The NFL Playoffs are about to wrap up as Super Bowl LVII will serve as the final game of the season. Check out Super Bowl odds for the Big Game involving the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs.
NFL Playoffs odds
Here are the latest NFL Playoffs odds. Compare Chiefs versus Eagles lines below and check out betting information on each playoff game below. Following the Big Game, this page will flip back to NFL “To Make The Playoffs” odds for the 2023 season.
How playoffs odds have changed
Here are how odds to make the NFL Playoffs changed in the final stretch of the regular season.
|Team||NFL Playoffs Odds: December 8||NFL Playoffs Odds: December 20||NFL Playoffs Odds: December 27||NFL Playoffs Odds: January 2|
Search NFL props
Already have an idea of what you want to wager on in the NFL playoffs? Search for a team or player below, and we’ll direct you to the best betting odds for every possible way to bet on that squad. Happy shopping!
Best NFL playoffs betting apps
How the NFL Playoffs work
The NFL postseason field will once again feature 14 teams in total.
Prior to the 2020 season, under the traditional format, six teams made the postseason from each conference each year. Of those six teams from both the AFC and NFC, two teams from each conference were given a first round bye. The other four teams squared off in Wild Card games for the right to advance to the Divisional Round.
Different, now, is that an extra team is added to the field in both conferences.
- Now, only one team from each conference will receive a first round bye. This will give a massive advantage to the two teams that will not have to play Wild Card weekend.
- The remaining six teams from each conference will play in Wild Card games, giving Wild Card weekend two extra games each year (six games in total).
- Wild Card weekend will feature two games on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023, three games on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, and one game on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023.
- The No. 1 seed in each conference will play the lowest remaining seed in each conference in the Divisional Round. The Divisional Round will take place on Saturday, Jan. 21 and Sunday, Jan. 22.
- The winners of the Divisional Round matchups will advance to their respective conference’s Championship Game. The NFC and AFC title games will be played on Sunday, Jan. 29.
- The winners of the title games will then play in Super Bowl LVII, which is scheduled for Feb. 12 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
Prior to the changes from two seasons ago, the NFL last tinkered with the postseason 31 years ago as in 1990, the playoffs expanded from 10 to 12 teams.
17-game regular season
Under the old NFL regular season format with 16 games and 12 total playoff slots available, 10 or 11 wins was usually good enough to land a postseason berth – regardless of whether or not that team won their division. Once in a while, a 9-7 team would squeak in as well.
This past season, Tampa Bay squeaked into the postseason (thanks to a division title) with an 8-9 record. The Dolphins made the playoffs in the AFC with a 9-8 record and the Giants made the cut in the NFC with a 9-7-1 record.
How to bet on the NFL Playoffs
NFL Playoffs odds have been posted at top sportsbooks. Here is an example from the Divisional Round.
- Spread: Dallas Cowboys +3.5 at San Francisco 49ers -3.5
- Moneyline: Cowboys +160 at 49ers -190
- Over Under: 46
Playoff futures can usually be found at online sportsbooks in the Team Futures section under a tab labeled “To Make Playoffs.” This indicates the bettor is offered a Yes/No proposition on which teams will make the postseason.
Perennial pro football powers such as the Ravens or Chiefs are usually listed with negative odds at the start of the season because they’re expected to make the playoffs every year. For example, say the Ravens were listed with -480 odds to make the playoffs at FanDuel Sportsbook to start the season. On a $10 bet at those odds, you would net only $2.08 if Baltimore was to make the postseason cut.
Teams in stronger divisions tend to get longer odds, whereas teams that dominate their divisions get better odds because of their clear path to a playoff berth.
Most teams have NFL Playoffs odds somewhere between -200 and +300 at the start of the season. There are some true long shots such as the Houston Texans, who had +700 odds to make the playoffs at DraftKings Sportsbook last May.
NFL Playoffs betting strategy
The important thing to consider when betting NFL Playoffs futures is public perception. These lines are set almost entirely based on the esteem each team has earned in the public eye. The Packers had -500 odds to make the playoffs entering the 2022 season because of their reputation as a star-studded team. But going against the grain by taking a +350 bet on Green Bay to miss the playoffs would have paid off.
Also consider the division landscape when betting on NFL Playoffs futures. Not only does a weak division provide a path to the postseason, it provides six relatively easy, or six very difficult games depending on the division. It makes sense to analyze the entire season schedule before placing a significant wager on a team.
Note that if you’re interested in trying to predict the exact pecking order in a division, DraftKings Sportsbook offers odds on the finishing position for each team within their division prior to each season.
Odds are also different at different sportsbooks, so shop around and see where you can find the best price on each team to make or miss the playoffs.
What happened last year?
Most pre-season predictions came home to roost last year. Here is a look at last year’s four finalists, as well as their pre-season odds to make the playoffs.
- Kansas City Chiefs -1000
- Cincinnati Bengals +500
- San Francisco 49ers -200
- LA Rams -200
The one upset of the bunch was the Bengals, who were coming off a 4-11-1 season.