NFL Playoffs Odds 2020: It's Put Up or Shut Up Time

Dec 30, 2020 |
By: Covers Staff
NFL Playoffs Odds 2020: It's Put Up or Shut Up Time
The playoff picture is still muddy and confusing for a number of teams in both the NFC and AFC, but for a number of teams, including the Dolphins, it's simple: win and you're in.
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The playoff picture is still muddy and confusing for a number of teams in both the NFC and AFC, but for a number of teams, including the Dolphins, it's simple: win and you're in.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports

Here we are, the final week of the NFL betting season. With the expanded postseason, a number of teams are still alive, meaning that there are plenty of relevant games this week—and still making NFL Playoffs odds a hot topic.

Why are we focusing on the odds to make the playoffs? Because, well, you can't win the Super Bowl without making the playoffs...one step at a time, right?

With everything coming down to the final week (and for the NFC East the final game) of the season, here are the current NFL Playoff betting odds, updated after Week 16.

NFL AFC Playoffs Odds 2020

The Chiefs, Bills and Steelers have already clinched playoff spots and eight teams are eliminated . So here are the current odds for the remaining teams in the AFC postseason hunt to make the NFL Playoffs heading into Week 17 action. How the odds work is very simple: "Yes" means that they advance to the NFL Playoffs (as a division champion or a wild card), while "No" means they miss the postseason...so better luck next year.

Team Yes Odds No Odds
Baltimore Ravens -1,430 +800
Cleveland Browns -625 +450
Indianapolis Colts -200 +163
Miami Dolphins -278 +163
Tennessee Titans -1,430 +800

Odds courtesy of Draftkings.

AFC Playoff Picture Heading Into Week 17

There are multiple combinations of ties which can affect playoff berths, but we are just looking at win/loss combinations.

  1. Kansas City (14-1): vs. LAC –clinched first place in AFC.
  2. Buffalo (12-3): vs. Mia – clinched playoff berth.
  3. Pittsburgh (12-3): @Cle – clinched playoff berth.
  4. Tennessee (10-5): @Hou – clinches playoff berth with win OR Indianapolis loss OR Baltimore loss OR Miami loss.
  5. Miami Dolphins (10-5): @Buf – clinches playoff berth with win OR Baltimore loss OR Cleveland loss OR Indianapolis loss.
  6. Baltimore Ravens (10-5): @Cin – clinches playoff berth with win OR Cleveland loss OR Indianapolis loss.
  7. Cleveland (10-5): vs. Pit – clinches playoff berth with win OR Indianapolis loss OR Tennessee loss + Miami win + Baltimore win.
  8. Indianapolis (10-5): vs. Jac – clinches playoff berth with win + Baltimore loss OR win + Cleveland loss OR win + Miami loss OR win + Tennessee loss.

NFL NFC Playoffs Odds 2020

The Packers, Saints, Seahawks and Bucanneers have already clinched playoff spots, while the Falcons Panthers, 49ers, Lions and Vikings are all eliminated...and then there's the NFC East where anything is possible (except Philadelphia advancing: they're toast). Like the AFC table, "Yes" means that they advance to the NFL Playoffs (as a division champion or a wild card), while "No" means their season ends after Week 17.

Team Yes Odds No Odds
Arizona Cardinals OTB OTB
Chicago Bears -200 +163
Dallas Cowboys* +225 OTB
Los Angeles Rams -590 +420
New York Giants* +360 OTB
Washington Football Team* -132 OTB

Odds courtesy of Draftkings.
*Odds are based on team to win the division

NFC Playoff Picture Heading Into Week 16

Again, ties could play a factor, albeit not nearly to the extent of the AFC playoff picture, but we're just focusing on the more-probable results from teams either winning or losing.

  1. Green Bay (12-3): @Chi – clinched playoff berth.
  2. New Orleans (11-4): @Car – clinched playoff berth.
  3. Seattle (11-4): @SF – clinched playoff berth.
  4. Washington (6-9): @Phi – clinches playoff berth with win.
  5. Tampa Bay (10-5): vs. Atl – clinched playoff berth.
  6. Los Angeles Rams (9-6): vs. Ari – clinches playoff berth with win OR Chicago loss.
  7. Chicago (8-7): vs. GB – clinches playoff berth with win OR Arizona loss.
  8. Arizona (8-7): @LAR – clinches playoff berth with win
  9. Dallas Cowboys (6-9): @NYG – clinches playoff berth with win + Washington loss.
  10. New York Giants (5-10): vs. Dal – clinches playoff berth with win + Washington loss.
 

NFL Playoffs 2020 Format

The NFL Playoffs expanded for the 2020 season. While there traditionally were only 12 teams that made the playoffs, this year will see 14 in the postseason — seven from each Conference.

In each conference, the division winners will comprise the Nos. 1-4 spots, while the Nos. 5-7 spots will come via wild cards. The top seed in both the AFC and the NFC will get a first-round bye, with the other matchups proceeding as follows:

  • No. 2 seed vs. No. 7 seed (lowest-ranked wild card)
  • No. 3 seed vs. No. 6 seed
  • No. 4 seed (lowest-ranked division winner) vs. No. 5 seed (highest-ranked wild card)

After the first round, the No. 1 seed will face the lowest remaining seed in their conference, while the other two teams will square off. Those winners will meet in the conference championship, and then the winners of those games — the AFC and NFC champions — will meet in Super Bowl LV on February 7, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay.

Where Can I Bet On Odds To Make The NFL Playoffs?

Many online books and casinos offer bets on football odds and props. In the USA, DraftKings, FanDuel and PointsBet are popular sites to bet on the NFL playoffs. In Canada, Sports Interactionbet365 and Pinnacle are our favorite sportsbooks for NFL Playoffs odds. Check out the best sportsbooks available where you live to find NFL playoffs odds.

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