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Football Odds - NFC Wild Card Saturday

Football odds handicappers may scoff at the Seahawks becoming the first division champion with a losing record but they could bring value with the odds NFL.
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Football odds give the Seahawks virtually no chance to win the Super Bowl but now that they have made the playoffs they will seek to prove the experts wrong with the odds NFL.

The Seattle Seahawks will host the New Orleans Saints on Saturday in the NFC wild card playoffs.  Sports Gambling opened with New Orleans as a 10.5 point favorite and with a total of 44.5.  The game will be telecast on NBC at 4:35 PM ET.

New Orleans has a record of 11-5 straight up and 7-9 with the NFL odds and an even 8-8 split on totals.  The Saints edged out Tampa Bay for the wild card spot and finished 2 games behind Atlanta in the NFC South.

As defending Super Bowl champions the Saints proved to be an overlay on the board most of the season as they suffered from the combination of too much public attention that drove up their price along with injury problems and an overall dropoff in play.  One area of the Saints game that did not dropoff was their defense as it ranked 4th overall in the NFL and 7th for points allowed.

Injuries decimated the backfield as the Saints ranked 28th in the NFL for rushing.  The lack of a reliable running game put more pressure on Drew Brees and he passed for over 4600 yards.  The Saints covered just 2 of their last 6 games with the NFL lines.

Seattle enters action with the wild card weekend odds at 7-9 straight up and against the spread with an 11-4-1 mark over the total on over unders.  The Seahawks were fortunate to play in the NFC West as they were the division champions after scoring a 16-6 home payout over St. Louis to end the season.

Charlie Whitehurst played at quarterback in last week’s win with the football odds but coach Pete Carroll doesn’t know if he will stick with Whitehurst or go back to Matt Hasselbeck for this game.  Seattle ranked 28th for overall offense and 27th for overall defense.  Before their win over St. Louis, Seattle had lost 5 of their previous 6 games.  The St. Louis game snapped Seattle’s 8 game over streak on totals.