They Meet Again: Rematches Highlight NFL Divisional Playoffs and Posts Odds

January 13, 2006 – This weekend’s NFL Divisional Playoffs feature a rarity: four rematches of regular-season clashes. has posted the odds.

“These teams have seen each other before. We can expect four hard-fought games and probably more animosity than usual,” says Calvin Ayre, Founder and CEO of “Stakes are high as we enter into the divisional round, and many factors should be considered before you decide which teams to bet on.”

On Saturday, the NFC champion Seahawks and wild-card Washington Redskins meet at Qwest Field in Seattle to square off in the NFC. The last time these two teams faced off, Washington prevailed at home, winning 20-17 in Week 4.

Coach Joe Gibbs and the Redskins showed off their aggressive defense last week when they knocked out NFC South champion Tampa Bay. Against the Seahawks, the Redskins will need to step up their offense, especially after gaining only 120 yards against the Bucs. Can the Redskins stop MVP running back Shaun Alexander in his tracks? Seahawks have opened as 9.5-point favorites.

The New England Patriots, looking to defend their Super Bowl crown, head to Mile High for the second time this season to take on the Denver Broncos, who defeated Bill Belichick’s squad 28-20 in Week 6.
The Broncos had the premier rushing offense in the league during the regular season, and have beaten the Pats in three of the last four meetings. Still, New England is a hot team and won’t easily surrender its bid for a Super Bowl three-peat. Denver has opened as 3-point favorites for the Saturday contest in the AFC.

With their eyes set on the AFC championships, quarterback Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts welcome the Pittsburgh Steelers to the RCA Dome on Sunday afternoon. Despite coming off an impressive five-game winning streak, the Steelers are underdogs against a Colts team that dominated the league throughout the regular season. The Colts opened as 9.5-point favorites against the team they throttled 26-7 in Week 12.

After securing a momentous 23-0 NFC wild-card victory over the New York Giants last weekend, the Carolina Panthers travel to Soldier Field to take on the Bears. In a Week 11 meeting, Chicago defeated the Panthers 13-3 and ended their six-game winning streak. The betting line has opened with the Bears as 3-point favorites., located in San Jose, Costa Rica, is federally licensed by the Costa Rican and UK governments. One of the pioneers in the field, is the top-ranked US facing online gambling brand, with highest site traffic amongst multi-product US gaming web sites according to Hitwise.