog in NFL playoff history. Bookmaker.eu takes the most action and biggest bets and has all your NFL playoff action covered.
NFL Betting Online: Plenty of support for the Saints, but the Seahawks have a decided edge with their “12th Man” in the stands. Still, tough to envision them pulling off the upset as the Saints have decided match-up advantages. NFL playoff odds give little credit to the Seahawks (7-9) while the Saints (11-5) are taking over 60 percent of the bets. Follow the road to the Super Bowl as the Saints battle the Seahawks on NBC with kickoff scheduled for 4:30 ET on Saturday, January 8th.
New Orleans went 6-2 on the road this season and the Saints offense finished the season ranked #6 averaging 372 yards per game. Quarterback Drew Brees should have success through the air against a Seattle secondary that was shredded and thrown against often this season. Seattle allowed 249 passing yards per game and over 11 yards per completion to go along with 31 touchdown passes. NFL playoff odds and stats show the Saints beat the Seahawks earlier this season in New Orleans 34-19. Drew Brees went 29 of 43 for 382 yards and four touchdown passes. He did however throw two interceptions that game and 22 for the season which ended up being the second-most in the NFL.
Seattle’s run defense really slipped the second half of the season and finished near the middle of the NFL stat rankings allowing 119 rushing yards per game and 4.2 YPR. New Orleans running backs were injured much of the season, but quarterback Drew Brees and the Saints offense will have Reggie Bush fully healthy while Pierre Thomas remains questionable with an ankle injury and missed last week’s game. This NFL playoff odds contest also shows undrafted rookie running back Christopher Ivory as out with a foot injury suffered against Tampa Bay last week. Ivory led the team in rushing this season with 716 yards, but was most recently placed on season ending IR.
Note too that Saints wide receiver Marques Colston had arthroscopic surgery on December 28th and his status is unknown for this NFL playoff odds contest. So while Drew Brees should have success after throwing for over 4,600 yards again this season, the Saints are a bit banged up and note that New Orleans has never won a NFL playoff odds game on the road in franchise history; 0-3 SU and ATS.
Seattle backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst delivered his best performance in leading the Seahawks to the NFC West division title and playoffs with a 16-6 win over St. Louis last Sunday night. Both Whitehurst and Matt Hasselbeck will split reps through the week and the starting quarterback will not be announced until game day. But the key for Seattle in this NFL playoff odds contest will be to control the ball and establish a solid running game with Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett.
The Saints allowed 112 rushing yards per game, and defensive coordinator Greg Williams likes to bring pressure with aggressive schemes. So, the chance for breaking big runs will be there for Seattle in this NFL playoff odds tussle. Seattle’s special teams were one of the best overall this season and another overlooked part of this game. The betting public has overreacted to Seattle’s poor regular season record and loss to the Saints earlier this season. This line is too high and the value bet to be made is on the home team Seahawks.
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