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Oddsmaker: Patriots, Broncos heaviest favorites to make playoffs

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Nevada oddsmaking firm CG Technology has set playoff odds for 21 NFL teams, giving the public a chance to vote up or down (with cash, of course) on a club’s postseason prospects.

In 7-of-8 divisions, at least one club is better than a 50 percent shot to make the playoffs, per CG’s odds. The only division without a club rated at least even-money to make the postseason is the AFC North, where the Steelers (+120) have been bet to favoritism.

The Patriots (-440) are the strongest favorites to make the playoffs on CG’s odds, with the Broncos (-400) and Seahawks (-250) the next shortest prices. Bettors seeking to back New England to make the postseason would have to wager $44 to win $10 on a successful gamble.

Here are the team odds offered at the CG sports books as of Thursday. The implied odds were calculated using the team’s current price:

AFC East
New England Patriots: Yes: -440. No: +340. (Suggested playoff odds: 81.5 percent).
Miami Dolphins: Yes: +300. No: -400. (Suggested playoff odds: 25.0 percent).

AFC North
Pittsburgh Steelers: Yes: +120. No: -150. (Suggested playoff odds: 45.5 percent).
Cincinnati Bengals: Yes: +135. No: -165. (Suggested playoff odds: 42.6 percent).
Baltimore Ravens: Yes: +160. No: -190. (Suggested playoff odds: 38.5 percent).

AFC South
Indianapolis Colts: Yes: -175. No: +145. (Suggested playoff odds: 63.6 percent).
Houston Texans: Yes: +225. No: -275. (Suggested playoff odds: 30.8 percent).

AFC West
Denver Broncos: Yes: -400. No: +300. (Suggested playoff odds: 80.0 percent).
Kansas City Chiefs: Yes: +350. No: -550. (Suggested playoff odds: 22.2 percent).
San Diego Chargers: Yes: +350. No: -500. (Suggested playoff odds: 22.2 percent).

NFC East
Philadelphia Eagles: Yes: -110. No: -120. (Suggested playoff odds: 52.4 percent).
Dallas Cowboys: Yes: +240. No: -300. (Suggested playoff odds: 29.4 percent).
New York Giants: Yes: +240. No: -300. (Suggested playoff odds: 29.4 percent).

NFC North
Green Bay Packers: Yes: -170. No: +140. (Suggested playoff odds: 63.0 percent).
Chicago Bears: Yes: +250. No: -320. (Suggested playoff odds: 28.6 percent).
Detroit Lions: Yes: +250. No: -320. (Suggested playoff odds: 28.6 percent).

NFC South
New Orleans Saints: Yes: -145. No: -105. (Suggested playoff odds: 59.2 percent).
Atlanta Falcons: Yes: +220. No: -270. (Suggested playoff odds: 31.3 percent).
Carolina Panthers: Yes: +230. No: -280. (Suggested playoff odds: 30.3 percent).

NFC West
Seattle Seahawks: Yes: -250. No: +200. (Suggested playoff odds: 71.4 percent).
San Francisco 49ers: Yes: -210. No: +175. (Suggested playoff odds: 67.7 percent).

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57 Responses to “Oddsmaker: Patriots, Broncos heaviest favorites to make playoffs”
  1. In Teddy We Trust says: Jun 5, 2014 4:08 PM

    This just proves that Minnesotans don’t gamble much.

  2. thepftpoet says: Jun 5, 2014 4:12 PM

    Odds have been proven to mean nothing.

    These are determinations of past winning.

    Look at the Vikings team on paper right now.

    We have the talent of a Super Bowl contender team.

    No one realizes this because of our less than mediocre season last year.

    The Minnesota Vikings be a contender.

  3. jjb0811 says: Jun 5, 2014 4:14 PM

    NE’s coaching comp:
    1. NYJ: trade up for Sanchez & for G Smith
    2. ‘Fins: Coach didn’t have a clue as to what was going on in his locker room
    3. Buffalo: sub 500 college coach

    yeah I’ll go ahead and pencil NE in for the playoffs.

  4. lanman11 says: Jun 5, 2014 4:17 PM

    Wait. I thought Tom Brady was washed up?

  5. bmorepositive123 says: Jun 5, 2014 4:19 PM

    The Cowboys have a 100% chance of finishing with 8 wins

  6. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 5, 2014 4:25 PM

    I thought Tom Brady was washed up?

    Playing in any other conference he would be. Six easy wins and split the rest gets to the playoffs.

  7. ashersea says: Jun 5, 2014 4:30 PM

    The NFC West has the highest odds of sending two teams to the playoffs.

  8. weepingjebus says: Jun 5, 2014 4:31 PM

    What are the odds on the Jets? I have some money I need to get rid of quickly.

  9. musicallead says: Jun 5, 2014 4:35 PM

    The Vikings are as much as a contender as Michael Irving is humble.

  10. bobleblah says: Jun 5, 2014 4:46 PM

    Denver misses completely.

    Steal the money.

  11. tolan04 says: Jun 5, 2014 4:46 PM

    Playing in any other conference he would be. Six easy wins and split the rest gets to the playoffs

    Ask Tom Brady about playing in buffalo. Pats at just lucky jets and bills have been horrid on the road. The fact that Brady was 43-76 in 2 games vs buffalo 3 Tds 2 ints and a stevie catch from a loss I don’t think it’s easy. Jets and buffalos defense is getting good Brady better enjoy the turf this year.

  12. t500000t says: Jun 5, 2014 5:01 PM

    If the AFC West didn’t have to play the NFC West this year, every team in the AFC West would have a winning season and make the playoffs.

    (except the Raiders)

    NFC West vs. AFC West again is SB.

  13. bobzilla1001 says: Jun 5, 2014 5:03 PM

    The last two seasons, the Steelers have played the weakest schedules in their long history. The results: 16-16.

  14. bengalguy says: Jun 5, 2014 5:13 PM

    Good to see Putzberg fans are still livin’ in the 70’s

  15. wheezerswin says: Jun 5, 2014 5:14 PM

    Wait! The Vikings weren’t even on that list. Oh that’s right, they have no chance.

  16. pigskinjunkie66 says: Jun 5, 2014 5:16 PM

    The AFC East is such a joke year after year that the Pats a virtual lock to make the playoffs. That’s the real secret of their success.

  17. Mike Wilkening says: Jun 5, 2014 5:25 PM

    The teams that didn’t have playoff odds set for them were the Bills, Jets, Browns, Titans, Jaguars, Raiders, Redskins, Vikings, Buccaneers, Rams and Cardinals.

    Not sure why that’s the case. Just thinking aloud, but it might be a matter of setting a proposition where “Yes” wouldn’t be overloaded for some of these so-called “longer shots.” If a long shot is 7-to-1 to make the postseason and, say, 1-to-8 to to miss the playoffs, the public will probably gravitate to the bigger payoffs.

    It may also be a function of trying not to put together a competing wager with Super Bowl odds. Meaning this: if a team is 100-1 to beat 31 teams to win it all and a sports book is comfortable taking that action, then why offer, say, 10-to-1 on that team having to beat just 10 teams to simply make the playoffs?

  18. tonyc920 says: Jun 5, 2014 5:35 PM

    Actually they do have % for the Vikings.

    I guess they felt it was unnecessary to post such slim chances.

  19. fballguy says: Jun 5, 2014 5:38 PM

    I want to make some money this year. I’ll pound the Rams.

  20. beneaththeunderdog says: Jun 5, 2014 5:43 PM

    No odds for the ‘skins? We aren’t THAT bad.

  21. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 5, 2014 5:45 PM

    The last two seasons, the Steelers have played the weakest schedules in their long history. The results: 16-16.

    The people making the money in Vegas are way more reliable than a disgruntled pseudo Steeler fan who fancies himself to be the all knowing sage of The Mon valley. The house usually wins and grumpy pants just complains.

  22. karlpk says: Jun 5, 2014 5:50 PM

    If you’re betting futures, Washington is 50-1 to win the SB

  23. captainwisdom8888 says: Jun 5, 2014 6:01 PM

    Of all the teams in the NFL next season…I see the Seahawks and the Eagles as being the 2 teams that opponents will fear playing the most.

    The Seahawks defense played with a ferocity and a chemistry that was unmatched by any other defense in football, and their offense has been constantly improving ever since Russell Wilson took over. If the Seahawks don’t suffer any major injuries to key parts, than there is little reason to think they won’t make it to the AFC Championship game at the very least.

    The Eagles are the early favorites to be the NFL’s top scoring team next season, and if the defense continues to make strides like they did in the 2nd half of last season…than it may be a recipe for even greater success. Last season was the first time in Foles’ brief NFL career that he was anointed the starter, and it was Chip Kelly’s debut as head coach as well, so for the team to go 10-6 with essentially a brand new head coach and starting QB…it really leaves Eagles fans with high expectations going into next year.

  24. tedmurph says: Jun 5, 2014 6:03 PM

    That’s right, the people in Vegas are more reliable. They’ve made the odds the Steelers are less than 50-50 to make the playoffs. Don’t know if you can gan odds on missing 3 yrs in a row. Skippy

  25. sicarii87 says: Jun 5, 2014 6:26 PM

    Steelers better chance than the Bengals. Are they out of their minds?… HAH

  26. axespray says: Jun 5, 2014 6:33 PM

    If Bridgwater is any good his rookie year, the NFC North will be a damn bloodbath.

    9-7 might win it.

  27. kwjsb says: Jun 5, 2014 6:42 PM

    $100 on the Browns making the play offs, Money

  28. mzew233 says: Jun 5, 2014 6:50 PM

    Because we weren’t sure if NE would make the playoffs?

  29. kev86 says: Jun 5, 2014 6:50 PM

    Big Blue. Easy money.

  30. habeeb08 says: Jun 5, 2014 6:57 PM

    bears and ravens offer good deals.
    But why publish an incomplete list tho?

  31. billsfanattick says: Jun 5, 2014 7:13 PM

    watch out for your knees, Brady.

  32. oldbyrd says: Jun 5, 2014 7:14 PM

    Odds Redskins will change 90% no 10% yes odds………90 to 1

  33. bobnelsonjr says: Jun 5, 2014 7:18 PM

    viking customers never put their money where their mouth is.

    The delusions are gone in September and the There is always next year talk begins.

  34. flannlv says: Jun 5, 2014 7:22 PM

    For those of you complaining about the odds of your favorite teams (ie: Steelers v Bengals) the public’s perception of the teams is factored into the lines. Settle down everyone.

  35. tedmurph says: Jun 5, 2014 7:22 PM

    watch out for your knees, Brady.

    Pats could sweep the Bills with Mallett.

  36. mrtullymars says: Jun 5, 2014 7:35 PM

    I agree with the oddsmakers that the Saints probably have the best chance to make it from the NFC South, but don’t sleep on the Bucs. I’m not a Bucs fan, but they are my dark horse team this year.

  37. natelan69 says: Jun 5, 2014 7:40 PM

    Oh, gee, where are the Raiders…?

  38. ncphinsfan says: Jun 5, 2014 8:13 PM

    Whoa, Whoa, Whoa… Fellas relax. Yes, the Patriots will make the Playoffs at 81%. However, the Odds of losing in the Playoffs stand at 100.1%. Also , some of you will be happy to know the Dolphins, Jets and Bills have all beat the Pats recently. The 6-0 days are over for sure.

  39. beerbratscheese says: Jun 5, 2014 8:16 PM

    As a Packers fan, the Bears are my most hated team, but I seriously think they have a much better chance of reaching the playoffs than the Lions.

  40. 13nflchamps says: Jun 5, 2014 8:26 PM

    Vegas NEVER let’s the public bet on SURE things, no matter what the odds. The Vikings missing the playoffs IS A SURE THING!! LMFAO! What a terrible and hopeless franchise!!

  41. shaundolphinsfan23 says: Jun 5, 2014 9:34 PM

    The new York jets are lying on the floor of the AFC east and will be until they clean house and draft a decent qb. If I were them, I’d see what Chad Pennington is making commentating and offer him double that.

  42. igotgamenj says: Jun 5, 2014 10:20 PM

    Cant wait till Miami beats NE in the home opener and shuts everybody up !!!

  43. alshonsmeathooks says: Jun 5, 2014 10:22 PM

    Bears are criminally underrated, perfect

  44. trefkennedy says: Jun 5, 2014 11:12 PM

    Why is it 3 teams per division instead of all 4?

  45. laxer37 says: Jun 5, 2014 11:21 PM

    Complain all you want. Vegas knows.

  46. mrfrostyj says: Jun 6, 2014 12:47 AM

    So basically if you made the playoffs last year or came close you’re a safe bet in making it again is what I’m reading.

    Oh and the Broncos and Seahawks are favorites in Vegas to get to the Superbowl this upcoming season as well.

    How exactly do I apply for this “Vegas odds makers” job anyway? Sounds like they use the same process that EA uses when they build Madden games.

  47. mp4pack says: Jun 6, 2014 4:54 AM

    It’s true that the Vikings are contenders, but you need to read the story more carefully. This is about contenders to make the playoffs next year, not contenders to get the number #1 pick in next year’s draft.

  48. iloveagoodnap says: Jun 6, 2014 8:47 AM

    Texans finish 2-14 with 14 consecutive losses. Their number 1 need since week 5 has been a QB and the best answer they came up with is Tom Savage. Yet, they have a 31% chance at the playoffs, higher than 3 playoff teams from last year.

    Please. What a joke the oddsmakers are. Anyone who takes these seriously, are probably the same people who would list gambling on sports games as a source of income.

  49. tundratommy says: Jun 6, 2014 10:13 AM

    What makes them think that the Vikings chances are that good.

  50. politicallyincorrect says: Jun 6, 2014 11:05 AM

    Pats are not a good team… but, as always, benefit from division and conf they play in…

  51. nealc53 says: Jun 6, 2014 12:48 PM

    REDSKINS= 100 will

  52. speadkills says: Jun 6, 2014 1:27 PM

    It’s too bad that either the Seahawks or the 49ers will have to walk away with something that will be perceived as less than 2nd place.

  53. rwhite84 says: Jun 6, 2014 1:57 PM

    Funny how the 4-12 Falcons and 2-14 Texans have a higher percentage than then 12-4 Panthers.

  54. misteranderson41 says: Jun 6, 2014 4:09 PM

    lets go buffaLOW!

  55. lagg1 says: Jun 7, 2014 3:37 PM

    I really believe that Seattle can win it again. The issues are only the hangover and injuries. They are young and loaded. The only team that will test them is San Francisco.

  56. 49erlifer says: Jun 7, 2014 9:39 PM

    Captain wisdom no one fears the beagles nick foles will face the nfc west this year thats 0-4 right there! Defenses win championships and you have none.

  57. joetoront0 says: Jun 11, 2014 12:57 PM

    Raiders are maybe only a season away from playing above .500

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