We’re just a few weeks away from the postseason now and it’s all to play for as the playoff picture begins to start looking that little bit clearer.
It’s been a weird and wonderful season so far and with only five weeks remaining it is certain we’ll see a side with a non-winning record host a play-off game. That winner will come from the NFC East, where the Giants are currently leading the division, and they will certainly be underdogs when the postseason does kick off in January.
The winner of the division will become only the 13th team to qualify for the playoffs with such a record, and while they will have very little hope of winning the NFL Championship, there are a number of teams that are in with a chance…
Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs are the big favorites with the sportsbooks and coach Andy Reid has really got his stars firing on all cylinders.
The likes of Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce have become phenomena in the NFL and a huge part of their success. They are the reigning NFL Champions, and they’re looking good for retaining that with a record of 10-1 going into the final few weeks before the postseason.
They’re priced at +125 to win the AFC Championship and +275 for the Super Bowl, while Mahomes is also the favorite to win MVP priced at -400, way ahead of Aaron Rodgers who is backed second with the sportsbooks at +550.
If anyone is going to challenge the Chiefs, it’s AFC rivals Pittsburgh Steelers. They’re priced at +550 to win the NFL Championship and they will be well worth a free bet for it over the next few weeks.
The Steelers have won every game so far this season and if they get to the postseason without a single loss, their odds will shorten dramatically.
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A few pundits are saying they aren’t the AFC’s best which may put some punters off, but you can’t argue they know how to win, by hook or by crook.
New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints are currently looking the NFC’s most likely challenger, with the Seahawks or Packers perhaps just behind them.
The Saints have a 9-2 record this season and sit top of the National Football Conference with just a few games to go. They’ve had a clean sweep of wins throughout October and November and will be looking for that to continue to make them one of the in-form teams going into the playoffs.
Many are calling for Sean Payton to be named Coach of the Year for the work he’s done with the team and an NFC Championship win could well confirm that for him. The Saints are priced at +550 alongside the Steelers to win the Super Bowl, and it could well be worth a bet if they continue such impressive form.
The Seahawks last appeared in the Super Bowl back in 2014 when they suffered defeat to the New England Patriots and it would be quite the achievement if they were to claim their first win since 2013.
They have an 8-3 record as it stands but they were hugely impressive against the Eagles just a few days ago, with DK Metcalf posting a career high in receiving yards. They are huge outsiders for the Championship and are priced at +350 to win the NFC, but their defence has improved of late and that could be crucial when navigating the postseason. Still, testing the Chiefs or Steelers should they reach the Super Bowl would be very difficult indeed.