NFL Week 18 Playoff Picture With Best Available Sportsbook Futures

Written By FairwayJay on January 3, 2022 - Last Updated on January 4, 2022
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The playoff picture is becoming more clear, but there is still some positioning to finalize heading into Week 18, while NFL playoff odds and futures markets are beginning to mirror seeding.

Sunday’s Week 17 results included the Bengals big upset over the Chiefs in a thrilling 34-31 final. Cincinnati has won the AFC North with a worst-to-first turnaround season. Tennessee has also won the AFC South, and overtaken the Chiefs for the No. 1 seed heading into the final weekend with the Week 18 spreads available at the leading online U.S. sportsbooks.

Two playoff spots remain available in the AFC but only one in the NFC. 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, conference championship futures or division titles (if applicable).

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NFL Playoff Odds: AFC

1. Tennessee Titans (11-5)

Remaining schedule: at Texans

The Titans won their second straight AFC South title with a 34-3 win over the Dolphins. The Titans make their third straight trip to the playoffs and Tennessee can clinch the top seed and first round playoff bye in Week 18 with a win at Houston as a 10.5-point favorite. The Titans were upset by the Texans 22-13 on November 21 and had five turnovers in defeat.

2. Kansas City Chiefs (11-5)

Remaining schedule: at Broncos

The Chiefs fell from the top seed following their 34-31 loss at Cincinnati. Kansas City’s eight-game winning streak came to a halt, but the Chiefs have still won the AFC West for the sixth consecutive season. Kansas City will not exceed their season win total of 12.5, but the Chiefs can get the No. 1 seed with a Week 18 win at Denver on Saturday and a loss by the Titans on Sunday.

3. Cincinnati Bengals (10-6)

Remaining schedule: at Browns

The Bengals won their first AFC North title since 2015 with a 34-31 win over the Chiefs. Cincinnati will host a playoff game, and can still get the top seed in the AFC with a lot of help. The Bengals must win at Cleveland and have the Titans, Chiefs and Patriots all lose.

4. Buffalo Bills (10-6)

Remaining schedule: Jets

The Bills have clinched a playoff spot for the third straight year. Buffalo wins the AFC East with a Week 18 home win over the Jets as a 17-point favorite.

5. New England Patriots (10-6)

Remaining schedule: at Dolphins

The Patriots destroyed the Jaguars 50-10 and are in the playoffs. New England could still clinch the AFC East with a Week 18 win at Miami and a Bills loss. The Patriots could climb from the No. 5 seed to No. 1 with a win over Miami plus losses by the Titans, Chiefs and Bills.

6. Indianapolis Colts (9-7)

Remaining schedule: at Jaguars

The Colts lost to the Raiders 23-20, but Indianapolis can clinch their playoff spot with a win at Jacksonville. The Colts can also make the playoffs with a loss by the Ravens, Chargers and Steelers (Week 17) or losses by the Chargers and Steelers (Weeks 17 and 18) and a Dolphins win.

7. Los Angeles Chargers (9-7)

Remaining Schedule: at Raiders

The Chargers beat the Broncos to set up a play-in game in Week 18 against the Raiders in Las Vegas. A Chargers win sends them to the playoffs. A loss and they are out.

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Las Vegas Raiders (9-7)

Remaining Schedule: Chargers

The Raiders won their third straight game to keep their playoff hopes alive with a big 23-20 win at Indianapolis. That sets up the ‘win and you’re in’ Week 18 Sunday Night Football showdown in Las Vegas against the Chargers. The Raiders also can get in with losses by the Colts and Steelers .

Pittsburgh Steelers (8-7-1)

Remaining Schedule: at Ravens

The Steelers beat the Browns in Week 17 on Monday Night Football to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. Pittsburgh can now clinch a playoff berth with a Week 18 win at Baltimore combined with a loss by the Colts.

Baltimore Ravens (8-8)

Remaining schedule: Steelers

What a nosedive by the Ravens, who were in control of the AFC North but suffered their fifth straight loss in Week 17. The Ravens blew a 19-7 fourth quarter lead and lost 20-19 to the Rams. The Ravens slim playoff hopes hinge on a Week 18 win over the Steelers combined with losses by the Colts, Chargers, Browns and Dolphins. Those hopes are reflected in their NFL playoff odds.

NFL Playoff Odds:

1. Green Bay Packers (13-3)

Remaining schedule: at Lions

The Packers clinched the NFC’s No. 1 seed for the second straight season with their 37-10 Sunday Night Football win over the Vikings. Green Bay finished the regular season 8-0 at Lambeau Field, the only team to go undefeated at home. Aaron Rodgers is now the heavy favorite at -400 in NFL MVP odds to win his second straight and fourth overall Most Valuable Player award.

2. Los Angeles Rams (12-4)

Remaining schedule: 49ers

The Rams have won five straight games and moved up to the No. 2 seed following the Cowboys Week 17 loss to Arizona. The Rams can clinch the NFC West in Week 18 with a win over the 49ers or a loss by the Cardinals.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (12-4)

Remaining schedule: Panthers

The Buccaneers rallied and escaped to beat the Jets 28-24. Tampa Bay is secure as the No. 3 seed but could move up to No. 2 with a Week 18 win over the Panthers and a Rams loss to the 49ers.

4. Dallas Cowboys (11-5)

Remaining schedule: at Eagles

The Cowboys are the NFC East champs but their four-game winning streak was snapped by Arizona and Dallas fell from the No. 2 seed. Dallas is 9-2 SU and 10-1 ATS against NFC teams this season, and the Cowboys will host a playoff game against the top wild card team. That could be a rematch with the Cardinals.

5. Arizona Cardinals (11-5)

Remaining schedule: Seahawks

The Cardinals snapped their three-game losing streak with a big win at Dallas, 25-22. Arizona may play Dallas on the road again to start the playoffs, but the Cardinals can still win the NFC West and host a playoff game if they beat the Seahawks in Week 18 and the Rams lose to the 49ers.

6. San Francisco 49ers (9-7)

Remaining schedule: at Rams

The NFC West is in position to have three teams in the playoffs and the 49ers secure their spot with a Week 18 win at Los Angeles against the Rams. San Francisco can also make the playoffs with a Saints loss.

7. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7)

Remaining schedule: Cowboys

The Eagles rallied to beat the Redskins for their sixth win in last seven games. Philadelphia has clinched a playoff spot.

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New Orleans Saints (8-8)

Remaining schedule: at Falcons

The Saints playoff chances hinge on a must win at Atlanta combined with a 49ers loss to the Rams.

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