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The NFL season is only a few months away and that means we can begin to assess the rosters of each team and decide whether they can be a playoff team or not based on their draft, their roster, and their schedule. Today, we are going to look at the average odds from the top sportsbooks in the United States and determine if we should bet on teams that will make or miss the NFL playoffs. This is not going to be the obvious teams but instead looking for value. 

This is the season for making some NFL predictions, as every fanbase is expecting their team to overperform and have a great season before we even see them in pads and as a whole. Let’s dive into some bets to make some extra money in our pockets once the NFL Playoffs arrive.

Cleveland Browns to Miss Playoffs (+130)

This really is a tough situation to predict due to the fact that as of this writing, we do not know the status of newly acquired quarterback Deshaun Watson as he can potentially be suspended. 

I believe that the NFL is going to take a page out of MLB’s playbook with Dodgers starting pitcher Trevor Bauer and suspend him for the season, as Roger Goodell has the power to do so whether a court makes a ruling or not. 

The back-end of this Cleveland Browns schedule is also tough as their last five games are on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals, home against the Baltimore Ravens, home against the New Orleans Saints, on the road against the Washington Commanders, and finally on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

They need to open up well and if Watson is suspended for the beginning of the year, that will be tough to overcome as their backup quarterbacks are not looking great unless Baker Mayfield takes that spot. Go with the Browns to miss the playoffs while the odds still look favorable. 

New Orleans Saints to Make Playoffs (+170)

I seem to be the only person that really believes in this New Orleans Saints team and I will take the incredibly favorable odds. The Saints brought back quarterback Jameis Winston as a free agent and should have a wide receiver group of Michael Thomas, Jarvis Landry, and Chris Olave in Week 1, while running back Alvin Kamara should be in the lineup after his altercation at the Pro Bowl. 

Dennis Allen is the new head coach of the team after Sean Payton stepped away and retired, but it’s not a new system he is running as he has been on the sidelines with this team. 

The defense added safeties Marcus Maye and Tyrann Mathieu to their secondary to join an already great pass defense. 

The division has some wins as they play well against Tom Brady since he joined Tampa while Atlanta and Carolina are rebuilding their teams. Their schedule is tough but this team should compete with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the NFC South crown as they were one of the best teams in the sport before Winston went down to a torn ACL right before Halloween. 

I will gladly expect 9-11 wins this season from the Saints with a bolstered roster on both sides of the football and this should be easy to cash with incredible value. 


There are a lot of bets that you can find value in when looking at NFL team futures compared to other wagers that you can make as the sportsbooks need to figure out a lot of things to pick up wins. 

There still are training camp additions and subtractions that could happen during the preseason to help or hinder a franchise and make them look even better. All in all, go with these two wagers at plus odds to really make your account flourish once the NFL Postseason comes marching forward earlier than you think. 

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Kyrie Mattos