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Odds on NFL Teams to Make or Miss the Playoffs

NFL Playoff Odds March 26 2020

The 2020 NFL regular season is just around the corner and with the regular-season schedule released, bettors and oddsmakers have their sights set on which teams will make the postseason, with the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs listed as the biggest fave to make the playoffs.

The Chiefs have -1800 odds to be in the 2020 postseason according to online sportsbook Bovada while also being the favorite to win Super Bowl 55.

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The best NFL betting sites are offering odds on all 32 teams to make the postseason, with the Jacksonville Jaguars having the highest odds at +700 to get into the playoffs. That makes sense considering they’re also the faves to have the worst regular-season record in 2020.

Bettors should know the 2020 season will see some major changes in playoff format with seven teams now qualifying from each conference for a chance to make and win the Super Bowl.

In the meantime, here are every NFL team’s odds to make or miss the playoffs for the 2020 season and below it are four teams to keep an eye on:

2020 NFL Odds To Make Playoffs
TeamMake PlayoffsMiss Playoffs2019 Record
Arizona Cardinals+215-2955-10-1
Atlanta Falcons+215-2957-9
Baltimore Ravens-750+44014-2
Buffalo Bills-190+14510-6
Carolina Panthers+525-9505-11
Chicago Bears+155-2108-8
Cincinnati Bengals+600-12002-14
Cleveland Browns+110-1456-10
Dallas Cowboys-250+1858-8
Denver Broncos+170-2307-9
Detroit Lions+235-3303-12-1
Green Bay Packers-150+11513-3
Houston Texans+150-20010-6
Indianapolis Colts-200+1507-9
Jacksonville Jaguars+700-16006-10
Kansas City Chiefs-1800+72512-4
Las Vegas Raiders+205-2807-9
Los Angeles Chargers+115-1505-11
Los Angeles Rams+155-2109-7
Miami Dolphins+330-5005-11
Minnesota Vikings-145+11010-6
New England Patriots-185+14012-4
New Orleans Saints-450+30013-3
New York Giants+400-6504-12
New York Jets+340-5257-9
Philadelphia Eagles-215+1609-7
Pittsburgh Steelers-170+1308-8
San Francisco 49ers-450+30013-3
Seattle Seahawks-165+12511-5
Tampa Bay Buccaneers-245+1807-9
Tennessee Titans-130EVEN9-7
Washington Redskins+625-13003-13

All odds as of August 28 at Bovada

Chicago Bears

Competent quarterback play may have been the biggest hindrance for the Chicago Bears making the 2020 playoffs but it looks like that issue may be resolved. The Bears went out and traded for QB Nick Foles from the Jacksonville Jaguars to shore up some of those issues and give them a better backup plan than Chase Daniel.

The Bears defense regressed a bit last season due to injuries and attrition, routinely starting off with bad field position because of Mitch Trubisky’s inability to move the ball up the field. Some of their losses last season like their opener vs Green Bay, at home to the Chargers and on the road against the Rams were clearly the result of the anemic offense as Chicago only scored 26 points combined in those defeats.

With an easier schedule and the Packers and Vikings losing some key players, this could be a decent value play at +160.

Chicago Bears - 2020 Season
Make PlayoffsMiss Playoffs2019 Record

Odds as of August 28 at Bovada

New England Patriots

Maybe Tom Brady was a bit overrated in his final two seasons in New England but one thing is clear: the quarterback play for the Patriots is about to be flipped on its head. The Patriots clearly weren’t happy with their QB room and signed Cam Newton in free agency.

Head coach Bill Belichick is a master of maximizing talent and game plans and even went 11-5 SU in 2008 when Brady was injured. Now, with a dual-threat quarterback and former NFL MVP like Newton in the fold, it will give offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels a new dynamic under center.

The Patriots defense is still their bread and butter, but the losses of Jamie Collins and Danny Shelton will likely weaken an aging unit that at times got exposed because the offense wasn’t clicking. For reference, look at their games vs the Ravens and Chiefs, when they gave up 60 points combined.

The new seven-team conference playoffs will actually help the Patriots to continue their 11-year postseason streak. That being said, the AFC conference is improving, bottom-feeders got some game-changers in the draft and AFC East teams like the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets could be more of a match for the Pats than in recent years.

New England Patriots - 2020 Season
Make PlayoffsMiss Playoffs2019 Record

Odds as of August 28 at Bovada

Tennessee Titans 

A team that just barely squeaked into the AFC playoffs last year with a Week 17 win over the Texans, the Titans will be a sexy pick to repeat their 2019 feats. They re-signed QB Ryan Tannehill to a massive extension while also inking RB Derrick Henry to a new deal but it’s pretty much the exact same team, which could be worrisome for bettors banking on them to make the postseason.

Their biggest competitor in the AFC South, the Houston Texans, kind of neutered themselves by trading away WR DeAndre Hopkins but should still be competitive. The Indianapolis Colts also have improved significantly at QB with Philip Rivers so the division isn’t a cakewalk to win.

Then when you look at the AFC teams that were on the playoff bubble last year, like the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns and Las Vegas Raiders, the margin for error shrinks drastically. Tannehill and Henry will need to play even better in 2020 to make the postseason, so that’s a scary proposition for bettors.

Tennessee Titans - 2020 Season
Make PlayoffsMiss Playoffs2019 Record

Odds as of August 28 at Bovada

Seattle Seahawks

Betting against Russell Wilson has been a losing wager over the last two seasons for this prop but regression could be coming for the Seattle Seahawks because they might have been the luckiest team in the NFL last season. The Seahawks went 11-5 SU and almost had a shot at getting a first-round bye, but when you look at those 11 wins, the method of victory seems difficult to replicate since 10 of them were by one score or less.

Another factor for regression is Seattle’s defense, which likely won’t have DE Jadeveon Clowney returning to attract so much attention and the ‘Hawks pass defense was one of the worst in the league, ranking 26th in passing yards allowed. The NFC West is so tough and the NFC conference, in general, is a gauntlet so the Seahawks missing the playoffs at +125 could be an attractive option for bettors.

Seattle Seahawks - 2020 Season
Make PlayoffsMiss Playoffs2019 Record

Odds as of August 28 at Bovada

How to Read NFL Playoff Odds

When you check out your favorite NFL sportsbook, playoffs odds would look something like this:

Miami Dolphins - 2020 Season
Make PlayoffsMiss Playoffs

In this case, Miami’s NFL odds to make the playoffs are slim at +375 (21 percent implied probability). But, you can still make a prop bet – more on that later – on them to not make it to the postseason. It sounds counterproductive to bet against a team’s divisional failures; however, in this case, it makes the most sense. For instance, if you were to lay $10 down on the Dolphins at +375, you’d get a payout of $47.50 – your original $10 is returned along with your winnings of $37.50.

Our Odds Calculator will tell you how much you’d win based on the odds and amount bet.

What are Prop Bets?

Props are bets made on the occurrence or non-occurrence of certain events. These may not necessarily correlate to the outcome of a particular game. Instead of betting on a team to cover the spread or win outright, you would wager on whether they’re going to make the playoffs or not.

As the season progresses, oddsmakers will adjust the betting lines to reflect wins, losses, coaching changes and trades. If you see odds you like, it’s best to take them early because before you know it, the playoffs will be upon us and it’ll be too late.