NFL Betting: Odds Analysis of Making the 2021 Playoffs

Posted by Derrick Harper on August 6, 2021 in

Each year, all 32 teams start the NFL season thinking that they have a great shot at making the playoffs. Unfortunately, only 12 teams make the postseason, so 20 teams go home disappointed at the end of the season. Futures bets are a big part of NFL betting. Prior to the start of the season, the oddsmakers set the odds of teams making the playoffs.

Let’s take a look at some of the teams with the best preseason odds of making the 2021 NFL playoffs.

Best NFL Odds to Make the Playoffs

Kansas City Chiefs -1200

After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers dominated the Chiefs in the Super Bowl, Kansas City made some upgrades to their team. They made some big offensive line signings and also shored up their defense in the draft. Oh, and they also have some guy named Mahomes. Kansas City should be in the thick of the playoff race, and they have a great shot at hoisting the Lombardi Trophy at the end of the season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers -650

When a team wins the Super Bowl, they usually lose some of their key players to free agency, retirement, etc. That isn’t the case with the Buccaneers, as they will return all 22 starters from last year’s Super Bowl-winning team. Tom Brady and company will look to once again make a long playoff run.

Buffalo Bills -350

Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills couldn’t get past the Chiefs last season, but this year could be a different story. Allen gets better every year, and the Bills have put together a very good football team. Barring a rash of injuries, this team should be a playoff team and could make a run at the Super Bowl.

Baltimore Ravens -300

The Ravens have one of the best defenses in the league. The Ravens have added some receiving threats for Lamar Jackson. If teams aren’t able to key on stopping the run, the Ravens will be a very dangerous team.

Cleveland Browns -225

Believe it or not, the Cleveland Browns are a legitimate Super Bowl contender. The Browns have built themselves into a perennial playoff team. Baker Mayfield has an arsenal of offensive weapons, and the Browns defense is one of the best defensive units in the AFC. If this team doesn’t make the playoffs, it will be a huge disappointment. 

Los Angeles Rams -180

Now that they’ve acquired Matthew Stafford, the Rams’ chances of making the playoffs have greatly increased. Stafford has been one of the top quarterbacks in the league for years, but the Lions always failed to surround him with talent. Combine a powerful offense with Aaron Donald and a very good defense, and the Rams should be a playoff team in the NFC.

Dallas Cowboys -160

Even though the Cowboys’ defense could be an issue, the Cowboys should have one of, if not the best offense in the NFC. With Dak Prescott, Zeke Elliott, CeeDee Lamb, Amari Cooper, and Michael Gallup, the Cowboys should put up a ton of points. If the defense can do their part, the Cowboys should be a playoff team.