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January 16th, 2024
Wild Card Weekend lived up to its billing with a trio of stunning upsets in the opening round of the 2024 NFL playoffs. With the Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, and last year's Super Bowl runners-up, the Philadelphia Eagles, each eliminated from the postseason, there's been some shuffling on the Super Bowl LVIII oddsboard.
Below YouBet examines the latest Super Bowl odds and provides a full schedule for this weekend's Divisional Round.
Heading into the wild-card round, the Dallas Cowboys were one of the biggest favorites of the weekend, with the line settling around seven points by Sunday. But, Jordan Love, in his postseason debut, played spoiler to Dak Prescott and Co., snapping Dallas' 16-game home win streak with a lopsided 48-32 victory.
Love, the successor to former Packers franchise quarterback Aaron Rodgers, will now attempt to do what Rodgers failed to do four different times in his career — defeat the San Francisco 49ers in the postseason.
The Niners currently sit atop the Super Bowl oddsboard, with +175 odds, while the Packers own the second-worst odds (+2500) to win the Super Bowl and are a 9.5-point underdog at San Francisco.
Over in the AFC, fourth-seeded Houston put on a jaw-dropping beatdown of the fifth-seeded Browns on Saturday, ousting Joe Flacco and dark-horse Super Bowl contender Cleveland in a 45-14 rout. First-year coach DeMeco Ryans has Houston way ahead of schedule, and anticipated Rookie Offensive Player of the Year recipient C.J. Stroud etched his name in history as the youngest quarterback to win a playoff game (22 years, 102 days old) while throwing three touchdown passes, all before halftime.
The Texans were projected to finish with the worst record in the league yet not only won the AFC South, they put up the most dominant win of the wild-card round. However, the Texans sit last on the Super Bowl oddsboard (+2800) and confront No. 1 seed Baltimore on Saturday afternoon. The Texans are also the second-biggest underdog (+9) of the weekend and have never advanced past the Divisional Round in the franchise's 22-year history.
See you in Baltimore 😤 pic.twitter.com/aI8jtzJhqw— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) January 16, 2024
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Another team with a less-than-stellar playoff resume, the Detroit Lions earned their first postseason win in 32 years on Sunday and snapped a nine-game playoff losing streak, the longest in NFL history. With a 24-23 victory, Detroit defeated former Lions franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford in Detroit's first playoff game held inside Ford Field.
The third-seeded Lions get to stay at home on Sunday, as they host the fourth-seeded Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who won the NFC South with a 9-8 record.
The Bucs reached the Divisional Round by beating Philadelphia in a 32-9 blowout on Monday night. Tampa Bay is a six-point road underdog and a +2500 longshot to win the Super Bowl, tied for the second-highest odds.
Detroit is the fifth choice to collect the Lombardi Trophy, at +900.
Lastly, in what will likely be the game of the week in the Divisional Round, the Buffalo Bills will clash with the Chiefs in the postseason for the third time in four seasons. Most recently, Buffalo got knocked out by Kansas City in a 42-36 defeat at Arrowhead in the 2022 Divisional Round, a year after the Bills and Chiefs headlined one of the most exhilarating AFC Championship Games in recent memory. Buffalo again was the loser of the matchup; this time due in part to the NFL's previous overtime rules, in which Buffalo never had a chance to possess the ball in extra minutes after Kansas City scored on its first OT possession.
Vengeance will be on Buffalo's mind as the Chiefs head to Orchard Park on Sunday night. The Bills are a slight 2.5-point favorite and own the third-best odds to win the Super Bowl (+500). Kansas City is next on the oddsboard, at +700.
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