Of course the New Orleans Saints, who were in the running for the NFC’s No. 1 seed until last Sunday at about 4 pm ET, are expected to beat the Seattle Seahawks, who are 7-9. And of course they’re favored by multiple scores even though the game is in Qwest Field, which offers perhaps the NFL’s best home field advantage based on false start rates. But did you know the Seahawks are the biggest home playoff underdog in 25 years?
The line is currently Saints -11, having opened at -10.5.
Even without Chris Ivory and Pierre Thomas, and with Matt Hasselbeck returning, the Saints are still expected to roll. It’ll be interesting to see if the line changes any as those injuries (among others) and that return become more well-known, but the money is very, very confident in the Saints punching a ticket back to Atlanta pending a Packers loss.