NFL Week 17 Playoff Picture With Best Available Sportsbook Futures

Written By FairwayJay on December 27, 2021 - Last Updated on December 28, 2021
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There is still much to be decided in the final two weeks of the regular season as 23 of the league’s 32 teams remain within one game of a playoff spot. Six teams have clinched a playoff berth as Week 17 spreads hit the board, and if you look at NFL playoff odds for the remaining teams, it’s clear which have the easiest path to the postseason.

Seven teams from each conference make the playoffs, with the top-four seeds reserved for division winners.

Below are the best available odds for each team in futures markets across legal U.S. sportsbooks tracked by TheLines. Click on them to bet now on Super Bowl odds, division futures and odds to make the playoffs.

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NFL Playoff Odds: AFC

1. Kansas City Chiefs (11-4)

Remaining schedule: at Bengals, at Broncos

The Chiefs smacked the Steelers 36-10 to become the first AFC team to clinch a playoff spot. Kansas City’s eighth straight win also secured the Chiefs’ sixth consecutive AFC West title. A win at Cincinnati in Week 17 combined with a Tennessee loss to Miami secures the AFC’s No. 1 seed and a first round bye for the Chiefs.

2.Tennessee Titans (10-5)

Remaining schedule: Dolphins, at Texans

The Titans rallied to beat the 49ers 20-17 on a last-second field goal on Thursday Night Football. The Titans are closing in on the AFC South title and can clinch it in Week 17 with a win at Miami or a Colts loss to the Raiders.

3. Cincinnati Bengals (9-6)

Remaining schedule: Chiefs, at Browns

The Bengals moved into first place in the AFC North with a big win over the Ravens 41-21 to sweep the season series. The Bengals had the longest preseason odds to win the division, and Cincinnati has sailed over their season win total of 6.5. Cincinnati sits ahead of Buffalo in the playoff seeding due to a better conference record (7-3). A home win over Kansas City in Week 17 would secure the AFC North title for Cincinnati.

4. Buffalo Bills (9-6)

Remaining schedule: Falcons, Jets

The Bills big 33-21 win at New England in Week 16 moved Buffalo back into first place in the AFC East. Buffalo currently holds the division record tie-breaker over the Patriots. But the AFC East title will come down to Week 18 regardless of Week 17 results. The Bills can also clinch at least a wild card spot in Week 17 with a win over the Falcons and a Ravens loss, or with a win and losses by the Chargers and Raiders.

5. Indianapolis Colts (9-6)

Remaining schedule: Raiders, at Jaguars

The Colts are riding the NFL’s leading rusher Jonathan Taylor to pay dirt and the playoffs following an 0-3 and 1-4 start to the season. Now Indianapolis has won 6-of-7, and the Colts can clinch a playoff spot with a Week 17 win over the Raiders. Indianapolis loses division tiebreakers to Tennessee since they lost both games to the Titans.

6. New England Patriots (9-6)

Remaining schedule: Jaguars, at Dolphins

The Patriots fell from the No. 2 seed to No. 6 following their Week 16 home loss to the Bills. Buffalo now holds the tiebreaker to win the AFC East with a better division record. The Patriots soft schedule continues, and New England can clinch a playoff spot in Week 17 with a win over the Jaguars and a Raiders loss. The Patriots can also punch their playoff ticket with a win over the Jaguars and a loss by the Dolphins Week 17.

7. Miami Dolphins (8-7)

Remaining Schedule: at Titans, Patriots

A Week 17 win by the Dolphins on Monday Night Football moved Miami up to the No. 7 seed in the AFC. The Dolphins are riding a seven-game winning streak with five of those victories against losing teams.

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Los Angeles Chargers (8-7)

Remaining Schedule: Broncos, at Raiders

The Chargers suffered a surprising loss at Houston in Week 16 as money poured in on LA and the point spread rose to -13. But the Chargers 41-29 loss dropped them out of the playoffs with two division games remaining versus Denver and at Las Vegas.

Baltimore Ravens (8-7)

Remaining schedule: Rams, Steelers

The Ravens moved into the playoff bracket temporarily despite losing their fourth straight game until Miami’s Monday night win in New Orleans. The 41-21 loss at Cincinnati also cost Baltimore first place in the AFC North, which they had maintained most the season.

Las Vegas Raiders (8-7)

Remaining Schedule: at Colts, Chargers

The Raiders kept their playoff hopes alive with a 17-13 home win over the Broncos in Week 16. A sweep of the Colts and Chargers the final two weeks gets the Raiders into the playoffs with head-to-head tiebreakers over the Ravens and Dolphins.

Pittsburgh Steelers (7-7-1)

Remaining Schedule: vs. Browns, at Ravens

The Steelers chances of making the playoffs are slim following another loss with two must-win division games remaining but also requireing plenty of help.

Cleveland Browns (7-8)

Remaining Schedule: at Steelers, Bengals

The Browns are in last place in the AFC North, but they can still make the playoffs and potentially win the division with a pair of division wins to finish the season. Cleveland must win their final two games and have both Baltimore lose at least once and get a Cincinnati loss to Kansas City Week 17. Bettors who want to back the Browns’ longshot playoff hopes would be smarter doing a Week 17 parlay with what Cleveland needs and rolling over potential winnings versus betting AFC North division futures right now for a smaller potential payout.

NFL Playoff Odds:

1. Green Bay Packers (12-3)

Remaining schedule: Vikings, at Lions

The Packers are in position to earn the NFC’s No. 1 seed for the second straight season at odds of . Green Bay is the only undefeated team at home ahead of their Week 17 regular season finale at Lambeau Field against division rival Minnesota. Reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers is now the heavy favorite (-169) to repeat in NFL Most Valuable Player odds.

2. Dallas Cowboys (11-4)

Remaining schedule: Cardinals, at Eagles

The Cowboys are the NFC East champs and held onto the No. 2 spot in the NFC playoff picture with their fourth straight win – a 56-14 whipping of rival Washington. Dallas concludes their home schedule with a key game against the Cardinals in Week 17 followed by a road game at Philadelphia. Dallas is still a longshot to gain the No. 1 seed, but the Cowboys are 9-1 SU and 10-0 ATS against NFC teams this season.

3. Los Angeles Rams (11-4)

Remaining schedule: at Ravens, 49ers

The Rams have won four straight games to move into first place in the NFC West following a 30-23 win at Minnesota. Two games remain against current playoff contenders, and the Rams can clinch the NFC West in Week 17 with a win over the Ravens combined with a Cardinals loss to the Cowboys.

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-4)

Remaining schedule: at Jets, Panthers

The Buccaneers bounced back in Week 16 to pound the Panthers 32-6. Tampa Bay also secured their first NFC South title since 2007, and appear to be a major playoff threat again having won the Super Bowl last season as a No. 5 seed.

5. Arizona Cardinals (10-5)

Remaining schedule: at Cowboys, Seahawks

The Cardinals have lost three straight games to fall from the top spot in the NFC and one game behind the Rams in the NFC West. But Arizona has secured a playoff spot, and the Cardinals do have a better division record over the Rams for the potential division tiebreaker.

6. San Francisco 49ers (8-7)

Remaining schedule: Texans, at Rams

The rugged NFC West has three teams in position to make the playoffs with the 49ers still holding a spot after a last-second loss at Tennessee. The 49ers hold head-to-head tiebreakers over the Eagles and Vikings.

7. Philadelphia Eagles (8-7)

Remaining schedule: at WFT, Cowboys

The Eagles are now inside the playoff cut line following a dominating second half to wipe out the Giants, 34-10. The Eagles have two games remaining against division opponents but control their playoff destiny and own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Saints.

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New Orleans Saints (7-8)

Remaining schedule: vs. Panthers, at Falcons

The Saints lost a key Monday Night Football game to conclude Week 16. New Orleans needs to win out with the Eagles owning the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Saints.

Minnesota Vikings (7-8)

Remaining schedule: at Packers, Bears

The Vikings lost control of their playoff destiny losing to the Rams. Now Minnesota needs to win out at Green Bay and home to Chicago and also need the Eagles and Saints to lose a game.

Atlanta Falcons (7-8)

Remaining schedule: at Bills, Saints

The odds are very long for the Falcons to make the playoffs with a Week 17 game at Buffalo as big underdogs  () followed by a home game against the Saints. The Falcons must win both games and have multiple losses by teams ahead of them as Atlanta has the worst conference record (4-7).

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