NFL Playoffs Odds 2022

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Welcome to TheLines’ betting hub for the 2021-22 NFL Playoffs. On this page you’ll find current pro football betting odds for each game, including point spread, moneyline and total.

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NFL Playoffs odds are available to bet on now. Here are the latest Divisional Round lines.

Cincinnati Bengals at Tennessee Titans

Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ET

These two squads didn’t meet this past regular season, with their most recent meeting a Week 8 Cincinnati win during the 2020 season. Joe Burrow, who would suffer his season-ending knee injury against Washington just two games later, threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns. Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd combined for 12 of the then-rookie’s completions, 145 of his yards and one of his scoring tosses (Boyd).

Burrow could certainly have a pivotal role again in this contest, as the way to make inroads against the Titans defense – especially on their home field – is through the air. Tennessee allowed an NFL-low 79.6 rushing yards per home contest at 3.7 per carry. The Titans were much more middle of the road defending the pass, surrendering 235.1 passing yards per home contest. Tennessee gave up the seventh-most passing yards overall on the season (4,485), although Burrow will have to be mindful of ball security considering Mike Vrabel’s squad snagged 16 picks.

The Titans got 112 yards and a TD from Derrick Henry in that 2020 losing effort, and the big question this week will be whether the star running back is able to suit up after a nine-game absence due to a foot injury. Henry was on pace for another potential 2,000-yard season when he went down, but if he’s unable to go, D’Onta Foreman certainly makes for a solid fill-in.

The one-time third round pick of the Texans found new life in Tennessee down the stretch with a trio of 100-yard efforts, although either back will have a tough assignment against a greatly improved Bengals run defense that gave up just 103.3 rushing yards per road contest this past regular season. Then again, the matchup doesn’t shape up as very appealing for Ryan Tannehill, either. Cincy was a much better pass defense on the road, conceding just 225.0 yards per contest compared to 270.4 at home.

In what could be the closest game of the weekend, the Titans’ initial 3-point favorite status grew slightly since the open.

San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers

Saturday, 8:15 p.m. ET

Saturday night won’t be the first meeting between the 49ers and Packers since the start of the 2021 season. The two clubs clashed in Santa Clara back in Week 3, a memorable contest that Green Bay escaped with a 30-28 victory in courtesy of a Mason Crosby 51-yard field goal as time expired.

Defense eventually took a back seat in that contest as the two teams combined for 47 first downs and each quarterback threw for a pair of touchdowns apiece. Two of each squad’s pass-catching stars had big days – George Kittle contributed a 7-92 line on nine targets, while Davante Adams posted 12 receptions for 132 yards and a score in his own right.

Given what should be frigid weather conditions and each team’s recent defensive performances, this rematch could certainly have a different dynamic. The Packers finished the regular season allowing just 210.9 passing yards per home game at a miserly 60.3 percent completion rate, so Jimmy Garoppolo, who threw for just 172 yards and an INT against Dallas in the wild-card win, could certainly have his hands full. On the ground, Green Bay was a bit more generous while yielding 111.4 rushing yards per Lambeau Field tilt, and Kyle Shanahan could therefore certainly opt to attack on the ground frequently. Elijah Mitchell and moonlighting running back Deebo Samuel have proven to be quite the tandem out of the backfield, and factoring in Sunday’s production, San Fran is averaging 159.7 rushing yards per game over the last three.

On the other side, the Pack’s prolific offense will have its own set of challenges, even as MVP candidate Aaron Rodgers enters the game reportedly healthier than he’s been since sustaining his now infamous toe injury. The Niners harassed Dak Prescott for five sacks and limiting him to a 53.5 percent completion rate. San Francisco picked off just nine passes during the regular season, but they did record one INT against Prescott on Sunday and rang up 48 sacks during the 2021 campaign. The Packers did yield just a 5.1 percent sack rate on the season, however, which could certainly help insulate Rodgers from some of the hits.

On the ground, Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon will have to contend with a Niners defense that’s allowed just 75.7 rushing yards per game in the last three (including Sunday), but that also sees both Nick Bosa (concussion) and Fred Warner (ankle) both sporting questionable tags to start the week after suffering injuries versus Dallas.

Bettors are on the Packers thus far, pushing their initial 5-point projected advantage up slightly since the open.

LA Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sunday, 3 p.m. ET

The Rams made quite the statement, especially on the defensive side of the ball, in their resounding 34-11 win over the Cardinals in Monday night’s wild-card clash. Los Angeles’ impressive offense made its share of contributions, but it was Raheem Morris’ group that set the stage for the victory by terrorizing Kyler Murray throughout the night.

Granted, the task gets no easier Sunday afternoon at Raymond James Stadium, even as the Rams will face a much different type of quarterback in Tom Brady. There’s a 2021 precedent for this matchup as well, as the two teams clashed in Week 3 in what was a 34-24 win for Los Angeles at SoFi Stadium. The game turned into an aerial shootout, and Brady notably racked up 432 passing yards at 7.9 yards per attempt while also throwing a touchdown without a pick. Tampa Bay played that game without Antonio Brown, but Chris Godwin, now out with a torn ACL, did contribute six catches for 74 yards.

Mike Evans was able to make even more inroads against Los Angeles’ secondary, posting an 8-106 line, while Rob Gronkowski contributed four catches for 55 yards. The latter two are expected to be Brady’s primary targets Sunday, as they were in the wild-card win over the Eagles. The Rams’ secondary has tightened things up since that first meeting, as L.A. has now allowed just 199.3 passing yards per contest over the last three. The Rams also finished tied for third with 19 interceptions during the regular season before the pair they secured against Murray, and they also finished third in sacks with 50. If at least one of Leonard Fournette (hamstring) or Ronald Jones (ankle) can make it back for this game, it should be of notable help to Brady in terms of keeping the defense honest.

The Rams, like every other Bucs opponent, will have the challenge of trying to establish balance on offense as well. Cam Akers certainly gave the team’s coaches and fans plenty of reason for optimism with his ability to handle 17 carries Monday night in just his second game back from an Achilles injury and also ripping off a 40-yard reception in the process. Akers should be even more prepared to log some lead-back volume in this matchup as a result, while Sony Michel is an outstanding complementary option that can be trusted to spell him whenever necessary. Nevertheless, the duo will be up against the brick wall that is the Bucs’ run defense, one that allowed just 89.1 rushing yards per contest at home. Tampa Bay has been a bit more vulnerable of late with 118.3 rush yards per game surrendered in the last three.

Stafford threw for 343 yards and four touchdowns in that aforementioned Week 3 battle, with All-World receiver Cooper Kupp leading the way via a 9-96-2 line. The veteran quarterback will be down his own No. 2 receiver from that game in Robert Woods (knee), but Odell Beckham has continued to integrate well into the team’s passing attack and contributed four receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown Monday night. The Buccaneers’ pass defense has been more vulnerable than their front seven, allowing 239.8 passing yards per home game on a 65.3 percent completion rate. However, they were a good ball-hawking group in their own right, picking off 17 passes during the regular season and adding two more against Jalen Hurts in the wild-card victory.

With the two teams evenly matched, Tampa Bay was just a standard field goal home favorite as the march toward kickoff began.

Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs

Sunday, 6:30 p.m. ET

The Bills struggled with the Jets in the regular season finale for a half-plus before separating, but both sides of the ball were in close to peak form for Buffalo against the Patriots on Saturday night. Sean McDermott’s squad put on a similarly impressive effort versus Kansas City back in their 38-20 win in Week 5, with Josh Allen throwing for 315 yards and three touchdowns and adding 59 yards and a rushing score on the ground.

Buffalo figures to have more of a challenge on its hands in this divisional round rematch. Kansas City’s defense has tightened up considerably since that early-season debacle. The Chiefs have given up just 17.9 points per home game through Sunday night’s Wild Card win over the Steelers, nearly eight points fewer per contest than on the road. KC has also surrendered a respectable 236.5 passing yards per home contest, but the biggest disparity in the Chiefs’ defensive splits is in their work against the run. While they allowed 130.5 rushing yards per road game, they conceded only 101.1 per home game. Kansas City was also effective preventing chunk plays through both the ground and air, ranking in the top half of the league in preventing explosive plays in both categories.

The Chiefs’ offense, once thought to be a bit on the broken side around the middle of the season, seems to have hit its stride again. Kansas City scored at least 28 points in each of its last four regular-season games and in Sunday’s win over Pittsburgh as well. Zooming back out to Week 10, Patrick Mahomes has a 68.7 percent completion rate and 22:4 TD:INT over that nine-game span, and even with Clyde Edwards-Helaire out with a shoulder injury versus the Steelers, Jerick McKinnon was impressive with 142 total yards and a receiving touchdown. However, Buffalo’s defense will be a good litmus test, as the Bills have allowed just 207.7 total yards per game over the last three and 130 per contest through the air specifically in that span.

In a game that is garnering significant betting interest, bettors whittled the Chiefs’ initial 2.5-point projected advantage down to -1.5 for a period on Wednesday at DraftKings Sportsbook. By Thursday morning it was back at Kansas City -2.5.

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How Divisional Round odds are changing

The home favorites nearly ran the table this past weekend, with one notable exception – the 49ers went into Dallas and pulled off the upset victory. The Bengals had a close call with the Raiders to open things up Saturday afternoon before intercepting Derek Carr in the end zone in the closing seconds, but otherwise, the Bills, Buccaneers, Chiefs and Rams notched double-digit wins to advance.

The Titans and Packers, the top seeds in each conference, will return from their opening-round byes to kick off the divisional round. Tennessee hosts Cincinnati on Saturday afternoon in a game the Titans have opened up as narrow home favorites for. Then, Green Bay welcomes San Francisco into Lambeau Field on Saturday night in what will almost certainly be a brutal weather environment for Kyle Shanahan’s club.

The Buccaneers will host the Rams, while the Chiefs will cap off the weekend with a visit from the Bills. The latter contest will unfold just a day short of a year after the 2020 AFC Championship Game that KC prevailed over Buffalo in by a 38-24 score. It also comes on the heels of a 38-20 win by Sean McDermott’s squad at Arrowhead Stadium in Week 5 of this past regular season.

Here we will look at how NFL Playoffs odds are changing in the days leading up to kickoff of each contest.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Tennessee Titans

DraftKings Sportsbook initially installed the Titans as a 3-point favorite.

  • Opening Spread: Bengals +3, Titans -3
  • Opening Moneyline: Bengals +130, Titans -150
  • Opening Total: O/U 47.5

Here is updated betting info on Bengals vs. Titans.

  • Updated Spread: Bengals +3.5, Titans -3.5
  • Updated Moneyline: Bengals +155, Titans -180
  • Updated Total: O/U 47.5

San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay Packers

The Packers opened as -5 home favorites over the 49ers.

  • Opening Spread: 49ers +5, Packers -5
  • Opening Moneyline: 49ers +175, Packers -210
  • Opening Total: O/U 49

Here is a look at the updated point spread, moneyline and total for 49ers vs. Packers.

  • Updated Spread: 49ers +5.5, Packers -5.5
  • Updated Moneyline: 49ers +190, Packers -235
  • Updated Total: O/U 47

LA Rams vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay opened as a -3 favorite and the game had an initial over/under of 48.5 points.

  • Opening Spread: Rams +3, Buccaneers -3
  • Opening Moneyline: Rams +130, Buccaneers -150
  • Opening Total: O/U 48.5

The line for Rams versus Bucs has not budged as we inch closer toward kickoff.

  • Updated Spread: Rams +2.5, Buccaneers -2.5
  • Updated Moneyline: Rams +120, Buccaneers -140
  • Updated Total: O/U 48.5

Buffalo Bills vs. Kansas City Chiefs

The Bills opened as a +2.5 underdog at the Chiefs.

  • Opening Spread: Bills +2.5, Chiefs -2.5
  • Opening Moneyline: Bills +115, Chiefs -135
  • Opening Total: O/U 52.5

Buffalo was a +2 dog by Monday morning at DraftKings Sportsbook and then by Tuesday morning it was back up to +2.5. By Wednesday morning it had moved a full point to Bills +1.5 but by Thursday it was back to Buffalo +2.5.

  • Updated Spread: Bills +2, Chiefs -2
  • Updated Moneyline: Bills +105, Chiefs -125
  • Updated Total: O/U 54

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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:

  • 14-3
  • 13-4
  • 12-5
  • 11-6

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. Here is a hypothetical game line.

  • Spread: Washington Football Team +7.5 at Green Bay Packers -7.5
  • Over Under: 47.5

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 in 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 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 were 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.