One of the more interesting, and often highly profitable, NFL future bets is on teams to make or not to make the playoffs. While we won’t score big profit on teams like Kansas City, Tampa Bay, and Buffalo, we can make money on borderline playoff teams like the Chargers, Dolphins, and Patriots. Check out current to make the playoffs or not to make the NFL playoffs odds along with picks and analysis.
NFL Best Odds To Make The Playoffs
2021 NFL Season
- When: Sep. 9, 2021 – Jan. 9, 2022
Baltimore Ravens – No +240
The Ravens are a solid team. However, they could run into a brick wall this season because a) the Cleveland Browns are better in 2021 than they were in 2020 and b) every team in the AFC North has a ridiculously difficult schedule. Also, quarterback Lamar Jackson tested positive for the virus and seems hesitant to get the vaccine. Because of Week 18, the NFL won’t commit to rescheduling games this season. Instead, teams may have to play without players that tested positive or forfeit.
Los Angeles Chargers – Yes -110
Make no mistake, the Chargers aren’t ready to beat the Kansas City Chiefs for the AFC West Division crown. But the Bolts are in a group of a handful of teams that can grab a wildcard. Unlike the NFC, the AFC isn’t deep with competitive playoff squads. LAC is one of them, making the -110 more than fair odds.
Miami Dolphins – Yes +100
So many NFL fans and analysts are chilly on Tua Tagovailoa improving from his rookie season that the Fins have gone to above even money to make the postseason. Miami is more than Tua, though. The defense is one of the better units in the NFL and the coaching staff is dynamite. Also, Miami is in that second-tier along with the Chargers, a team that can make the playoffs but probably won’t win their division.
New England Patriots – No -120
One of the reasons so many are turning their backs on Miami is because they’ve bought into this idea that New England is the second-best team after Buffalo in the AFC East. The Patriots should be better this season than last. But they still must prove that the changes during the offseason will translate to victories. Also, the quarterback choices are Cam Newton or a rookie, Mac Jones. The jury is out on Jones. If the Patriots start Cam, they might win 8 games, but that’s probably the ceiling.
New Orleans Saints – Yes +110
A hall of fame quarterback leaves and everyone forgets that the New Orleans Saints have won more regular season games in the past five seasons than any other NFL franchise. Drew Brees showed wear and tear in the playoffs the past three seasons. Jameis Winston threw for 30 TDs and led the league in passing yards in his final season with the Buccaneers. He also threw 30 INTs. Going with yes means you’re taking the chance that Payton helps Jameis cut down on the picks.
Seattle Seahawks – Yes -115 or No -115
Right now, without having seen the Seahawks play a single preseason game, it’s hard to say if Seattle is a good play to make the postseason or not. One thing is for sure, the odds are fair either way. What will help the playoff cause is if Pete Carroll allows Russell Wilson to throw at will. The great ones always have the green light and Russell is a great one.
Washington Football Team – Yes +115
The WFT should have one of the best defenses in the NFL. Not only that, but Ryan Fitzpatrick has shown he can light up a defense. If Fitz doesn’t find the Fitzmagic, Tyler Heinicke played well against Tampa in the playoffs. The oddsmakers are reading too much into the Cowboys’ playoffs chances. Backing the WFT to win the NFC East is the better play.
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