The Falcons and Packers are expected to light up the scoreboard in an NFC Championship game featuring what is believed to be the highest playoff total ever.
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The Packers, who covered the 5½-point spread and paid plus-180 on the money line, were the first road team to cover this postseason after home favorites won and covered the first six games.
Handicapper Doug Fitz, who has alternated first and second place in the Review-Journal NFL Challenge the last two seasons, said the Green Bay Packers, 4½-point underdogs, are his best bet of the weekend.
The horse racing season is coming out of hibernation and there is no better sign of that than opening day Friday at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
New England is favored by up to 17 points in Saturday’s NFL divisional playoff game against Houston in what is one of the largest point spreads in playoff history.
Most Las Vegas sports books suffered heavy losses as the public pounded Clemson on the money line, which closed at plus-180. William Hill’s 108 books in Nevada lost more than $1 million on the game.
Money continued to pour in on Clemson across Las Vegas on Monday morning as 6½-point underdogs and at plus-185 on the money line in the rematch of last year’s title game won by Alabama, 45-40.
For the second straight NFL Sunday, a Hail Mary touchdown pass helped bettors cash Packers-and-over parlay tickets at Las Vegas sports books to close out a wild-card playoff weekend that saw all four home favorites win and cover the spread.
In a rare role reversal, professional sports bettors are backing the favorite and the so-called public squares are siding with the underdog in Monday’s college football national championship game.
Las Vegas Review-Journal assistant sports editor Allen Leiker finished 47-34-4 (58 percent) to win the RJ NFL Challenge. Ten contestants picked five games a week against the spread.
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