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Odds on NFL Teams to Make or Miss the Playoffs

Odds on NFL Teams to Make or Miss the Playoffs

In what’s shaping up to be one of the most wide-open NFL playoffs we’ve seen in quite some time, what happens between now and Super Bowl 54 is anyone’s guess. With the postseason picture murky entering Week 16, one sportsbook has updated its odds on which teams will either make or miss the playoffs.

BetOnline is offering odds on the outcomes of five teams down the stretch, with the Los Angeles Rams, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans available to wager on. Here’s a look at the breakdown for each team:

Los Angeles Rams: +3300 to make the playoffs, -10000 to miss the playoffs

With the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks sitting atop the NFC West with identical 11-3 records, the Rams have experienced a serious fall from grace this season after making an appearance in the Super Bowl in February. L.A. still has a chance to make the playoffs, however, so there could be some value on the +3300 number.

The Rams can secure a berth in the dance if they win their last two games (at 49ers, vs Arizona Cardinals) and the Minnesota Vikings lose twice. Minny hosts the Green Bay Packers in Week 16 before welcoming the Chicago Bears in Week 17. It’s not looking good for the Rams right now.

Cleveland Browns: +4000 to make the playoffs, -15000 to miss the playoffs

Thanks to a series of big trades and free-agent signings, the Cleveland Browns were the toast of the NFL offseason not that long ago. Cleveland hasn’t been anything special in 2019, as the Browns are sitting in third in the AFC North standings at 6-8 heading into Week 16.

The Browns are mathematically alive, but their chances to make the playoffs are extremely slim right now. Cleveland faces a must-win game against the NFL-best Baltimore Ravens this weekend and will be out of postseason contention with a loss.

Pittsburgh Steelers: -250 to make the playoffs

The Steelers looked like they were heading in a downward spiral after an 0-3 start, but the Steel Curtain was able to rebound from the loss of longtime starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and surge back up the AFC standings thanks to a defense that’s turned the corner in a major way over the past few months.

Pittsburgh can clinch a wild-card berth with wins in the final two weeks of the season, on the road vs the New York Jets and at home to the Ravens. With the Jets struggling and the Ravens expected to sit some of their starters in what will likely be a meaningless Week 17 contest for them, the path to the AFC playoffs is clear for the Steelers.

Oakland Raiders: +4000 to make the playoffs, -15000 to miss the playoffs

Like the Browns, the 6-8 Raiders are mathematically alive but will be eliminated from postseason contention with a loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 16. Even if they win out, the Raiders would need a litany of other outcomes to break their way, evidenced by their -15000 price to miss the playoffs.

Tennessee Titans: +150 to make the playoffs, -170 to miss the playoffs

The Titans have experienced a rebirth after passing the keys of the offense from Marcus Mariota to Ryan Tannehill, and Tennessee controls its own fate right now.

Mike Vrabel’s club can win the AFC South by beating the New Orleans Saints on Sunday and the Houston Texans in the final week of the campaign, but only if the Texans also lose to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week. A wild-card appearance hinges on winning twice and having the Steelers lose at least once. At +150, the Titans are presenting some serious value to make the postseason.

Odds to Make or Miss the NFL Playoffs

Los Angeles Rams
  • To make the playoffs +3300
  • To miss the playoffs -10000
Cleveland Browns
  • To make the playoffs +4000
  • To miss the playoffs -15000
Pittsburgh Steelers
  • To make the playoffs -250
Oakland Raiders
  • To make the playoffs +4000
  • To miss the playoffs -15000
Tennessee Titans
  • To make the playoffs +150
  • To miss the playoffs -170

How to Read NFL Playoff Odds

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

Miami Dolphins
  • Make the playoffs +6000
  • Miss the playoffs +10000

In this case, Miami’s NFL odds to make the playoffs are slim at +6000. 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 down on the Dolphins at +10000, you’d get a payout of $1010 – your original $10 is returned along with your winnings of $1000.

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.