NFL Futures & Playoff Odds
by Richard Gardner | Bodog Sportsbook Manager - 9/1/2010
Will your favorite NFL team make the playoffs? That’s the big question for most football fans at the regular season gets closer and closer. Remember, you can only worry about winning the Super Bowl once you take that first step into the postseason. Heck, for many teams, just making the playoffs is a victory in itself.
Bodog’s online sportsbook has posted odds on all 32 teams’ chances of making the playoffs. The San Diego chargers are the most likely to make it, at -400 odds, thanks in large part to the competition in their division. To further illustrate that fact, we’ve got the Chargers at 3/10 odds to win the AFC West, with the Broncos and Raiders tied at 6/1, followed by the lowly Chiefs at 7/1. Who’s going to challenge San Diego? We’ve had a few of our players place bets on Denver and Oakland, but Kansas City is getting no love whatsoever.
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The least likely team to make the playoffs? It’s a tie between the Buffalo Bills and St. Louis Rams, each at +650. So far most of the action on the “No” option (-1200) has been on the Bills, who would need a miracle to win the tough AFC East. As for the Rams, maybe Sam Bradford puts together a surprise season and St. Louis takes advantage of a questionable NFC West. It’s still not very probable, but bettors seem to believe it’s the more likely of the two long shots.
One slight underdog we’ve seen quite a bit of interest on is the Tennessee Titans, at +145 to reach the playoffs. This doesn’t surprise me in the least. There’s a theory out there that Vince Young, while not the perfect quarterback, is still very much a winner. Young’s record as a starter is impressive, and he did lead the Titans to an 8-2 record over the last 10 games of the 2009 season. Obviously Tennessee has its work cut out in a division that includes Indianapolis and Houston, but a wild card spot should be within its reach. Especially, I should mention, if Chris Johnson has another huge year.
Another team that’s getting some backing? The Washington Redskins, at +225. Of course, some of that has to be thanks to ‘Skins fans, who are numerous to say the least. But that’s a pretty tempting number, even in the highly competitive NFC East. Washington has a new coach in Mike Shanahan, a new quarterback in Donovan McNabb and is coming off a 2009 season in which its defense ranked a respectable 10th in the league. The Redskins kick off their schedule with two huge home games, first against Dallas, then against Houston. Win those and confidence is all of a sudden on their side.
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