By Todd Dewey | Las Vegas Review Journal
It was still early in the second quarter of the Patriots-Chargers game Sunday morning when the Westgate sports book posted the opening line for the AFC title game between New England and Kansas City.
The Patriots were building a 35-7 halftime lead over Los Angeles when the Chiefs were installed as 3-point favorites over New England next Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.
“Jeff wanted to put that line up halfway through the first quarter,” Ed Salmons said of fellow Westgate sports book manager Jeff Sherman.
The opening total of 59 was quickly bet down to 57½ for the rematch of the Patriots’ 43-40 win over the Chiefs in Week 6 in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
“It’s just going to be a little slower track,” Salmons said.
Las Vegas oddsmakers also expect plenty of points in the NFC championship game. The Saints opened as 3½-point (even) home favorites over the Rams with a total of 57 moments after a late interception preserved their 20-14 divisional-round win over the Eagles.
Another rematch, New Orleans beat L.A. 45-35 at the Superdome in Week 9. ...
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