The NFL betting campaign is right around the corner, and with free agency fully underway and training camps opening up, now’s the time to figure out which teams will beat the NFL odds to make the playoffs in 2011-2012! Check out our NFL picks for the teams that could surprise one way or the other!
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Odds To Make the AFC Playoffs
Indianapolis Colts: The Colts probably have some incredibly strong NFL odds to make the playoffs this year since they have basically dominated the AFC South for over a decade. However, QB Peyton Manning doesn’t totally appear to be over his second neck surgery in three years, and he definitely doesn’t have a Super Bowl type of team around him. The only downside to this bet is that Indy’s division really isn’t all that challenging beyond the Houston Texans, but there is a real possibility that this team could end up missing the postseason this year.
Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens always seem to get into the postseason, and this year, they really should have relatively short 2011 NFL odds to make the playoffs. You look at some of the moves that other teams made, and you look at cuts like RB Willis McGahee, TE Todd Heap, and WR Derrick Mason, and you wonder how this team could possibly have gotten better. Remember though, that DB Dominique Foxworth didn’t take a single snap last season, and he should only help out a defense that, aside from LB Ray Lewis and SS Ed Reed, is a relatively young and very talented unit. Don’t underestimate the power of the pickup of FB Vonta Leach, either. He’s a vintage Ravens fullback who can step up and destroy any linebacker or lineman in his path. RB Ray Rice could be in for a season in which he has over 2,000 combined yards between rushing and receiving. Anything less than -200 for Baltimore to get into the postseason is an absolute steal.
Denver Broncos: Are we certifiably insane for thinking that the 2012 NFL odds to make the playoffs are going to be in favor of the Broncos this year? We know that they are going to be at least 10 to 1, if not more to get into the show, but we aren’t counting anyone out of the AFC West this year. LB Von Miller was a great pickup in the NFL Draft, and Miller parlayed with the return of LB Elvis Dumervil has to make this team a heck of a lot better defensively. Head Coach John Fox is going to ultimately make this a run first team, and if QB Kyle Orton (or QB Tim Tebow) can just protect the football, things could be dangerous. RB Knowshon Moreno could be in for a bust out season, and if he is, a 9-7 season could be in the cards, and that might be good enough for the Broncos to win the AFC West and to get into the playoffs.
Odds To Make the NFC Playoffs
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Bucs might be getting some love on the football odds to make the playoffs because of their 10-6 campaign last season, but we just don’t see them getting any better in the offseason. They didn’t make any big time moves via free agency, while the rest of the NFC South has gotten a heck of a lot better. The NFL Draft also didn’t treat Tampa Bay all that well either unless DE Da’Quan Bowers can step in right away and help give some pressure up front on the defensive side of the ball. We’d lay -200 or so that Head Coach Raheem Morris and company don’t get into the second season.
Atlanta Falcons: For whatever reason, the oddsmakers just haven’t placed that great of a number on the odds to win the Super Bowl on the Falcons. Going into the Georgia Dome is really impossible at times, though Atlanta was knocked off in its first playoff game against the Green Bay Packers. However, the NFC South really should provide the Falcons with at least four wins this year, and there just aren’t any tremendous competitors in the NFC to challenge them out of the playoffs. Who’s stopping an offense with QB Matt Ryan, TE Tony Gonzalez, RB Michael Turner, RB Jerious Norwood, WR Roddy White, and WR Julio Jones in front of an offensive line that is incredibly talented? We just don’t see the Falcons not getting into the playoffs.
Dallas Cowboys: Is it just us, or has the rest of the world forgotten about the Cowboys in the NFC? We aren’t ready to anoint the Philadelphia Eagles as the Super Bowl champions this year, and beyond the runner up in the NFC South between the Falcons and the New Orleans Saints, we aren’t so sure that there is another big time contender for that second Wild Card slot in the NFC. The Lions are too young, the Bears have no confidence in their quarterback and lost some key pieces on defense, the Giants are consistently inconsistent, and the NFC West just flat out stinks. QB Tony Romo is healthy again, and the Cowboys just might be the team to watch in the playoff picture in the NFC.
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