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The NFL expanded its postseason to 14 teams last year, meaning that roughly 44% of the league will make it to the playoffs. So which contenders will return or which surprises will enter the field? Or even a supposed Super Bowl threat that ends up staying home?
William Hill Nevada recently released its yes/no playoff odds for all 32 NFL teams, where you can bet whether any squad will make or miss the postseason in this upcoming campaign.
The two sides that are the heaviest price on the board are Chiefs ‘YES’ and Texans ‘NO’, as each are -1100 while the other side is +700. Buccaneers ‘YES’ and Lions ‘NO’ are next at -900 each, while Buccaneers ‘NO’ and Lions ‘YES’ sit at +600.
Of last year’s playoff field, the Bears and Steelers are the biggest favorites not to return, as each of their ‘NO’ prices are -180 with ‘YES’ is +160.
“Steelers was a difficult one to make,” said Nick Bogdanovich, Director of Trading for William Hill US. “The Steelers have won for so long, but Ben [Roethlisberger] is old, they lost their offensive line and they really struggled to close out last season. Maybe they can keep it going, but they’re definitely trending toward not being a winning team anymore.”
The only other playoff teams from last year whose ‘NO’ prices are favored are the Saints and Washington. Washington’s ‘YES’ opened at +160 and is now down to +130. New Orleans opened at -110 each way, however now the ‘NO’ is listed at -120 and ‘YES’ is at even-money odds.
“Setting the Saints’ playoff odds was one of the tougher ones just because [Drew] Brees has been there forever and the drop-off could be significant or not that much after all,” Bogdanovich said. “Whether it’s Jameis [Winston] or [Taysom] Hill, they’re in a friendly offensive system and they got to soak in so much from Brees. I think New Orleans will be good and they have a lot of pieces in place, but quarterback play is obviously the key.”
On the flip side, among teams that missed the playoffs last year, the 49ers (YES -180/NO +160), Cowboys (YES -155/NO +135) are the only ones who are favored to make it this time around.
One Nevada bettor put $2,750 on Saints ‘NO’ -110 for a total potential payout of $5,250, which is the largest 2021-22 NFL playoff odds wager taken thus far at William Hill.
Three others of at least $2,000 have also come in: $2,500 on Colts ‘NO’ at +195 for a total potential payout of $7,375, $2,500 on Cowboys ‘NO’ at +145 for a total potential payout of $6,125 and $2,000 on Washington ‘YES’ +150 for a total potential payout of $5,000.
Check out William Hill Nevada’s latest NFL odds to make/miss the playoffs for the 2021-22 season below.