The 2021 NFL season is just around the corner. All the top websites are starting to pump out content related to their regional teams, and of course, fantasy gurus around the globe are pumping out their top spots for each position in the lineup.
Today, we will look at the playoff favorites with Pointsbet odds and betting lines from various top sites.
Top Teams and their Odds to Make the Playoffs
- Kansas City Chiefs —Yes -1000, No +650
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers —Yes -750, No +500
- Baltimore Ravens — Yes -360, No +280
- Buffalo Bills — Yes -330, No +260
- Los Angeles Rams — Yes -180, No +160
The Chiefs are at the top of the boards to win the Super Bowl again. But not only are they the Super Bowl favorites in the 2021-2022 season, but they are also the team with the chalkiest odds to make the playoffs.
The Kansas City Chiefs have a tough test in Week 1. They take on the Cleveland Browns, who are +6 underdogs on the early odds boards. That said, the Browns are live dogs … and it’s not just their mascot. The Browns are just behind the Baltimore Ravens to win the AFC North. After all, the Browns scored 26.80 points per game on the road last season, just 1.2 points fewer than the Cheifs 28.0 home points.
Tom Brady is back, and Gronk signed on for another year. So, the Bucs are at the top of the boards to make the playoffs and win the Super Bowl. They have a much clearer path than the Chiefs, as the AFC is crowded with talent at the moment.
They even have a much easier Week 1 game. The Dallas Cowboys are visiting Tampa Bay, and there are a lot of questions surrounding America’s Team. So much so that the opening line for this game was -6 in favor of TB, but it has already moved to -6.5, and we’ll probably see -7 or -7.5 by Game Day.
The Cowboys played terribly on the road last year, scoring just 19.63 points per game. Meanwhile, the Buccaneers played slightly worse at home … throwing up 28.78 points per game in Tampa, compared to their 30 per game overall.
Coach Harbaugh and Lamar Jackson are getting pressure to produce in the post-season this year. I mean, should they really change up the way they play, which has proven to work 90% of the time in the regular season? It’s not their style of play that has hurt them in the postseason, they just happened to run into the Bill in Buffalo—who played an amazing defensive game.
Of all the top teams, I think the Ravens perhaps have the toughest task with their opening game. They have to go to Las Vegas and play the Raiders. I know that Las Vegas is just a middling team, but historically, Jon Gruden loves to win early one and almost always finds a way to get that Week 1 victory. Even so, the Ravens are 4-point favorites … which is why I’ll be taking that line with the Raiders +4.
The Bills are the AFC East favorites and third on the list to win the Super Bowl. They will be defensively sound once more and have a ton of talent on the offensive side of the ball.
They get to start their season with a conference game against a team that could potentially cause problems for their seeding down the road. The Pittsburgh Steelers are +6 underdogs in the affair. It makes sense since the Steelers put up 23.25 points per game on the highway last year, compared to the 30.00 points per game the Bills scored in Buffalo. Now, the other factor is Ben Roethlisberger. Will he be there? If he is, will he be all in?
If Ben is playing and he is 100% in it to win it, then the Bills could have a tough game ahead of them. Roethlisberger has a bunch of young, talented players around him and a solid front seven. Although it’s in Buffalo, the Steelers know they need every win to get past the Browns and the Ravens and teams like the Colts in the wildcard race.