The point differential for both of the NFL Conference Championship games have grown slightly as the games get ready to kick off, which rewards those punters who were willing to procrastinate in the hopes of getting a better bargain.
It was not a big change by any means, but every little bit helps.
Earlier in the week, some bookmakers were offering a five-point spread on the AFC Conference Championship, with the Pittsburgh Steelers as underdogs to the hosting New England Patriots. That spread has now grown to six points, which could be significant, if for no other reason than the preponderance of extra point following touchdown kicks that have gone awry this season.
Likewise, the spread for the Green Bay Packers visit to Atlanta to play the Falcons for the right to represent the NFC in Super Bowl LI has gone from five and a half points earlier in the week to an even six.
Both games should be crackers, as the NFC game betwixt the Packers and the Falcons features two of the premier offenses in the NFL, along with big-game quarterbacks in Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan for the Falcons.
The AFC game will feature two top defenses, especially the Patriots, who will have to figure out a way to limit the effectiveness of Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le’Veon Bell, and wide receiver Antonio Brown.