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Breaking down 2021 NFL Playoff predictions at DraftKings Sportsbook

We take a look at a few NFL teams’ playoff odds heading into the 2021 season.

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick watches Cam Newton #1 during warm ups prior to the start of the game against the Washington Football Team at Gillette Stadium on August 12, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images

With the second week of the 2021 NFL preseason underway, we are less than a month away from opening night between the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 9th.

The Buccaneers are looking to repeat as Super Bowl champions, while the Cowboys are trying to get back into the playoffs. According to DraftKings Sportsbook, Tampa Bay has -700 odds to make to the postseason, while the Cowboys have -140 odds to get into the playoffs. But if you look at the betting splits for Dallas, only 32% of the handle and 34% of the bets think they will be playing football in mid-January.

How about the rest of the 30 NFL teams and their playoff odds? We’ll take a look at a few teams playoff odds and see where the public is siding at.

Arizona Cardinals to make the playoffs (+150)

After failing to make the NFL playoffs last season, thanks to a tumultuous second half of the season, the pressure is on head coach Kliff Kingsbury to get the Cardinals into the playoffs.

With the playmakers that they have on both sides of the football, there’s no reason why they cannot get back to the playoffs for the first time since 2015. Arizona has +150 odds to make the postseason and YES is receiving 94% of the handle and 94% of the bets. It won’t be easy for them to make the playoffs as they play in one of the tougher divisions in the NFL. The Los Angeles Rams have a new QB in Matthew Stafford and one of the best defense in the NFL, while the Seattle Seahawks return the same group of guys. Then there’s also the San Francisco 49ers, who are at full-strength and were the Super Bowl runner-ups in 2020.

New England Patriots to make the playoffs (+110)

The Patriots have favorable odds to get back into the postseason this season after missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008. New England finished in third place in the AFC East with a 7-9 record.

The betting public does not believe that head coach Bill Belichick will miss the playoffs a second straight season. The Patriots making the playoffs is receiving 99% of the handle and 95% of the bets. New England’s success this season will hinge on the arm of QB Cam Newton, who will be entering into Year 2 as the Patriots’ starter. However, he does have some competition at quarterback in rookie Mac Jones. If Newton can stay healthy and move the offense down the field, then the Patriots will be in playoff contention.

Washington Football Team to make the playoffs (+135)

Heading into this season, there’s a lot of optimism surrounding the defending NFC East champion, Washington Football Team. The Football Team made the playoffs last season, despite playing four quarterbacks.

Washington will now have a new quarterback under center in Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick was signed in the offseason to a one-year deal and will be playing behind a stout defense that was one of the best in the league. However, despite the moves they made, WFT is only receiving 15% of the handle and 66% of the bets. When it comes to not making the playoffs, the Football Team has -175 odds. Washington’s success will hinge on which Fitzpatrick shows up on Sundays.

2021 NFL playoff odds, Aug 19 betting splits

Team Yes/No Odds % of Handle % of Bets
Team Yes/No Odds % of Handle % of Bets
ARI Cardinals Yes +150 94% 94%
ARI Cardinals No -200 6% 6%
ATL Falcons Yes +190 7% 57%
ATL Falcons No -240 93% 43%
BAL Ravens Yes -300 50% 48%
BAL Ravens No +225 50% 52%
BUF Bills Yes -350 67% 81%
BUF Bills No +275 33% 19%
CAR Panthers Yes +210 44% 71%
CAR Panthers No -275 56% 29%
CHI Bears Yes +210 96% 92%
CHI Bears No -280 4% 8%
CIN Bengals Yes +500 96% 89%
CIN Bengals No -750 4% 11%
CLE Browns Yes -225 76% 61%
CLE Browns No +175 24% 39%
DAL Cowboys Yes -140 32% 34%
DAL Cowboys No +110 68% 66%
DEN Broncos Yes +115 20% 49%
DEN Broncos No -145 80% 51%
DET Lions Yes +750 96% 95%
DET Lions No -1400 4% 5%
GB Packers Yes -280 87% 84%
GB Packers No +210 13% 16%
HOU Texans Yes +800 30% 43%
HOU Texans No -2000 70% 57%
IND Colts Yes -120 55% 57%
IND Colts No +100 45% 43%
JAX Jaguars Yes +300 77% 77%
JAX Jaguars No -400 23% 23%
KC Chiefs Yes -1000 54% 74%
KC Chiefs No +600 46% 26%
LA Chargers Yes +105 41% 86%
LA Chargers No -125 59% 14%
LA Rams Yes -200 46% 61%
LA Rams No +160 54% 39%
LV Raiders Yes +350 99% 92%
LV Raiders No -500 1% 8%
MIA Dolphins Yes +110 61% 79%
MIA Dolphins No -140 39% 21%
MIN Vikings Yes +115 40% 76%
MIN Vikings No -140 60% 24%
NE Patriots Yes +110 99% 95%
NE Patriots No -140 1% 5%
NO Saints Yes +110 12% 12%
NO Saints No -130 88% 88%
NY Giants Yes +225 98% 93%
NY Giants No -300 2% 7%
NY Jets Yes +550 98% 85%
NY Jets No -800 2% 15%
PHI Eagles Yes +275 89% 89%
PHI Eagles No -350 11% 11%
PIT Steelers Yes +140 94% 78%
PIT Steelers No -175 6% 22%
SEA Seahawks Yes -130 56% 57%
SEA Seahawks No +110 44% 43%
SF 49ers Yes -200 66% 36%
SF 49ers No +150 34% 64%
TB Buccaneers Yes -700 29% 56%
TB Buccaneers No +500 71% 44%
TEN Titans Yes -150 99% 97%
TEN Titans No +120 1% 3%
WAS Football Team Yes +135 15% 66%
WAS Football Team No -175 85% 34%

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