As Week 13 approaches, the NFL playoff picture is becoming more clear. There are a few teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks, and Green Bay Packers who are locks to make the playoffs, but there are plenty of teams fighting for those Wild Card spots. Let’s take a look at some of the odds on teams to make or miss the playoffs.
It’s important to remember that the NFL is expanding the playoffs to seven teams in each conference and that number could rise to eight if the NFL has to add an extra week to the season. For the time being, the Arizona Cardinals (6-5) are holding onto their playoff spot by the slimmest of margins. Arizona is -125 to make the playoffs and +100 to miss them.
Of the three teams in the NFC who are 5-6, the Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers are +200 to make the playoffs and -250 to miss them. The Chicago Bears have even longer odds at +340 to sneak into the playoffs. If the NFL does expand the playoffs, we expect to see these odds change dramatically for these four teams fighting it out.
In the AFC, the Baltimore Ravens are still favored to make the playoffs despite the fact that they have lost four of their last five games. The Ravens are at -250 to make the playoffs as they trail the Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins by one game in the standings. Baltimore’s schedule is relatively easy the rest of the way with games against the Cowboys, Browns, Jaguars, Giants, and Bengals.
Here are the full list of odds on teams to make or miss the playoffs: