NFL Best Odds To Make The Playoffs
Training camps are getting closer and closer with each passing week. As you start to refine your betting strategy, you may want to take a look at some futures predictions — division winners, playoff winners, even the Super Bowl LI winner. Let’s take a look at the best NFL odds to make the playoffs in 2016.
New England Patriots (AFC East title)
Let’s see. Seven straight AFC East titles. Thirteen out of the last 15 since that first Super Bowl title back in 2001. (It’s hard to remember now, but before the Belichick Era, the Pats were awful. The division usually belonged to the Miami Dolphins. But no longer). The Patriots open without Tom Brady for four weeks, and I think they’ll lose to Arizona in Week 1. However, with Miami, Houston and Buffalo rounding out the first four weeks, I see them going no worse than 2-2 and then finishing with 11 or 12 wins and another division crown.
Cincinnati Bengals (AFC North title)
Andy Dalton was having a spectacular season last year until he fractured that thumb, and the Bengals’ defense was rock solid, giving AJ McCarron the opportunity to move the ball up and down the field in Dalton’s stead. They do open with a tough slate, facing four road games in their first six. Those opponents include the Jets, Pittsburgh, Denver, Dallas and New England. However, with Pittsburgh losing Martavis Bryant and Le’veon Bell to suspensions, I don’t see anyone else knocking the Bengals off the top.
Baltimore Ravens (wild card)
Joe Flacco is back. Those defensive injuries have healed. They have Terrell Suggs and Steve Smith coming back from some big injuries — and can they recover at their advanced age? I think so, and I see them winning 9 or even 10 games and taking one of the AFC wild cards.
Indianapolis Colts (AFC South title)
All reports indicate that quarterback Andrew Luck is healthy once again, after suffering that kidney laceration. The fact that the Colts almost made the playoffs with a backup quarterback most of the season tells you how bad the rest of the division was. Houston will be better, as I like Brock Osweiler more than I like Brian Hoyer at quarterback, but I think a rejuvenated Luck will lead his team to a division crown.
Oakland Raiders (AFC West title)
That’s right — the Greatness is back. Derek Carr and Amari Cooper are the best quarterback-wide receiver pairing in the division, and they bolstered their front seven and their secondary in free agency. Their offensive line is rock solid. Given that the Broncos replaced Peyton Manning with Mark Sanchez, I don’t see them repeating in this division.
Kansas City Chiefs (wild card)
It was close picking between this team and Denver. However, Alex Smith showed some strides last year, and the Chiefs have an underrated defense. I see them sneaking past the Broncos for the second wild card.
Dallas Cowboys (NFC East title)
Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, Ezekiel Elliott. That makes for a terrific offense behind the best O-line in the conference. The defense was underrated in that 4-12 season last year, keeping the squad in games that shouldn’t have been close.
Green Bay Packers (NFC North title)
The Pack will be back. Clay Matthews and Eddie Lacy return, as does that injured offensive line. They only have two road games against 2015 playoff opponents (Minnesota and Washington), so I see them sliding through a fairly easy slate.
Minnesota Vikings (wild card)
I like Teddy Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson in this offense, and I see them delivering another big season in Minnesota. I like the defense as well, and I see 10 wins coming here — I just think the Pack will win 12.
Carolina Panthers (NFC South title)
It’s still the Panthers and everyone else in this division. The Buccaneers will make some noise in the division, but the Panthers get Kelvin Benjamin back, and the offense will keep on improving. The defense was rock solid all year long and will continue to hold opponents in check.
Seattle Seahawks (NFC West title)
We saw Carson Palmer fall apart in the NFC Championship game last season. Can he bounce back? He’s another year older, and that will start to take its toll. Meanwhile, there’s Russell Wilson leading the Seahawks, and he has the hunger that comes with losing the division crown last year.
Arizona Cardinals (wild card)
It wouldn’t surprise me too much to see the Cards and Seahawks flip in these standings. Both have strong defenses and both are very tough to beat at home.