1 Way To Trade The NFL Divisional Round Playoffs
While the stock market closes every Friday at 4pm Eastern, there are several ways to trade during the weekend. Here's a breakdown of the NFL Divisional Round Playoffs, courtesy of Tradesports.com.
Ravens at Patriots, 4:35pm Saturday
It’s a battle between recent AFC Playoff foes, as legendary New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will square off against Joe Flacco and the Ravens in what should be a physical game in Foxboro.
The Patriots are listed at 6.5 point favorites, the over/under is 48.5, and traders are also also predicting the answers to “yes-no” questions like “Will the Patriots finish with more total yards than the Ravens?” and whether or not Brady will throw for more than 2.5 touchdown passes.
Panthers at Seahawks, 8:15pm Saturday
This is a game that features two teams that are playing excellent football at the right time of the season. Although the Panthers entered the playoffs with a 7-8-1 record, they beat the Cardinals last weekend to the tune of 27-16, while the Seahawks are winners of their last six games, after starting the season with an average 6-4 record.
Both defenses have been tough down the stretch, but the Seahawks are 10.5 point favorites due to the fact that the game is being played at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.
According to odds compiled in Tradesports' long-term Super Bowl contest, the stock price linked to a Seahawks Super Bowl victory dipped down to 2 percent in late November, but has steadily risen to 27 percent. A victory on Saturday would likely result in the price of the stock rising to somewhere in the low-to-mid 30s. A loss would expire the stock at 0.
Cowboys at Packers, 1:05pm Sunday
It’s the battle for the title of America’s Team. Featuring perhaps the two most storied franchises in NFL history, this game has potential to be one that’s talked about for years to come, as Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray, and Dez Bryant look to match the offensive production of Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy, and Jordy Nelson. The game will be played in the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field, so it should be interesting to see how much of an advantage the Packers have (they’re listed as 6.5 point favorites).
Colts at Broncos, 4:40pm Sunday
Andrew Luck and the Colts offense have been great on the road this season, but unfortunately the Colts defense has given up roughly 11 more points per game away from Indy. However, the matchup may not be as daunting as initially thought, as Peyton Manning threw 5 touchdowns to 6 interceptions over his last five games of the regular season, all while stumbling into the playoffs.
According to odds compiled in Tradesports' long-term Super Bowl contest, the Broncos were a crowd-favorite to win the Super Bowl around the start of November, but recently saw their stock fall to 12 percent after some fluctuations.
This is representative of the uncertainty and inconsistency of Manning down the final stretch of the season, as he had six 300-yard passing games in the first 10 games of the year, but just one in his last six starts. With a victory over the Colts, though, the Broncos' stock could jump to the high-teens or low-20s (while a loss would expire the stock at 0).
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