One of the most popular betting markets in the NFL for offseason futures bettors is whether or not a team will make the NFL playoffs. You can wager on both a team to make it or a team to miss the playoffs. Confident in your team? Wager on them to make the playoffs. If you are not, you can make money betting against them!

Let’s take a look at the betting market for whether or not teams will make the playoffs for this NFL season, the latest odds, and how the new 17-game format affects wagering on NFL props and futures.

 

 

Bet on NFL teams to make the playoffs in 2021

As you can see below, here is the full list of odds on teams to make or miss the playoffs for this year in the NFL. These odds are updated all the time, as they prices change.

 

How to bet on teams to make the NFL playoffs

Betting on NFL teams to make (or miss) the playoffs has become one of the most popular betting markets available for offseason NFL bettors. It is nearly as popular as betting on Super Bowl futures, and is just as easy to bet. Here is how to bet them, step-by-step.

  • Sign up at your favorite sportsbook, such as DraftKings Sportsbook.
  • Go to the NFL section of futures and/or props.
  • Click on “Team Futures”.
  • Find “To Make the Playoffs” as a betting market.
  • Place your bet!

These odds will change often during the NFL offseason, and throughout the season as records change. Be sure to stay up to date with the latest odds.

 

Does a 17-game season change the NFL playoffs?

With the NFL moving to a 17-game season, the playoffs (and betting market for it) changes slightly. There is no 7-9 anymore, and 10 wins may not guarantee a spot in the postseason anymore. The best records in the NFL will likely be teams such as:

  • 15-2
  • 14-3
  • 12-5
  • 11-6

This makes a big difference for teams that are routinely in competitive divisions such as the Rams, 49ers, Seahawks, and Cardinals as they will get an out-of-division game added to the schedule. Conversely, teams like the Eagles, Football Team, Giants, and Cowboys have been in an “easier” division of late and will get an extra game against a possibly tougher competitor.

 

How many teams make the NFL Playoffs?

Traditionally, six teams in each conference make the NFL playoffs. Now, that has changed with the addition of a 17th game along with the new NFL rules from the latest CBA. In addition, there are now 14 total playoff teams as that start in the 2020-2021 NFL season and will continue with this new format. This means an extra two wild card teams will make the playoffs, thus increasing the outcomes for your bets to hit. Here is who makes the playoffs under the current format:

AFC Playoff Teams

  • South Winner
  • North Winner
  • East Winner
  • West Winner
  • First Wild Card
  • Second Wild Card
  • Third Wild Card

NFC Playoff Teams

  • South Winner
  • North Winner
  • East Winner
  • West Winner
  • First Wild Card
  • Second Wild Card
  • Third Wild Card

There is only one team that gets the bye week, which also adds another dynamic to the season. The extra game is huge for this betting market, but even more so for NFL win totals as well. Keep the new schedule in mind when betting.

 

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