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NFL Odds: Backers all over Packers as playoffs begin

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Back up quarterback Matt Flynn calls the plays against the Detroit Lions as Green Bay rounded out the season with a win

Back up quarterback Matt Flynn calls the plays against the Detroit Lions as Green Bay rounded out the season with a win

"Green Bay have lost just once this season and have the benefit of home field advantage throughout the post-season. The Pack are undefeated in eight games at Lambeau Field this season."

Green Bay are the punters' choice as 15-1 regular season closes and the NFL prepares for Wildcard weekend

Reigning Super Bowl champions the Green Bay Packers go into the playoffs as the [3.05] favourites to win the big one ahead of the first weekend of post-season action.

The high-scoring, four-time Super Bowl champions have lost just once this season and have the benefit of home field advantage throughout the post-season. The Pack are undefeated in eight games at Lambeau Field this season.

Next up in the betting are Tom Brady's New England Patriots at ([5.5]) who are 13-3 for the regular season but arrive at the playoff stage on the back of an eight game winning streak. Like Green Bay, the Pats have the advantage of playing in front of their home fans during the playoffs.

Another free-scoring outfit, New Orleans Saints, are third favourites at [6.4] and, like the Patriots, have put together an eight game unbeaten run. Led by Drew Brees, New Orleans have scored a monster total of 547 points.

Rounding out the likely winners are the Baltimore Ravens ([9.6]), San Francisco 49ers ([14.0]) and Pittsburgh Steelers ([16.0]). Of that trio, only Pittsburgh are in action on Wildcard weekend, with a trip to Denver awaiting the AFC North runners-up. With 12 regular season wins under their belt against Denver's eight, there's little for [1.23] favourites Pittsburgh to fear.

The other Wildcard games see Cincinnati [2.46] go to Houston [1.65], New Orleans [1.2] host Detroit and Atlanta [2.4] travel to New York to meet the Giants [1.7].

Over the next few days Andy Richmond will bring you previews of all four matches plus exclusive playoff insight from Romily Evans as the post-season buzz gets ever louder.

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