Must Have NFL Playoff Future Wagers, Jan. 8
It was a bizarre, tumultuous, and downright weird NFL regular season that was marred by the coronavirus and a lack of fans. The one thing this NFL season did not lack was betting and that energy is going to be fueled into the NFL postseason.
Despite Jim Mora’s wishes, “Ah – Playoffs? Don’t talk about – playoffs? You kidding me? Playoffs? I just hope we can win a game!”
We are going to talk about the playoffs. The Wild Card Round starts this weekend with three games on Saturday and three on Sunday with 12 of the 14 playoff teams seeing action while the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs avoid the cold for another week.
The playoffs are a time for players to focus on the game at hand and not get caught looking ahead. Thankfully for us bettors who are drinking a beer and laying on the couch this weekend, that practice doesn’t apply to us. Now is the perfect time to evaluate what talent there is left, make a prediction about how these playoffs are going to unfold, and hammer a couple of future playoff bets that will begin a nice savings for your unborn kid’s education.
There are three popular future bets to make at this point in the season. Those three are the AFC Championship winner, NFC Championship winner, and Super Bowl winner. If you really feel like you’re the Stephen Hawking of betting and want to go for the exact Super Bowl matchup, winner, and score, well, good luck and hopefully you hung onto that stimulus check.
Here are the current Super Bowl odds which can all be found on SportsGamblingGuides.com
- Kansas City Chiefs (+226)
- Green Bay Packers (+480)
- Buffalo Bills (+712)
- New Orleans Saints (+737)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+1025)
- Baltimore Ravens (+1100)
- Seattle Seahawks (+1350)
- Pittsburgh Steelers (+2000)
- Los Angeles Rams (+2725)
- Tennessee Titans (+2725)
- Indianapolis Colts (+4025)
- Cleveland Browns (+4875)
- Chicago Bears (+9000)
- Washington Football Team (+9250)
The Value Super Bowl Bet: Buffalo Bills
Anytime you’re making a future bet, value is what you’re looking at. I see value in the Chiefs being a plus favorite and I’m not saying a side bet on KC is a bad bet. But for the best overall future bet that contains value, I love this pick of the Buffalo Bills. Sitting at +712, ($100 bet wins $712) the Bills seem undervalued here.
Buffalo capped their season off with a six-game winning streak. Had it not been for the “Hail Murray” the Bills would have racked up 11 in a row. Their margin of victory in those games was +119. Getting hot at the right time in the NFL is crucial when entering the playoffs and the Bills are in good company with that win streak. Last season, the Kansas City Chiefs entered the postseason on a six-game winning streak. Result? Super Bowl title.
That’s not to say that every time a six-game winning streak wins a Super Bowl, but it’s a clear sign that this Bills team is grooving. The most convincing argument for the Bills is that their offense can score on anyone. Los Angeles has the best defense in the league and Buffalo scored 35. They faced the third ranked Steelers and put up 26. Buffalo has the firepower to keep up and outpace teams like Kansas City and Green Bay. This value is too good to overlook.
The “Please don’t let AB mess this up” Bet: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tom Brady in the playoffs. That’s all you really need to know about this one. At +1025, the Bucs could make you a ton of cash with very little risk. Tampa has shown that they have some obvious flaws over the course of the regular season, but the Bucs have the greatest postseason player the game has ever seen.
On top of that, Tampa ended their season on a high note. They won four straight games with two of those coming from 40 point performances by their offense. There was concern over Brady connecting on the deep throws but ultimately he ranked first in deep-ball attempts, completions, yards, and touchdowns.
The Bucs have an offense that can compete with anyone in these playoffs and their real secret is defense. Despite giving up a handful of points down the stretch as they missed their top corner and linebacker in those games, the Bucs are the top ranked run defense and eighth best scoring defense in the league. Tampa takes running games away from other teams and that makes opponents nervous this time of the year.
Dark Horse Bet: Tennessee Titans
The Titans are a team that can beat the Ravens, get blown out by the Packers, and keep you guessing week after week. This is a bet you take solely because the odds are up over 2000 and Derrick Henry can make NFL linebackers look like nerds on the playground.
Tennessee comes into the playoffs with home-field advantage in Round 1 and fuel from last year’s AFC Championship run. Ryan Tannehill can be a bigger liability than my half-blind grandmother behind the wheel at times or can transform into Joe Montana at others.
The real key is that Tennessee can score points. Everyone argues that defense wins championships and that’s partly true but since 2010, seven Super Bowl winners have put up 30 points or more in the the big game With Derrick Henry running the rock, dial this team up and throw the money you won on that scratch off on the Titans.
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We like Pittsburgh to cover at 6 points. If something can go wrong for Cleveland before actually playing this game, it has. Their head coach and offensive play-caller Kevin Stefanski tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be on the sideline for this game. They will also be without their Pro Bowl offensive lineman Joel Bintonio, the longest tenured man on the team.
Cleveland has held their meetings virtually this week, just a few days removed from the Browns struggling to beat a Mason Rudolph led Steelers team. Pittsburgh is 3-0 ATS in their last three meetings with Cleveland and have won the last 17 games played at Heinz Field between these two. During the regular season, the Browns capped off their final 11 contests by covering just three of them. This one seems like free money.