The 2020 NFL regular season is scheduled to begin on Thursday Sept. 10, 2020 and the 17-week campaign will end on Sunday Jan. 3, 2021.
Sportsbooks have started increasing their betting markets on the upcoming season and one of the popular offseason wagers focuses on the postseason.
What is a Yes-No Playoff Props?
The wager is as simple as it sounds! It's betting on the question "Will my team make the NFL Playoffs?"
Bettors either bet ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ on the outcome of all 32 NFL teams for the upcoming season.
Make a note that the NFL changed its playoff format this offseason and instead of 12 teams making the NFL Playoffs, that number is now 14 with seven teams competing in the AFC and NFC conference. Below is the odds for what NFL teams will make the playoffs in 2020.
Playoff Prop Odds
The biggest long shot to make the playoffs in 2020 is the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have betting odds at -1250 to miss the postseason. To win $100 on this wager, you would have to bet $1250, but the Jaguars are expected to win less than six games, according to their NFL Season Win Total established by the oddsmakers. Jacksonville faces five teams on the road in 2020 that made the playoffs last season, while also hosting division rivals Houston and Tennessee, who were in the postseason in 2019.
The team with the second-highest betting odds to miss the playoffs this season is the Cincinnati Bengals, who own the top pick in the NFL Draft. The Bengals won only two games last season and have missed the playoffs in each of the past four seasons. Cincinnati is currently listed at -1115 to be absent from the playoffs for a fifth straight year, while the Bengals are a whooping +675 (Bet $100 to win $675) by some miracle they qualify for the postseason.
To no one's surprise, the two biggest favorites to make the postseason are the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs (-1115) and the Baltimore Ravens (-715), who posted a league-best 14-2 record last season. The NFC team with the strongest odds to qualify for the playoffs is the New Orleans Saints (-400), who have made the postseason in each of the last three seasons.
Where to Bet on Who Will Make the NFL Playoffs
2020 Playoff Projections(Based on 'Yes' Odds)
AFC Playoff Predictions
AFC Playoff Wild Card Matchups2 vs. 7: Ravens vs. Steelers
3 vs. 6: Patriots vs. Titans
4 vs. 5: Bills vs. Colts
AFC Playoff Divisional Matchups1 vs. TBD: Chiefs (Bye) vs. TBD
NFC Playoff Predictions
NFC Playoff Wild Card Matchups2 vs. 7: 49ers vs. Seahawks
3 vs. 6: Eagles vs. Buccaneers
4 vs. 5: Cowboys vs. Packers
NFC Playoff Divisional Matchups1 vs. TBD: Saints (Bye) vs. TBD
In the AFC, three of the four divisions have two teams at minus odds to make the playoffs. The New England Patriots (-200) and Buffalo Bills (-177) each made the playoffs in the AFC East last season and are favored to qualify again in 2020, while the Ravens (-715) and Pittsburgh Steelers (-115) are expected to come out of the AFC North and the Indianapolis Colts (-152) and Tennessee Titans (-139) are looking to be the playoff teams from the AFC South.
The Chiefs are the lone team predicted to make the playoffs out of the AFC West as the Denver Broncos (+180) and Los Angeles Chargers (+180) try to get over the hump this season.
Over in the NFC, the only division that has a true odds-on favorite is the NFC North with the Green Bay Packers at -182, which is actually tied for the fourth-highest odds in the conference. Each of the other three divisions showcase a pair of teams that are predicted to make the playoffs. The Philadelphia Eagles (-225) and Dallas Cowboys (-182) fought it out for the NFC East title last season before the Eagles won the division with a 9-7 record.
The NFC West is extremely competitive, led by the defending conference champion San Francisco 49ers (-305), followed by the Seattle Seahawks (-143), who lost the division title in Week 17 to the Niners last season. The Saints (-400) rolled to an NFC South championship last season, but they have competition with Tom Brady joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-177) this season.
Trends to Watch
Odds Subject to Change