Welcome to TheLines’ betting hub for the 2021-22 NFL Playoffs. On this page you’ll find current betting odds for teams to “Make The Playoffs” and a run-down on how this year’s NFL postseason will work. Once the 2021-22 playoffs begin in January 2022, we will prove live lines on each postseason game.
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How the NFL Playoffs work
The NFL postseason field will once again feature 14 teams in total.
Prior to last 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 three games on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, and three more games on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022.
- 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. 22 and Sunday, Jan. 23.
- 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. 30.
- The winners of the title games will then play in Super Bowl LVI, which is scheduled for Feb. 13 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.
Prior to last season’s changes, the NFL last tinkered with the postseason 31 years ago as in 1990, the playoffs expanded from 10 to 12 teams.
New 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.
Last year with the new playoff field of 14 teams – a 7-9 team made the playoffs (Washington by virtue of winning its division), an 8-8 team made the playoffs as a 7 seed in the NFC (Chicago Bears) and a 10-6 team made the playoffs as the 6 seed in the NFC (LA Rams).
Conversely, a 10-6 record in the AFC was not good enough to make the cut as the Miami Dolphins were snubbed.
Starting with the 2021 regular season, the NFL will be moving from 16 games played per team to 17 games played per team. This will change how we think about placing “To Make The Playoffs” futures.
Here are some example records under the new 17-game schedule that we will likely see for teams that will make the postseason:
Be sure to keep the new 17-game schedule and the new playoff format in mind when examining a team’s playoff chances.
How to bet on the NFL Playoffs
NFL Playoffs odds for each Wild Card game will be posted at sportsbooks as soon as the 2021 regular season ends on Jan. 9, 2022.
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 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 in May.
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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 Cowboys had -250 odds to make the playoffs entering the 2020 season because of their reputation as a star-studded team. But going against the grain by taking a +200 bet on Dallas to miss the playoffs would have paid off. Dallas was upset in Week 1 by the Rams, 20-17, and nearly lost to the Falcons in Week 2. They then lost their starting quarterback for the remainder of the 2020 season.
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 is offering odds on the finishing position for each team within their division.
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?
Here is a list of the teams that made the playoffs in 2020 along with their preseason odds to qualify:
- Kansas City Chiefs -1400
- Baltimore Ravens -900
- Tennessee Titans -140
- Indianapolis Colts -160
- Buffalo Bills -190
- Cleveland Browns +135
- Pittsburgh Steelers -125
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers -220
- Washington Football Team +650
- Chicago Bears +155
- New Orleans Saints -330
- LA Rams +150
- Seattle Seahawks -135
- Green Bay Packers -140
Based on preseason NFL playoffs odds, the Washington Football Team was the most surprising team to make the postseason in 2020-21. The WFT made the cut courtesy of playing in the worst division in football, the NFC East. A 7-9 regular season record won the division.
The Rams were a trendy pick to make the playoffs prior to last season if you believe in “bounce-back” seasons. In 2018, the Rams went 13-3 and made the Super Bowl. In 2019, they took a step back with a 9-7 record and did not make the playoffs. Sean McVay’s squad won one more regular season game in 2020 at 10-6, making the cut.
The San Francisco 49ers are this year’s trendy pick to “bounce-back.” In 2019, the Niners had a 13-3 record and won the NFC. Last year, they were decimated by injuries and stumbled to a 6-10 mark. With most of their horses back this season, another playoff berth could be in the cards. San Fran is -200 to make the playoffs at DraftKings Sportsbook.