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Odds on Six NFL Teams to Make the Playoffs

As we enter Week 14 of the 2017 NFL season, the playoff picture in both the AFC and NFC is starting to become clear. With the postseason on the horizon, the league has a litany of bubble teams who can either sink or swim with only three weeks of the regular season remaining.

Luckily, sports bettors can get in the mix thanks to BetOnline.

The shop is offering odds on six teams to make the promised land, with the Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans available to wager on.


Take a look for yourself. Do you see any value?


Baltimore Ravens
  • YES -500
  • NO +350
Buffalo Bills
  • YES +340
  • NO -425
Kansas City Chiefs
  • YES -175
  • NO +145
Los Angeles Chargers
  • YES +100
  • NO -130
Oakland Raiders
  • YES +260
  • NO -350
Tennessee Titans
  • YES -700
  • NO +450

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While many are getting the most out of the summer, lounging at the beach and enjoying everything the warm weather has to offer, a large portion of us are longing for the days of spending long hours in dingy basements and at crowded sports bars watching NFL football. If you’re reading this article, you are most likely one of these people. I too am one of these people and I love this time of year as oddsmakers begin to roll out an avalanche of betting odds for the upcoming season.

Over at online shop Bovada, they’ve released each team’s odds to make the playoffs, and no big shock, the Patriots are the biggest favorite with odds of -3000. The Patriots have now made the playoffs in eight consecutive years and in an amazing 13 of the last 14 seasons and have made big upgrades at several positions during the offseason. There’s no such thing as a lock in sports betting, but this is as close as it gets. The Dolphins are the only other decent team in the division, but they’re not on New England’s level. The Patriots also have excellent insurance policies in Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett in case Tom Brady gets injured or is suspended for cheating again.

The next best odds belong to the Seattle Seahawks at -600. Seattle is on a run of five straight playoff appearances and share a division with the forever-rebuilding 49ers and Rams. Their biggest competition remains the Cardinals, who will look to bounce back after a disappointing 2016 campaign, but that might be difficult with a rapidly declining Carson Palmer at the top of the QB depth chart.

In terms of extreme long shots, the Jets and Browns can be had at +2000 but you’re better off investing in Blockbuster Video stock than placing either of those bets. The Browns might finally be on the right track in terms of laying the foundation for a proper rebuild while the Jets don’t offer much promise for the immediate future. The bottom line is both teams would struggle to even make the CFL playoffs, so look elsewhere if you’re looking to cash in on an underdog.

Perhaps offering the best value is the Miami Dolphins at +350. The Fish have the longest odds of any of last year’s playoff teams and could very well be an improved squad in Adam Gase’s second season as head coach. Ryan Tannehill was making progress in 2016 before going down with an injury and if their offensive line can stay healthy, it should set them up nicely for another shot at the playoffs.

Here’s every team’s odds to make the NFL playoffs this season:

Will the Arizona Cardinals make Playoffs?
  • Yes +145
  • No -175
Will the Atlanta Falcons make the Playoffs?
  • Yes -150
  • No +120
Will the Baltimore Ravens make Playoffs?
  • Yes +120
  • No -150
Will the Buffalo Bills make Playoffs?
  • Yes +600
  • No -1000
Will the Carolina Panthers make Playoffs?
  • Yes EVEN
  • No -130
Will the Chicago Bears make Playoffs?
  • Yes +1000
  • No -2500
Will the Cincinnati Bengals make Playoffs?
  • Yes +160
  • No -200
Will the Cleveland Browns make Playoffs?
  • Yes +2000
  • No -5000
Will the Dallas Cowboys make Playoffs?
  • Yes -200
  • No +160
Will the Denver Broncos make Playoffs?
  • Yes +190
  • No -230
Will the Detroit Lions make Playoffs?
  • Yes +300
  • No -400
Will the Green Bay Packers make Playoffs?
  • Yes -500
  • No +350
Will the Houston Texans make Playoffs?
  • Yes +120
  • No -150
Will the Indianapolis Colts make Playoffs?
  • Yes +130
  • No -160
Will the Jacksonville Jaguars make Playoffs?
  • Yes +350
  • No -500
Will the Kansas City Chiefs make Playoffs?
  • Yes -125
  • No -105
Will the L.A. Chargers make Playoffs?
  • Yes +275
  • No -350
Will the L.A. Rams make Playoffs?
  • Yes +650
  • No -1200
Will the Miami Dolphins make Playoffs?
  • Yes +350
  • No -500
Will the Minnesota Vikings make Playoffs?
  • Yes +175
  • No -215
Will the New England Patriots make Playoffs?
  • Yes -3000
  • No +1500
Will the New Orleans Saints make Playoffs?
  • Yes +195
  • No -250
Will the New York Giants make Playoffs?
  • Yes +110
  • No -140
Will the New York Jets make Playoffs?
  • Yes +2000
  • No -5000
Will the Oakland Raiders make Playoffs?
  • Yes -200
  • No +160
Will the Philadelphia Eagles make Playoffs?
  • Yes +195
  • No -250
Will the Pittsburgh Steelers make Playoffs?
  • Yes -300
  • No +240
Will the San Francisco 49ers make Playoffs?
  • Yes +1000
  • No -2500
Will the Seattle Seahawks make Playoffs?
  • Yes -600
  • No +400
Will the Tampa Bay Buccaneers make Playoffs?
  • Yes +160
  • No -200
Will the Tennessee Titans make Playoffs?
  • Yes EVEN
  • No -130
Will the Washington Redskins make Playoffs?
  • Yes +350
  • No -500

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Don’t look now, but we are just over one month away from NFL preseason kickoff and with teams starting to ramp up football activities, so too have online sportsbooks.

Bovada released props on what odds teams have to make the playoffs and OddsShark broke down these potential bets to find you, the reader, some value as we approach the start of the best time of the year, football season.

The Favorites

The usual suspects Green Bay, Seattle and New England have all been pegged as -500 favorites to make the playoffs and should be locks, but if you think the subtraction of Tom Brady for the first four games of 2016 can seriously affect the Patriots' playoff chances, there is a +350 line for the Pats to not advance to the postseason.  

Cam Newton and the Super Bowl runner-up Carolina Panthers are right behind the favorites at -450 and I see no reason why the team that was almost perfect in 2015 would miss the playoffs this year. The Panthers should win their division easily again this year and have a chance to defend their NFC title.

Value Picks

The Arizona Cardinals, a team many feel have a good shot at contending for the NFC Championship, have been tagged on Bovada with a -200 line to make the playoffs. That’s significant value even though it's minus money as the Redbirds feel like a lock to advance to the postseason. They possess a potent offense that boasts budding superstar running back David Johnson and a stifling defense that was one of the best last year despite the injury bug that decimated their defensive line.

The Saints are one of my favorite bets to make the playoffs this year as they offer some good value at +250. New Orleans finished 7-9 in 2015 despite having one of, if not the worst, defenses in the league and lost four games by a touchdown or less.  Drew Brees just can’t seem to get out of his prime and with the Saints adding improved personnel to their defense, Breesus could lead his team to a wild-card spot.

+225 seems like great value for a Dolphins team that is on the verge of breaking out, but when you take a closer look at their 2016 schedule – Yikes. The South Beach squad plays Seattle, New England, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh all before their bye in Week 8. If Miami has any hopes at making the postseason, they will have to dominate their division, and can get an early start on that by taking advantage of a Brady-less Pats team in Week 2.

Dark Horse Pick

The AFC West is pretty much up in the air after an offseason that saw the defending Super Bowl Champion Broncos seriously downgrade at the QB position. The Chargers have been tagged with the longest odds (+350) to make it out of what has the chance to be the most competitive division in pro football. I fully expect San Diego to vastly improve on their 2015 4-12 record and compete for the AFC West title.

Longest Shot

The San Francisco 49ers currently have the longest odds (+750) to make the playoffs after hiring Chip Kelly as their head coach. Kelly brought a certain something to the Eagles last year – and it was not something good. His style of coaching has not translated into consistent NFL success as of yet and with a 49ers roster that has more than a few holes, it’s hard to imagine that will change this year.

Here’s the list of all 32 teams' odds to make the playoffs in 2016:

Will the Arizona Cardinals make the playoffs?

Odds as of June 30 at Bovada

  • Yes -200
  • No +160
Will the Atlanta Falcons make the playoffs?

Odds as of June 30 at Bovada

  • Yes +195
  • No -250
Will the Baltimore Ravens make the playoffs?

Odds as of June 30 at Bovada

  • Yes +125
  • No -155
Will the Buffalo Bills make the playoffs?

Odds as of June 30 at Bovada

  • Yes +200
  • No -260
Will the Carolina Panthers make the playoffs?

Odds as of June 30 at Bovada

  • Yes -450
  • No +325
Will the Chicago Bears make the playoffs?

Odds as of June 30 at Bovada

  • Yes +275
  • No -350
Will the Cincinnati Bengals make the playoffs?

Odds as of June 30 at Bovada

  • Yes -165
  • No +135
Will the Cleveland Browns make the playoffs?

Odds as of June 30 at Bovada

  • Yes +600
  • No -1000
Will the Dallas Cowboys make the playoffs?

Odds as of June 30 at Bovada

  • Yes -140
  • No +110
Will the Denver Broncos make the playoffs?

Odds as of June 30 at Bovada

  • Yes -150
  • No +110
Will the Detroit Lions make the playoffs?

Odds as of June 30 at Bovada

  • Yes +275
  • No -350
Will the Green Bay Packers make the playoffs?

Odds as of June 30 at Bovada

  • Yes -500
  • No +350
Will the Houston Texans make the playoffs?

Odds as of June 30 at Bovada

  • Yes -135
  • No +105
Will the Indianapolis Colts make the playoffs?

Odds as of June 30 at Bovada

  • Yes -165
  • No +135
Will the Jacksonville Jaguars make the playoffs?

Odds as of June 30 at Bovada

  • Yes +175
  • No -215
Will the Kansas City Chiefs make the playoffs?

Odds as of June 30 at Bovada

  • Yes -150
  • No +120
Will the Los Angeles Rams make the playoffs?

Odds as of June 30 at Bovada

  • Yes +300
  • No -400
Will the Miami Dolphins make the playoffs?

Odds as of June 30 at Bovada

  • Yes +225
  • No -285
Will the Minnesota Vikings make the playoffs?

Odds as of June 30 at Bovada

  • Yes -200
  • Tails +160
Will the New England patriots make the playoffs?

Odds as of June 30 at Bovada

  • Yes -500
  • No +350
Will the New Orleans Saints make the playoffs?

Odds as of June 30 at Bovada

  • Yes +250
  • No -325
Will the New York Giants make the playoffs?

Odds as of June 30 at Bovada

  • Yes EVEN
  • No -130
Will the New York Jets make the playoffs?

Odds as of June 30 at Bovada

  • Yes +200
  • No -260
Will the Oakland Raiders make the playoffs?

Odds as of June 30 at Bovada

  • Yes +110
  • No -140
Will the Philadelphia Eagles make the playoffs?

Odds as of June 30 at Bovada

  • Yes +215
  • No -275
Will the Pittsburgh Steelers make the playoffs?

Odds as of June 30 at Bovada

  • Yes -300
  • No +240
Will the San Diego Chargers make the playoffs?

Odds as of June 30 at Bovada

  • Yes +350
  • No -500
Will the San Francisco 49ers make the playoffs?

Odds as of June 30 at Bovada

  • Yes +750
  • No -1500
Will the Seattle Seahawks make the playoffs?

Odds as of June 30 at Bovada

  • Yes -500
  • No +350
Will the Tampa Bay Buccaneers make the playoffs?

Odds as of June 30 at Bovada

  • Yes +300
  • No -400
Will the Tennessee Titans make the playoffs?

Odds as of June 30 at Bovada

  • Yes +400
  • No -600
Will the Washington RedSkins make the playoffs?

Odds as of June 30 at Bovada

  • Yes +160
  • No -200

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