NFL Playoffs Odds 2022: To Make The Postseason

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Welcome to TheLines’ betting hub for NFL Playoffs odds. On this page, you will find odds for teams to make the postseason and playoff game lines come January. Fringe playoff teams like the New York Jets have NFL playoff odds of around +100 to make the dance. A team like the Chiefs, who are expected to make the postseason cut, are around -10000.

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Odds to Make The NFL Playoffs are available to bet on now.

Arizona Cardinals To Make The NFL Playoffs odds: Yes (+4000)

The Cardinals (+4000) fell to 4-8 and 1-4 at home with a heartbreaking loss to the Chargers in Week 12. They get a late bye week to try and figure things out, and they might have to run the table to have any shot at a Wild Card spot. 

Atlanta Falcons NFL Playoffs odds: Yes (+550) / No (-750)

The Falcons (+550) are getting +700 odds to win the NFC South, which is still a possibility with the Bucs sitting atop the standings at 5-6. Atlanta hosts Pittsburgh before road games at the Saints and Ravens.

Baltimore Ravens Odds to Make NFL Playoffs: Yes (-1000) / No (+600)

Blowing another sizable lead cost the Ravens good position atop the NFC North and their playoff odds have lengthened considerably from -3500 to -1000 at most books. They have a good bounce-back game on tap against the struggling Broncos. 

Buffalo Bills: Yes (-5000) / No (+1600)

The Bills (-5000) survived a tough game at Detroit against the feisty Lions and will look to get back in control in the AFC East with their next three games against the Patriots, Jets, and Dolphins. 

Carolina Panthers NFL Playoffs odds: Yes (+1400) / (-3500)

The Panthers (+1400) were hanging around +1600 to make the playoffs at FanDuel before they pulled off another upset at home this past week. They’re only 1.5 games out of first place in the NFC South with a 4-8 record, and own a tiebreaker over New Orleans.

Chicago Bears: Yes (+10000)

The Bears (+10000) were completely uncompetitive without Justin Fields (shoulder) and some books have taken them off the board until we get some clarity on whether Fields will return at all in the final weeks of a lost season. 

Cincinnati Bengals To Make NFL Playoffs odds: Yes (-250) / No (+190)

Joe Burrow led the Bengals (-250) to another tough road win without Ja’Marr Chase (hip) and he’ll look to keep his run of success against the Chiefs going in a home game next week. The Bengals are down to +210 to win the AFC North at BetMGM. 

Cleveland Browns Playoffs odds: Yes (+850) / No (-1600)

The Browns (+850) snapped a long skid with an overtime win over the Bucs and now they can activate Deshaun Watson from suspension to start at the Texans in Week 13. 

Dallas Cowboys To Make NFL Playoffs odds: OTB

The Cowboys are getting +300 odds to win the NFC East at DraftKings and are projected for 12.5 wins, but the Eagles (14.5 wins) are looking just as strong. Dallas gets the Colts, Texans, and Jaguars before a Week 16 rematch with Philly. 

Denver Broncos: Yes (+10000)

Losing in overtime to the Raiders is likely the final nail in the coffin for the Broncos, who dropped from +1000 to +4000 to make the playoffs after losing six of seven games. 

Detroit Lions Odds to make NFL Playoffs: Yes (+800) / No (-1400)

The Lions (+800) won three straight before giving the Bills a tough run on Thanksgiving. They have a chance to play their win into contention late and their final two games come against the Bears and Packers. 

Green Bay Packers NFL Playoffs odds: Yes (+1200) / No (-2500)

Aaron Rodgers is dealing with an avulsion fracture to his thumb and a ribs injury that knocked him out of a close loss at Philadelphia. The Packers (4-8) are trailing five teams in the Wild Card hunt and might shut down their four-time MVP in the coming weeks. 

Houston Texans Playoffs odds: Yes (+10000)

The Texans (+10000) are the least competitive team in the NFL and are projected for just 2.5 wins at most books. 

Indianapolis Colts Odds to Make NFL Playoffs: Yes (+700) / No (-1200)

The Colts (+2000) dropped a winnable home game against the rebuilding Steelers and their playoff chances plummeted from +700 to +2000 as a result. They’re down to +3700 at FanDuel to win the AFC South. 

Jacksonville Jaguars NFL Playoffs odds: Yes (+600) / No (-1000)

The Jaguars are down from +800 to +500 to make the playoffs at most books after Trevor Lawrence executed the best drive of his career to stun the Ravens. 

Kansas City Chiefs Playoffs odds: OTB

The Chiefs (-10000) look like the best team in the NFL with Patrick Mahomes cruising to the top of MVP odds boards during a dominant five-game stretch. 

Las Vegas Raiders: Yes (+1600) / No (-5000)

The Raiders (+1600) pulled out a gritty win in Seattle to snap a five-game losing streak at CenturyLink Field. They’re still in the hunt at 4-7, but will close the season with two brutal home games against the 49ers and Chiefs. 

LA Chargers NFL Playoffs odds: Yes (-150) / No (+125)

The Chargers (-150) are now slight favorites to make the playoffs after Justin Herbert led the way in a 25-24 win at Arizona. They have a few more tough games before their schedule eases up down the stretch. 

LA Rams Odds to make NFL Playoffs: OTB

The Rams (+1400) are playing young guys and might decide to hold Cooper Kupp (ankle) and Matthew Stafford (concussion) out for the rest of the season with their team unlikely to compete even if those guys get back soon. 

Miami Dolphins NFL Playoffs odds: Yes (-750) / No (+550)

The Dolphins (-750) took care of business with an easy win over the visiting Texans, and they will be well-rested for a tough road test at San Francisco. They’re getting +275 odds to hold onto their narrow lead atop the AFC East. 

Minnesota Vikings To Make NFL Playoffs odds: OTB

The Vikings (9-2) bounced back from a bad loss to Dallas with a shootout win over the Patriots. They have a full 5-game lead over Detroit for first place in the NFC North and are close to clinching a playoff berth. 

New England Patriots Odds to Make Playoffs: Yes (+175) / No (-225)

The Patriots (+175) dominated certain areas against the Vikings but still came away with a loss since they couldn’t stop Justin Jefferson. Now they face Stefon Diggs and the dangerous Bills offense. 

New Orleans Saints NFL Playoffs odds: Yes (+800) / No (-1400)

The Saints (+800) failed to score in a feeble loss at San Francisco. They have a little extra time to try and correct those issues and pull out a vital win at Tampa Bay on Monday night. 

New York Giants Odds to Make NFL Playoffs: Yes (+100) / No (-120)

The Giants (+100) have swung from -400 to even money to make the playoffs after losing several key players to injury during consecutive losses. They’re 0-2 in division games and face the surging Commanders in two of the next three weeks 

New York Jets: Yes (-115) / No (-105)

Robert Saleh made the move to Mike White, and the Jets (-115) suddenly looked great on offense against a tanking Bears team. They moved back into the final Wild Card spot with the win and are getting +1000 odds to win the AFC East. 

Philadelphia Eagles Postseason odds: OTB

The Eagles (10-1) got back to their dominant ways with a massive rushing performance to hold off the Packers. They get the Titans, Giants, and Bears before a showdown in Dallas that could decide the NFC East. 

Pittsburgh Steelers Odds to Make NFL Playoffs: Yes (+2000) / No (-10000)

The Steelers (+2000) have won two of their last three games with Kenny Pickett playing turnover-free ball in those contests. They’re 4-7 with some winnable games down the stretch and they would revel in beating the Ravens once or twice. 

San Francisco 49ers NFL Playoffs odds: Yes (-3500) / No (+1400)

The 49ers (-3500) have the best defense in the NFL according to raw yardage and points allowed and their offense has been incredible when Deebo Samuel and Christian McCaffrey are both active. They’re right behind the Eagles (+250) with +275 odds to win the NFC. 

Seattle Seahawks Odds to Make NFL Playoffs: Yes (-280) / No (+225)

The Seahawks are getting +250 odds to win their division and -250 odds to make the playoffs. They seem balanced enough to earn a Wild Card spot even if they can’t hold off the Niners.  

Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL Playoffs odds: Yes (-500) / No (+330)

The Bucs (-500) are still expected to make the playoffs despite dropping another winnable game in Cleveland. They’re getting +330 odds to miss the playoffs, which would require the Falcons, Panthers, or Saints catching them in the downtrodden NFC South. 

Tennessee Titans Odds to Make NFL Playoffs: Yes (-1000) / No (+600)

The Titans (-1000) couldn’t stop Joe Burrow down the stretch while Derrick Henry was bottled up by a good defense. But they’re still heavily favored with -800 odds to win the AFC South again. 

Washington Commanders NFL Playoffs odds: Yes (-165) / No (+135)

For the first time this season, the Commanders (-165) are getting negative odds to make the playoffs. They’ve gone 5-1 with Taylor Heinicke under center and are holding the third and final Wild Card spot in the NFC. 

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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 2022 regular season ends in early January 2023. Here is a hypothetical game line.

  • Spread: Washington Commanders +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 Commanders +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 Commanders was the most surprising team to make the postseason in 2020-21. The Commanders 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.