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Bet On These Three Teams To Make The NFL Playoffs…And These Three Teams To Miss Out
Can you believe that we’re already almost halfway through the NFL season? It’s incredible how fast time flies as you get older…I remember as a kid these early Fall months would feel like they were crawling. Now? It’s as if things are on hyperdrive.
But, there’s no stopping the future. The NFL playoffs will be here before we know it, so it’s best we settle down and place some NFL Playoff futures before it’s too late. The odds I’ll be using are provided by DraftKings Sportsbook. If looking ahead to the future isn’t your cup of tea, you can take a look at these Week 8 best bets here.
To Make The Playoffs:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-150)
If I showed you this article 5 months ago you’d probably hit me with a “captain obvious” joke right about now. But, following their week eight loss to the Ravens (which brought their record to 3-5) the Buccaneer's playoff hopes aren’t as sure as they once seemed. They are currently in second place in the NFC South and can find themselves a game or two out of a wild card sport depending on what takes place for the remainder of week eight.
All that said, I think the Buccaneers will be just fine. They’re lucky that their division is horrible, though, as their #1 divisional opponent is the Atlanta Falcons–and we all know the history between Brady and the Falcons. While the Buccaneers seem broken now, I think they’ll do just enough to eventually win their division and hold onto the 4 seed in the playoffs.
New York Jets (+135)
My Jets confidence dropped a bit when Breece Hall sustained that season-ending knee injury, but it seemingly bounced right back up after they acquired James Robinson from the Jaguars earlier this week. The Jets have been an interesting story all season–a team with a dominating defense and an incredible run game that gets absolutely bundled by their own QB week in and week out somehow manages to win in a dominating fashion. They are now 5-2 and are right behind the Bills in the AFC East. They have a huge game against the Patriots here in week eight, but should they manage another win, it’ll be hard to deny the Jets future.
Seattle Seahawks (+225)
No one could have ever guessed that the Seattle Seahawks would be in the sole lead of the NFC West by week eight–but, here we are. Geno Smith is continuing to ball out, and the rest of the West is continuing to underperform. I think the Niners will be the Seahawks' biggest threat, but even so, I think they’ll be able to grab a wild card spot if they lose the West.
To Miss The Playoffs:
Los Angeles Chargers (+120)
Right when you think the Chargers have it all figured out, they lose to the Seahawks at home. It’s this kind of inconsistency that’s been keeping the Chargers out of big games for years, and I expect that trend to continue here in the 2022/23 season. I have the Dolphins, Jets, and Bengals grabbing the three wild card spots out of the AFC, so that unfortunately leaves the Chargers out.
Los Angeles Rams (-115)
Talk about a Super Bowl hangover. Matt Stafford is continuing to struggle, only throwing for 2 or more touchdowns in one game so far this season. Stafford has also been an interception machine, throwing for 1+ in all but one game this season as well. The Rams need to get their offense going if they want a shot at the playoffs, but it’s starting to look like it’s too late.
Indianapolis Colts (-165)
This may be your last chance to get the Colts at a decent number. They announced earlier this week that they will be sitting Matt Ryan and starting Sam Ehlinger in week eight, which usually isn’t the best sign of a team's trajectory. The Colts are 3-3-1 on the year so far and do have a win over the Chiefs, but I think it’s all downhill from here.