Once again, the Seattle Seahawks find themselves in the role of huge underdogs, this time in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs. Last week, against the New Orleans Saints, the Seahawks came is as 10.5-point underdogs before shocking the Saints and surprising the betting world.
Here are the NFL playoff odds as they stand on Wednesday.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Chicago Bears: The Bears are, not surprisingly, favored by 10 points with four days to go until the teams hit the field. As the No. 2 seed in the NFC, Chicago is well-rested, coming off a first-round bye. With a home game at cold and blustery Soldier Field, Chicago holds the advantage, but we saw last week you can throw it all out the window come game time.
Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: Nothing like some good smash-mouth playoff football in January. The Ravens and Steelers, both known for their physicality, hit the field in Pittsburgh for the chance to move on to the AFC Championship. The Steelers are favored by a field goal, even with Baltimore looking impressive in an easy win over the Kansas City Chiefs last weekend.
Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons hold the No. 1 seed in the NFC and are coming off a bye. At home, Atlanta has been nearly unstoppable, only losing once in the Georgia Dome, to New Orleans in week 16. The Packers are peaking at the right time, but come to Atlanta as a 2.5-3 point underdog. The line opened as a near-pick 'em, but has slid toward Atlanta since Sunday.
New England Patriots vs. New York Jets: After a week 13 blowout of the Jets, the Patriots are heavily favored in the rematch. New England makes its playoff entrance on Sunday, favored by nine points over the Jets. With all the hype, and trash-talking that goes along with it, the matchup is the most-anticipated one of the divisional round -- and the NFL saved the best for last. Can the Jets and Rex Ryan walk the walk after talking the talk? We'll find out on Sunday afternoon.
And so it goes, another game in which the world expects a Seahawks blowout. Can Seattle recapture the magic that led to an upset of the Saints last weekend? Can they win in Chicago for the second time this season? We'll find out Sunday at 10 a.m. when the Seahawks hit the field, playing for a chance to advance to the NFC Championship.