The Detroit Lions have thus far refused to believe in any talk about them being the underdogs in this weekend's NFC wildcard match-up with the New Orleans Saints. The odds makers have taken a different approach, however, as the away team is a double-digit underdog according to the odds as of Thursday.
The Saints opened as 10-point favorites this week and, according to Odds Shark's excellent database, the line has increased by at least ½ of a point since the lines were first posted. In a move that could be related the over-under of 58 has also increased on most outlets after starting out at an already-high 58.
Betting on the playoffs is always a bit of a gamble (pun may or may not be intended) especially in the aptly-named wildcard round, but odds are the Lions are going to have their hands full if Vegas is suggesting that they will lose by at least 10 points.
Check out Canal Street Chronicles for the latest on the Saints and Pride of Detroit for the latest on the Lions, and head on over to the SBNation NFL news hub for everything you need to know about the 2012 playoffs.