NFL Odds to Make the Playoffs
Posted by Jimmy Boyd
The season hasn’t even started yet, but it’s not too early to start speculating on which teams are going to make the playoffs in the NFL. Several sportsbooks have already released win totals and odds to win the Super Bowl, plus some early NFL game lines. Based on those odds we can predict how the playoffs will shake out this season (according to the oddsmakers at least!). There are links to the full sets of odds that we are basing these predictions on at the bottom of the page if you’d like to take a look at those as well.
Once the some actual odds have been released we will update this page with those numbers, but this gives us a pretty clear picture of how oddsmakers see the 2014 NFL postseason playing out.
Odds to Make the 2014 NFL Playoffs
We’ll start off by projecting the standings for the each division based on the odds that have already been released.
Projected 2014 NFL Standings
|1st – Bengals (x)||1st – Colts (x)||1st – Patriots (x)||1st – Broncos (x)|
|2nd – Ravens (y)||2nd – Texans||2nd – Dolphins||2nd – Chiefs|
|3rd – Steelers (y)||3rd – Titans||3rd – Jets||3rd – Chargers|
|4th – Browns||4th – Jaguars||4th – Bills||4th – Raiders|
|1st – Packers (x)||1st – Saints (x)||1st – Eagles (x)||1st – Seahawks (x)|
|2nd – Lions||2nd – Falcons (y)||2nd – Cowboys||2nd – 49ers (y)|
|3rd – Bears||3rd – Panthers||3rd – Giants||3rd – Cardinals|
|4th – Vikings||4th – Buccaneers||4th – Redskins||4th – Rams|
x – division winners
y – wildcard teams
Now we have the standings – including division winners – but we still need to work out the seeding for the playoffs. We projected these teams by comparing the odds to win the Super Bowl to the season win totals and using early NFL points spreads to settle any potential tie-breakers.
Projected Playoff Seeding
That gives our list of teams projected to make the 2014 NFL Playoffs. Now we can break down each game of the playoffs based on our odds to give us our winners by round (projected winners are underlined).
Projected Wildcard Round Matchups
Packers vs Falcons
Eagles vs 49ers
Colts vs Ravens
Steelers vs Bengals
Projected Divisional Round Matchups
Seahawks vs Packers
Saints vs 49ers
Broncos vs Colts
Patriots vs Steelers
Seahawks vs 49ers
Broncos vs Patriots
Projected Super Bowl Matchup
Seattle Seahawks vs Denver Broncos
Projected Super Bowl Winner: Seattle Seahawks
Now, I know the Championship Game matchups and the Super Bowl (and its outcome) are the exact same as we had last year, and that is a highly unlikely outcome, however, we are using the odds as they are listed today – these aren’t predictions based on knowledge or speculation beyond the numbers.