Believe it or not, we’re less than a month away from the NFL pre-season as the New York Giants will play the Buffalo Bills on August 3rd in the annual Hall of Fame Game. We’ve already posted the Win Totals, Divisional Odds and Futures for the 2014-15 season, but earlier this week one of the more prominent offshore sportsbooks posted a very unique prop.
Sportsbook.com, which is well recognized as a very public book, posted odds for all 32 NFL teams to make the playoffs this season. Considering the talent discrepancy between the AFC and NFC, it’s none too surprising that the two superpowers in the inferior AFC — the New England Patriots (-400) and Denver Broncos (-450) — have the best odds of making the postseason.
Bovada, another very public/square sportsbook, became the second book to post 2014-15 NFL playoff odds with very little variation from the odds at Sportsbook.com.
The table below displays the current odds for every team to make the 2014-15 NFL playoffs. As always, we strongly encourage bettors to shop for the best line before placing any wager.
|New England Patriots||-400||+300||-400||+300|
|San Francisco 49ers||-250||+200||-250||+195|
|Green Bay Packers||-185||+150||-200||+160|
|New Orleans Saints||-140||+110||-155||+125|
|New York Giants||+235||-300||+225||-285|
|Kansas City Chiefs||+280||-360||+275||-350|
|San Diego Chargers||+375||-500||+300||-400|
|St. Louis Rams||+400||-550||+350||-500|
|New York Jets||+400||-550||+350||-500|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+650||-1000||+500||-800|
By utilizing these odds, we can project the following six teams will make the playoffs in each conference:
AFC: Denver Broncos (West), New England Patriots (East), Indianapolis Colts (South), Cincinnati Bengals (North), Pittsburgh Steelers (North) and Baltimore Ravens (North).
NFC: Seattle Seahawks (West), San Francisco 49ers (West), Green Bay Packers (North), New Orleans Saints (South), Philadelphia Eagles (East) and Chicago Bears (North).
Based on these projections, Denver and New England would receive first-round byes in the AFC while Seattle and Green Bay would receive the two byes in the NFC.
It’s interesting to see some of the differences between the NFL Futures and the NFL Playoff Odds, as you would think that teams would have similar rankings for both. In fact the Arizona Cardinals are tied for the 23rd-best odds to make the playoffs, yet they have the 11th best odds of winning the Super Bowl.
This is largely based on the strength of the NFC West which features powerhouse teams like the Seahawks and 49ers. If the Cardinals make the playoffs, their stout defense could carry them far. However, oddsmakers clearly believe it will be unlikely they will overcome such a difficult schedule.
Who do you think will make the NFL playoffs? Which teams are being undervalued by oddsmakers? Please leave any thoughts or questions in the comment section below.