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Odds on NFL Teams to Make or Miss the Playoffs: Who’s In, Who’s Out?

Vikings fans cheer during the second half of an NFL football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Michigan USA, on Sunday, December 23, 2018.

With one week remaining in the regular season, the playoff picture is far from set in the NFL. While some teams have already booked their tickets for the postseason, others are still on the bubble with a crucial Week 17 looming.

Bovada has released odds on the clubs that are still in contention with betting options available on whether or not they’ll reach the playoffs. Of the squads listed (Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans), the Vikings have the best odds to make the dance at -300. The Philadelphia Eagles have the worst odds to make the playoffs (+200).

Things can get confusing this time of the year, so if you’re looking for a full breakdown, we have you covered.

Playoff picture

First up are the Ravens. Baltimore has experienced a resurgence under rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson and has a very realistic chance of heading to the playoffs as a result. The Ravens jumped all the way from the top wild-card position to the division lead after the Steelers lost to the Saints in Week 16.

If the Steelers beat the Bengals at home, Baltimore will need to beat the Browns this week to win the AFC North. If the Ravens lose to Cleveland, they’ll likely be missing out on the postseason altogether.

For the Colts, they’re currently sitting in the top wild-card position thanks to the Steelers’ loss to the Saints. All it’s going to take for Indy to make the playoffs is a win over the Titans, a team Andrew Luck has never lost to in his career.

The Titans currently lose the wild-card tiebreaker to the Colts due to their setback earlier in the season to Indianapolis and a lesser conference record. If the Titans can beat the Colts, they’ll jump over Indianapolis in the standings. With the way the Colts have been playing lately, it would be a surprise if that happens.

Things are not looking good for the Steelers. Pittsburgh’s loss to New Orleans was extremely costly, and it’s even more painful considering the team was a JuJu Smith-Schuster fumble away from having a chance at winning the game. The Steelers need to beat the Bengals and hope for either a Ravens loss or a Colts-Titans tie to reach the postseason.

The Vikings’ win over the Detroit Lions in Week 16 was massive for their playoff hopes and they’re in a much better position right now. Minnesota can claim a playoff spot with a win over Chicago on Sunday in order to stave off the charging Eagles.

Speaking of the Eagles, the reigning Super Bowl champs can no longer win the NFC East but are still alive in the NFC wild-card race thanks to huge victories over the Los Angeles Rams and Houston Texans in their last two starts. Philly needs to beat the Redskins and hope the Vikings lose to the Bears in order to sneak into the postseason.

Philadelphia Eagles
  • To make the playoffs +200
  • To miss the playoffs -300
Minnesota Vikings
  • To make the playoffs -300
  • To miss the playoffs +200
Baltimore Ravens
  • To make the playoffs -270
  • To miss the playoffs +180
Indianapolis Colts
  • To make the playoffs -200
  • To miss the playoffs +150
Pittsburgh Steelers
  • To make the playoffs +180
  • To miss the playoffs -270
Tennessee Titans
  • To make the playoffs +150
  • To miss the playoffs -200

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With three weeks remaining in the NFL season, the playoff race is as wide open as it’s been in quite some time. With a crucial Week 15 almost here, odds are out on which teams will make and miss the 2018 postseason on the gridiron.

Bovada has updated its playoff odds for 10 clubs, which I’ve outlined below. Entering Thursday Night Football between the Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs, the Chiefs, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams would earn a bye if the playoffs started today.

As far as the wild-card round goes, the Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans, Pittsburgh Steelers, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys were occupying the final playoff spots with a litany of teams in the hunt in both the AFC and NFC.

Can the Ravens make a run?

The Ravens are the only squad on the board with the same odds to make and miss the playoffs with a -120 price on each. With games against the Chargers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cleveland Browns left on the docket, it’s a very realistic possibility Baltimore reaches the promised land behind rookie signal-caller Lamar Jackson. If they beat the Bucs this weekend, expect the odds on the YES option to get steeper.

Plenty of value on the Colts

The best value bet on the board could be the Colts. At 7-6 SU, Indy has a tough home game against the rejuvenated Cowboys this weekend before facing winnable contests against the New York Giants and Tennessee Titans. If Indianapolis can take at least two of those three, then a wild-card appearance could be within reach. Andrew Luck and company have a +200 shot of making the playoffs at Bovada.

Here’s a look at the book’s NFL postseason odds. Where do you think the value lies? Have your say in the comments.

2018 NFL playoffs odds

Washington Redskins
  • To make the playoffs +800
  • To miss the playoffs -2500
Baltimore Ravens
  • To make the playoffs -120
  • To miss the playoffs -120
Carolina Panthers
  • To make the playoffs +650
  • To miss the playoffs -1400
Green Bay Packers
  • To make the playoffs +1200
  • To miss the playoffs -7500
Indianapolis Colts
  • To make the playoffs +200
  • To miss the playoffs -300
Miami Dolphins
  • To make the playoffs +280
  • To miss the playoffs -460
Minnesota Vikings
  • To make the playoffs -140
  • To miss the playoffs EVEN
Philadelphia Eagles
  • To make the playoffs +375
  • To miss the playoffs -650
Pittsburgh Steelers
  • To make the playoffs -190
  • To miss the playoffs +145
Tennessee Titans
  • To make the playoffs +220
  • To miss the playoffs -340

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With the halfway point of the NFL season here, odds are out on the chances for teams to either make or miss the playoffs.

While the postseason is still a few months away, Bovada is already gearing up for what’s shaping up to be an epic postseason run on the gridiron. The shop has released odds on the likelihood of 24 teams to both reach the postseason and miss the promised land altogether.

Which teams are looking like a toss-up?

The first half of the campaign has featured a number of underperforming clubs, and the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles are at the top of that list. The Eagles (4-4 SU) are coming off a 24-18 win in London, yet it’s clear they’ve suffered from a bit of a Super Bowl hangover in the opening two months. As a result, the shop has given Doug Pederson’s crew a -110 shot of making the playoffs and a -130 price of missing them.

The Vikings have a -120 chance of both making and missing the playoffs.

After losing to the Eagles in the NFC championship game last season, the Minnesota Vikings were widely expected to be championship contenders, and their odds to win the NFC before the year kicked off reflected that. It’s been anything but smooth sailing for the Vikes, however, as the squad is trailing the Chicago Bears in the NFC North entering Week 9.

Once a bright spot, Minnesota’s defense has taken a step back in 2018. The Vikings are giving up 24.4 points per game – 18th in the NFL – and let the New Orleans Saints hang 30 on them in a Week 8 loss. The Vikes should figure things out on that end sooner rather than later, and they can be had at -120 to both make and miss the postseason.

Take a look at the shop’s list for the 24 teams. Where do you think the value lies? Have your say in the comments.

Atlanta Falcons
  • To make the playoffs +375
  • To miss the playoffs -650
Baltimore Ravens
  • To make the playoffs +115
  • To miss the playoffs -155
Carolina Panthers
  • To make the playoffs -250
  • To miss the playoffs +170
Chicago Bears
  • To make the playoffs +105
  • To miss the playoffs -145
Cincinnati Bengals
  • To make the playoffs -180
  • To miss the playoffs +140
Dallas Cowboys
  • To make the playoffs +300
  • To miss the playoffs -500
Denver Broncos
  • To make the playoffs +650
  • To miss the playoffs -1400
Detroit Lions
  • To make the playoffs +400
  • To miss the playoffs -700
Green Bay Packers
  • To make the playoffs +175
  • To miss the playoffs -260
Houston Texans
  • To make the playoffs -220
  • To miss the playoffs +155
Indianapolis Colts
  • To make the playoffs +370
  • To miss the playoffs -640
Jacksonville Jaguars
  • To make the playoffs +500
  • To miss the playoffs -900
Los Angeles Chargers
  • To make the playoffs -300
  • To miss the playoffs +200
Miami Dolphins
  • To make the playoffs +250
  • To miss the playoffs -400
Minnesota Vikings
  • To make the playoffs -120
  • To miss the playoffs -120
New England Patriots
  • To make the playoffs -5000
  • To miss the playoffs +1000
New Orleans Saints
  • To make the playoffs -900
  • To miss the playoffs +500
New York Jets
  • To make the playoffs +1000
  • To miss the playoffs -5000
Philadelphia Eagles
  • To make the playoffs -110
  • To miss the playoffs -130
Pittsburgh Steelers
  • To make the playoffs -220
  • To miss the playoffs +155
Seattle Seahawks
  • To make the playoffs -120
  • To miss the playoffs -120
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • To make the playoffs +425
  • To miss the playoffs -800
Tennessee Titans
  • To make the playoffs +220
  • To miss the playoffs -340
Washington Redskins
  • To make the playoffs -170
  • To miss the playoffs +130

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The 2018 NFL season is finally here, and both football bettors and oddsmakers are aligned in their excitement for the action on the gridiron to return. Wondering what your favorite team’s odds are to make or miss the playoffs this year? We have you covered.

BetOnline is dealing odds on every NFL team to make or miss the promised land in the upcoming campaign, which we’ve outlined below. The Cleveland Browns, who own the longest playoff drought in the league (15 years), have a +550 shot of bucking that trend in 2018. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who possess a 10-year postseason drought of their own, are +425 in that regard.

What’s up with the NFC South?

The NFC South is widely regarded as the most competitive division in the NFL and that’s not expected to change this season. The New Orleans Saints earned the bragging rights for the South in 2017, but both the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons booked playoff tickets as wild cards. New Orleans is -130 to get back there according to BetOnline, yet there could be excellent value on the Panthers and Falcons.

Carolina’s chances to advance to the postseason sit at +130, while Atlanta’s are +115. Neither club took a step back in the offseason, and it wouldn’t shock anyone to see three NFC South squads back in the playoffs. If you like either the Panthers or Falcons to make it, grab them now.

As usual, Patriots far and above everyone else

Were you planning on wagering on the New England Patriots to make the playoffs? Good luck with that. The Pats’ odds to play after the regular season are an astronomical -1500, with the odds of them missing the playoffs entirely at +800. Considering Tom Brady and company have made nine straight postseason appearances and play in the weak AFC East, it would be a huge surprise to see them fail to get there.

For more football betting information, head over to our NFL page.

Odds on every NFL team to make or miss the playoffs

Atlanta Falcons
  • To make the playoffs +115
  • To miss the playoffs -145
Green Bay Packers
  • To make the playoffs -170
  • To miss the playoffs +140
Philadelphia Eagles
  • To make the playoffs -270
  • To miss the playoffs +210
Arizona Cardinals
  • To make the playoffs +800
  • To miss the playoffs -1500
Baltimore Ravens
  • To make the playoffs +135
  • To miss the playoffs -165
Buffalo Bills
  • To make the playoffs +450
  • To miss the playoffs -700
Carolina Panthers
  • To make the playoffs +130
  • To miss the playoffs -160
Chicago Bears
  • To make the playoffs +450
  • To miss the playoffs -700
Cincinnati Bengals
  • To make the playoffs +400
  • To miss the playoffs -600
Cleveland Browns
  • To make the playoffs +550
  • To miss the playoffs -900
Dallas Cowboys
  • To make the playoffs +145
  • To miss the playoffs -175
Denver Broncos
  • To make the playoffs +275
  • To miss the playoffs -375
Detroit Lions
  • To make the playoffs +260
  • To miss the playoffs -350
Houston Texans
  • To make the playoffs -135
  • To miss the playoffs +105
Indianapolis Colts
  • To make the playoffs +325
  • To miss the playoffs -450
Jacksonville Jaguars
  • To make the playoffs -140
  • To miss the playoffs +110
Kansas City Chiefs
  • To make the playoffs +120
  • To miss the playoffs -150
Los Angeles Chargers
  • To make the playoffs -145
  • To miss the playoffs +115
Los Angeles Rams
  • To make the playoffs -180
  • To miss the playoffs +150
Miami Dolphins
  • To make the playoffs +500
  • To miss the playoffs -900
Minnesota Vikings
  • To make the playoffs -260
  • To miss the playoffs +200
New England Patriots
  • To make the playoffs -1500
  • To miss the playoffs +800
New Orleans Saints
  • To make the playoffs -130
  • To miss the playoffs +100
New York Giants
  • To make the playoffs +325
  • To miss the playoffs -450
New York Jets
  • To make the playoffs +600
  • To miss the playoffs -1000
Oakland Raiders
  • To make the playoffs +165
  • To miss the playoffs -205
Pittsburgh Steelers
  • To make the playoffs -550
  • To miss the playoffs +375
San Francisco 49ers
  • To make the playoffs +135
  • To miss the playoffs -165
Seattle Seahawks
  • To make the playoffs +220
  • To miss the playoffs -280
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • To make the playoffs +425
  • To miss the playoffs -650
Tennessee Titans
  • To make the playoffs +165
  • To miss the playoffs -550
Washington Redskins
  • To make the playoffs +375
  • To miss the playoffs -550

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