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Oddsmakers currently have the Packers as 2-point favorites over the Cardinals, while the game’s total is set at 47. Bodog‘s Allen James previews.
Sure, the Green Bay Packers splattered the Arizona Cardinals 33-7 at their place last Sunday. But those Cards rested a bunch of starters for most of the game – Kurt Warner, for example, threw all of six passes. The Cardinals’ 187 total yards was their worst output of the season.
And, yes, the Cardinals are beaten up for the wild-card round rematch: star receiver Anquan Boldin is very iffy to play because of ankle and knee issues. Safety Antrel Rolle is a bit up in the air after missing last week’s game with an injured thigh and both cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and defensive end Calais Campbell were hurt last week but both should play against the Pack on Sunday (not drawing a Saturday game will help Arizona).
And, sure, there’s no team hotter in the NFC than Green Bay, which has won seven of eight games and gone 3-0 against playoff teams in the process. But the Cards still opened as 3-point betting favorites this week on Bodog’s NFL odds — and the public jumped all over that as no line has moved more among this week’s NFL action.
As of this writing, Green Bay is now a 1.5-point favorite. That’s a fairly stunning point move for an NFL game where a star quarterback isn’t out or something similar. The Packers-Cardinals matchup is drawing five times more action at Bodog than any other game this weekend – and the majority of it obviously is coming in on Green Bay.
It’s not just limited to this week with the Pack, either. On Monday, Green Bay’s odds to win Super Bowl XLIV were 22/1. Today they are at 15/1. That’s also shocking shift in just a few days. Yet the Pack aren’t getting all the futures love – they are drawing the second-most action behind the New York Jets, although it’s close.
Overall futures wise, bettors this week are steering clear of the four teams that are on a bye. They obviously are looking to get the big price on one of the eight teams going in the wild-card round because the four that move on will see their odds drop substantially.
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