NFL Playoffs Odds

NFL Playoffs odds

Update: The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers have advanced to Super Bowl 58. Bet on current Super Bowl odds now. NFL Playoffs odds for next season will soon be made available.

NFL Playoffs odds

Below we will take a look at NFL Playoffs odds for every game on the schedule. These are live lines for the National Football League postseason.

Below is an NFL Playoffs odds video preview of the AFC and NFC title games. Included are the top 15 expert picks for Ravens versus Chiefs and 49ers versus Lions.

NFC Championship odds

NFC Championship odds have been posted by select sportsbooks. Here is a look at NFC Title game lines for the Lions at 49ers.

Detroit Lions (+7.5) at San Francisco 49ers (-7.5)

Brock Purdy and the 49ers opened as a touchdown favorite over the Lions. The opening total was 51 points. San Francisco may very well have to play the NFC Championship Game without one of its top offensive weapons. Deebo Samuel injured his shoulder this past Saturday against the Packers and his status for the Lions game is up in the air.

The Lions are also dealing with injury issues as left guard Jonah Jackson (meniscus tear) is expected to miss the NFC title game. Detroit tight end Brock Wright is also unlikely to play against the 49ers. The team signed veteran tight end Zach Ertz this week.

AFC Championship odds

Kansas City Chiefs (+3.5) at Baltimore Ravens (-3.5)

AFC Championship odds have already been posted at top sportsbooks. The Ravens opened as a -3 betting favorite over the Chiefs. The total was initially set at 45.5 points.

Several Chiefs players were banged up in the team’s victory over Buffalo on Sunday. Joe Thuney, Willie Gay and Mike Edwards could all land on the injury report this week. Baltimore is relatively healthy and could get a boost in the form of star TE Mark Andrews.

NFL Playoff Schedule

Here is a look at the NFL Playoffs schedule.

  • Wild Card Weekend: Saturday, Jan. 13 – Monday, Jan. 15
  • Divisional Round: Saturday, Jan. 20 – Sunday, Jan. 21
  • AFC Conference Championship Game: Sunday, Jan. 28 (CBS)
  • NFC Conference Championship Game: Sunday, Jan. 28 (FOX)
  • Super Bowl 58: Sunday, Feb. 11 (CBS)

NFL teams eliminated from playoffs

Here is a list of NFL teams already eliminated from the playoffs.

  • Arizona Cardinals
  • Atlanta Falcons
  • Carolina Panthers
  • Chicago Bears
  • Cincinnati Bengals
  • Cleveland Browns
  • Dallas Cowboys
  • Denver Broncos
  • Indianapolis Colts
  • Jacksonville Jaguars
  • LA Chargers
  • LA Rams
  • Las Vegas Raiders
  • Miami Dolphins
  • Minnesota Vikings
  • New England Patriots
  • New Orleans Saints
  • New York Giants
  • New York Jets
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Seattle Seahawks
  • Tennessee Titans
  • Washington Commanders

Opening NFL Playoff odds

Here are opening NFL Playoff odds for both the AFC and NFC Championship Games.

GamePoint SpreadMoneylineTotal
Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore RavensChiefs (+3) at Ravens (-3)Chiefs (+145) at Ravens (-175) 45.5
Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ersLions (+7) at 49ers (-7)Lions (+240) at 49ers (-300)51

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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. 13, 2024, three games on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024, and one game on Monday, Jan. 15, 2024.
  • 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. 20 and Sunday, Jan. 21.
  • 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. 28.
  • The winners of the title games will then play in Super Bowl LVIII, which is scheduled for Feb. 11 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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

When the postseason arrives, top sportsbooks will post NFL Playoffs odds. Here is a recent example.

  • 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 Eagles 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, the Chiefs are listed with -500 odds to make the playoffs at FanDuel Sportsbook to start the season. On a $10 bet at those odds, you would net only $2 if Kansas City 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 Arizona Cardinals, who have +1100 odds to make the playoffs at DraftKings Sportsbook as of May 25.

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 -225
  • Cincinnati Bengals -144
  • San Francisco 49ers -225
  • Philadelphia Eagles -178