This afternoon kicks off the best weekend of the NFL season, the divisional round of the playoffs. It has always proven to give us some of the most memorable games. See the immaculate reception.
And before things have even begun, this day has made history in two different ways. Both of them involve the betting line. In the first game at 4:30, the number 1 seeded Eagles, will become the first team in modern playoff history, since 1970, to be a number 1 seeded home underdog. As of now, the Falcons are a 2.5 point favorite.
It is not an overstatement to say this scenario is absolutely unheard of. The Falcons are the number 6 seed! And they are going on the road, a dome team, to a cold and windy Philadelphia to play the top seed in the NFC. The reason for such disrespect by the oddsmakers? A little conundrum named Nick Foles.
Foles is backing up the injured Carson Wentz, who was on his way to having one of the most memorable seasons in franchise history before tearing his ACL. Many people believe that this bad beat could and indeed may end up costing Philly their shot at the Super Bowl. Still, this line is unbelievable.
And in the other game at 8:15, the Patriots are an absurd 13.5 point favorite at home against the Titans. One of the biggest spreads in divisional round history. The funny thing is, they will probably cover that spread. Unless Marcus Mariotta and this team just completely blindside us, but that’s not likely. What’s more likely is that this could end up going down as one of the most lopsided matchups in divisional round history.