Column: Packers, Chiefs see playoff odds improve, thanks to first-round upsets by Rams, Browns

About those golden tickets the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs hold after earning the only first-round byes in this year’s Super Bowl tournament:

As each team spectated this past weekend, its golden ticket became more golden.

Upsets happened and as a result, the Packers and Chiefs saw their odds improve for winning in the Divisional Round this weekend — upgrades of 2.5 points and 3.5 points, respectively, per oddsmaker BetOnline.

Feel free to play the disrespect card if you’re the Los Angeles Rams or the Cleveland Browns.


Here’s the breakdown for the Packers:

If the favored Seahawks had defeated the Rams, Tampa Bay and cold-weather veteran Tom Brady would’ve packed their winter gear and headed to Green Bay as a four-point underdog, while knowing they’d beaten the Packers by 28 points in Week 6. Instead, it’ll be the Rams and their mysterious quarterback crew arriving Saturday at Lambeau Field.

Will Jared Goff’s right thumb, which was dislocated and fractured three games ago, allow him to control the football and fire spirals through the cold air? Has John Wolford, who started for Goff the past two games, recovered from the neck injury that pressed Goff into a relief role Saturday?

And if the situation grows desperate, would Rams coach Sean McVay enlist Blake Bortles? He knows the offense, but hasn’t played since 2019.


So despite having the NFL’s best defense in several categories, the Rams are a…

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