NFL Week 11 Predictions: Betting Odds for 18 Teams To Make the Playoffs
The 2011 NFL regular season has moved past the halfway point for all 32 teams at this juncture, as fans are now trying to figure out if their respective teams have a chance of making the playoffs.
Las Vegas bookmakers are looking to increase their handle in the futures market this week, sending out numerous proposition offerings that offer bettors more flexibility than simply wagering on the Super Bowl winner.
Let's take a closer look at 18 teams that have a shot at making the playoffs this year.
The Philadelphia Eagles are three games back of the New York Giants in the NFC East division, coming into Week 11 with a disappointing 3-6 record.
It's a mess inside the locker room and quarterback Michael Vick is banged up.
Somebody give Rocky Balboa a call.
Make playoffs: +1750
Miss playoffs: +3850
The Denver Broncos are among three teams just a game behind the Oakland Raiders in the AFC West division.
Quarterback Tim Tebow has led the team to consecutive victories and the offense has rushed for more yards in a five-game span than any period in the franchise's history.
Only two games remain within the division, including a road trip to San Diego next week.
Make playoffs: +600
Miss playoffs: -750
The Buffalo Bills are in a must-win situation Sunday, facing the Miami Dolphins as one-point road underdogs.
Losing is not an option with the New England Patriots now sitting in the driver's seat in the AFC East division.
Make playoffs: +410
Miss playoffs: -480
The Tennessee Titans have some work to do in the AFC South division, but news of Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub potentially being lost for the year gives them a shot.
Running back Chris Johnson has started to show signs of breaking out and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has thrown for 2,233 yards through nine games.
The Titans will travel to face the Texans in the season finale on Jan. 1.
Make playoffs: +315
Miss playoffs: -360
It's hard to imagine that the Cincinnati Bengals will finish above either the Baltimore Ravens or Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC North division.
Rookie quarterback Andy Dalton got his first taste of the Steelers in a 24-17 loss last week as 3.5-point home underdogs.
Could be the best opportunity in the market.
Make playoffs: +150
Miss playoffs: -165
San Diego Chargers
The San Diego Chargers never make things easy, looking to snap a four-game losing streak against the Chicago Bears Sunday.
Quarterback Philip Rivers will need to stop throwing the ball to the other team if they want to make any type of run.
It's certainly possible in sitting just a game behind the Oakland Raiders in the AFC West divisional race.
Make playoffs: +160
Miss playoffs: -180
The Atlanta Falcons have already lost more games this year than when they rode into last year's playoffs as the NFC's No. 1 seed.
Oddsmakers are certainly baiting the public to wager on quarterback Matt Ryan leading them to the postseason.
You might want to take a negative stance in this particular offering.
Make playoffs: +115
Miss playoffs: -130
New York Jets
The New York Jets will likely have to earn a Wild Card spot at this juncture, getting swept by the New England Patriots in their AFC East divisional series.
Quarterback Mark Sanchez continues to make mistakes and the rushing attack is averaging less than 100 yards per game.
Head coach Rex Ryan better get the ground-and-pound approach going again in a hurry.
Make playoffs: +100
Miss playoffs: -110
The Oakland Raiders are in a dog fight in the AFC West division and quarterback Carson Palmer is starting to come along after seeing time in three games now.
Running back Darren McFadden is likely to miss his third game with a foot injury, something that can't continue if this franchise wants to make the playoffs and have an opportunity to honor former owner Al Davis with a Super Bowl win.
Make playoffs: -105
Miss playoffs: -105
The Detroit Lions better not peak ahead to their Thanksgiving Day showdown with the Green Bay Packers, as the Carolina Panthers are talented offensively.
Losing three of the last four games has likely ended any chance of winning the NFC North division, while quarterback Matthew Stafford will need to bounce back after throwing four interceptions in a road loss to the Chicago Bears last week.
Nervous times ahead.
Make playoffs: -140
Miss playoffs: +125
New York Giants
The New York Giants hold a one game advantage over the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East divisional race, as those two teams will face each other twice in the final seven weeks.
Find out who holds the advantage in that matchup and wager accordingly.
New York has a very difficult schedule to close out the season.
Make playoffs: -140
Miss playoffs: +125
The Dallas Cowboys will need to maintain their focus in winning their five remaining games that don't involve the New York Giants, as many will anticipate a split in that series over the final weeks of the 2011 campaign.
Certainly playable with the league's fifth-best offense and ninth-best defense in terms of yardage.
Just have to ask yourself if you can trust quarterback Tony Romo.
Make playoffs: -175
Miss playoffs: +155
The Chicago Bears are playing their best football of the year and will now play four consecutive games against the AFC West division.
Anything less than a 2-2 mark in that span and the boys from the Windy City will likely be watching the playoffs from home.
Linebacker Brian Urlacher and the rest of the defense close out the year with divisional road games versus the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings.
Make playoffs: -335
Miss playoffs: +300
From a value standpoint, the Baltimore Ravens are definitely no lock to make the playoffs due to their most recent loss against the Seattle Seahawks.
It's also hard to wager against them due to sweeping the Pittsburgh Steelers in their two meetings this year.
Make playoffs: -515
Miss playoffs: +435
New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints are in the driver's seat in winning the NFC South Division, coming away with a 26-23 overtime win over the Atlanta Falcons last week.
Quarterback Drew Brees has thrown for 3,326 yards and the team will play four of its final six games at home.
Looks good from here.
Make playoffs: -1000
Miss playoffs: +760
Despite losing the season series to the Baltimore Ravens, the Pittsburgh Steelers have a great shot at reaching the playoffs due to the mediocrity found in the rest of the AFC.
The schedule is favorable and the franchise hopes quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will not be bothered by a fracture in his right thumb.
Fans in the Steel City are likely preparing for another playoff run.
Make playoffs: -1060
Miss playoffs: +776
The Houston Texans will begin life without quarterback Matt Schaub next week, as he's out indefinitely with a foot injury.
It's an unfortunate circumstance for a franchise that lost arguably its best defensive player earlier, with Mario Williams going down with a torn pectoral muscle.
Talent surrounds backup signal-caller Matt Leinart, while the defense paces the NFL in allowing just 269.7 yards per game.
Make playoffs: -1060
Miss playoffs: +775
New England Patriots
The New England Patriots took a big step towards the playoffs with last week's 37-16 win over the New York Jets as 2.5-point road underdogs, as the team holds a key tiebreaker in capturing the division series.
A favorable schedule is ahead and quarterback Tom Brady will likely get it done, throwing for 3,032 yards in nine games.
Last year's MVP will need to perform at a high level due to the defense ranking last in the league in surrendering 412 yards per game.
Make playoffs: -2645
Miss playoffs: +1445