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NFL playoffs: Packers and Patriots still big favorites, injuries

Even though the odds have changed, the Green Bay Packers and the New England Patriots remain big favorite to win in the NFL playoffs.

 A few hours away from the start of the NFL playoffs this weekend and we take a final look at the Saturday games Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay Packers and the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New England Patriots. Despite the odds on the NFL playoffs changing over the week, both Green Bay and New England remain big favorites to win their respective divisional games. At the online sportsbook Bodog Sports (live betting available), the point spread on the Seahawks - Packers game is now sitting at -7.5 points chalk Green Bay. Small change, considering the opening spread was favoring the Packers -8 points. A look at the point spread on the Jaguars - Patriots game and New England is now -13 points favorite, while the opening spread started at -12 points chalk the Pats.

 Quick look at the injuries reported before the game, Seattle is in a better position this weekend than a few days ago. Seahawks wide receiver D.J. Hackett is the only player remaining questionable for the NFL playoffs, while running back Shaun Alexander, wide receiver Deion Branch, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, linebackers Kevin Bentley and Niko Koutouvides, defensive tackle Rocky Bernard and defensive end Patrick Kerney have all been upgraded to probable for the NFL playoffs. Meanwhile in Green Bay cornerback Will Blackmon remains questionable with foot injury, while wide receivers Greg Jennings and Koren Robinson, linebacker Nick Barnett, defensive tackle Corey Williams and cornerback Charles Woodson have been upgraded to probable for the NFL divisional playoff game on Saturday.

 Published on 01/11/2008

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