- The Kansas City Chiefs have the shortest odds of any team at -1200 to make the playoffs.
- The defending champions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, have their betting line set at -650 to reach the postseason.
- The Buffalo Bills (-400), Baltimore Ravens (-300) and Cleveland Browns (-225) round out the top 5 favorites.
LAS VEGAS – According to the odds, 11 teams are more likely to make the playoffs than miss them. Of the group, a handful of teams are considered near locks.
Most of the teams are likely expected, but there may be a surprise or two.
No. 1 – Kansas City Chiefs (-1200)
If anyone is surprised by this they must’ve just awoken from a three-year coma. Anyone familiar with betting on the NFL will know that the Kansas City Chiefs have been considered the best team in the league for quite some time now.
Led by arguably the best quarterback in the league, Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs have -1200 odds to reach the postseason in the 2021-2022 NFL season. Kansas City was the only unit to average over 400 yards per game last season and the only team to average over 300 yards of passing yards as well.
Unless this team is plagued with injuries to key players, there’s little stopping the Chiefs from not only making the playoffs, but securing the coveted first-round bye.
No. 2 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-650)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the defending champions and are projected to be in a good spot to repeat with their soon-to-be 44-year-old quarterback, Tom Brady. The Bucs are set to return every starter from the Super Bowl team last year, which leaves no surprise as to why the team has -650 odds to make the playoffs.
As long as Brady is healthy, this may be a line worth betting despite the long odds considering Brady hasn’t missed the playoffs as a starter since 2002, his first year under center.
No. 3 – Buffalo Bills (-400)
When Josh Allen got Stefon Diggs as a weapon, the Buffalo Bills instantly became one of the best teams in the AFC.
Add in the fact that the New England Patriots empire has ended and the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins aren’t real threats yet, the Bills have an easy ride to the playoffs.
Only the Chiefs had a more high-powered offense last season and with the addition of Emmanuel Sanders, they could realistically take over the top spot.
No. 4 – Baltimore Ravens (-300)
Generally, teams that are atop the league in rushing yards do so because they’re up in games and run out the clock. But the Baltimore Ravens get ahead in the game by rushing the ball.
Baltimore ran for 191.9 yards per game last season, nearly 25 more yards per game than the Tennessee Titans. Lamar Jackson should only get better throughout the season with the addition of Sammy Watkins, Rashod Bateman and Tylan Wallace as his receivers.
The Ravens’ defense also allowed just 18.9 points per game which was second-best in the NFL. Running effectively and preventing the other team from scoring is a tried-and-true game plan to secure wins. Baltimore shouldn’t have any issues in making the playoffs.
No. 5 – Cleveland Browns (-225)
The Cleveland Browns have, seemingly, rebuilt and are now ready to prove they are fully in contention in the AFC.
The team made the playoffs in 2020 for the first time since 2002 and, at least according to the -225 odds, projected as one of the most likely teams to reach the postseason once again.
Baker Mayfield will remain as one of the most highly critiqued quarterbacks in the league, but with Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry and Austin Hooper as his offensive weapons, he really doesn’t even have to be that good for this team to succeed.
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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.