NFL Odds to Make/Miss Playoffs: Bettors Backing Jets, Lions & Vikings
Nic Antaya/Getty. Pictured: Head coach Dan Campbell of the Detroit Lions.
The Detroit Lions, New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings failed to reach the playoffs last season.
In fact, none of the three teams reached nine wins, and two of the squads didn’t reach five wins. However, that’s not stopping bettors from getting behind these longshot teams to make the postseason this time around.
Detroit, New York and Minnesota account for the biggest liabilities in the make/miss playoffs market at BetMGM, and all three are because tickets are coming in on the teams to make the postseason.
The Lions’ last playoff appearance came in the 2016 season, when they fell to the Seahawks in the Wild Card round.
Detroit opened at a +500/-700 split to make the playoffs. But after a ridiculous 97% of the wagers and 95% of the money came in on the Lions to make the postseason, they now sit at +350/-450.
Their NFC Central peers, the Vikings, last made the playoffs in the 2020 season, when they suffered a devastating loss in the Wild Card round against the Saints.
The Vikings opened with a +100/-120 split to reach the playoffs, and 96% of the wagers as well as 99% of the handle have come in on the make side.
BetMGM hasn’t moved its price too much, however, as Minnesota now sits at -115/-105.
Over in the AFC, the Jets haven’t reached the playoffs since the Rex Ryan era, when they were ousted in back-to-back conference championship games.
New York opened at +900/-1600 to reach the playoffs, and 96% of the tickets as well as 98% of the money came in on New York at that exorbitant price.
As it currently stands, their odds are off the board as we await news on Zach Wilson’s injury status. The quarterback exited the Jets’ opening preseason contest with a knee injury.
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