NFL Best Odds To Make The Playoffs

Posted by Peter Boysen on August 9, 2016 in

Even though we still haven’t had a single pre-season game in the NFL’s 2016 campaign yet, thanks to the Hall of Fame Game’s bizarre cancellation, there’s already a lot of buzz about what teams are going to make it to the playoffs. If you have a hunch about a particular team, take advantage of the best online betting odds now so that you can make some bank after Christmas when your team ends up advancing.

NFL Best Odds To Make The Playoffs

The Safe Pick: Arizona Cardinals

It hasn’t been that long ago that the Arizona Cardinals were a fairly easy week on the schedule for most teams in the NFL, but Bruce Arians has made that time a distant memory. The Cards have won 10 more more games in each of the last three seasons, even though they share a division with the Seattle Seahawks, so they’re definitely a value bet to make the postseason, compared to some of the teams with higher odds.

The Smart Pick: Seattle Seahawks

Given that the Seahawks didn’t win the NFC West last year, I’m a little surprised at the large number here. They still have Russell Wilson, and they still have the majority of the Legion of Boom defense. They don’t have Marshawn Lynch carrying the ball anymore, but they replaced him with Thomas Rawls, who should be more than what they need at tailback. But why put down a -400 wager when you could put down $135 on the Cards and win those same $100 with less at risk? I see the Seahawks and Cardinals going neck-and-neck again this year, with both qualifying for the postseason.

The Consensus Pick: New England

This number is probably higher if quarterback Tom Brady isn’t finally having to serve that four-game suspension connected to DeflateGate. However, even with backup Jimmy Garoppolo starting the first four games, I don’t see the Pats losing more than two of those opening games. Even with a 2-2 record to start the season, the Pats should still win the AFC East for the 13th time in the last 14 seasons. The Jets could give them a push in the division, but I just don’t see them as ready to unseat them, given the limitations that Ryan Fitzpatrick has at quarterback.

The Longshot: Dallas Cowboys

The reason why this number isn’t higher is that no one knows what Tony Romo’s body will do this season. He went down last year not once but twice with a broken collarbone, and the team careened to a 4-12 record as the defense did a solid job, but they couldn’t do the scoring for such unserviceable backup quarterback options as Matt Cassel and Brandon Weeden. Dallas still has a terrific offensive line and has brought in an exciting running back in Ezekiel Elliott, the rookie from Ohio State. I don’t see Romo going down to an awful injury again, which means that he should be on the field to lead the Cowboys to a division title, which makes this a good value bet for you.