NFL 2020 AFC Playoffs Picture Update Dec. 15th Edition

NFL 2020 AFC Playoffs Picture Update Dec. 15th Edition

Written by on December 15, 2020

Okay MyBookie pro football betting faithful, with the 2020 NFL regular season steamrolling toward a fast and furious finish in an AFC that is loaded with potential postseason participants, it’s time to take a look at the Updated AFC playoff picture. Let’s jump right into action so you can bet against their AFC odds.

NFL Betting Analysis – Updated AFC Playoffs Picture

While Kansas City and Pittsburgh have already clinched two spots in the AFC playoffs, there are still at least seven teams fighting for the five remaining spots in the quickly-approaching postseason. Here’s the scoop.

  1. Kansas City (12-1)

After beating Miami 33-27 in Week 14, Kansas City is assured of a playoff spot after claiming the AFC West crown for the fifth straight season. The Chiefs have gone a perfect 7-0 on the road this season and rank second in scoring (31.0 ppg) and an encouraging eighth in points allowed (21.6 ppg). Kansas City is on the road at New Orleans on Sunday and finishes up at home against Atlanta and the LA Chargers, so it looks like the No. 1 seed is all but assured.

  1. Pittsburgh (11-2)

The Steelers have dropped two straight by falling to Washington at home 23-17 in Week 13 before following that up with an even more humbling 26-15 road loss at Buffalo on Sunday night. Still, Pittsburgh has locked up a wild card berth at the very least. The Steelers finish at Cincinnati, at home against Indianapolis and on the road at Cleveland. I’m thinking Pittsburgh goes 2-1 at the very least to lock up the No. 2 seed in the conference. The Steelers rank 11th in scoring (26.8 ppg) and lead the league in fewest points allowed (18.2 ppg).

  1. Buffalo (10-3)

Buffalo has won three straight and six of its last seven including their statement-making 26-15 win over Pittsburgh on Sunday night. More importantly, the Bills could finish with 13 wins as they finish at Denver and New England and at home against Miami. Buffalo ranks eighth in scoring (27.6 ppg) and 15th in points allowed (24.7 ppg), but their one game lead over three conference rivals looks tenuous at best!

  1. Tennessee (9-4)

Tennessee is tied with Indianapolis for the lead in the AFC South, but the Titans have gotten hot at just the right time by winning three of their last four including a 31-10 smackdown of Jacksonville on Sunday. Tennessee ranks a stellar second in rushing and fourth in scoring (30.0 ppg). The Titans finish up at home against Detroit and on the road at Green Bay and Houston. A 2-1 finish looks conceivable.

  1. Cleveland (9-4)

The Browns might have been on the wrong end of a crushing 47-42 loss against division rival Baltimore on Monday night, but Baker Mayfield and company are still in line for a playoff berth as they sit in fifth place in the AFC East standings. Cleveland looks like a virtual lock to finish with a dozen victories as they visit the Jets and Giants the next two weeks before finishing up at home against the Steelers in a huge divisional matchup. Cleveland ranks a modest 13th in scoring (26.8 ppg) and discouraging 27th in points allowed (28.3 ppg).

  1. Indianapolis (9-4)

The Colts are tied with Tennessee atop the AFC South standings and have won two straight and four of five including a 44-27 win over Las Vegas on Sunday. Indianapolis ranks fifth in scoring (28.6 ppg) and 12th in points allowed (23.1 ppg). The Colts finish up at home against Houston, at Pittsburgh and at home against Jacksonville, so a 2-1 finish also looks quite possible for the Colts in my opinion.

  1. Miami (8-5)

The Dolphins are in second place in the AFC East behind Buffalo. Miami had their two-game winning streak snapped in Sunday’s home loss to Kansas City, but the young Fins have won seven of their last nine games. Miami hosts New England on Sunday and then hits the road to take on Las Vegas before finishing up at Buffalo. The Dolphins rank a stupendous second in points allowed (18.8 ppg). I think it’s possible Miami could go 2-1 – or 1-2 over their last three, so stay tuned.

  1. Baltimore (8-5)

Baltimore has won two straight to keep its playoff hopes alive and head into its Week 15 home date against Jacksonville coming off the most thrilling game of the entire 2020 campaign by beating Cleveland 47-42 on Monday night. After host the Jags, the Ravens finish up at home against the Giants and on the road at Cincinnati. A 3-0 run would have Baltimore at 11-5 and likely in line for a playoff berth, especially if they end up tied with a Browns team they’ve beaten twice this season. The Ravens rank eighth in scoring (27.9 ppg) and fifth in points allowed (21.0 ppg).

  1. Las Vegas (7-6)

The Raiders are currently on the outside looking in as far as a postseasons appearance is concerned. Vegas can score the ball as they rank 10th in that department (26.9 ppg), but unfortunately, they can’t stop running water while ranking a  dismal 30th in points allowed (30.1 ppg). Derek Carr and company have lost three of its last four including an embarrassing 44-27 home loss against Indianapolis on Sunday. Still, with remaining games at home against the Chargers and Dolphins, followed by a regular season finale at Denver, it’s possible the Raiders go 3-0 to finish with 10 wins, although I think  a 2-1 finish and 9-7 regular season mark feels more likely to me.

  1. New England (6-7)

At this point, New England is a real long shot to reach the Playoffs in the crowded AFC as they sit in third place in the AFC East behind Buffalo and Miami and in 10th place overall in the conference standings. The Patriots are 4-6 over their last 10 and suffered a humbling 24-3 smackdown loss against the Rams on Thursday. New England finishes up at Miami and and at home against Buffalo and the New York Jets. At beast, I’ve got New England going 1-2 over their final three although an upset of Miami could help them finish at 2-1. Either way, it looks like the King is now, officially dead in New England following the break-up of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.

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