Opening Odds To Make 2021 NFL Playoffs with Picks and Predictions

  • BetOnline has posted 2021 NFL Playoff Odds for all 32 clubs across the league
  • The Falcons (+325), Jaguars (+350) and Broncos (+275) could all drastically improve their teams at next Thursday’s NFL Draft and earn surprise playoff berths
  • Baltimore (+275) is a strong value to miss the postseason after a quiet offseason

Before next Thursday’s NFL Draft, let’s examine the opening playoff odds to see if we can find any sneaky values to make or miss football’s postseason. Just a reminder that, like last year, this season’s march to the Super Bowl will include seven teams in both the AFC and NFC for a total of 14.

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2021 NFL Playoff Odds

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Arizona Cardinals
No-240
Yes+190
Atlanta Falcons
No-450
Yes+325
Baltimore Ravens
Yes-350
No+275
Buffalo Bills
Yes-290
No+230
Carolina Panthers
No-260
Yes+200
Chicago Bears
No-290
Yes+230
Cincinnati Bengals
No-600
Yes+400
Cleveland Browns
Yes-170
No+140
Dallas Cowboys
Yes-160
No+130
Denver Broncos
No-350
Yes+275
Detroit Lions
No-900
Yes+550
Green Bay Packers
Yes-650
No+425
Houston Texans
No-1000
Yes+600
Indianapolis Colts
Yes-210
No+170
Jacksonville Jaguars
No-450
Yes+325
Kansas City Chiefs
Yes-1200
No+650
Las Vegas Raiders
No-350
Yes+275
Los Angeles Chargers
No-170
Yes+140
Los Angeles Rams
Yes-180
No+150
Miami Dolphins
No-165
Yes+135
Minnesota Vikings
No-175
Yes+145
New England Patriots
No-160
Yes+130
New Orleans Saints
Yes-120
No-110
New York Giants
No-300
Yes+240
New York Jets
No-700
Yes+450
Philadelphia Eagles
No-375
Yes+285
Pittsburgh Steelers
No-165
Yes+135
San Francisco 49ers
Yes-155
No+125
Seattle Seahawks
Yes-120
No-110
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Yes-650
No+425
Tennessee Titans
Yes-170
No+140
Washington Football Team
No-210
Yes+170

Potential playoff surprises

By next week at this time, Atlanta (+325) could have an offense featuring Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, Kyle Pitts and a big back such as Najee Harris or Javonte Williams. With Tennessee’s former OC Arthur Smith now at the controls, the Falcons should be much better than the four-win 2020 version. The NFC South division also isn’t nearly as imposing with either Taysom Hill or Jameis Winston at the helm in New Orleans (-120).

Denver (+275) is another team that could take off if the right quarterback were to fall to them at No. 9, but it’s a risky wager if they choose to move forward with Drew Lock. Instead, sophomore gunslinger Justin Herbert and the Chargers (+140) might be the stronger bet to make the playoffs out of the AFC West – especially with new head coach Brandon Staley expected to revitalize the defense.

Washington (+175) is becoming a trendy pick to make the postseason after adding Ryan Fitzpatrick to captain the offense, but does his wild, turnover-prone style really mesh with a Football Team built on defense? We prefer the Vikings at +145 as they share a NFC North division with two potential bottom-dwellers in the Bears (+230) and Lions (+550). Mike Zimmer also shored up his defense by bringing in big tackle Dalvin Tomlinson and aging cornerback Patrick Peterson.

Finally, don’t sleep on Urban Meyer’s Jaguars at +325. In addition to adding Trevor “Fabio” Lawrence at the sport’s most important position, Jacksonville has nine more draft picks, including another 1st, two 2nds and a 3rd.

Atlanta FalconsTo Make Playoffs
+325
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Jacksonville JaguarsTo Make Playoffs
+325
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Teams that will miss out

Tennessee (+140) replaced the aforementioned Arthur Smith with offensive coordinator Todd Downing, who struggled in the same position with the Raiders in 2016. After also losing tight end Jonnu Smith and wide receiver Corey Davis in free agency, the Titans may struggle to maintain their sky-high offensive efficiency and score enough points to make up for their sieve defense.

Baltimore (+275) looks like a team stuck in the mud. Having made no offseason moves to address an offense that went stale last season, Lamar Jackson and the Ravens will continue to trend downwards in 2021.

Other than the 2019 season where San Francisco (+140) won 13 games and advanced to the Super Bowl, Kyle Shanahan has accumulated 16 victories in his three other years at the helm.

The 49ers also share the NFL’s most-competitive division with the Rams, Seahawks and Cardinals, and whether Mac Jones, Trey Lance or Justin Fields is the pick at No. 3, they’ll have the worst quarterback in the NFC West, in 2021 at least.

BaltimoreTo Miss Playoffs
+230
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