Every Monday, we take a look at the opening lines for next week’s NFL games:
|Saints||72%||-3.0||-3.0||This Saturday afternoon showdown (4:30 PM ET) is already the most heavily bet game of the week by a landslide. Despite boasting a 13-3 record, earning a first-round bye and boasting home-field advantage, San Francisco is receiving less than three out of ten spread wagers. And with no line movement thus far, the betting public remains overwhelmingly in favor of Drew Brees and prolific Saints offense escaping Candlestick Park with at least a four-point victory.|
|Broncos||53%||14.0||13.5||Despite the sportsbooks adjusting their lines to take a big half-point away from road dog Denver, this spread remains by far and away the biggest of the week. In fact, it marks just the third time since 2003 that a team has been favored by 13.5 points or more in the playoffs (both other times came in favor of the Pats during their historic undefeated run in 07-08). As a result, spread bettors can’t help but take the points and give the slight edge to Tebow and the Broncos keeping it within two touchdowns against Brady and the heavily favored Pats (Saturday, 8 PM ET).|
|Texans||51%||7.5||7.5||Similar to the Pats/Broncos showdown, the betting public remains nearly split down the middle as to who to take for this Sunday afternoon (1 PM ET) tilt. With no line movement thus far, spread bettors are giving the slight edge to Houston either securing a huge upset victory or losing by seven points or less against the AFC North champion Ravens.|
|Giants||68%||9.0||7.5||In the most drastic example of line movement thus far this week, the sportsbooks have adjusted their lines to take a big 1.5 points away from road dog New York. Nevertheless, nearly seven out of ten spread wagers are taking the points and sticking with Eli and the G-Men to keep it within a seven points at Lambeau against Aaron Rodgers and the 15-1 Packers (Sunday, 4:30 PM ET).|
* Betting Percentages reflect Sports Insights’ Spread Betting Trends Data
** Opening and Current Lines from CRIS unless otherwise stated.