- The Los Angeles Chargers have +220 odds to clinch a Wild Card spot.
- The Denver Broncos have +225 odds to make the Wild Card Round.
- The New Orleans Saints odds to make the Wild Card Round are +290.
- The Minnesota Vikings have +300 odds to be a Wild Card team.
LAS VEGAS — Betting on the NFL is the most popular bet of the year but money could be made betting on different teams to make the playoffs in a variety of ways.
All teams have odds on legal sports betting sites on if they will make the playoffs or not, however, there are also odds on if teams will clinch a Wild Card spot in the playoffs.
The difference between the two odds on Bovada are that betting on a team to make the playoffs gives significantly more expensive odds than the odds on a team to clinch a Wild Card spot.
AFC Playoff Odds
Two teams to look at here are the Denver Broncos and the Los Angeles Chargers. Both teams reside in the AFC West and share the division with the Kansas City Chiefs, who have won the last five division championships and are in shape to win the next five as well, especially with their -275 odds to win this season.
With that, it is safe to say that neither the Broncos nor Chargers are going to win the division, however, they can still make the playoffs if they were to clinch a Wild Card spot which is where their longer odds come in handy.
Los Angeles Chargers To Make The Playoffs
- Yes -105
- No -125
Denver Broncos To Make The Playoffs
- Yes +110
- No -145
While money can still be made here betting on either of these teams to make the playoffs, their NFL odds to clinch a Wild Card spot are even better. The Broncos are looking at +225 odds while the Chargers are sitting at +220. Being that the Chiefs have control over the division as previously mentioned, these are the real money-making opportunities.
In money terms, betting $100 on the Chargers to make the playoffs would profit $95 while betting $100 on them to clinch the Wild Card would net $220. $100 on the Broncos to make the playoffs would bring in $110 while their odds on the Wild Card round would see a $225 payout.
NFC Playoff Odds
In the NFC, the teams where more profit can be made are the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings. The Saints share the NFC South with the defending Super Bowl champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while the Vikings have the reigning MVP, Aaron Rodgers, and the Green Bay Packers shadowing over them.
In both cases, it is hard seeing the Saints beat out Tom Brady and the Buccaneers for the division just like it is hard seeing the Vikings try and bring down the MVP of the league.
Minnesota Vikings To Make The Playoffs
- Yes -115
- No -115
New Orleans Saints To Make The Playoffs
- Yes +100
- No -130
In this scenario, a $100 bet on the Vikings to make the playoffs would only profit roughly $87 compared to the $300 profit that could be made betting on their +300 odds. The Saints odds would only net $100 in comparison to the $290 that could be made on their +290 odds.
Samuel has been writing professionally for 4 years. He comes from a sports writing background where he enjoys writing mostly about basketball and football both professional and collegiate. He is a recent graduate of Florida State University where he majored in Editing, Writing and Media with a minor in Communications. During his free time, you can find him watching or playing sports as well as playing videogames and listening to music.