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Seahawks currently 2.5-point underdogs to Cowboys

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The Seattle Seahawks opened as 1-point underdogs to the Dallas Cowboys for Saturday’s wild card meeting, but that looked too appetizing for bettors as the Cowboys soon jumped out to 2.5-point favorites shortly after that. SB Nation’s 2019 NFL Playoff Betting Guide has more on the game from a betting standpoint:

There’s the common refrain that “Vegas adds 3 points for the home team” and so therefore “Seattle is actually .5 points better” but I’m not sure that quite checks out from a “Do they win or not?” standpoint. As a matter of fact, the betting line and spread actually has zero influence or affect on the outcome of the game. This is just ... related information.

The Seahawks and Cowboys kickoff at 5 PM PT on Saturday in Dallas. Both teams last played in the postseason two years ago when they both lost in the divisional round. That was a 16-point road loss to the Atlanta Falcons for Seattle and a 3-point home loss to the Green Bay Packers for Dallas.