For Super Bowl favorites like the Buffalo Bills, a berth in the NFL playoffs seems like a mere formality. The case isn’t quite as definitive for some of last year’s other playoff teams, such as the Dallas Cowboys, while clubs including the Pittsburgh Steelers appear to be off of the pace.
As the regular season continues, bettors can wager on which teams will or won’t make the playoffs via the futures market while gaining some additional season-long rooting interest. Here’s a look at the latest playoff odds for all 32 teams.
2022 NFL playoff odds
2022-2023 playoff odds for all 32 NFL teams
The current numbers for the 32 NFL teams are attractive in some spots and less so in others. Here are each squad’s latest playoff odds and current state of affairs.
Last Updated: October 5, 2022
Arizona Cardinals odds: Yes () / No (-225)
The Cardinals have recovered from a Week 1 blowout loss to the Chiefs and now stand at 2-2. Getting the third win this week will be far from easy as the Eagles are coming to town.
Atlanta Falcons odds: Yes () / No (-1000)
Not much was expected out of the Falcons this season, but the team has managed to get to 2-2 while making life difficult for opponents. We’ll get a better sense of the team after they face the rival Buccaneers on Sunday.
Baltimore Ravens odds: Yes () / No (+210)
The Ravens fell to 2-2 after a loss to the Bills, the second time the club has blown a lead and gone down to defeat. While clearly dangerous, the late-game defensive struggles are concerning.
Buffalo Bills odds: Yes () / No (+1200)
The Bills are now 3-1 after coming back to take down the Ravens. The team will be at home this week as massive favorites over the visiting Steelers.
Carolina Panthers odds: Yes () / No (-1000)
A Week 3 win over the Saints provided some hope in Carolina, but last week’s home loss to the Cardinals quickly quelled that. The club is struggling offensively and in danger of falling into a race for third place in the division.
Chicago Bears odds: Yes () / No (-1400)
The Bears are a respectable 2-2, but this is another club with shortcomings on offense and no easy answers to be found. They’re on the road to face the rival Vikings next.
Cincinnati Bengals odds: Yes () / No (-120)
After starting out at 0-2, there were concerns of a big game hangover in Cincinnati. Now 2-2, the club appears to be rounding into form as they prepare for a showdown with the Ravens.
Cleveland Browns odds: Yes ()/ No (-225)
The Browns have traded wins and losses and stand at 2-2 through the first month. A home date with the Chargers is up next, and it could provide some early clues on the AFC playoff chase.
Dallas Cowboys odds: Yes () / No (+200)
The Cowboys have now booked three wins with Cooper Rush behind center. The defense has been better than expected, and the overall outlook has improved as a result.
Denver Broncos odds: Yes () / No (-130)
The offseason enthusiasm surrounding the Broncos has started to level out. The team is 2-2, but they haven’t been playing well at all. A home date with the Colts is up next.
Detroit Lions odds: Yes () / No (-550)
The Lions are scoring points in buckets, but their opponents are as well. Those who love high-scoring games would be wise to tune into Detroit games, but adjustments are needed if the team hopes to get in the race.
Green Bay Packers odds: Yes () / No (+450)
The Packers have won three straight since an opening week loss to the Vikings. The offense is still a work in progress, but the defense has been doing its part to keep the team among the ranks of top NFC contenders.
Houston Texans odds: Yes () / No (-10000)
The Texans aren’t the pushovers that many were expecting them to be, but the bottom line is a record of 0-3-1. Houston travels to play the rival Jaguars this week.
Indianapolis Colts odds: Yes () / No (-140)
The Colts entered the season as the favorites to win the AFC South. After a 1-2-1 start, the club instead needs to get a move on if they hope to remain in the division chase.
Jacksonville Jaguars odds: Yes () / No (-130)
Worst to first? It’s not out of the question for the 2-2 Jaguars. It’s not all roses and daisies as they couldn’t hold a lead against the Eagles, but the bright side suggests that better days have arrived.
Kansas City Chiefs odds: Yes () / No (+450)
The Chiefs are now 3-1 after a convincing road win over the Buccaneers. The club was expected to be in a battle for the AFC West crown this year. It’s now looking like the title is theirs to lose.
Las Vegas Raiders odds: Yes () / No (-370)
Las Vegas finally got its first win of the season over the Broncos. The division race isn’t panning out as expected, so there remains time for the Raiders to try and make some noise.
Los Angeles Chargers odds: Yes () / No (+115)
The Chargers bounced back from a bad loss to the Jaguars with a win over the Texans to get to 2-2. More was expected out of the preseason darling, but some key injuries have taken a toll.
Los Angeles Rams odds: Yes () / No (+175)
The defending Super Bowl champs are 2-2 after a double-digit loss to the 49ers. Outside of a great start by Copper Kupp, last year’s high-powered offense has been a distant memory.
Miami Dolphins odds: Yes () / No (+250)
The Dolphins suffered their first loss of the season to the Bengals, and also lost Tua Tagovailoa to injury. Teddy Bridgewater will be at the helm for at least this week’s game with the Jets.
Minnesota Vikings odds: Yes () / No (+300)
The Vikings escaped London with a 3-point win over the Saints. The NFC doesn’t appear to have a lot of quality teams this season, so a Minnesota team that does its job should be a playoff factor.
New England Patriots odds: Yes () / No (-500)
The Patriots are 1-3 and are down to Bailey Zappe as the only healthy QB at the moment. The rookie performed well in a loss to the Packers, but the expectations continue to dim for New England.
New Orleans Saints odds: Yes () / No (-310)
The Saints were expected to be in the NFC wild card hunt, but the 1-3 record leaves them off the pace for now. There’s still time to get it together, but the clock should be ticking loudly in New Orleans.
New York Giants odds: Yes () / No (-225)
The Giants are now 3-1 after a home win over the Bears. The team is headed to London for a date with the Packers, a game that could help reveal how far New York has come.
New York Jets odds: Yes () / No (-1600)
The Jets pulled out their second come-from-behind win of the season at the expense of the Steelers. Now 2-1, New York will try to build some momentum when they welcome the Dolphins to town.
Philadelphia Eagles odds: Yes () / No (+900)
The NFL’s last undefeated team was down 14-0 to the Jaguars, but they got off the mat and pulled out an 8-point win. Philadelphia will try to keep the streak alive as they travel to face the Cardinals.
Pittsburgh Steelers odds: Yes () / No (-2500)
Kenny Pickett is getting his turn to lead the way for the 1-3 Steelers. While there’s optimism that the rookie will have a bright future, he and the club have an incredibly tall task ahead in the form of the Bills.
San Francisco 49ers odds: Yes () / No (+190)
The 49ers are now 2-2 after a convincing win over the division-rival Rams. The defense is clearly legit, but concerns remain about how effective the offense will be over the course of the campaign.
Seattle Seahawks odds: Yes () / No (-1400)
The Seahawks snapped a two-game skid with a victory over the Lions in a shootout, dropping 48 points in the process. The team is on the road again this week for a date with the Saints.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers odds: Yes () / No (+450)
It’s not time for alarms to ring in Tampa Bay just yet, but the Buccaneers are 2-2 and not looking good. The offense has been off-kilter, while the typically stout defense just gave up 41 points in a loss to the Chiefs.
Tennessee Titans odds: Yes () / No (-215)
Tennessee was being written off after starting out at 0-2, but the team has battled back to get to .500. The Titans can still be a big factor in how the AFC South race shakes out.
Washington Commanders odds: Yes () / No (-1200)
Since an opening week win over the Jaguars, the Commanders haven’t played well while dropping three in a row. The team will be home this week and attempt to right the ship against the Titans.
Which teams made the playoffs last year?
The 2021-22 NFL season featured competitive postseason chases in both conferences. Twelve teams booked 10-plus wins — six in each conference — with all clubs in that category qualifying. The final spot in the AFC went down to the last game of the season, while the seventh seed in the NFC came down to tiebreakers.
2021-22 AFC playoff teams
- Tennessee Titans — lost to Bengals in divisional playoffs
- Kansas City Chiefs — lost to Bengals in AFC title game
- Buffalo Bills — lost to Chiefs in divisional playoffs
- Cincinnati Bengals — lost to Rams in Super Bowl
- Las Vegas Raiders — lost to Bengals in wild card round
- New England Patriots — lost to Bills in wild card round
- Pittsburgh Steelers — lost to Chiefs in wild card round
Out of the four division winners, the top three seeds had plenty of backers, but it was the Bengals who wound up advancing to the Super Bowl. The three wild card teams were one and done, with the Patriots and Steelers both suffering double-digit losses.
2021-22 NFC playoff teams
- Green Bay Packers — lost to 49ers in divisional playoffs
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers — lost to Rams in divisional playoffs
- Dallas Cowboys — lost to 49ers in wild card round
- Los Angeles Rams — won Super Bowl over Bengals
- Arizona Cardinals — lost to Rams in wild card round
- San Francisco 49ers — lost to Rams in NFC title game
- Philadelphia Eagles — lost to Buccaneers in wild card round
The Packers and Cowboys both disappointed with losses in their opening playoff tilts. The Buccaneers failed to defend their crown, and the 49ers went on an impressive run before falling to the Super Bowl champion Rams.
NFL teams with the most playoff appearance
The NFL can be cyclical, as teams go through ebbs and flows of contention. On an all-time basis, the Packers are the current leaders with 35 playoff appearances, while the Texans are last with six. Here are the totals for all 32 teams and what happened during their last playoff trip:
|Arizona Cardinals||11||2021 — Lost to Rams in wild card round|
|Atlanta Falcons||14||2017 — Lost to Eagles in divisional round|
|Baltimore Ravens||13||2020 — Lost to Bills in divisional round|
|Buffalo Bills||21||2021 — Lost to Chiefs in divisional round|
|Carolina Panthers||8||2017 — Lost to Saints in wild card round|
|Chicago Bears||27||2020 — Lost to Saints in wild card round|
|Cincinnati Bengals||15||2021 — Lost to Rams in Super Bowl|
|Cleveland Browns||25||2020 — Lost to Chiefs in divisional round|
|Dallas Cowboys||34||2021 — Lost to 49ers in wild card round|
|Denver Broncos||22||2015 — Won Super Bowl over Panthers|
|Detroit Lions||17||2016 — Lost to Seahawks in wild card round|
|Green Bay Packers||35||2021 — Lost to 49ers in divisional round|
|Houston Texans||6||2019 — Lost to Chiefs in divisional round|
|Indianapolis Colts||29||2020 — Lost to Bills in wild card round|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||7||2017 — Lost to Patriots in AFC title game|
|Kansas City Chiefs||24||2021 — Lost to Bengals in AFC title game|
|Las Vegas Raiders||23||2021 — Lost to Bengals in wild card round|
|Los Angeles Chargers||19||2018 — Lost to Patriots in divisional round|
|Los Angeles Rams||31||2021 — Won Super Bowl over Bengals|
|Miami Dolphins||23||2016 — Lost to Steelers in wild card round|
|Minnesota Vikings||30||2019 — Lost to 49ers in divisional round|
|New England Patriots||28||2021 — Lost to Bills in wild card round|
|New York Giants||32||2016 — Lost to Packers in wild card round|
|New York Jets||14||2010 — Lost to Steelers in AFC title game|
|New Orleans Saints||14||2020 — Lost to Buccaneers in divisional round|
|Philadelphia Eagles||28||2021 — Lost to Buccaneers in wild card round|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||33||2021 — Lost to Chiefs in wild card round|
|San Francisco 49ers||27||2021 — Lost to Rams in NFC title game|
|Seattle Seahawks||19||2020 — Lost to Rams in wild card round|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||2021 — Lost to Rams in divisional round|
|Tennessee Titans||25||2021 — Lost to Bengals in divisional round|
|Washington Commanders||25||2020 — Lost to Buccaneers in wild card round|
How to bet on NFL playoff futures
Over the lengthy offseason, there’s often plenty of debate about which teams will qualify for the NFL playoffs next year. Online sportsbooks give bettors a chance to make their picks starting when they release the odds for each team’s chances.
To make the playoffs: Dallas Cowboys
- Yes -250
- No +195
For the above example, the -250 odds for “yes” indicate that the sportsbook expects Dallas to make it to the postseason, as do the +195 odds for “no.”
However, the preseason odds won’t always be right on the money. There’s regular turnover in NFL playoff participants from season to season. What the odds do provide, though, is a realistic set of expectations for all 32 teams.
For some clubs, the postseason odds will hover around -110 for both choices, similar to a spread or total bet. The span between the numbers can be much wider for other teams, just like what you find in some moneyline bets.
As a season-long wager, the bet requires a long-term perspective, as your funds will remain tied up until there’s an outcome. Beyond the chance to win some money if you make the right call, NFL playoff futures can give you something else to root for as the season progresses.
NFL postseason format
Beginning with the 2020 season, the NFL expanded the playoff field from 12 to 14 teams. It was the first such expansion since 1990 and included several notable changes. Here’s how the format works:
- The four division winners (East, North, South and West) from the AFC and NFC automatically qualify, for a total of eight teams.
- The remaining six spots go to wild card teams — three from each conference.
- Tiebreakers will determine qualifiers and seeds as necessary.
- The postseason tournament is single elimination. Winners advance and losers go home.
- Teams are seeded one through seven in both conferences, with the top seed receiving a first-round bye and home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
- The playoffs begin with wild card weekend. There are six games in total, three each on the AFC and NFC sides, with winners advancing.
- Next is the divisional playoffs — four games, two on each side of the bracket, with winners advancing.
- The final four teams square off in the AFC and NFC title games. The winners advance to play in the Super Bowl.
NFL playoff FAQs
In what season did the NFL expand the playoffs to 14 teams?
The NFL changed its postseason format to 14 teams in 2020. The playoff field was previously at 12 teams, which started with the 1990 NFL season.
When do the NFL playoffs begin this year?
Playoffs for the 2022-23 NFL season are scheduled to begin with the wild card round on Saturday, Jan. 14. This year’s Super Bowl is set for Feb. 12 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
What is the lowest-seeded playoff team to win a Super Bowl?
The 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers and 2010 Green Bay Packers share the distinction. Both clubs were six seeds that ran the table to win the Super Bowl.