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Underdogs have surprisingly dominated the NFL playoffs over the past two seasons. After going 10-1 against the spread in last season's playoffs, all four underdogs covered in the Wild Card Round this year. That's a 14-1 record over the past 15 games, which is next-level profitable.


The trend has gotten plenty of attention over the past week and the public has certainly taken notice.

For the first time ever in the NFL playoffs, all four underdogs are getting the majority of the action, when it comes to bets with the spread.


What's most notable here is how large the margin is. The lowest percentage is the Eagles at 55 percent, which is still quite a bit above the 50/50 mark. Even if some bets come in over the next day or two for the favored Saints, it most likely wouldn't be enough to swing the percentage back in their favor.

The Chargers are basically being bet like a favorite, despite being ​4-point underdogs in Foxborough on Sunday, while the Colts and Cowboys both have an astonishing percentage of the tickets given that they're going up ​against the Chiefs at Arrowhead and the ​Rams at the LA Coliseum, respectively.

The dominance of underdogs might end this weekend or it might not, we won't know until the games are played. But if it does come to an end, there are going to be more than a few unhappy bettors come Sunday night. 


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