Seahawks betting favorites on the road; Packers-Redskins a pick’em

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The Seattle Seahawks will be gunning for their sixth straight road victory when they travel to Minnesota for their NFC Wild Card matchup with the Vikings as 6-point betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Despite reaching the postseason as the NFC’s No. 6 seed, the Seahawks established themselves as legitimate contenders with last weekend’s 36-6 demolition of Arizona, romping to victory as 6-point underdogs and lifting their Super Bowl betting line to 19/4.

Seattle is now a solid 8-2 straight up in their past 10 games heading into Sunday afternoon’s Seahawks vs. Vikings betting matchup at TCF Bank Stadium, including wins in each of their past five road contests in which they have held opponents to under seven points per game.

The Vikings return to the playoffs for the first time in three years after claiming the NFC North title with a 20-13 victory in their regular-season finale in Green Bay. It was a sweet victory for Minnesota, who avenged a 30-13 loss to the Packers earlier in the season and denied their rivals a fifth straight division title.

The Vikings also have a score to settle with Seattle, who are undefeated in their past three meetings, including a lopsided 38-7 win in Minnesota in early December, holding the Vikings to just 125 total yards.

Minnesota has averaged 337.25 total yards per game in four games since that defeat, recording 31.75 points per game, but must contend with the Seahawks’ top-ranked defense, which has allowed just 81.5 rushing yards and 17.3 points per game this season.

In Sunday afternoon’s other NFC Wild Card matchup, the Washington Redskins look for their fifth straight SU win, and first playoff victory in 10 years, when they host the Packers as a pick’em on the betting lines. The Redskins’ current tear separated them from the pack in the NFC East, and earned them the division crown and No. 4 seed.

While Washington’s defense ranks near the bottom of the league after giving up an average of 454 total yards in their past three outings, the offense has caught fire in recent weeks, averaging 32.75 points during their current win streak.

Washington has also consistently defied the sportsbooks this season, claiming outright victories in six of their past seven games as betting underdogs.

The Packers start the postseason on the road for the first time in five years, after dropping their final two regular season contests, and are a middling 2-2 SU and ATS in their past four games as road favorites – which they are moving toward at some books.

Watch Denver Broncos vs. Indianapolis Colts live on TNF

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The Indianapolis Colts host the Denver Broncos on Thursday Night Football in a battle of two former contenders whose seasons have gone wrong.

Following a strong start, the Broncos went 1-8, as their typically astute defense has struggled to keep opponents out of the end zone. Denver’s offense has not helped the team’s cause either. The Broncos have failed to find clarity at quarterback with Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler, and Paxton Lynch all seeing time.

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The Colts have had their own deficiencies this season without star quarterback Andrew Luck. Jacoby Brissett has provided admirable coverage under center with 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions, but he has not been able to keep up with a Colts defense that has let up the second-most points in the NFL this season.

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Watch Dallas Cowboys vs. Oakland Raiders live on SNF

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The Oakland Raiders host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football as both teams look to keep their playoff hopes alive.

With a win, Dallas will maintain its chances of sneaking into the playoffs as a wild card. After struggling initially, Dak Prescott has been able to adjust to life without Ezekiel Elliott. Prescott threw for three touchdowns and a season-high 332 yards in the Cowboys win last week over the New York Giants.

If the Cowboys can hang around, Elliott can give them a boost when he returns from suspension next week heading into the final stretch of the season.

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The Raiders also find themselves in need of a win as they are in the middle of a contested AFC West battle with the San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs. Derek Carr and the Raiders’ offense will need to improve after dropping from the league’s sixth-best offense in 2016 to 19th this season.

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Cowboys vs. Raiders

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