2014 NFL playoffs, wild card opening odds; Saints, Eagles, 49ers small betting favorites

Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

NFL Wild Card betting changes wildly year to year, but favorites have been hot lately. The 49ers, Colts, Eagles and Bengals are favored this weekend, according to the opening lines from Odds Shark.

Wild Card weekend is set and the odds favor the home teams in three of the games that open the NFL playoffs.

Only the San Francisco 49ers, who opened as 2.5-point chalk at Green Bay, are favored on the road, according to OddsShark.com, which provides sports odds to SBNation.

Indianapolis (-2 vs Kansas City), Philadelphia (-2.5 vs New Orleans) and Cincinnati (-7 vs San Diego) are all favored at home with the Bengals the biggest chalk of the opening weekend.

Betting on favorites has been profitable the past two Wild Card weekends as chalk went 7-1 ATS. And home NFC teams have been a great bet as well, going 7-3 ATS over the past five NFL post-seasons.

All four games went UNDER the total last season, but many of the NFL's top-scoring teams are in action this weekend, forcing the totals higher in all games. The Eagles-Saints tilt has the highest opening number at 54.5.

Fresh Super Bowl betting odds are already posted after Week 17 and the field will be trimmed by four this week. The most bizarre streak in recent memory remains intact with San Diego's inclusion in the final 12 teams.

For the past four seasons, the team that played in Philly's home opener has gone on to win the Super Bowl. Who played in Philly's home opener a year ago and were not favored to win the title? Baltimore. Guess who played in Philly's home opener this year? San Diego.

Kansas City +2 at Indianapolis, total 46.5 - Matchup Report

Trends:

Chiefs are 0-7 SU and ATS in the playoffs since 1990 (three losses to Indy)

Chiefs are 2-12 SU, 3-11 ATS vs the Colts since 1990

Five of past six meetings played UNDER the total

Chiefs are 7-1 ATS on the road in 2013

Colts are 11-3 ATS past 14 home games

Colts are 10-3 favoring the UNDER in playoffs since 2005

New Orleans +2.5 at Philadelphia, total 54.5 - Matchup Report

Trends:

Five of the past six meetings played OVER the total

Saints are 2-9 ATS past 11 road games

Saints are 1-6 SU and ATS past seven games as underdog

OVER is 10-1-1 past 12 Saints playoff games since 1991

Saints are 1-5 SU on the road in playoffs since 1980

Eagles won last four home games (3-0-1 ATS)

Eagles won six of past seven games as favorite

San Diego +7 at Cincinnati, total 46.5 - Matchup Report

Trends:

Bengals 0-5 SU & ATS past five playoff games

Bengals are 5-1 ATS vs the Chargers since 2002

OVER is 7-2-1 past 10 meetings

Chargers are 8-3-1 ATS past 12 games as underdogs

Bengals are 11-1 SU and ATS past 12 home games

Chargers are 3-1 ATS past four playoff road games

San Francisco -2.5 at Green Bay, total 48.5 - Matchup Report

Trends:

Teams have played six straight OVERs since 2006

49ers are just 1-8 SU at Green Bay since 1996

49ers are 10-3-1 ATS past 14 road games

49ers are 8-1 SU and ATS past nine games as road chalk

Packers are 1-7 ATS past eight games as underdogs

Packers are 5-1 ATS as home dog with Rodgers as QB

Packers are 5-2 ATS past seven playoff games

49ers lost five of past six playoff road games SU

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