Pick 6: Odds on NFLs wild-card weekend, Peyton Manning becomes Broncos next head coach and more The Denver Post

The NFL playoffs kick off Saturday with six games in the wild-card round.

The No. 5 Raiders eked their way into the playoffs, beating the Chargers in overtime last week to claim a seed in the AFC. They are 5.5-point underdogs to No. 4 Cincinnati in Saturday’s early game. In the night game, the AFC No. 3 Bills hold a 5.5-point edge over the visiting No. 6 Patriots. For Buffalo, it would be sweet revenge over New England, who holds a lopsided 36-8 advantage in their head-to-head matchups since 2000 (granted the Bill have gone 3-1 since 2020).

On Sunday, the No. 7 Eagles face off against Tom Brady and the defending champion NFC No. 2 Buccaneers. Tampa Bay has an 8.5-point advantage to win. NFC No. 3 Dallas hosts No. 6 San Francisco in what is expected to be the closest (Cowboys have a 3-point edge) and highest-scoring (the over-under is 50.5) game of the weekend. AFC No. 7 Pittsburgh heads to No. 2 Kansas City, who has the biggest points spread advantage (12.5) of any team in the first round.

The weekend’s games close on Monday night when the No. 6 Rams play host to the No. 5 Cardinals. Los Angeles is a 4.5-point favorite.

Here’s a look at some current odds in the world of sports.

-12.5

The points spread in favor of the Chiefs beating the visiting Steelers on Sunday, according to BetMGM. It is the biggest spread among the six games played in the opening round.

+5,000

The odds Peyton Manning will be named the Broncos’ next head coach, according to MaximBet. He is the least favorite of the 14 names listed. Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett is the favorite at +300.

+5,000

The odds Mike Ditka returns and becomes the Chicago Bears’ next head coach, according to MaximBet. He is the least favorite of the 13 names listed. If hired, Ditka would break the record for oldest NFL head coach at 82. Recently fired Dolphins coach Brian Flores (+200) is the favorite.

+250

The odds the Avalanche will win the 2021-22 Presidents’ Trophy for the team with the most points at the end of the regular season, according to Fanduel Sportsbook. Colorado is the favorite, ahead of Carolina (+500) and Toronto (+500).

+375

The odds the Packers will win Super Bowl LVI, according to SI Sportsbook. They are the favorites, ahead of the Chiefs (+450), Buccaneers (+700) and Bills (+750).

+19,000

The odds the Steelers will win Super Bowl LVI, according to SI Sportsbook. They have the worst odds, behind the Raiders (+10,000) and Eagles (+5,750).

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