- 26 NFL teams are either currently in the playoffs or just one game out of the playoffs.
- The Kansas City Chiefs are once again the best team in the NFL.
- Trevor Lawrence is lucky the upcoming quarterback class is subpar.
LAS VEGAS – The NFL is in a historic place through 14 weeks which means the last few weeks of the season will be more important than ever.
No Team Is Safe: 26 Of 32 Teams Within One Game Of Playoffs
The 2021 NFL season was going to make history regardless as the first season with 17 regular-season games on the schedule. However, as the weeks go by it’s becoming more and more evident that that extra week may very well be needed to determine the playoff seedings.
The NFL playoff picture is very crowded as 26 teams are currently either in the playoffs, or within a game of a playoff spot.
There are also 24 teams with at least 6 wins, the most through Week 14 all-time.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 13, 2021
The record-breaking number of teams with at least six wins through this point in the season shows just how much parity there is in the NFL this year. NFL betting sites have yet to see a team clinch a playoff spot and while many will come in the next week or two, there are only four teams that have mathematically eliminated from the playoffs.
The 2021 playoff picture is wide open which will make for some super important matchups in the last few weeks of the season.
Kansas City Chiefs: Once Again Best Team In The NFL
The Kansas City Chiefs are known for their creative and high-powered offense that can outscore any team in the league. However, the Chiefs have been winning games on the back of their defense that has allowed fewer than 20 points in each of the last six weeks and is averaging just 10.83 points allowed over that span.
Super Bowl 56 Odds
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers +450
- Kansas City Chiefs +550
- Green Bay Packers +650
- New England Patriots +650
- Arizona Cardinals +750
Kansas City has jumped up and now sits with the second-shortest odds on NFL sportsbooks odds boards to win the Super Bowl. At different points this season the offense has been elite and the defense has been elite, but the 48-9 win over the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 14 may be the two coming together.
At their peak there’s not a better team in the NFL, it’s just a matter of if they can avoid the inconsistency.
Trevor Lawrence Is A Certified Bust
While there were people who believed that Trevor Lawrence would come into the NFL and light up the league, most people assumed he would struggle a bit, but still be a serviceable quarterback in his rookie season. However, Lawrence has been a detriment to his team for the majority of the season.
He leads the NFL in interceptions and is bottom five in both QBR and passer rating. He’s thrown 2+ interceptions in a game more often than he’s thrown for 250 yards and thrown multiple touchdowns just once this season.
If the upcoming rookie quarterback class wasn’t so weak, there would be serious questions as to whether Lawrence is the man for the job in Jacksonville. If Bryce Young was eligible for the draft and was available for the Jaguars pick, there’d surely be a discussion as to which way the franchise would want to go.
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Nick is a football fanatic with years of sports journalism experience. He achieved a degree in Broadcast/Journalism from Penn State University. When he’s not covering the latest NFL odds you can catch him debating Brady > Belichick in his free time.