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Opening odds for AFC and NFC Championship games

What are the opening odds for next week's playoff games?

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The AFC and NFC Championship games are set and it will be the 1 and 2 seeds facing off in each game for the right to represent their conference in the Super Bowl. It's hard to believe, but we're now just three games away from the end of another season of football and knowing who will be the winner of Super Bowl 50. Before we get to the Super Bowl though, the AFC and NFC Championship games must be decided.

The spread at BookMaker Sportsbook has opened with the New England Patriots as 3-point favorites (-125) over the Denver Broncos, with the total set at 44. Here's what BookMaker oddsmakers have to say about the opening odds for the AFC championship game.

Perhaps the final Brady-Manning matchup we'll ever see, and it will produce an abundance of betting action. At the end of the day, the wagering world hasn't believed in the Broncos at all this year while the Patriots remain a public darling. New England deserves to be the favorite, and don't be surprised to see this spread escalate on that side.

BookMaker Sportsbook has the Carolina Panthers opening the spread as 3-point favorites (-120) against the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship game. The total opened set at 47.

The "public" teams are out of the playoffs so it will be interesting where the bettors take this line. We've had sharp clients on Arizona many times this season, and we suspect the early action to come on the underdog side. We may not get as big of a handle as we hoped for considering the team markets, but this should be a fantastic game.

After four away teams won in the Wild Card round and then four home teams won in the Divisional Round, what will the conference championships bring?