Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks – Sunday, Jan. 18
BAS’ Current Line: Seahawks are a 7 1/2-point favorite and the total is posted at 46 1/2.
Before this NFL season began, both the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks were two of BetAnySports’ top favorites to win the NFC and both teams have stayed true to form right up until this Sunday’s conference championship game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. The Seahawks have been listed as 7.5-point favorites and the NFL betting odds for the total in this contest have been set at 47.
The Packers’ road to this title game started with a straight-up 7-1 run in their final eight regular season games and a hard-fought 26-21 victory against Dallas as 5.5-point home favorites in this past Sunday’s Divisional Round. Green Bay has gone 5-4 against the spread in these nine games and the total has stayed UNDER in five of its last seven contests. The Packers have had their issues on the road as underdogs with a 1-8 record both SU and ATS in nine previous outings. They do have the edge in this series with a 6-3 SU (4-3-2 ATS) record in the last nine meetings despite a 36-16 loss to Seattle in this season’s opener as 4.5-point underdogs on the road.
Seattle comes into this conference title game firing on all cylinders after dismantling Carolina 31-17 as a 14-point home favorite in this past Saturday’s Divisional Round matchup. The Seahawks are now a perfect 7-0 SU in their last seven games with a highly profitable 6-0-1 record ATS. The total went OVER BetAnySports’ closing 40-point line in the win against the Panthers after staying UNDER in five of their previous six games.
The biggest matchup in this game will be Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers going up against a Seattle defense that was ranked first in the NFL this season in both yards allowed (267.1) and points allowed (15.9). This unit has only gotten better down the stretch by allowing a grand total of just 56 points in its last seven games. It would be hard enough for Rodgers at full strength to help his offense match their 30.4-point scoring average in Sunday’s game, but he is dealing with an injured calf that has severely limited his mobility.
The bottom line in this contest for me is the value in the extra half point on BetAnySports’ current betting odds for this game. I still believe that Green Bay can keep this a one touchdown game, so I am taking the road underdogs and the 7.5 points to cover in this matchup.
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