Kansas City is a 3-point home favorite over Buffalo in the AFC title game and Green Bay is -4 over Tampa Bay in the NFC championship game at Lambeau Field.
New Orleans will try to top Tampa Bay for the third time this season on Sunday after rolling to routs of 34-23 and 38-3 in the regular season.
Allegiant Stadium, home to the Raiders, never becomes reality without the vision of Sheldon Adelson, who died Monday at the age of 87.
Bettors at BetMGM won big Sunday on the Saints, Ravens and Browns, with a $500,000 winner on Cleveland, a $200,000 winner on Baltimore and two wagers winning $360,000 on New Orleans.
Last March when COVID-19 was starting to germinate, the NFL expanded its Super Bowl tournament to include 14 teams, spawning the advent of Super Wild Card Weekend.
If the poker pros who won the Westgate SuperContest were to go all-in on one of the six wild-card games, they said their best bet would be the Bills (-6½) over the Colts.
Defense was the bane of the Raiders’ existence. There was no Alpha to lean on for a unit that couldn’t remain healthy. No true leader to follow.
The Raiders barely eclipsed their season win total (7.5) by finishing 8-8 and ended a streak of three straight losing seasons.
Favorites won 14 of 16 games as bettors cashed in on countless money-line parlays and teasers and dealt the books a rare losing day in Week 17 of the season.
Any steps toward improvement for the Raiders must begin on defense, where they ranked 29th in scoring against and 24th in yards allowed.